A Dangerous Act of Kindness

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 28 Mar 2019

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As much as I love other genres of books, I really believe that my heart lies in historical fiction. I am particularly drawn to books set during World War II, so this book appealed to me when I first heard about it. What I did not expect was to be completely and utterly blown away by it. It is such an exquisitely written and well-researched thought provoking novel. The last time I was moved by a novel, it was the 2015 novel All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, and like that novel, this one is going to stay with me for a very long time. I will certainly be recommending it to all of my friends, in much the same way I nagged them to read Anthony Doerr’s novel relentlessly until they read it! A Dangerous Act of Kindness made me question what I would have done in the same situation. Would I hide someone, knowing that I could be found guilty of treason if we were both caught? I suspect I probably would have done.

This book focuses on Millie Sanger, a young widow struggling to keep her dairy farm going with a couple of land girls to help. She finds Lukas, a young German pilot who had crashed nearby and was injured and hiding inside her barn. She takes him in as a snowstorm closes in, trapping them in a little bubble for a few days in which only they exist, with no war, no other people, just them, and unsurprisingly the chemistry they have draws them closer together, forming a connection that nothing will break.

I found the intricacies of war fascinatingly presented by LP Fergusson in this novel, providing a juxtaposition between the sensitive young pilot Lukas with the sheer evil of some Nazis who revelled in the death and destruction they were responsible for. The book provides an insight into what it was like for rural communities trying to feed the British people in times of war, and what it was like for the land girls, working hard to replace the men who were at war themselves. I also found it a compelling insight into the lives of the evacuees leaving London and moving to the countryside. I was aware of rationing and the work of the land girls, but I had never previously considered the pressure farmers were under to meet government quotas to provide much needed food for the masses in wartime.

I felt the historical details helped to show that the actions of the characters were grounded in reality. The location of the farm was so perfectly described that I had a clear vision of the farm in my mind’s eye, as well as faithful Gyp, Millie’s dog, and the human characters too. Millie was a strong, determined woman, who had taken on the responsibility of her farm and was revelling in the opportunities that were available to her in wartime. I loved Lukas and his gentle sensitivity and humility, and from the outset found myself rooting for him. It was easy to see why Millie was drawn to him. The other characters and their stories were also interesting, although I found I had little sympathy for Hugh, the neighbouring farmer who pined openly for Millie in spite of her making her own feelings very clear to him.

The Author’s Note at the end of the book provides a fascinating insight into the inspiration for A Dangerous Act of Kindness, and it is really worth reading too. All in all, I am so grateful I had the opportunity to read such an incredible book.
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A proper old fashioned ( in a good way) love story set firmly in the Second World War.  Some wider background is interspersed throughout the book but the romance, and its problems, stays firmly in the centre.
A good holiday read.
Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for the ARC
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A ww2 love story which I enjoyed very much. Not usually the kind of book I would read but I am glad I picked this one. Well worth reading
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This is set during WWII and Millie is a young widow, who is running her dairy farm with the help of a neighbour and some evacuees….

A German fighter plane crashes in a nearby field and the kind Millie takes the injured pilot, Lukas in to her care and hides him in the barn. She’s not really thinking of the consequences this may have on her and those closest to her….

This is historical fiction at its best. It tells of the atrocities of war and the emotional and physical effects this has both on those fighting and their families. It also touches on the labour camps where German POW’s were kept and the Land Army women and how women managed during the war years…changing perceptions forever.

With likeable and believable characters this is beautifully written by LP Ferguson with stunning imagery and emotion. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Thank you to The Author, Canelo and NetGalley for a free copy of the ebook  in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.
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Where to start!!!! This historical fiction book is definitely a must read if you enjoy reading historical fiction based around WWII and enjoy works by Authors such as: Marius Gabriel or Janet MacLeod Trotter.

Millie Sanger is a young widow struggling to keep the dairy farm that had been in her husband’s family for generations. As the War Agricultural Executive Committees (War Ags) is wanting to take the farm off her unless she ups its production.

One evening just before a blizzard cuts off her farm from the outside world, Millie is out checking her farm when her dog runs off. She goes after him and ends up by one of the more remote unused barns. The same barn her husband killed himself in. So with trepidation she goes in to find her dog is growling at a man. Not just any man, but the pilot from the Messerschmitt, a Lukas Schiller. He appears to be injured and struggling to keep his gun raised at the dog.

