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Dinah Jefferies is a wonderful writer and I wasn't disappointed by this lovely book.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me an early read of this book.

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I love this authors work. This is a lovely and atmospheric read. The writing style is descriptive and beautiful. There is some tension in the story. I love the sisters in this book.

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A dense, complex book set in World War 2. Compelling characters, and a level of something to be interested in, but there was.... Just something missing, I guess.
I enjoyed the book, but I wanted just slightly more.
3.5 stars.

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Dinah is an amazing author and I really enjoy her books, this is another well written and put together story.. A page turner. Fully recommended.

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This was so complex and so descriptive that it made it a hard read but worth it, I really enjoyed it. The three sisters are so well described and you can really see that this is going to be an exciting series.

I was given a free copy by netgalley and the publishers but the review is entirely my own.

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Three sisters are living in a small French town when World War II breaks out. They each have different reactions to the circumstances, and the novel follows each of them as they experience heartbreak, danger, and the other circumstances caused by the invasion. A good story very well told, and anyone who enjoys historical fiction will enjoy this.

With thanks to HarperCollins and NetGalley for an ARC.

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Daughters Of War is the first book in a family drama set in the later years of WW2 and it follows the lives of three sisters, Helene, Elisa and Florence living in a small village in France.

I was completely hooked and enthralled by this book, the sisters were engaging and I love the camaraderie between them.

The way the author describes the village of Sante-Cecile really brought this story to life. A beautifully written historical drama that was pure brilliance!!

I'm looking forward to reading the next book in this series.

Thank you to Netgalley for my copy in exchange for an honest review.

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It is 1944. Helene, Elise and Florence Baudin are three sisters living in the Dordogne area of France during the Nazi occupation.

A difficult relationship with their mother Claudette means the girls live apart from her. Helene, the eldest, is a nurse whilst Florence, the youngest, is the homemaker. Middle sister Elise runs a cafe and is involved with the Resistance, even though this places her at greater risk.

The war means there are choices to be made, not all of them easy, and the sisters' lives will change as a result.

This is a well-written story, dealing with sensitive and difficult subjects, and there is a strong narrative thread throughout.

The relationship between the sisters is not always easy but they learn to cope with the challenges that come their way.

This is the first in a trilogy about the sisters and I look forward to reading the next instalments.

I received a free digital ARC of this book via HarperCollins UK, and am leaving this review voluntarily.

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An excellent opening to this trilogy, set in occupied France during World War II, where three sisters play their part in the resistance at great cost to them.m and struggle to survive in the most tying of times.

Three very different characters, all with their own storyline, are introduced in this book and I enjoyed spending time with each of them. I was totally consumed by this story, which is so wonderfully written, and at times leaves you worrying what will come a next and for their safety. I was totally hooked throughout this book; I was just sorry to see the end of this book, it was my first book by this author but cannot wait to see the second book in this trilogy.

If you enjoy books about the war, and especially occupied France I cannot recommend this book enough. I would certainly recommend it for those who have loved the books of Kate Quinn.

I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

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I can’t ever get enough of Dinah Jeffries books - they bring out the locations beautifully and I always want to go there. Wonderful.

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Set in 1944 in the Dordogne, three sisters live in their mothers cottage, it’s war time, their parents are in England and the girls do what must be done to tolerate and survive the war.

Before too long the Allies come looking for help and the girls do what they can to help, to protect their friends and also assist a scared deserter they come across.

A wonderfully written novel which transports the reader to beautiful France and onto the lives of the brave girls.

War is tough and brutal, true friendships are made, some friendships are betrayed and hearts are broken in two. This book explores all of this and more.

Thank you for the opportunity to read and review this title.

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Daughters of War by Dinah Jefferies follows three sisters during the time German occupation in France in 1944. The beautiful descriptive writing really brings these incredibly hard and brutal times to life and I found myself gasping in horror more than once while reading.
There are so many World War 2 novels going around these days that every time I come across a new one I am afraid they might all just blend into each other. However, with this one, my fear didn't become reality. As the story is original, even though the topic isn't.
Thank you to NetGalley for a digital copy in exchange for an honest (even though very late) review.

