- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 630 KB
- Print Length: 264 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Crooked Cat Publishing (25 July 2014)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00M5A0U6C
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 60 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #95,742 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"Small clouds sat as if anchored above the mountains of the cape, and the landscape in the distance shimmered in the haze."
And there is the ever-present scent of the aromatic 'maquis'.
There are moving, vivid scenes of what it was like as a nurse behind the front lines in France during the First World War, when the doctors insist on seeing a wound after the nurse has just painstakingly bandaged it up, told through the eyes of Maria, a Corsican woman who merely desired to do her bit - and also to find a long lost lover.
"Black, bare trees raised skeletal branches, and the landscape was drained of colour. Even the grass looked grey."
But even Maria grows to understand the raison d'etre of pillaging a bombed-out shop. "We don't want to leave it for the Boche, do we?"
A moving love story and an unsung heroine; It all comes nicely full circle as a 21st century woman unravels tenuous links to an ancestor. I have so enjoyed reading this story, especially poignant in a year when past catastrophes are commemorated.
I was fascinated by the skilful way the author evokes the patriarchal Corsican society and creates a main character who quietly challenges it. The place is vividly brought to life and Maria, the main character is believable – she could be a flesh and blood person. It was very easy to lose myself in this novel. The story moved me and it really was a step back into a world that’s now gone. I felt privileged to have a glimpse into it and I wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good, gripping story.
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