Overcoming her fear she becomes consumed with pity for the injured pilot. Taking him to her farm house where she sees to his injuries, lets him clean up gives him some of her dead husbands clothes to wear. All the while the blizzard has started to set in.

Lukas goes to leave but Millie persuades him to stay as the weather in constantly closing in on them. She fears for him, how he will survive, if found will he be killed?

In the coming days Millie and Lukas have formed their own little bubble cut off from the world outside. Here there is no war there are no sides, just a blossoming and overwhelming love for each other.

All to soon the weather breaks and the snow starts to melt. They both know that they have no choice, Lukas has to leave and put a distance between himself and Millie to protect her from being accused as a collaborator as its a hanging offence.

Lukas is eventually captured and sent to a pow camp. Where they offer him a deal to keep Millie safe from any kind of punishment for helping him. He agrees to take up the deal and spends most of the war transcribing German pow’s conversations. To find out anything useful to help them win the war.

During the remainder of the war we see how life pans out for both Millie and Lukas. Where they both keep their love for each other close to their hearts in hope one day they will be together.

You want to dislike Lukas but the man isn’t responsible for the atrocities that his fellow Germans are ordered and some relished to do. War brings out good and bad in everyone.

When the war end will they ever see each other again and overcome any hurdles that may come their way? Or are their lives on a different unchangeable path?

I have to give this book 5 stars, great story line, with depth and feeling, guilt over loving the wrong man/woman, treason, evacuee’s from blitzed out London and the land girls.
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When Widower Millie Sanger finds a injured enemy pilot on her farm she is unsure of what to do. 
Lukas Schiller is injured and need of help but would this woman help him?
On opposite sides of the war they both become close,when the war becomes heightened it forces them apart.
One act of kindness can leave devastating consequences.
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An interesting historical fiction book set in WW2, England. The fear of invasion is on everyone’s minds at this time and the fate a German airman crashing to earth if he survives is understandably precarious.

Milly, guilt-ridden over the death of her husband, doesn’t want to help but she sees a fellow human in need of care and lets her humanity rule her head. What follows, is intense, suspenseful and ultimately heartbreaking for the young woman, but the threat of repercussions last for the duration of the war.

The forbidden romance aspect of this story is poignant and sensual. Milly acts from the heart and out of loneliness but also with courage. Lukas wants to fly, but he doesn’t understand the consequences of his youthful choice for many years.

The story spans five years of war and explores what it is like for the rural communities trying to feed Britain, the Londoners bombed and the children evacuated to the relative safety of the countryside. Military intelligence, prisoners of war camps and Britain’s population’s perception of the war, Germans and those who helped them is an important theme of this book.

The bond between Lukas and Milly connects all events in the story, it affects both their lives and happiness in unforeseen ways. They are complex and in many respects tragic characters. Like all the characters in this story, they are authentic and allow the reader to glimpse what Britain at war was like.

The plot is detailed and spans many Britain at war themes. The historical information and imagery make the characters’ actions and motives realistic and the story engages the reader’s emotions as they turn the pages.

My only criticism is that I find it a little slow in parts, but it is an enjoyable yet heartbreaking read. The ending implies rather than shows hope for the future and it is beautifully written.

I received a copy of this book from Canelo via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
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A story of love, kindness and hope against the backdrop of WW2 weaving in themes of tragedy, guilt and treason. Beautifully written, with believable, well-rounded characters.
Thoroughly enjoyed reading this, and will be re-reading again before long!

Thank you to Netgalley for providing an advance copy in return for an honest review.
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Thank You To Netgalley & Publishers For Granting My Request To Review This Book.
This Book Really Stood Out For Me When Requesting It Because It Was Suggested As A Read For Fans Of Rachel Hore & Santa Montefiore, Who Are Two Of My Favourite Authors. These Are Exactly Type Of Books That I Love.
I’ve Been Reading A Lot Of WWII Fiction Lately, So This Book Presented Itself At The Perfect Time.
The Synopsis Of An English Widow Helping An Injured German Soldier Isn’t The Usual Angle Of WWII Fiction Books Which Is Another Aspect That Drew Me In. I Loved The Interaction Between Millie & Lukas, As Well As The Characters Of Hugh And His Mum. These Characters Really Embodied The Time And I Liked How The Book Was Set In Years As A Way To Help The Stories Progression.
I Wish The Book Could’ve Carried On For Longer. I Honestly Devoured This Book And Couldn’t Believe When It Had Finished. I Wanted More. I Had Questions. I Needed To Know What Happened Next. To Me, That Makes A Brilliant Book
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A Dangerous Act of Kindness is an easy and enjoyable read. The plot is interesting and easy to follow. There isn't too many characters and the story comes to a satisfying end. Overall, the book was good and I think people interested in books set during WWII would like this story.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for this ARC.
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A young English widow, Millie puts her life and reputation at risk to help an injured German pilot, Lukas,  who has crash-landed near her farm. If found out, she could be charged with treason and hanged. However, you can't help who you fall In love with and this story shows the impact of the war and the impact of her actions on both her, Lukas, and those around them.
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Milly Sanger is young, widowed, brave. At least that's what those around her, tell her. Deep down she harbours guilt and resentment for her husband's suicide.

