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Daughters of War

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Excellent story telling, thoroughly enjoyed this book recommend to all. Characters are very well drawn and quickly established
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An emotional, heart-warming and wonderful read with a great plot and lovely characters. I'm new to the author but will look out for more.
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It’s a while since I read a book in gulps, not wanting to put it down, not wanting to leave the story. ‘Daughters of War’ by Dinah Jefferies is the first of a World War Two trilogy about three sisters. And what characters they are, each individual, quirky, vulnerable, stubborn, brave and refreshing. I lurched from having one favourite, then another. At the end I was equally drawn to each. 
In the Dordogne live three sisters – Hélène, Élise and Florence - alone in their mother’s house during the German occupation. Hélène is the eldest, a nurse, the mother hen, the worrier. Élise is the rebel, helping the Resistance, disappearing at night. Florence, the youngest, is a gardener, a cook, a nature lover. They are tired of the war, terrified by the Germans and their increasingly violent and indiscriminate reprisals, desperate for a normal life without remembering what that might be.
Backstory is important and there are many mysteries, unspoken memories and fears, which can only by explained when something happens to trigger understanding. We see the girls’ mother Claudette, in England for the war, only through their memories but she is a pivotal character nonetheless. 
The story opens in spring 1944 when the girls’ quiet life at their stone cottage in the woods is altered by two arrivals. Jack, a British Special Operations soldier, has parachuted in with orders to train the Resistance in preparation for the invasion. Tomas, a young German soldier, has deserted and is found hiding in their garden shed. What follows is a tale of innocence, love, bravery, cruelty, loyalty and honour.
Jefferies’ descriptions of the French countryside - the trees, the birds, the wildflowers, the Dordogne scenery, coupled with the descriptions of Florence’s cooking - work as a shocking juxtaposition to the horror of war in this oh so beautiful tranquil place. 
A page-turner.
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I struggled with this book to be honest. It just felt overly long with lots of parts that really didn't contribute much to the plat/story

Clearly the author is an accomplished writer but this one didn't really work for me
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Once again Dinah Jefferies has produced a great read and this time the novel is centred on three sisters living in wartime France under the Nazis. Whilst the eldest sister, a nurse called Helene acts as the "mother" figure to her younger sisters Eloise and Florence. But where Eloise gets involved with the Resistance and is daring in her exploits, the youngest Florence is dreamy and cooks and gardens to help them through the shortages of wartime France. Why their Mother became so remote after their father's death intrigues Helene. But life there is complicated and  very dangerous and who and what their friends and neighbours are doing is not always clear to the sisters, add to the mixture an English SOE operator, a runaway German soldier, a stranger who seeks them out and the story races along to the climax. It left me wishing for the next book to see how life pans out for them. A great story! Thanks for the opportunity to read it.
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A fascinating read, three very different sisters experiences of life under German occupation. I really enjoyed the writing style and found this book very absorbing, as my history teacher at school was very poor my historical knowledge is patchy and Im keen to learn more, this book was very informative as well as being a great read with engaging characters, I would like to read more by this author
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Daughters of war - Dinah Jefferies 

Sorry, unfortunately I didn’t get to finish this book as had other books and this one expired before I had a chance
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Daughters of War introduces Helene, Eloise and Florence - three sisters living in a rural village in occupied France in the closing weeks of the Second World War.  Dinah Jefferies’ writing drew me in from the first pages and had me gripped to the last.  I loved the characters of the three sisters and the descriptions of the beauty of the natural world around the Dordogne, in stark contrast to the dark and often shocking events as the War reaches its closing days.  A multi-layered story raising questions from the past and questions about the future.  I am so pleased that this is the first in a trilogy; I can’t wait to meet up with the sisters again!  Thanks to Net Galley, the publisher and author for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an independent review.

