Amazon’s book blurb:American pilot Tom Jaeger is shot down in Normandy and taken in by the Resistance. He becomes a key part in their plan to get information on the Germans and their plans for the Caen Canal Bridge. Brigitte Durand, a prostitute at a Germans-only brothel, passes on information to Tom, since she wants to help the Allies. Their window of opportunity is closing, as the invasion looms. ls the Resistance being foolhardy by placing their faith in a pilot and a prostitute?
My take on the story: Flame of Resistance is a well-researched novel of the World War II era. The characters are finely-drawn and live out an exciting adventure. As a WWII movie/book fan, I’m glad I picked up this book. I learned more about the occupation and the kind of folks who made up The Greatest Generation. However, I found the cast of characters a bit overwhelming and the story itself quite slow. Confession: I like my historical fiction fast-paced, romantic, filled with unforgettable characters, and just historical enough. (Don’t tell my students!)
True lovers of history—the folks who can piece the details together with ease—will highly value Tom and Brigitte’s story. Do you have one such friend or family member on your Christmas shopping list? Then you will want to fly to this link and purchase him/her a copy of Flame of Resistance today. There. One person on your Christmas list down. How many to go? ***Thanks to Tyndale House for providing a copy of this book for me to review.
About the author: Award-winning author Tracy Groot was born, raised, and lives near Grand Rapids, Michigan. Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is her favorite place on earth. Her predominantly male household includes her husband Jack, three sons, Evan, Grayson, and Riley, and a manipulative Jack Russell named Murphy. She loves books, chess, good coffee, knitting, and baked goods! To learn more, you can connect with Tracy here: www.tracygroot.com.
I’ve read and enjoyed all Tracy’s books. Check them out below.
- The Brother’s Keeper: His name is James. He was the brother of Jesus Christ. The Brother’s Keeper is a story imagined from the few known facts of the life of a real man. The book tells the story of the latter part of Jesus’ ministry, up through his death and resurrection, as seen through the eyes of His own family. Tracy Groot takes readers, with James, on a journey from unbelief to belief as James grapples with the question of who Jesus is.
- Stones of My Accusers: A captivating, stand-alone sequel to The Brother’s Keeper, Stones of my Accusers reveals the transforming difference Christ’s mercy makes through the lives of several compelling characters. Joab and Jorah are each traveling separately to find a prostitute named Rivkah and inform her of her son, Nathanael’s, death. Joab has been commissioned to take Nathanael’s words to Rivkah, “Tell her, ‘No stones’.” Jorah, a sister of Jesus, secretly plans to get revenge on Rivkah. Through the story of the stones and the sacrifice of a Roman official, each character’s life is forever impacted by the amazing mercy of God.
- Madman: Tallis, a philosopher’s servant, is sent to a Greek academy in Palestine only to discover that it has silently, ominously, disappeared. No one will tell him what happened, but he learns what has become of four of its scholars. One was murdered. One committed suicide. One worships in the temple of Dionysus. And one … one is a madman. From the author of The Brother’s Keeper comes a tale of mystery, horror, and hope in the midst of unimaginable darkness, the story behind the Geresene demoniac of the gospels of Mark and Luke.