Tomorrow Is for the Brave

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Pub Date 14 May 2024 | Archive Date Not set

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Based on true events, Tomorrow Is for the Brave is a gripping World War II page‑turner about a courageous woman who risks it all for what is right—perfect for fans of Natasha Lester and Kristen Harmel.

1939, France: Lavish parties, fast cars, and a closet full of the latest fashion—to the average eye, socialite Violet St. Croix seemingly has it all. But what she truly wants is a life full of meaning and purpose. So when France falls to Germany, Violet defies her parents’ wishes and joins the war effort.  With her impeccable skill for driving under pressure, she is soon sent to North Africa to shepherd French Foreign Legion officers carrying valuable intelligence through dangerous territory.

But as the Allies encounter one mishap after another, Violet becomes convinced there is a spy in their ranks. And when her commanding officer is murdered, Violet realizes she might be the only one who can uncover the traitor and save the lives of countless soldiers on the front lines. Convincing others to believe her is difficult enough. Finding someone she can trust just might be impossible.
 
Based on true events, Tomorrow Is for the Brave is a gripping World War II page‑turner about a courageous woman who risks it all for what is right—perfect for fans of Natasha Lester and Kristen Harmel...

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For any marketing or publicity queries, please reach out to Caroline Green at caroline.green@hbgusa.com.

For any marketing or publicity queries, please reach out to Caroline Green at caroline.green@hbgusa.com.


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ISBN 9781538756935
PRICE $18.99 (USD)
PAGES 384

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Featured Reviews

“The opinions of others had always been like a living, fire-breathing dragon in her life, ready to snuff out her very existence at the merest hint of misjudgment.”

This was a spectacular novel!

Kelly Bowen held my attention from cover to cover and had my highlighter working overtime!

I immediately knew I had characters I could root for and understand. Georgette ‘George’ Chastain and Violet St. Croix were so masterfully crafted that I won’t forget these tenacious women any time soon.

Set in 1934 Nice, France and centered around the theme of new beginnings and pulling together threads of freedom, friendship and adventure, Bowen celebrates those who stepped outside of society’s norms and found happiness.

As much as I loved George, Henri and Violet, I equally detested Mr. St. Croix. His indignation and preoccupation on what other’s think made my skin crawl. I shook my head and was tempted to throw my Kindle across the room on many occasions. He continually fought with his daughter and disregarded her opinions or wishes. He couldn’t accept that she’d toss aside “the future [he] worked so hard to secure for [her].” I wanted to yell at him to remind him that if his daughter was old enough to get married, she was old enough to know what SHE wanted. Don’t get me started on her fiancé! Violet wants to volunteer with the Red Cross and become useful and her father forbids it. What happens next is on him! I pity people who make everyone around them feel small in an attempt to make themselves big.

I loved the emphasis on women doing and saying things that stretched the edges of society’s bounds at the time. I felt Violet’s desperation and was glad when she met George and Henri. I appreciated George teaching Violet that perspective is defined by a person’s happiness and capability. Having dealt with the same fire-breathing dragon that Violet dealt with, I felt her exasperation and championed her on to greatness on her own terms.

The historical fiction lover within was absorbed in the wonderful story centered around the flower of the desert, ‘La Fleur’, who served with the Free French Foreign Legion as a driver for a Commandant, the Legion’s medical officer. My heart fluttered (is that a thing?) reading about a man who knew the love language of the woman in his life…he brought her books. Books! In the middle of a war. Written in English. In a country where English wasn’t the main language. Oh my heart. Swoon.

This was a perfect balance of love, mystery, history and adventure.

A few of the spectacular lines I want to remember:

“Everyone always tells you that adversity and struggle builds character, but they’re wrong. It doesn’t build anything. It only reveals what was already there.”

“Don’t become an accessory. Not to anyone.”

“We can’t control how others choose to think. Best to just keep on living without trying to please everyone but yourself.”

“Everyone’s place is not defined by the opinions of others but where they are happiest.”

I’ll be the one standing on a soapbox with a loudspeaker telling everyone to read this book. Tommorrow IS for the brave.

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