The Schoolteacher of Saint-Michel: inspired by real acts of resistance, a heartrending story of one woman's courage in WW2
by Sarah Steele
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Pub Date 24 Jun 2021 | Archive Date 27 Jun 2021
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The war taught her to fight. The children taught her to hope...
Inspired by real acts of bravery and resistance, The Schoolteacher of Saint Michel is a heartrending and deeply moving story of one woman's courage and sacrifice during World War II, from the USA Today bestselling author of The Missing Piece of Nancy Moon.
This exquisitely beautiful novel is perfect for readers of The Rose Code by Kate Quinn, The Postmistress, Lilac Girls and The Girl from Vichy.
'A beautifully worked tale of bravery, woven into the reality of a time we can't forget' Mandy Robotham, author of The Berlin Girl
'An emotional, beautifully constructed read. I loved the way the clues from the past and present slowly knitted together, answering the questions that had been missing their answers for so long' Sunday Times bestselling author Jill Mansell
'Gripping, at times heartbreaking, but ultimately uplifting, I found this beautifully written novel impossible to put down' Sunday Times bestselling author Katie Fforde
'My darling girl, I need you to find someone for me . . .'
France, 1942. At the end of the day, the schoolteacher releases her pupils. She checks they have their identity passes, and warns them not to stop until the German guards have let them through the barrier that separates occupied France from Free France. As the little ones fly across the border and into their mothers' arms, she breathes a sigh of relief. No one is safe now. Not even the children.
Berkshire, present day. A letter left to her by her beloved late grandmother Gigi takes Hannah Stone on a journey deep into the heart of the Dordogne landscape. As she begins to unravel a forgotten history of wartime bravery and sacrifice, she discovers the heartrending secret that binds her grandmother to a village schoolteacher, the remarkable Lucie Laval . . .
'An engaging tale of courage and friendship. A triumph!' Gill Paul
'Evocative writing and the storytelling is masterful. It really draws the reader in' Felicity Hayes-McCoy
'A gripping journey about the quiet triumphs and breathtaking courage of so many women in wartime' Jane Bailey
Readers ADORE The Schoolteacher of Saint Michel:
'I loved this book, I finished reading it on VE Day. It is certainly a fitting tribute to the everyday people in France who resisted the German occupation in WW2. 5 stars'
'Absolutely fabulous. Highly recommend this. I've read The Missing Pieces of Nancy Moon - this is even better'
'Such a poignant story and beautiful characters. I can highly recommend this book'
'A lovely book, by turns emotional, exciting and heart-rending. The story is beautifully told. A book that will stay with me. Definitely recommended, particularly to anyone with an interest in World War II historical novels'
'A lovely story of courage and hope at a time of extreme adversity. Wonderfully written, descriptive and poignant. This one is special'
'Sheer escapism, beautifully written. I highly recommend it'
Readers adore Sarah Steele's novels:
'Outstandingly beautiful. This book took my breath away. A sheer joy'
'OMG WHAT A BOOK. Fabulously, beautifully written book. It definitely kept me hooked. This story is full of everything - love, heartache and loss'
'One of the best books I have read this year. It has it all - love, mystery, deceit and a secret. Five stars all the way'
'A wonderful book, which took me on a journey and stayed with me for days afterwards'
'A captivating read of secrets untold. A moving story which I read in one day. Many twists and turns enhanced this gripping novel and kept me enthralled'
'I loved this story of love, friendship and hope. It's perfect'