There’s nothing quite like starting a new year with a fantastic read and, for that reason, for my first post of the year it seemed appropriate to review this wonderful book.
This little beauty has been sat on my bookshelves for quite some time and, when I came home for the holidays, I found myself drawn to it. And, my, wasn’t it worth it! I absolutely devoured this book in one sitting and I am still stuck thinking about it. I have always been a historical fiction fanatic but there is something about this novel that makes it stick out from the others that I have read. I am not sure if it is the intriguing plot or the likeable lead character or the addictive writing style but I felt as though I was sucked into the story as I read and turned the pages of this little book.
London, Spring 1939. Ada Vaughan is a beautiful and ambitious dressmaker, yearning for greater things and a better life. Whilst her parents mutter about war, Ada loses herself in her jobs and her day dreams. Whisked away by a romantic foreign gentleman, Ada finds herself in the middle of Paris as war strikes and running for her life. As the war wages on, Ada is captured by the Nazis and kept as a prisoner of war in terrible conditions. the only way she can survive is to impress her capturers, and the only way she knows how to do that is that be the very thing she felt she was born to be: a dressmaker. But such a decision isn’t to be taken lightly, and may very well cost her her life.
This is absolutely wonderful story about betrayal and heartbreak and trauma and survival and, quite frankly, it is a marvel to read. Ada is magnificent and problematic and a true survivor and, although a fictional tale, she is definitely a hero that inspires. I can truly say that this is a story that had me gripped on every page and I did not see the ending coming and it left me a complete and utter mess.
So, if you are stuck in a slump or are looking for your next historical read, I cannot recommend this book enough. This is definitely a writer that I am going to be on the look out for in the future and I think this may have become my favourite WW2 read.
What about you?