“Flame of Resistance” by Tracy Groot, book review
In the midst of German occupied France, Bridgette just tries to keep body and soul together any way she can. The cold and hunger are constant. The Germans have taken to much from her, but she will not give them everything.
Tom Jager is an American pilot who is shot down in France and is picked up by the Resistance and becomes part of the movement. He becomes part of a spy team that is intertwined through out all levels of the French people.
D-Day is coming and the French people long for freedom from the oppressive Germans. The Resistance is working against the Germans, often right next door or in the same house.
The selflessness of many involved in this story is striking. With so many who have so little, yet they give to others who are in need. Many in the resistance lose their lives, but rarely give away the others involved.
This was a complicated novel, and took me several chapters to feel like I had an idea of who the players were. There is a fair amount of French and German words used, but I was often not able to determine what was being said. There were a lot of characters and I sometimes had a difficult time remembering who they were. And there were several adult themes (prostitution, torture, etc) that would make this book inappropriate for younger teens. If you have an interest in WWII history and especially, France’s involvement, this is the book for you. After I really got into the plot I did enjoy the book, but it took a while.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Tyndale. All opinions expressed are my own.