A Call to Courage
by Holly Green
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Pub Date 20 Apr 2023 | Archive Date 11 Apr 2023
Far from home, will she fight for freedom?
21-year-old Alix is studying in Paris, far away from Sasha, her Serbian father and Leonora, her English mother, as World War Two breaks out. Finding hope even in troubled times, romance sparks with fellow student Raoul; but she soon learns young love can be tumultuous.
So, when Steve, a handsome American pilot with Serbian ancestors, enters her life, she can’t ignore her feelings toward him. And making a decision will be even harder as both men leave for war…
Meanwhile, in Belgrade her father is embroiled in a plot against the Prince Regent, while her mother begins to work with the Nursing Corps in Finland.
Life in Paris grows perilous under the oppressive German occupation, and Alix is faced with an impossible choice: run for home, or stay and join the Resistance. Can she find the courage to risk her life for freedom?
Meet the characters from Holly Green’s Frontline Nurses series, in this captivating new historical read set in Paris during WW2. Fans of Amanda Lees and Suzanne Kelman will love this.
Praise for Holly Green:
‘Holly Green’s research and delivery of her stories gives readers a glimpse of the reality of war.’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Reader Review
‘Holly’s storytelling is amazing, you feel you are actually there.’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Reader Review
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Average rating from 11 members
Firstly thank you Netgalley for this Arc
Another great book by this author based on wartime felt like I was in the story seemed so real
Holly Green is a new author to me. I'm a big fan of WW11 books and this one got me hooked from the first page. I can highly recommend this book.
Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for an early review copy.
This book was by a new author to me.
The story had me hooked from the beginning.
I loved reading books of WWII
I can highly recommend this book.
I enjoy reading ww2 books at the moment and this book ticked all of the boxes. It had romance, suspense and pleanty of action to keep you wanting to read on. You do have to read the next book to see what happens the characters as it leaves it unfinished but wanting more. I would read the other bo0ks in the series.
Thank you to Net Galley for the eARC!
This is a 3.5 rounded up for me. I love WWII fictional works and the historical element of this book was well researched and felt like I was in the action.
My main hang ups on this book were that Alix was not my favorite as a MC it took about 40-45% to start getting going on the main purpose of the book. Alix starts out very annoying and I was super mad at her for NOT going home when she could have but, of course, hindsight is 20/20.
I actually enjoyed Alix's parents' stories more than hers. And Steve's was more interesting.
I'm a "go in blind" type reader so all I knew was this book was WWII and the cover. Calling it a Women of the Resistance book feels a bit disingenuous to Steve's ultimate story line, though he does meet a lot of women completing resistance activities.
A fantastic story which takes place in occupied Europe during the Second World War.
Historically correct with actual historical events and real people woven into the story.
The characters capture your attention right from the very first page. You become invested in the lives of Alex,Steve,Sasha and Leo and because this book is the first of a trilogy you feel abandoned at the end of the book because you don’t know how events will play out for them and have to wait for the next book to continue their story.
This is a new author to me and I hope this won't be the last I hear from her. Love WW2 novels and this one was so well written that it felt so real. Everything about it made for a great read. I recommend this and give it 5 stars.
Thanks to Netgalley and publisher for this ARC
I have read a lot of World War Two historical fiction. For the most part, each concentrates on on location, or one situation. A Call to Courage deals with many issues at the same time. It was a book that needed my complete attention in order to give the story the justice due. I was given glimpses into so many situations that I don't recall ever learning about in high school or at university. I went through so many emotions while reading the story. Most importantly I was reminded once again that through knowledge we can avoid repeating the past.
The story centers around Alix, a student in Paris before the war. Soon she will be stuck in Paris, witnessing the horrors of war. She refuses to close her eyes to the injustices. Her bravery and dedication makes for a story full of conspiracy, adventure and danger. The other main characters are connected to her through blood or friendship. A Call to Courage is a great example of how many different situations were going on at the same time.
Alix's father is a Count Sasha Malkovic, a Serbian attempting to keep Yugoslavia out of the war. His friendship with Prince Peter gives him many opportunities to help his Serbian people all of Yugoslavia. His connections will find him working with the SOE to accomplish the unthinkable. With his wife by his side he will able to accomplish much.
His wife, Leo went to England after settling Alix in Paris, against Sasha's wishes. She needed space while her husband cooled down. With war imminent, she rejoins the FANYs and soon finds herself stuck in a foreign country surrounded by Germans. Talk about a scary situation. Leo has some very nail biting times worthy of the big screen. Leo is soon involved with the SOE making for even more dangerous time by her husband's side that allowed me to learn so much.
It wasn't just Alix's family that made the story addictive. Alix had met Steve while in Paris. They were brought together through their Serbian heritage and familiarity of the language. As an American, Steve goes to England, joining the RAF. He will risk his life over and over again for a country that isn't even his. When letters to Alix no longer arrive, she is left to wonder what happened.
Little did she know that he was a POW that would soon escape from the March. I thought I knew quite a lot about the March since I have tried to absorb a lot to understand my great uncle that survived the March. Steve's story gave me a new perspective. I cannot begin to understand the fear and dedication that he possessed in order to make it back to England. I can't wait to ready the next book to see if he and Alix will meet up again. Last time, they missed each other by hours. With both of them heading to Yugoslavia, Alix is heading home to her parents while Steve's going as aa member of the SOE.
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