When injured enemy pilot, Lukas Schiller is found by her dog Gyp in one her barns, Milly's first instinct is not to turn him over to the authorities, or even the loacals who would surely kill him. But instead she needs to help him. His shoulder is badly disclocated and if he stands any chance of further survival it must be fixed.

The snow has already begun to fall when the pair begin to make their way back to the farmhouse to see if they can fix Lukas’ shoulder before the injury becomes even worse. When Hugh comes to visit, Milly must hide Lukas and realises how dangerous it could be to help him. Though it destroys her to see him in so much pain.

Hugh, Milly's neighbour and lifelong friend is suspicious of Milly’s behaviour during the snow storm, doesn’t understand why she is suddenly unwelcoming of his open affection towards her. Of course Milly doesn’t think of Hugh romantically. In fact she is barely thinking of him at all...

Why would she when she has Lukas?

But where are these thoughts and feelings coming from? He is the enemy ... but to Milly he is another vulnerable casualty of war. An undeniable attraction lies between them. But Milly know that Hugh nor anyone else must ever discover Lukas, and as Hugh is forced to stay at the farm because of the weather, Milly realises that Lukas must leave as soon as the cost is clear for him to do so.

When Lukas leaves, Milly feels as if her heart has been ripped in two but she knows they will never see each other again. Her actions though will remain with her for the rest of her life, that is, if she can even live that life under the deepest suspicions.

A Dangerous Act of Kindness is a beautiful novel, and one that will stay with me for a long time.
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A romance in the true sense of the word. When a young widow puts her life and reputation at risk to help an injured pilot who has crash-landed near her farm she has no idea of the consequences which are far-reaching.  I loved this book which is set in World War Two
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and found the interactions between the various characters very interesting. Definitely recommended to those who enjoy reading about this era of our history.
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War time drama,set in the country in a time of landgirls,homeguard and prisoners of war who were set to work. Compassion versus patriotism. Good likeable characters.
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Thanks Netgalley and the Publisher.  Not really the sort of book I read but saying that I really enjoyed the well written storyline and the characters.
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A beautiful story that I couldn't put down and didn't want to end.

I'm fascinated by life in WW2 and so knew I'd like this but it went above like, I adored this book.

At times I felt this story was more than fiction. It was completely believable, the characters felt real and it was clear the author had done her research. The authors notes at the end are a worthy read and make it clear why the book was so good.

I'll read this again and again and recommend it to friends.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC in return for an honest and unbiased review. Further thanks to the author for a truly beautiful story.
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A Dangerous Act of Kindness is set during the Second World War and is beautifully written .It is a story of love and kindness and hope .It must have been awful during that time trying to survive and when a young German pilot crashes near a young Widow's farm she takes him in and they fall in love despite the dangerous circumstances ,while they are snowed in they are safe but once it melts he has to leave and eventually gets captured.I enjoyed the characters the chirpy Land Girls  the shy Farmer .It was a very interesting to read the Authors notes as well .A very enjoyable well written story .Many thanks to the Publisher ,the Author and NetGalley for my review copy in return for an honest review .
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A World War 2 story of the impact of relationships when two opposing sides meet. Millie and Lukas establish a relationship in the snow when his plane crashes.  The story traces this bringing in some the outside influences of the world of Dorset where it is set.
The characters are well defined and this adds well to to the story.
I found myself committed to the book and recommend it as good, easy read.
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An amazing story set during World War 2 telling the events from the British and German perspective.
Tradegy, guilt, love and treason are the main themes but cleverly interwoven to tell an incredible tale.
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