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An enthralling story of three sisters living under German oppression in wartime Dordogne. This period of history has always fascinated me and this was an enjoyable and emotional tead.
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I’ve read a good few novels by Dinah Jefferies and if there’s one thing that keeps me coming back for her titles, it’s her distinctive flair for descriptive writing. She is the queen of setting and atmosphere; wherever the book is set, you’ll FEEL the surroundings. I’d say this novel is definitely her best yet. 

Daughters of War centres around the lives of three sisters living in Nazi-occupied France during WW2. It’s a hefty book (over 500 pages) but that means it’s a truly sweeping tale of sisterhood, survival and history - you can tell a lot of research has gone into this. I didn’t find it at all boring or tedious (thanks a lot school history lessons) but I could have done without some of the cheesy romances. Not a spoiler, but maybe Jack will make more sense in the next instalment - yep, only found out at the end that this is the first book in a trilogy, though you could absolutely read this as a stand-alone. I’ll definitely be reading the next one to see what the future has in store for the sisters ☺️
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Three sisters ,all different struggle with the consequences of World War Two in a quiet part of the French countryside. Interesting aspects of the war and well described characters make this a good read.
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I was given a copy of The daughters of War by Dinah Jefferies by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I have read several books by the same author previously. The book is set in France during world war 2. 3 sisters live together each have their own journey through the war.
A good story but not one of my favorites by this author
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Having read several dinah jefferies books i feel this one is one of my favourites so far. Could not fault it nor could i put it down.
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Huge thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review! Honestly, I really wanted to love this one, which may have actually ended up being why I struggled to get into it. I just found huge sections of it to just be a bit slow and drag a touch. That said, the description was beautiful and well written, and really a highlight of the whole story for me.
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Three sisters, half English, living in a Dordogne village in wartime Vichy France.. plenty of historical details of a period of history in WWII which has not been covered extensively in wartime novels.  Initially I thought the plot would be all too predictable but the plot moved along briskly and there some unexpected twists. Knowing it is the first of a trilogy to an extent detracted from elements of suspense.
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I loved this book! This was brilliantly done by Dinah Jeffries. I have read a few of hers before and this is easily the best one! I read it on holiday and my family kept having to repeat things to me because I was so lost in the story.

The novel is the first in a trilogy (hurrah!) set in the Dordogne in 1944 before the Allied invasion of Normandy. It follows the lives of 3 sisters and their separate struggles and relationships as they come to grips with living on their own in occupied France.

I can’t wait for the next one!
Many thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for giving me an advanced copy in return for an honest review.
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I really enjoyed this book, it was emotional yet brilliant at the same time. I cant wait to read the next book in the series.
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A gripping Tale of three sisters who have left their Mother in England after their fathers death & gone to live at the Family's Holiday home in France, where they all encounter difficult times & life decisions during the War in being in German occupied France ,where a friend or neighbour could quickly become your worst enemy ! I am now going to eagerly await the next book about these sisters . In the meantime I will be highly recommending `Daughters of War' to both Family members & Friends Globally alike #FB, #Instagram, Amazon.co.uk, #GoodReads, #NetGalley , #<img src="https://www.netgalley.com/badge/358a5cecda71b11036ec19d9f7bf5c96d13e2c55" width="80" height="80" alt="100 Book Reviews" title="100 Book Reviews"/>, #<img src="https://www.netgalley.com/badge/ef856e6ce35e6d2d729539aa1808a5fb4326a415" width="80" height="80" alt="Reviews Published" title="Reviews Published"/>,#<img src="https://www.netgalley.com/badge/aa60c7e77cc330186f26ea1f647542df8af8326a" width="80" height="80" alt="Professional Reader" title="Professional Reader"/>
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A beautifully written novel intertwining the stories of 3 sisters living in France toward the end of World War II.  Gives a feeling for the terrible way in which peoples lives were ruined and a measure of the terror that must have been felt. I would certainly read more in this series
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Another great historical book by this author taking place in the Dordogne area of France.   I loved the three sisters who were all so different in character but who all pulled together in the face of adversity and the hardships and atrocities imposed on them by the Nazis.  A compelling read
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