The Girl Under the Flag

Monique (WW2 Girls)

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Pub Date Jan 22 2021 | Archive Date Mar 15 2021

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Monique would do anything to live.

Running for her life from the Nazis, Monique, a seventeen-year-old Jewish girl, escapes through the streets of Paris, searching for a place to hide. 

In a dark basement deep within the city, Philip, a man of the Resistance, offers her a deal in order to save her life by changing her identity. In return, she needs to provide information about the Germans by becoming acquainted with them. 

Torn between her feelings for Philip and her fear of Herr Ernest, a German officer who shows special interest in her, Monique steps deeper and deeper into the jaws of the Nazi beast. But with every day that passes, she knows that it is only a matter of time before she makes a mistake and becomes discovered by the Germans - the price for that being her life. 

Through her own eyes, Monique tells of her efforts to survive within occupied Paris, torn between the cafés bustling with people and the poor citizens endlessly waiting in lines, food-ration stubs in hand. But above all, this is a story about a girl who has to fight for her freedom during those dark and dreadful days, fervently refusing to give up, while the German soldiers march through the streets of Paris, stomping the ground with their hobnailed boots.

Monique would do anything to live.

Running for her life from the Nazis, Monique, a seventeen-year-old Jewish girl, escapes through the streets of Paris, searching for a place to hide. 

In a dark...

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I recevied The Girl Under the Flag by Alex Amit as an ARC from Netgalley and the publisher for my honest opinion thank you.

Running for her life from the Nazis, Monique, a seventeen-year-old Jewish girl, escapes through the streets of Paris, searching for a place to hide. In a dark basement deep within the city, Philip, a man of the Resistance, offers her a deal in order to save her life by changing her identity. In return, she needs to provide information about the Germans by becoming acquainted with them. Torn between her feelings for Philip and her fear of Herr Ernest, a German officer who shows special interest in her, Monique steps deeper and deeper into the jaws of the Nazi beast.

This is a great story told from a different perspective the eyes of Monique. I had never read anythiing by Alex Amit. I found her book to be captivating and well told from a perspective of a women working for the resistance but everyone thinks she's with the Nazis. I had never read any other books writtien in this kind of plot line. I would recommend others to read it.

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The Girl Under the Flag by Alex Amit was a page turner set during occupied France during WW2. It opens with a tragic scene where a 17 year old Jewish girl, Monique Moreno, has all that she has known snatched away from her overnight. She then is forced to find a way to survive as a Jewish girl without family support in a country that no longer wants her. She makes choices that are outwardly judged by others while retaining a private persona that is integral to helping the French Resistance. Fans of Kristin Hannah's The Nightingale and Kristin Harmel's The Winemaker's Wife will devour in one sitting this impeccably researched historical fiction novel. The characters will become real to you and have you questioning how you would have balanced your morality with your desire to survive. I can not wait to read more of Alex Amit, this debut novel was perfection. I was provided an advance reader copy via Net Galley.

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THE GIRL UNDER THE FLAG BY ALEX AMIT is the story of a young French Jewess, Monique Moreno, and her courage in surviving the German occupation in Paris and her bravery in finding out important information for the Resistance.
She is an inspirational character, not very sure of herself or of who who she really is, having changed her surname and background story in order to stay alive.
Throughout the book the author brings out Monique's Jewish heritage, with memories of Shabbat with her family and Hebrew prayers and songs. This contrasts drastically with the way the Nazis are painting the Jews.
The author has researched the history of the time very well and has given us an important reminder of what happened to God's precious Jewish people during the Holocaust, the incredible bravery of the members of the Resistance, and the horrors of war in general with man's inhumanity towards his fellow man.
This is a must read for anyone who likes WW11 novels, or who wants and exciting and inspirational book to read. I guarantee you will not be able to put it down!
I was given a free copy of the book by NetGalley from BooksGoSocial. The opinions in this review are completely my own.

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Once I got into this book, I couldn’t out it down. Great storyline and very suspenseful in parts. If you are a WWII Historical Fiction fan, I highly suggest it. Stick with it!

