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The Fragile Hour [Kindle Edition]

Rosalind Laker
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Book Description

Two decades after the end of the Second World War, Anna Marlow stands among a crowd of spectators gathered around a lake in Norway.

She is watching an aircraft being raised up from the depths of a lake.

As she does so, she remembers its pilot - with a heart that is heavy for reasons far more complicated than a love that was lost during the Second World War.

As a British secret agent, Anna had returned to her Nazi-occupied homeland during the war to join the Norwegian resistance. Assuming a new identity, she lived among the Nazis whilst carrying out highly dangerous acts of sabotage, risking her life and the lives of her loved ones.

Despite the constant danger she faced, Anna found love – or love found Anna.

But as the war drags her away from those she loves, can this passion outlast Germany’s occupation of Norway?

Or will it be just one more casualty of the conflict?

‘The Fragile Hour’ is an gripping wartime romance about the courage and sacrifices made by the women of the secret service during the Second World War.

'A moving story of love and war.' - Robert Foster, best-selling author of 'Then Lunar Code'.

Rosalind Laker was lucky enough to be born into a family that took a great interest in its forebears, and tales of them were handed down to her, providing characters and incidents for many of her historical novels.

Endeavour Press is the UK's leading independent digital publisher.

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After successfully bridging 40, Anna is shattered by a paragraph in a newspaper. Leaving for Bergen, she spectates at the raising of a wartime aircraft from a lake - the pilot of which had subsequently effected her life with passion and destruction - and faces what happened when she was a spy.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1647 KB
  • Print Length: 456 pages
  • Publisher: Endeavour Press (4 Mar. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IST5YE2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #215,879 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Subtle Yet Effective Norwegian Wartime Romance 3 April 2014
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Rosalind Laker brilliantly portrays the emotional devastation of the Nazi occupation of Norway in a novel that should not be dismissed as merely war-themed chick lit.

Despite the drama of Anna’s circumstances – a young girl isolated and thrust into the role of secret agent in the middle of World War II - the romance of the novel remains wonderfully understated: emotionally devastating, but never over-dramatic. For as much as it breaks her heart that the war may separate her from the man she loves before they’ve spent even a few days together, Anna accepts this fate, simply because she has no alternative. As committed as she is to the lover she finds in the midst of wartime devastation, she is just as committed to her role in the Norwegian resistance and continues servicing her country even when it is possible that the man she loves is dying in a concentration camp.

Anna’s meetings with her lover can never be planned or relied upon, and the reader is soon willing him to reappear, even for one night – one hour – as much as Anna herself. The times when he does not reappear for weeks, and when his safety is unknown, forces us to realise the absolute cruelty of the war. In this way, The Fragile Hour makes a brilliant read for anyone looking for a romantic plot to get lost in, but Laker’s reined-in style ensures the feelings portrayed and evoked are genuine and sincere, and do not overcome the more historical elements of the plot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good, fast paced story 4 Nov. 2014
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The Fragile Hour is a gripping wartime novel set against the backdrop of the Norwegian resistance movement during the Second World War. I knew little about the part Norway played in the war and I was fascinated to get an insight into it. My knowledge of events during the war was enriched by reading this novel and I also enjoyed the book immensely.
From the first chapter, which opens with the mystery of what the main character’s connection is to the sunken aircraft, I had to keep reading to discover the answer. I immediately liked Anna Marlow, the main character, and admired her determination and bravery. As her life became increasingly fraught with danger I held my breath, waiting to see if she would survive and succeed in her missions.
One of the settings, in the unforgiving Norwegian winter wilderness, particularly caught my imagination. I saw and felt the splendour of the snow covered mountains and the difficulties they faced in the arduous conditions. Stepping into this world was an outstanding part of the book for me.
The novel is a tense drama and also a love story and I enjoyed both aspects of the book. I would recommend The Fragile Hour to anyone who enjoys a good, fast paced story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An romantic adventure story set in wartime Norway 4 April 2014
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Originally published in 1996 this is a tale based around the Nazi occupation of Norway and the Resistance. Other reviews have given the storyline so I won't repeat it. It is a story of love and adventure but I had worked out the end by halfway through the book. Well written and I only spotted one proofreading error (they really bug me and some kindle books are dreadful),
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Fragile Hour 3 April 2014
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The Fragile Hour strikes the perfect balance between history, action and romance and, by examining the Norwegian resistance, looks at World War II from an unexpected perspective. The heroine, Anna, a member of the WRNS turned secret agent, is an honest and straightforward female character who takes on her role in the war with level-headed practicality, and has an unlimited amount of courage even though she is frequently out of her depth. Yet despite her talent as a secret agent, Anna remains an utterly accessible character, and readers are quick to care about her. Even during the most action-filled scenes Laker reminds us of Anna’s normality, and that her bravery is fuelled by no grand illusions but a simple desire to help those around her, and to contribute to the efforts of the Resistance. As a result, the plot – which, being spread over many months and locations, could easily have become tiresome – is enthralling. We eagerly, and anxiously, follow Anna wherever she goes, from lonely, snowy mountain ranges to the Norwegian town she grew up in, as her military sorties require. Indeed the plot never loses momentum despite Anna’s periods of isolation, and the novel succeeds in building in intrigue right up to the climactic final scenes that take place in the lavish Nazi quarters of a concentration camp. This is a novel that will be enjoyed by everyone, and is as enlightening as it is thrilling.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great read 26 Mar. 2015
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Really good book .Great right to the end.
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