Customer Reviews


4 Reviews
5 star:
 (1)
4 star:
 (3)
3 star:    (0)
2 star:    (0)
1 star:    (0)
 
 
 
 
 
Average Customer Review
Share your thoughts with other customers
Create your own review
 
 
Most Helpful First | Newest First

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Subtle Yet Effective Norwegian Wartime Romance, 3 April 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: The Fragile Hour (Kindle Edition)
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.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5.0 out of 5 stars A good, fast paced story, 4 Nov 2014
By 
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: The Fragile Hour (Kindle Edition)
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.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


4.0 out of 5 stars An romantic adventure story set in wartime Norway, 4 April 2014
By 
S. Farnaby (Devon, UK) - See all my reviews
(REAL NAME)   
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: The Fragile Hour (Kindle Edition)
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),
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


4.0 out of 5 stars The Fragile Hour, 3 April 2014
This review is from: The Fragile Hour (Kindle Edition)
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.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


Most Helpful First | Newest First

This product

The Fragile Hour
The Fragile Hour by Rosalind Laker
£2.99
Add to wishlist See buying options
Only search this product's reviews