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I'm a huge history buff and was excited to dive into this book because of it. Boy was I not disappointed. It was fabulous. Very well done by the author.

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Thanks to publisher through Net Galley for ARC of this fine book.
This is some heavy water for holiday reading, but Christmas is one of the holidays included within this very moving story. What could happen to a young Jewish girl whose mother, father and brother are taken by the Germans and sent to Auschwitz leaving her alone in Paris.
Monique must develop survival skills without preparation and is soon given something like shelter by a member of the Resistance wherein she is immediately put to work.
Her challenges continue to escalate and there is no one to trust. The lady who gives her a place to live becomes one more example of the worst that can happen when the Gestapo executes her. Monique is asked to live with a high-level Nazi officer. Her German is perfect as she was born in Strasbourg so that often works to her advantage until it doesn't. It is a harrowing story well told.
The author includes historical notes respecting the reality of Paris police acting against the Jewish population of the time, a bitter pill to swallow.

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WWII Paris comes alive in this gripping book by Alex Amit. A young girl is forced to question what her true values are when the French City comes under control of Nazi Germany. The descriptions are tight and deceptive and paint an picture of a long ago era when evil was very real. As a history buff of WWII, I enjoyed this book.

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The Girl Under the Flag by Alex Amit started strong and captured my interest right away. About a third of the way through I felt the story was a bit disjointed and my interest slightly decreased. The ending again captured my full attention as the interest picked back up. The heavy topic is never easy to put into words.

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A Parisian girl's family is taken away in a roundup to Auschwitz, and she must do what it takes to survive. Monique makes a deal with Philip to change her identity, and she begins working at a bakery that German officers frequent. Monique then begins a relationship with a high ranking Nazi officer, sharing information with the Resistance. It helps that she is fluent in German. She is worried that she dives in too deep and that any little mistake can unravel everything.

Just wow! This book kept me up all night. You felt as though you were with Monique as she dived deeper, dealing with the internal struggle she faced. She is a strong, well-developed character.

I look forward to reading the next book in the series.

I received this ARC copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Fast paced and packed with tension, I found myself holding my breath as I read this one. I was fully engaged with the storyline, and found it impossible to put down.
The plot is simple, yet has a refreshingly different feel from other books in the genre.
Written with a unique insight into the thoughts and feelings of the main character, following her journey into adulthood through an extraordinary set of circumstances.
The characters are complicated, with a layer of realism giving them extra depth and range from engaging to repulsive, as expected.
A fantastic book, definitely well worth reading.

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Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me access to read this book. I really enjoyed it and went through it in only a couple of sittings. The first person point of view of a French Jew during World War II was very well explained and the passing of time was easily followed without every second having to be explained. The story line was captivating and held my attention throughout. I enjoyed reading the undercurrent of a love interest without it taking over the plot.
I thought the content might have been too heavy to read over Christmas period but it was not overwhelming.

I would recommend this book.

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I enjoyed reading this book. It was so sad at times as we all know what happened to the Jews and their sympathisers during the second world war. The main characters were interesting especially Monique. I do recommend that you read this book.

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Staying Alive

Monique is a Jewish girl born in Germany and her family immigrated to France. When the Nazi soldiers invade Paris her family is taken to Auschwitz by the Gestapo. Monique hides in a cupboard and is not found as her mother tells the soldiers she sent her out to buy food.

Monique wanders the streets find help and food from wherever she can. She is almost caught when a resistance member takes her to the resistance headquarters. She meets Phillip and starts working for the resistance.

Soon she befriends a German officer, Ernest, and ends up living with him . This is so she can steal information and report it to the resistance. She does not enjoy this arrangement, but it is what she must do for her country. She has a false ID card and is passing herself off as a French citizen.

This is a book of the French resistance, and especially about a woman in the French resistance. It tells of the awful links she had to go to in order to stay alive just one more day. Fear was a constant companion.

