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A deeply touching novel about two young women whose differences, which once united them, will tear them apart forever, during Hitler’s Nazi occupation of Belgium and France. Inspired by true events.
For readers of All The Light We Cannot See and The Women at Hitler's Table.
Belgium, July 1939: Simone Lyon is the daughter of a Belgium national hero, the famous General Joseph Lyon. Her best friend Hava Daniels, is the eldest daughter of a devout Jewish family. Despite growing up in different worlds, they are inseparable.
In the spring of 1940: Nazi planes and tanks begin bombing Brussels, their resilience and strength are tested. Hava and Simone find themselves caught in the advancing onslaught and are forced to flee.
In an emotionally-charged race for survival, even the most harrowing horrors cannot break their bonds of love and friendship. The two teenage girls, will see their innocence fall, against the ugly backdrop of a war dictating that theirs was a friendship that should never have been.
Praise for Christopher de Vinck:
"De Vinck’s point of view about life and love and children and teachers is important for the world…I would like as many people as possible to know his work." Madeleine L’Engle, author of A Wrinkle in Time
"Chris de Vinck’s…is like a miner who digs where others see no gold, and who each day finds riches." Peggy Noonan Wall Street Journal
"We sometimes fall into the habit of thinking that the weakest among us, like your brother Oliver, are a burden…but you show that they can teach us the deepest lessons of love. Your writing will help many people recognise this truth." President Ronald Reagan
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