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Daughters of War

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The first book in a new historical saga which doesn’t disappoint. Set in France, 1944, the story centres around three sisters who can’t wait for the war to be over. As they each try to avoid the Nazis a secret, which rocks their own family, emerges. I was engrossed in this book from the start. The descriptive elements of the story were so real that it was like being transported in both space and time. I can’t wait to read the next book. A definite recommendation.
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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 & a nurse is trying her hardest to steer her family to safety, even as the Nazi occupation becomes more threatening. Elise, the rebel who runs a cafe, is determined to help the Resistance, whatever the cost. Florence, the dreamer who loves to cook & is the gardener in the family, 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 a trilogy & I can’t wait to read the other two books. A very well written book that had me gripped from the start & held me enthralled until the last page in the early hours of the morning. Wonderful characters & moving story took me on a plethora of emotions. I can’t recommend this book highly enough, I absolutely loved it
My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read
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I began this book thinking it might follow the usual pattern for this genre,however I was very pleased to find that it was very different & very well written.  The story is set in France, during the latter part of the Second World war.  Tensions are high, loyalties strained. 
I found the descriptions of the main characters, their feelings and stresses to be well described,  as were the locations.  I felt that the history if the time, along with the various fractions in occupied France to be well researched.   I was hooked and can't wait for the next instalment to come out.  
An excellent read, highly recommended.
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Set in the Dordogne during World War Two, the story centres around three sisters who are all longing for the war to be over. If you love historical fiction, then this is a must - and the best part is its the first in a series and I will definitely be reading the rest of the books!

Firstly, I loved the main characters. They were developed beautifully throughout the book, individually and as a family unit. Each sister is completely different which brings interesting challenges to their lives as they learn to live together under the dangers of German occupation and French resistance. Hélène, the eldest, is a stand-in mother figure who must learn to trust in her sisters and herself. Elise, the middle, is the rebellious one and is eager to help the French Resistance no matter what. Florence, the youngest, is the dreamer and seemingly the most fragile, yet she must develop an inner strength. 

Secondly, Jeffries really does justice to the difficulties and horrors of living in war-torn France. She does not shy away from depicting the ruthlessness of the Germans who were occupying France at this time and there are tragedies and dangers throughout the book which helps bring a realism to the storyline. Set against the backdrop of the beautiful French countryside, this is a compelling yet dark read filled with courage, bravery, love, loss and ultimately the power of friendship and family. 

Thank you to NetGalley and HarperCollins UK for an ARC - all opinions are my own.
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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. 

I was eager to get started with this read and was very excited by the prospect of this being a series from Jefferies. For the most part, I was not disappointed. I will say early on I am really looking forward to the series continuing so that is good. My negative point is this read is way too long. Not just a little bit too long, but vastly. This was really disappointing and meant the plot lost oomph along the way and became lacklustre and quite dull. Do not get me wrong, there is a lot going on throughout the read but it gets lost amongst all of the detail. If some of this had been removed, then it would have been a much stronger read. 

On the positive side, I loved the setting of the Dordogne, it provided a beautiful backdrop to set war against. I always enjoy historical fiction reads and getting transported back to the time and events. This was no different and Jefferies really evokes the sense of war torn France. 

The main positive for this read and for the series going forward, are the characters. Jefferies has created a strong and likeable main cast of female characters. All of them have very different personalities and bring something to the plot. It was a complete joy getting to know all of them and seeing how they slot into the plot. Jefferies definitely uses this book to set up the future reads and I am really excited about the possibilities of what is to come. 

'Daughters of War' is a sweeping historical read with fantastic central characters whom I came to love and cannot wait to be reunited with. If only this had been shorter then it would have been a truly terrific read. 

Thank you to NetGalley and HarperCollins UK for an advance copy.
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A beautifully written book, well researched. Definitely recommend. Thoroughly enjoyed reading this  story.
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This was a great read. Felt disappointed when I turned the page and realised it was the end.  Looking forward to the next book in the series.
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Another enjoyable book from Dinah Jefferies. It concerns three sisters and all that befall them during the occupation of France during the 2nd World war. Well researched and easy to read.
Thank you to NetGalley and Harper Collins UK for the advance copy of this book.
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Enjoyable fictional book, that looks into the adventures of three sister who live in France during the war. Their mother left them and moved to England after their father died. The sisters are unique in their own way. The older sister always felt like she was not loved as much as her sister's by her mother. Her younger sisters had a lot of respect for her.
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This is the first in an atmospheric and character driven WW2 historical trilogy set in war torn France in the latter years of the war, focusing on the repercussions of the German occupation and their French collaborators on 3 sisters and the Dordogne village of Sainte-Cecile. It is 1944, and the Baudin sisters have lost their father, Charles, and their mother, Claudette, has left for England. The sisters are close and supportive, each of them with distinctly different personalities. The eldest Helene has taken on the maternal mantle of responsibility, and looking after her sisters, she is a nurse, working for a local doctor, Hugo Marchand. Elise is more headstrong, working at the cafe, determined to do all that she can to help the resistance, and the youngest, Florence is more of a dreamer and homebody, looking after the home, cooking, growing vegetables and taking care of the livestock, so critical with the impact of rationing.