The book tells of the horrible way the women were treated by the French people because they believed them to be a German collaborator. Sometimes the women were beaten, their heads shaved, and it didn't matter if they were working for the resistance.

The history of the invasion of Paris, the final solution for the Jews by the Nazi's and the liberation of Paris. The book show that not all people in France were monsters and many Jews were helped and saved by French people. The book also tells of those that would turn in anyone for a loaf of bread,

I liked the Characters, the history, and the ending was very good.

The book was sad and it was interesting. I am glad I read it and I do recommend it.

Thanks to Alex Amit, BooksGoSocial, and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.

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A gripping and tense read which I enjoyed and from the beginning. A book of historical fiction which was very well written. Highly recommend for readers of this genre

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Thanks to netgallery for giving me a chance to read this novel.

First of all, what a fascinating book! It is clear that the author has researched well and the storyline is unique. Not your typical novel of this era type book. Yes there is romance but there’s also a lot of frightening things happening. You really begin to feel the stress that the main character is going through as she’s trying to survive 1940’s occupied France under the nazis.

This is a must read! A great book for your collection!

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I have always been interested in WW2 Historical Fiction so right off the story description had me hooked. What has me interested me most was that this story was set in Paris, France and all I can remember from history class was that Germany had occupied France for quite some time. But, from reading the book, Mr. Amit did an incredible job of describing what it would be like to live during that time and what the struggles were living in France at the time. I did not even know there was a resistance in Paris and it was also interesting to see what life in Paris was like and how they lived their everyday lives. Seeing it from Monique`s POV even though she is a fictional character it felt so real. That there could have been someone in real life who had gone through all of that. I found her and Philip`s relationship very interesting even though I understand it was the wrong place and wrong time I would have loved to see more of their relationship perhaps a sequel or a novella from his POV. Overall, Monique's story is an incredible story and I would recommend reading this book 100% it`s a very good read and has me interested in researching more about what happened in Paris during that time.

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Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC of this amazing & heart-wrenching read in exchange for an honest review.

I could not put this book down after starting it! I was sucked into Monique’s life within the first few pages. I could feel Monique‘a emotions (happiness, terror, longing, sadness, love, etc) as experienced along her journey of survival. The authors, Alex Amit, painted a realistic picture of what a Jewish girl would have to face in order to live through the Nazi’s reign of terror. She did what she had to do to survive, all while secretly helping the resistance. There were some gut-wrenching moments in the end.

While Monique is a fictional character, her story is likely similar to many who lived through this time. Once I learned that the author was a historian, I wasn’t surprised at how “real” Monique story felt.

100% recommend this read. I am looking forward to checking out other books by Alex Amit now!

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This is Monique Moreno’s story. When she was seventeen, her family ~ mother, father and younger brother Jacob were taken by the Germans and sent Auschwitz. She was spared as she was hiding; they searched but did not find her hiding place. They left, leaving her alone in Paris.
She has had to develop some survival skills. She speaks German as she grew up in Strasbourg. She finds help with Philip, who helps her with a new identity. Since she speaks German, she is able to disguise being Jewish. However, she finds out that Oberst Ernest, a high-level Nazi Officer is interested in her.

I am not a fan of WWII stories. I know we must never forget what happened but most stories are so depressing and I am at a loss as to what I can do. However, I do enjoy the stories where people survive and help others. This story was much better than I expected. Monique is a fictional character but her story is based on historical facts.
Author Alex Amit is a very interesting writer. As a child he loved reading history books. In fact, imagined he could transport himself to that time period. He has a degree in Psychology and he likes to focus his writing on woman’s bravery. There is no doubt he did a lot of research for this store.
I also loved reading his ‘Author’s note: Pieces of History’ this in itself is a very interesting story.
As I mentioned I am not a fan of reading WWII stories but Alex Amit sure made this one interesting.

Want to thank NetGalley and BooksGoSocial for this e-Galley. This file has been made available to me before publication for professional review purposes only. Opinions expressed in this review are my own.
Publishing Release Date scheduled for January 22, 2021

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Monique is a seventeen year old Jewish girl who goes from hating herself for her religion and arguing over it with her family, to being all alone in the world when they get taken and sent to Auschwitz.

