About the Book
Book: Love’s Rescue
Author: Linda Shenton Matchett
Genre: Historic Romance
Release Date: February 14, 2019
A prostitute, a spy, and the liberation of Paris.
Sold by her parents to settle a debt, Rolande Bisset is forced into prostitution. Years later, shunned by her family and most of society, it’s the only way she knows how to subsist. When the Germans overrun Paris, she decides she’s had enough of evil men controlling her life and uses her wiles to obtain information for the Allied forces. Branded a collaborator, her life hangs in the balance. Then an American spy stumbles onto her doorstep. Is redemption within her grasp?
Simon Harlow is one of an elite corps of American soldiers. Regularly chosen for dangerous covert missions, he is tasked with infiltrating Paris to ascertain the Axis’s defenses. Nearly caught by German forces moments after arriving, he owes his life to the beautiful prostitute who claims she’s been waiting for the Allies to arrive. Her lifestyle goes against everything he believes in, but will she steal his heart during his quest to liberate her city?
Inspired by the biblical story of Rahab, Love’s Rescue is a tale of faith and hope during one of history’s darkest periods.
About the Author
Linda Shenton Matchett is an author, speaker, and history geek. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, she was born a stone’s throw from Fort McHenry (of Star Spangled Banner fame) and has lived in historic places all her life. Linda is a member of ACFW, RWA, and Sisters in Crime. She is a volunteer docent and archivist at the Wright Museum of WWII and a trustee for her local public library.
More from Linda
Love’s Rescue is a modern retelling of the biblical book of Rahab. I set the story in Paris during the last weeks of the German occupation of France during WWII. While researching the book, I read numerous memoirs and interviews of folks who lived through the occupation. Two aspects discussed time and time again were rationing and the difficulty in getting food. People with any amount of land at all planted produce to supplement the meager supply in the shops. If they were fortunate and an egg was available, it would be fried to a runny consistency and poured over the top of the dish.
Here is a simple recipe for Ratatouille:
1 whole white onion
1 large eggplant
1 large zucchini
1 bell pepper
2 medium tomatoes
2 large cloves garlic
2 sprigs thyme
2 T Olive oil
Salt & Pepper
- Peel garlic cloves. Smash with end of knife, then cut into a small dice.
- Cut onions, bell pepper, and tomatoes into a medium dice.
- Chop the eggplant and zucchini into 1” cubes.
- In a large saucepan or pot, warm olive oil to coat the bottom of the pan. Warm over low heat. Add the onion to the pot and cook until tender – about five minutes.
- Add garlic and saute for about 30 seconds.
- Add remaining vegetables to the pot.
- Add a generous pinch of salt and a light pinch of pepper.
- Add the thyme.
- Cover the saucepan or pot with a lid and cook over medium-low heat for approximately 40 minutes, until all the vegetables are tender and there is little liquid in the pot.
- Serve on your favorite platter.
This author is fast becoming one of my favorites. She has a keen eye for detail and her historical facts make the story realistic. I loved meeting Rolande and feeling her love for Christ. The book takes us to Paris in 1944. There is danger all around as Germany tries to take over France. My heart broke for Rolande as she is labeled a prostitute. No one knows that she is really gathering vital information that will help the Resistance. The author does a great job of developing her character and lets us see into her heart as she cries out at night for God to forgive her.
Simon has been assigned a very dangerous mission and his life is put in danger. His job as a spy for the Americans will find him dodging bullets and curious observations by German soldiers. It must have been very difficult to pretend you are a German soldier knowing at any minute your secret could be found out..
The story is very close to the biblical story of Rahab. I remember reading this story and thinking how powerful it was. Rolande is ridiculed for her sin but there is someone that sees past that and sees her inner beauty. Her comfort is in God and her goal is to save herself and her family from the war. I loved reading how Simon was able to have compassion for Rolande and know that she is a woman worthy to be loved. The relationship between them is slow and I liked how they each had to learn how to trust each other.
It was hard to put the book down and I was anxious as the war became more dangerous. The story makes you feel right there as Rolande tries to convince her family to trust her. She wants to save them but will they trust her? The ending is powerful and a great lesson in forgiveness, trust and judging others.
I received a copy of this book from the Celebrate Lit.. The review is my own opinion.
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To celebrate her tour, Linda is giving away a grand prize of a French/WWII themed gift basket that includes a WWII Word Find book by Linda Shenton Matchett, Love’s Rescue – Wartime Brides Book 2 by Linda Shenton Matchett, French-milled soap lavender scent, a Fleur-de-lis ribbon book mark, a set of three note pads with French motif, and a set of cocktail napkins with French motif!!
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