The Song of the Partisans: A Powerful and Unforgettable Novel of Resistance
Reviewed in Canada on October 22, 2022
I was delighted when I saw Kathryn wrote another book about the Partisans in France. I always look forward to Kathryn’s novels as she has a magnificent way of getting into the story immediately, and has the reader immediately hooked. I appreciate all the accurate research Kathryn does and how she utilizes that information as it adds reality and truth to the novels.
This story does not disappoint the readers. You are immediately introduced to a strong young woman Simone, who was recruited as a trusted courier in the Resistance and proved she had the courage to do some unsavoury things. The women were a vital part of the success of the partisans, and were fearless.
Kathryn describes The Champagne terrains so precisely that the reader feels they lived in the specific area with the details given and were actually there In the thick of the story.
Simone was part of the Maquis, a Maquisard who were so very valuable in the fight against the German Army in France.
This book is simply magnificent. Kathryn doesn’t miss a beat when it comes to storytelling there are no dull moments with her writing. The characters in the book and the storyline, is so astounding and passionate that the reader cannot put the book down, and starts feeling lost when the book is almost over. Another superb book by Kathryn Gauci.
Reviewed in the United States on September 20, 2022
What a book and I don’t say this lightly as this is the seventh book I’ve read by Kathryn Gauci. I was thrilled to find a new release, especially with the setting. It begins in April of 1944 and most of the story takes place in Reims. Knowing that Reims was where the official surrender was signed in 1945 definitely peaked my interest. However, D-Day only played a secondary role in this heart-pounding story of the French resistance.
Yet again, I was so impressed with the author’s depth of knowledge of the area. This time it is the Champagne region and its cultural nuances. She does this in each book I’ve read…Turkey, Greece, France. No matter the time period, Kathryn Gauci subtly drops in local language, food, architecture, and even fashion that delights anyone familiar with it. This only adds to each well-developed story. This is another fabulous book so kudos to the author!
Reviewed in the United States on October 7, 2022From the moment I saw the preliminary cover I anxiously waited for the release of The Song of the Partisans. I have read all of Kathryn Gauci’s books and this did not disappoint. The tremendous amount of research this author does is reflected in her works of historical fiction . I have traveled extensively in the areas she covers in her latest book and I was transported back to Paris and the Champagne region of France as it was during the war years. Simone, the main character is well developed and displays the courage of so many women who served with the French Resistance during the war. They were a vital part in the defeat of the Nazi’s. Much is written about the horrors of the WW11 and Kathryn doesn’t shy away from the honest brutality of the Nazi regime. Congratulations on another beautifully written book. I am looking forward to your next book.
Reviewed in the United States on September 29, 2022
Such an exciting experience this book was. Kathryn takes you into so much drama and excitement along with compassion. Simone is my super hero.
The end of WWll caused great cruelty for the French people and the Resistance. The enemy was in a panic which Kathryn depicted so well. Sniper training and explosive training was most exciting.
A twist in a well documented history.
Reviewed in the United States on October 8, 2022