She herself narrowly avoided capture due to her mother's quick thinking, and she's forced to live on the street for a while until a run in with the law sends her into the arms of Philip, and the resistance by extension.

With no other choice, Monique joins up, gets a new identity and befriends a German officer who becomes her main source of information. Monique continues risking her life day after day, dreaming of a better future which doesn't seem to be on the horizon.

I really liked this book. I could've devoured it in one go, but I didn't want it to end.

The story is worth five stars, but I gave it four mainly because of the writing style, that's the one true flaw.

As a non-native English speaker, I'm sure I word my sentences a bit weirdly from time to time, and Monique does the same thing. Except she did it throughout the whole book. I did get used to it, eventually...

Some of the dialogue was choppy. One character would say one thing and the other would parrot it back as if the first never even said it.

There's a general repetitiveness. I can imagine her talking like that, yeah. But if I hear "body odor" one more time in the near future I'll probably start laughing like an idiot. There's just too many mentions of those two words together.

Monique's point of view was interesting to follow. The way she looks at the world is sad for the most part (and how couldn't it be?). She grows as a character, but some wounds never heal.

Philip was a mystery. Both in relation to us learning barely a few things about him and to Monique falling in love with him. I don't see how it happened. I feel like most of their love happened "off-page" because one moment she's relaying info and the next there's hugging (or desires to hug).

Ernest sounds pretty accurate. I don't have much to say about him other than that he's a good character.

I feel bad for Monique's friends, they all seem to have gotten the short end of the stick.

Historical accuracy is always appreciated. The author definitely did research on this and I love the note at the end.

*Thank you to the publishers and NetGalley for providing me with an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review*

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This atmospheric story opens with Monique, a Parisian, Jewish, teenager finding her family being taken away in a German roundup to ( she eventually finds out )Auschwitz, and she has to find her own way with few friends and family in Paris.

Luckily she is quite resourceful and is able to make a deal with a local Resistance group and a man called Philip as her contact. She has to change her identity, and she begins working at a bakery that German soldiers frequent.

Monique then begins a relationship with a high ranking Nazi officer, sharing information with the Resistance, and the book is excellent at this aspect of her life. Slowly, the allies invade France and we are treated to the slow but exciting way the Germans (and her lover) handle the crisis.

An atmospheric tale, well told with that wonderful expression that I have never heard of: - 'horizontal collaborator'. Parisians are celebrating at the end of the German occupation and Monique has this unfortunate label!

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A riveting story of a young girl forced to watch her parents and brother hauled off by soldiers part of Hitlers Regime because they were Jewish. Monique is a classic example of Jewish children made homeless and barely surviving if they aren’t brought into homes of sympathizers. Moniques journey is a rocky path because she becomes part of the French Resistance, but she is used as a lure to German officials because of her looks and her ability to speak German.

The author is able to showcase the different aspects of the characters involved in the Resistance and the roles they are reduced to playing because of circumstances. The subterfuge they endure and whether or not what they are perpetuating is right or wrong is cleverly done. I felt there were a few aspects in the book that were slow , but it would pick back up.

I would recommend this book because it is truly a good read.

I received a free advanced copy from NetGalley and these are my willingly given thoughts and opinions.

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This was a very enjoyable book that was about a young woman who survived World War II by working for the Underground in plain sight of the high ranking Germans.

Monica would have done anything to protect her family,but lost both her parents and little brother who had autism to a death camp.
At wars end,she married the man who had been her main contact,when she acted as a spy.

This was a very good book and I appreciate "Net Galley" for the opportunity to read and review,and a special thanks to the author,Alex Amit.

This book has been reviewed for both Goodreads and Amazon.

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The Girl Under The Flying Flag follows Monique, a Jewish girl living in German-occupied France during WWII who finds herself all alone after her parents and little brother are taken and her aunt and uncle refuse to help her. Monique starts to help the Resistance out in the open which is a very dangerous thing to do.