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Dinah Jefferies's debut novel, Daughters of War, is an evocative and captivating historical novel set during the German occupation of France in World War II. Through the perspectives of three sisters, Hélène, Elise and Florence, Jefferies tells a poignant and deeply affecting story of love, resilience and courage in the face of extreme adversity.

As each of the sisters navigates the German occupation, their unique relationships and the tragedies and secrets that shape their lives, they discover their inner strengths and ultimately choose to take brave and dangerous action. The novel provides a window into the life of women in wartime, exploring the dynamics between characters and the struggles that are faced.

Daughters of War is an emotive and deeply personal story that has been brought to life through Jefferies's vivid descriptions of wartime France and the inner strength and determination of its inhabitants. With elements of both romance and suspense, this is a beautiful, haunting and heartbreaking novel that will stay with you long after the final page has been turned.

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This is the first Dinah Jefferies book I've read and definitely won't be the last.

Daughters of War is the first book in the new historical series. Set in France 1944, we follow the story of three sisters, Helene, Elise and Florence in their journey of survival during Nazi occupation.

This story is beautifully written, packed with drama and action. The way the horrors of war handled by the author is brilliant. With great characters and a solid plot, this is a must read book.

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The first of a three-part series and I will be reading the rest.
It was gripping from the start. Very descriptive, wonderful characters, the writer brought us on a journey. I look forward to the next story.

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A book by Dinah never fails to be a good read. Historically she manages to get fact cleverly entwined with fiction.
Abandoned by their mother to face war on their own in Dordogne the three sisters all have their own strengths and make the best they can of a very hard life but it isn't long before they can't join in with the local resistance and find that love and war don't go together.

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My thanks to the Publishers via NetGalley for the opportunity to read this in exchange for an honest review.

This is the first book in a planned trilogy by the Author set around the second World War. The story features three sisters that live in a French village, as many people living during the war the three sisters are longing for the war to end and for them to be able to live a free life without all the pressures that the war has put on them all.

Told in alternating chapters, we find out what is happening to them all from the three sisters separately, each sisters character is completely different and they all have differing points of views. It's not easy being young and female during the occupation, females are more at risk in many ways and need to be protected as much as they can. The eldest sister Helene finds herself trying to take charge, but sometimes it's not always easy being the eldest and you yearn to be one of the younger ones without as many pressures to cope with.

I enjoyed the story and was soon drawn into the lives of the three sisters and all that they had to contend with. We can only imagine what it was like for the people who lived then and how they must have feared for their lives on more than one occasion, putting themselves in danger as they tried to cope with what was happening around them. I look forward to reading the next one in due course to see where we are taken on the journey with them.

Dinah Jefferies knows how to tell a good yarn and this is definitely a good yarn to settle down with. If you fancy finding out how the sisters cope with what life has to throw at them, then grab yourself a copy to read.

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The first book of a series and certainly did not disappoint it is a very descriptive book telling of the lives of three sisters in occupied France.

Helene is the oldest who is a nurse, then there is Elise who helps the resistance and finally Florence who is the youngest and looks after the garden and cooking. We see what happens to them and the rest of the village over the course of the book. The woman are very brave and we see how they face adversity.

The book flowed and certainly wanted to read on and see what happened to them. It is well written and look forward to the next book in the series.

Would recommend this book.

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4.5 stars. This is a descriptive story about three French sisters who are trying to survive in Nazi-occupied rural France. It’s a moving story, and the sisters are all different characters. They come across their own dangers. One works as a nurse, one is secretly helping defeat the Nazis, and the other enjoys gardening and cooking. Each of them has a unique story. This is the first book of three.

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I love Dinah Jeffries and have read all of her books. I'm always guaranteed a cracking good read. Engaging characters and a memorable story. I can't wait to read the sequel.

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