The German occupation is ruthless, unforgiving, violent and brutal, doing all they can to squash any opposition, as we see the death and destruction, the horrors and repercussions of the war on the sisters and others in Sainte-Cecile, and the inevitable tragedies and heartbreak. Each of the sisters are to face different challenges, there are family secrets, and all the dangers of resisting the Nazis. Jefferies provides rich descriptions of the location and intricate details of what life was like in this turbulent period of history making this a dark, intense and compelling read, a family drama, of intrigue, love, loss, grief, friendship, courage, and the fight for survival.

This is a wonderfully complex historical read, engaging and the sisters are a wonderful characters in which to understand the devastating impact of war. I look forward to reading the next in the series. Many thanks to the publisher for an ARC.
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💛🌸Book Review Time🌸💛

Thank you so much to the publisher, author and netgalley for this #GIFTED PR copy of the book. All opinions are my own. 

Okay, wow. Let me begin by saying that this is my second time reading this author and unfortunately the first time didn’t grab me like I wished it would have. Needless to say, I was happy to give them another try but didn’t have too-high-a-hopes for a knockout read. However! Let this be a lesson that one “not-so-fabulous” book does not a bad author make but this one was AMAZING! 
I was hooked from ground zero and gripped to the page. The romance and character development  is marvellous. The characters are 👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻. I loved them! 
Basically, read the book.
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You really need to read this. First in a new series about three sisters who live in France and who have to survive war time and abandonment. So much rich detail and you can tell you in the hands of a master storyteller.
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Wow, this is a captivating read.  It tells of bravery, courage, heartbreak and love.   Three sisters Helene, Elise and Florence left behind when their mother returns to England and their father has died. They live in the old family house where they uncover some secrets from the past.

The thing I really liked about this book was that there was always something happening so the book just flowed.  A worthy read.
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The first and only book I have read by Dinah Jeffries Was the tea planters wife. I was really taken with the book so wanted to read more of her . This book didn't disappoints and I loved it.
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I couldn't make my mind up about this book, the setting and characters were good and descriptive.  The story is told featuring three sisters in a small Dordogne village during WW2 but it just didn't feel terribly authentic given the deprivations and difficulties endured by the French population during the war.  There are beautiful descriptions of the area and the characters are well depicted but also brutal, harsh scenarios which do ground the era a little more.  The three sisters seem to flit between helping the Resistance, the allies or even the Germans which seemed slightly at odds.  Interspersed amongst clandestine moments we suddenly get details of making an omelette.  However, it does make a good read and being the first of a series will I'm sure be a good family saga.
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A reminder of so many atrocities that were committed during the second world war. Nobody escaped unscathed.  Although not a true story this serves as a reminder to never let hatred win over goodness. A well written, thought provoking book.
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I love a historical novel and couldn’t wait to read the latest novel from Dinah Jefferies, Daughters of War. This is the first book in a brand new sweeping historical series from the No.1 Sunday Times bestselling author. I read it on my kindle app last week and I couldn’t put it down! 
This is the first in an epic new series from the author. I have enjoyed all of the previous books by her so I knew I would like this book too. I read it in a few days as it was easy to read and I liked all the characters. It is a stunning tale of sisters, secrets and bravery in the darkness of war-torn France. The book also features two chapters of the next novel in the sisters’ story, The Hidden Palace, which is published in Autumn 2022!
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I’ve read several Dinah Jefferies books and always enjoy them.  Daughters of War is no exception.  Set towards the end of the second world war in rural France, three sisters must keep moving forward when they see their beloved village turned upside down by events of the occupation.  

Helene, Elise and Florence are living in their mother’s family home in a little village called Sainte-Cecile.  Helene is the eldest and feels her role to be the protector of the family, Elise takes too many risks and the youngest Florence cooks, gardens and makes their house feel a home.  Through the eyes of the three sisters, we meet the other residents of the village, read the gorgeous description of the village itself and the surrounding areas as well as meeting outsiders in which some will be friends and others foes.  

There is so much to offer in this novel, once I began reading it, I couldn’t put it down.  I needed to know what would happen to the sisters.  Would the people that came into their lives help them, hurt them, betray them?  The men that became part of their lives, were they genuine or not.  There was quite a bit of intrigue, suspense and romance.  

Lucky for us this is the first book of a trilogy and I can’t wait to read the second part.  I really want to see what happens to these brave sisters and where their roads will lead them after this.  

Thank you Netgalley and HarperCollins UK for allowing me to have an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for my unbiased review.
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My thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for this advance copy in exchange for an honest review.

I’ve read several of Dinah Jefferies’ books and enjoyed each one equally. The setting of Daughters of War though is different, being based in the Frame towards the end of the World War II. It is a saddening tale of the love, loss and determination to survive the horrors of that period. All sisters had endearing characters and the manner in which the author tells the story makes you feel part of the family. I love the way Dinah writes: it’s gentle, empathetic and straightforward, with none of the to’ing and fro’ing so many writers seem to have adopted in their novels. Although a lengthy read, it is engaging and incredibly realistic. As part of a trilogy, Daughters of War can be read as a standalone, however once you have wetted your appetite with the first, I eagerly await the second novel.
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Another fantastic historical fictional book from Dinah. The first in a trilogy follows  the lives of 3 sisters
In war torn France we experience their lives and that of some of the villagers as the war comes towards a end and the Nazis take over the village and we see who lives who escapes and who dies. Thanks to Dinah Jeffries, her publisher and NetGalley.
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