This was an enjoyable read and I will definitely be buying this book formy library.

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I can't stay away from books about this period of history and The Girl Under The Flag did not disappoint. I fell into the story within the first few pages and I was hooked on following Monique's journey. Quite a heavy ready, although. that is to be expected from this genre and it only serves to deepen the impression left by the story. I am definitely interested in reading more from Alex Amit now

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I was able to read this novel before it was published. WWII historical novels are my favorite fun genre. The French Resistance was the subject of my Master's Thesis and much of my doctoral research. So I am always on the look out for a new book in the French Resistance genre. I thought the story of a Jewish girl on the run provides an interesting twist to the Resistance female genre so popular now. I think this book could also be marketed to high school girls as a great title under the YA genre. Also life under the German Occupation provides a rich resource to mine for great heroic stories especially about women. They were key especially in France where so many of the men were gone. This story revolves around the character of Monique, teen on her own and on the run from the SS sweep of Jews in Paris. Cut loose from the safety of her family and friends, she quickly learns the desperation of life on the run and no one to trust. Quickly, Monique comes under the protection of a resistance member and keeps her safe. He hides her and provides a new identity. And now, with her work in the bakery cafe, she becomes a spy.

Alex Amit knows the nuances of the Occupation well. He accurately portrays the interaction between the differing levels of the resistance and the role of the Communists in the resistance. Amit paid attention to detail regarding how secretly the resistance had to operate. The author included some very good plot points that you don't often see-- the Allied bombing of France, that not all Germans were evil incarnate, and that women did what it took to survive. As for female collaborators, Amit did not vilify the women who sought solace in German arms to survive. The reality of trying to survive at all costs forced women to do things they regretted.

In spite of all the attention to detail about the resistance, Amit's attention to detail slips in certain places. I found it a little hard to believe that the women collaborators never bothered to learned the soldiers last names even after two years. This seems a little weird because German soldiers were regularly addressed by their rank and full name in public. So for Monique to never learn Ernst's last name just didn't ring true especially since she's reading documents in his brief case in her work as a spy.
I know I sound like I am nitpicking but I did catch some other things that just did not ring true. It has to do with language not plot points. Monique refers to her father as dad-- a very American term. A French girl, especially a Jewish girl , would have used the term Papa or Papan, not dad. It was a few little things like that which bothered me such as the term tank top. Other than that, Girl under the Flag is a good quick read. I finished it in two hours. Amit does a good job of creating life under the occupation and the difficult choices people, especially young women, had to make and the prices they paid for those choices.

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Thank you to Netgalley and BooksGoSocial for the arc of The Girl Under the Flag by Alex Amit.

4 star read- this follows a girl named Monique whom is 17 and Jewish. She hates herself for her religion so she ends up fighting with her family over this until being alone in the world when they get sent to Auschwitz.. But she very narrowly avoids capture due to her mums thinking at that time, so she is then forced to be homeless on the street for a while until she ends up running into the law, ends her up in the arms of someone called Philip and the resistance by extension... with having no other option she joins up and she ends up having a new identity and she then ends up befriending a German soldier.. who is the person for the main sources of information...

This was a great 4 star read, well written and I love the character of Monique! well portrayed and presented.

4 stars- ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Highly Recommend.

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I love how The Girl Under the Flag takes us into the mind of a young girl during the Nazi occupation of Paris, and how she must do all she can to survive. After losing her family, Monique becomes a heroine and a member of the Nazi resistance. What I found beautiful about this book was the way the author handled her thoughts. She moves forward with her mission in mind, losing her innocence and showing extreme bravery. It was a wonderful read and one more literary baby step toward relinquishing anti-semitism in our world. Thank you Net Galley, and thank you to the author Alex Amit, for a believable and moving historical novel.

