About the Book
Book: A Rose for the Resistance
Author: Angela K. Couch
Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance/Christian
Release date: April, 2022
A French Woman and German Soldier Create a Truce
Full of intrigue, adventure, and romance, this new series celebrates the unsung heroes—the heroines of WWII.
With her father in a German POW camp and her home in Ste Mere Eglise, France, under Nazi occupation, Rosalie Barrieau will do anything to keep her younger brother safe. . .even from his desire to join the French resistance. Until she falls into the debt of a German solder—one who delivers a wounded British pilot to her door. Though not sure what to make of her German ally, Rosalie is thrust deep into the heart of the local underground. As tensions build toward the allied invasion of Normandy, she must decide how much she is willing to risk for freedom.
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About the Author
To keep from freezing in the great white north, Angela K Couch cuddles under quilts with her laptop. Winning short story contests, being a semi-finalist in ACFW’s Genesis Contest, and a finalist in the 2016 International Digital Awards also helped warm her up. As a passionate believer in Christ, her faith permeates the stories she tells. Her martial arts training, experience with horses, and appreciation for good romance sneak in as well. When not writing, she stays fit (and toasty warm) by chasing after four munchkins.
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The story of A Rose for the Resistance has been in the making for a while. Rosalie and Franz came to life for me in the first novel I started writing as a teenager… (not even going to mention how long ago that was). Though much of that early work will never see the light of day, I am glad I can finally share them with you.
Every November 11th since I was a child, I would sit with my dad and watch WWII documentaries and movies like A Bridge too Far, or The Longest Day which featured Sainte-Mère-Église during the D-day landings. So many of those stories beg to be remembered and I tried to include as much as I could in this novel, even in passing. Stories such as John Steele of the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment who dropped into the warzone of Sainte-Mère-Église that night and his chute caught on the spire of the church. He hung limply for hours, pretending to be dead, before the Germans took him prisoner. John later escaped and rejoined his division. Or, Henry Langrehr who landed five miles from his drop zone, crashing through a greenhouse on the way down. He was unharmed from the fall, but was later wounded and captured. He lived into his nineties to tell the tale.
Many of the events and deeds of The Resistance in the novel are also pulled from history. The French citizen’s willingness to risk their lives to transport weapons and information, and to staunchly resist the brutal German occupation. It is estimated that approximately 90,000 men women – and children – were killed, tortured, or deported by the Germans for their efforts.
Though many of the characters in this story are fictional, there are so many men and women who truly did live through the horrors of the War in Europe, and more importantly risked or sacrificed their all for the freedom and lives of others.
I pray we never forget.
Sweeping across history the author drops us into a time where WWII was blazing across France with soldiers, prisoners, danger and a young woman who desperately wanted to keep her family safe. Rosalie’s brother is so determined to join in the fight that he sometimes becomes reckless in his decisions. I thought the author did a great job in making the story authentic with historical facts. I couldn’t wait to see what would happen with Rosalie and her family.
Rosalie is caught in a situation when a German soldier brings a British pilot to her doorstep. What did this German solider think Rosalie was suppose to do? Certainly trust was a big issue but I was very surprised at the hostility and suspicions the British pilot expressed towards Rosalie. I can’t imagine what danger awaits Rosalie but I did admire her compassion to help a stranger even though it put her and her family in danger.
Frank is hard to figure out at times. He seems dedicated to serving Germany but then he befriends Rosalie and helps an enemy who is injured. Some may think he could be dangerous but the author keeps us guessing for a bit. I like how the author developed Frank’s character slowly while letting us see his struggles. For some reason I felt drawn to Frank. Perhaps it was his inner struggle with the war or his faith but he has this compassion for others that really makes him stand out as he struggles through difficult situations. As Franz gets deeper into helping Rosalie he finds himself starting to fear. That fear is directed at God. It is interesting to hear his thoughts about being judged by God.
The story is intriguing and full of danger as Rosalie starts to help in ways that could find her life in danger. Franz is worried about her safety but doesn’t know how much longer he can keep up the charade of hiding what she does. The battle between these two are emotionally focused and I held my breath as they try to find a way to work together and stay safe.
The book goes into details about the war and how dangerous it was to keep from getting hurt or captured by the enemy. I loved how a certain soldier became an ally and helped deter his own men away from Rosalie and her brother. Bravery of the men and women who fought this battle for freedom are to be honored. Though some of the story is fiction we still feel the burden people faced each day trying to survive. I honor those who fight for our freedom everyday. They are the heroes we need to respect and thank them for their sacrifice.
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
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