Can War Break this Family Apart? Read an Extract from Daughters of War by Dinah Jefferies

Can War Break this Family Apart? Read an Extract from Daughters of War by Dinah Jefferies

If only it was late summer, and she could smell the sun-soaked scent of fir and spruce and be able to stand and watch the finches and starlings flitting between the branches. Her optimism might have outweighed the claustrophobic sensation of life leaning in, of ancient lichen-covered stone houses enclosing her as she walked through the village and the light began to fail. And maybe then she would remember they were all just ordinary people trying to make the best of impossible circumstances. Ordinary people longing for the return of a normal life.

Hélène craved daylight, to see more than what lay before her. She needed it to see into the distance, into the future, into her own heart. She needed it like others needed air. But she told herself, when all of this was over, she would still have her whole life before her. Why worry about the worst thing when it might never happen? And surely there would be better news from the Allies soon?

As she left the edge of the village, she glanced up at the indigo sky and heard the early night birds shuffling in the trees…

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          Publisher details

          Daughters of War
          Author
          Dinah Jefferies
          Publisher
          HarperCollins
          Genre
          Fiction
          Released
          01 September, 2021
          ISBN
          9780008458706

          Synopsis

          The first book in the sweeping new historical series from th No.1 Sunday Times bestselling author. France, 1944. Deep in the river valley of the Dordogne, in an old stone cottage on the edge of a beautiful village, three sisters long for the end of the war. Hélène, the eldest, is trying her hardest to steer her family to safety, even as the Nazi occupation becomes more threatening. Elise, the rebel, is determined to help the Resistance, whatever the cost. And Florence, the dreamer, just yearns for a world where France is free. Then, one dark night, the Allies come knocking for help. And Hélène knows that she cannot sit on the sidelines any longer. But secrets from their own mysterious past threaten to unravel everything they hold most dear. The first in an epic new series from the No.1 Sunday Times bestseller, Daughters of War is a stunning tale of sisters, secrets and bravery in the darkness of war-torn France…
          Dinah Jefferies
          About the author

          Dinah Jefferies

          Dinah Jefferies is the author of the international bestseller, The Tea-Planter’s Wife. Born in Malaysia, she moved to England at the age of nine. When she began writing novels, deeply influenced by her Eastern childhood, she was able to return there on annual research trips for each new novel. With her most recent bestseller, her seventh novel The Tuscan Contessa, she has moved to writing about a European setting for the first time and continues that in this new series. She is published in 28 languages and over 30 countries.

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