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The Girl Under the Flag is Set in Paris during WW2. The main character is a young Jewish woman that escaped being taken by the Germans by hiding in a cabinet when her parents and brother were taken. After running and hiding, she meets with a man that connects with the resistance movement. She works at a bakery that is frequented by the German soldiers. She is fluent in German and uses this to listen to the soldiers conversations. She reports information that she heard to the resistance. She has a relationship with a high ranking German officer to obtain information. She takes many risks to obtain valuable information. This awesome book is a compelling read. It was hard to put the book down once I started reading it.

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This story is simply amazing it starts with Monique and her family experiencing a raid on them because they are Jewish and her hiding and then goes onto all her wartime experiences in a terrifying Paris this is one which if you love historical fiction you can’t put down - I simply loved it and read it in 3 sittings ! A must read

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Monique is 17 when her family is forcibly taken from their apartment leaving her hiding in a cabinet in the kitchen. Somehow she is not found and manages to stay in place until she is forced to come out to look for food. She is seen stealing food and while running from the police ends up being rescued by a large man who hides her in his truck.

He sneaks her out of his apartment one day, tells her to wear a blindfold, and introduces her to the Resistance, who at first say they cannot help her. The leader, Philip decides she may be useful when he discovers she is fluent in German and French. Given a new identity, she is soon caught between the German soldiers, the resistance, and trying to remember her real identity.

I was given the opportunity to read this book by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Monique is a young Jewish girl fighting for her freedom (and life) in occupied Paris.

I definitely recommend this book for people who love books about WW2 and strong female protagonists! I could not put it down.

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I loved this book the trauma she faced was real. She was so relatable and I loved that.

She was emotionally real and the people who helped her were there.

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Monique is a seventeen year old girl running from the Nazis, through the streets of Paris.
When she meets Philip a resilient man who saves her life. He offers her a deal in return she needs to get information from the Germans.

Fighting her feelings for Philip and her fear of Ernest a German officer who wants to get to know Monique, she gets in deeper with the Nazis worrying that any day she could make a mistake and is found out by the enemy.

Monique is telling her story through her own eyes what it was like to survive in occupied Paris, as a young girl on her own and what she has to do to survive while the Germans March through Paris, and change everyone’s lives.

I love reading about the history of WWII and how strong people where to go on against all the sorrow they where put through that we are still learning about today.

I loved this book. A great read for anyone interested in the history of sorrow.

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This is a book that from the beginning is well written and researched. Captivating you from the beginning narrative sets a dark grim tone. The reader feels impacted by the events that took place in Paris. It focuses on showing that the French Resistance was a key player in WW2. The author Alex Amit does a remarkable job portraying the depth of what the people in Paris went through, that you go on an emotional roller coaster. The writing doesn't flow as smoothly in some areas, but that may be because the main character was supposedly speaking in another language than their first or that the author lives in Israel causing the book to potentially be translated to English.

From the beginning this book has you drawn in and invested in the main character Monique. Amidst the chaos, heartbreak, darkness, and despair there is hope, perseverance, and bravery found in a young Jewish girl who just wants to survive. Set in WW2 Paris, France a grim telegram is received "Arrest all Jews of Paris". Monique is enjoying a quiet evening at home when the police arrive, knowing she and her brother must hide right away, unfortunately, her younger brother refuses to hide with her. Hearing her family dragged away, she knows that she is now on her own and has no clue how she will survive, knowing that that soon they will be searching for her too. She escapes through the streets of Paris, searching for a place to hide. Turned away by relatives she is forced onto the street and was it not for a twist of faith, she encounters a member of the resistance while running from the police. Her desire to survive no matter how and her knowledge make her a useful tool to the Underground Resistance. Philip, a man of the Underground Resistance, offers her a deal in order to save her life by changing her identity. In return, she needs to provide information about the Germans by becoming acquainted with them. Monique stays with a woman who accepts her no matter what and begins working at a high-end bakery that caters to German officers and soldiers. When the opportunity to befriend and have a romantic relationship with a German officer Oberst Ernest comes her way, she is forced to take advantage of it. She begins infiltrating even deeper than the Resistance has ever before. Torn between her feelings for Philip and her fear of Oberst Ernest, Monique steps deeper and deeper into the war. Every day that passes, she knows that it is only a matter of time before any little mistake could lead her to her discovery by the Germans. Faced with constant fear, Monique questions if she is able to maintain her cover and survive undetected by the German officer, if she fails she is left to face the Germans and almost certain death for her role as a spy.

