About the Book
Book: A Rose for the Resistance
Author: Angela K. Couch
Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance/Christian
Release date: April, 2022
A French Woman and German Soldier Create a Truce
Full of intrigue, adventure, and romance, this new series celebrates the unsung heroes—the heroines of WWII.
With her father in a German POW camp and her home in Ste Mere Eglise, France, under Nazi occupation, Rosalie Barrieau will do anything to keep her younger brother safe. . .even from his desire to join the French resistance. Until she falls into the debt of a German solder—one who delivers a wounded British pilot to her door. Though not sure what to make of her German ally, Rosalie is thrust deep into the heart of the local underground. As tensions build toward the allied invasion of Normandy, she must decide how much she is willing to risk for freedom.
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About the Author
To keep from freezing in the great white north, Angela K Couch cuddles under quilts with her laptop. Winning short story contests, being a semi-finalist in ACFW’s Genesis Contest, and a finalist in the 2016 International Digital Awards also helped warm her up. As a passionate believer in Christ, her faith permeates the stories she tells. Her martial arts training, experience with horses, and appreciation for good romance sneak in as well. When not writing, she stays fit (and toasty warm) by chasing after four munchkins.
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The story of A Rose for the Resistance has been in the making for a while. Rosalie and Franz came to life for me in the first novel I started writing as a teenager… (not even going to mention how long ago that was). Though much of that early work will never see the light of day, I am glad I can finally share them with you.
Every November 11th since I was a child, I would sit with my dad and watch WWII documentaries and movies like A Bridge too Far, or The Longest Day which featured Sainte-Mère-Église during the D-day landings. So many of those stories beg to be remembered and I tried to include as much as I could in this novel, even in passing. Stories such as John Steele of the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment who dropped into the warzone of Sainte-Mère-Église that night and his chute caught on the spire of the church. He hung limply for hours, pretending to be dead, before the Germans took him prisoner. John later escaped and rejoined his division. Or, Henry Langrehr who landed five miles from his drop zone, crashing through a greenhouse on the way down. He was unharmed from the fall, but was later wounded and captured. He lived into his nineties to tell the tale.
Many of the events and deeds of The Resistance in the novel are also pulled from history. The French citizen’s willingness to risk their lives to transport weapons and information, and to staunchly resist the brutal German occupation. It is estimated that approximately 90,000 men women – and children – were killed, tortured, or deported by the Germans for their efforts.
Though many of the characters in this story are fictional, there are so many men and women who truly did live through the horrors of the War in Europe, and more importantly risked or sacrificed their all for the freedom and lives of others.
I pray we never forget.
A Rose For The Resistance is written by Angela K Couch. This is part of the Heroines of World War II series. While they all have the central theme of strong women during WWII, they all can be read as stand alone books.
Rosalie is in St. Mère Église, France. Her family has a beautiful garden of roses. She’s happy with her life until Nazis invade. Her father goes to fight for France, her boyfriend killed, her brother almost killed and her whole life changed in an instant. By a German soldier that shows mercy. The book then fasts forward a few years. Times are tough. German soldiers are taking part of Rosalie’s families crops. Instead of roses her greenhouse grows veggies. No one has heard from her father.
Rosalie watched helplessly as her younger brother, Marcel starts to work for the Resistance. She’s worried that he will be shot on site. When suddenly the German soldier that saved her brother reappears.
Franz is different then the others. He has kindness and compassion in his eyes. He remembers Rosalie and Marcel and wants to help. He even shows up on their doorstep with a wounded British pilot. He tries to shelter her family as much as possible.
Seeing the war through Nazi occupied France is a different setting for me. I’ve read a few books the past year with the is viewpoint. The author has created such a wonderful story you will not want it to end. I’ve read several books by this author and have always really liked them.
Well written characters. Descriptive scenery. History lessons woven through out. I do not want this series to end.
I received a copy of this book through the Celebrate Lit Blogging Program, all thoughts are my own.
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