What you would do if you were just trying to survive in a war zone? What would you be willing to sacrifice? These are questions that Monique answers for herself as we go on this emotional journey with her and find out the lengths she is willing to go. Monique deals with internal struggles as she is forced to maintain a certain composure. Monique grows as a strong character who is both resilient and careful, risking her life every day for the freedom of Paris.

Overall I loved the book even though the romantic relationship with Philip felt forced throughout the book I enjoyed their ending. I was so invested in Monique that I felt sad that we never truly knew what happened to her family, one could only assume. This book deserves to be read as it shows a powerful young woman fighting all odds just to survive. I highly recommend this book to everyone who loves the WW2 era, women lit, and historical fiction. You will not be disappointed.

*Thanks to NetGalley I received this book for free for my honest opinion.

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This book got me right in my soul. Monique is one of the better characters I have come across as a reader in awhile. How she could do what she had to to survive as a Jewish girl is amazing. I know in no way would I have the strength and courage these ladies had at 17. I still try to wrap my head around it

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I enjoyed The Girl Under the Flag: Monique. I look forward to book two from the WW2 Girls series. Four stars.

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I really enjoyed The Girl Under the Flag. It was a very enjoyable book. When it started I thought it was a copy of Anne Frank's story but after the first chapter it changed. It really made me think about what the Jewish people had to go through with the horrendous treatment they had to go through by the german soldiers and what some in the resistance actually did to try to help fight the war from within the war zone

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The novel opens with a grim Telegram, 1942 – ‘Arrest all Jews of Paris and concentrate them in the Velodrome d’Hiver winter sports stadium, in order to cleanse the Paris area of Jews and send them to resettlement in eastern Poland’ followed by the arresting “According to our records, there is a missing person here. A girl, Monique, seventeen years old.” An interesting premise, and a fast-paced story of a volatile and frightening time during the Nazis reign of terror. Told from a third person (present tense) narrative, yet the reader views the story through the main character’s eyes only. The main character, a girl youth Monique, finds herself suddenly alone in the world and fighting just to survive. When she falls into the hands of a resistance group, she agrees to go undercover and join their movement. The protagonist’s harrowing infiltration of the German high command by sleeping with the enemy was well described. The writing flowed effortlessly along with suspenseful yet believable occurrences. I have read other books about the French resistance in Paris and this was one of the better ones. The lives of the so-called horizontal collaborators ( mistresses of the German officers) was well detailed. The novel was so suspenseful that I read it in one sitting. Monique is a strong character who is both resilient and careful, risking her life everyday. This is the first in a series about strong women during WW2. First in a series that will show women as strong and share their stories. Looking forward to more in the series.
Thank you to the publishers, the author and NetGalley for providing me with an e-ARC.

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Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres to read. The Girl Under the Flag caught my attention right from the start and I had to continue reading to find out what happened next. I would definitely recommend this book to others and look forward to reading other books by this author.

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I love reading WWII historical fiction books. This one was a great addition to this genre of books. The only negative comment I have is regarding the writing style. There were some times that the text did not flow smoothly. But I could endure that because the story was captivating. The characters were well developed and the author did extensive research which was evident in the details she provided about that time period and the atrocities that occurred. With the focus on the French resistance, you will find yourself drawn into the book and be amazed at how individuals demonstrated pure evil while others were willing to help others survive this horrendous time in history.

Thank you to NetGalley and the author for my advanced review copy. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

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Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC. I enjoyed reading a WW2 book from a younger perspective. It was a great read and will definitely recommend it!

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The Girl Under the Flag takes us to Nazi occupied Paris during the war. A different angle to the usual world war books, Monique had me captured as she struggled to survive. An emotional ride that I just couldn't out down. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in historical books set at that time.

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