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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Acclaimed Books; Latest version available edition (3 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956534201
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956534200
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.4 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,166,045 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I could almost feel the sand in my toes as I read this wonderfully crafted novel set in the charming islands of Herm, Guernsey and Alderney. The author captures a unique blend of adventure, romance and history in this tale that covers around 30 years. Having read the 'Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society', my interest in the occupied islands was excited but I had thought that might have been the pinnacle of my enjoyment until I found this book. A lesser-known publication from a local author but easily a superior read for my taste. --Kate Cavendish (The Book Awards, London 2009)

Vibrant descriptions of the island of Guernsey and of the people who live there provide a meaningful background to this gripping tale. Events embroiled in the conflicts of the Second World War develop from a touching relationship between Rachel, a Jew, and Guernsey-born Tom . Rachel s quick-thinking mother provides a future for her daughter and Rachel s shoe and its secret contents become a pivotal focus for mounting tensions as evil doers attempt to steal Rachel s rights. As the novel progresses it is almost impossible to put the book down it becomes a real page-turner. This new novel definitely tells a tale that is well worth reading. --Dr Rosemary Westwell, Cambridgeshire Pride

It's a rivetting read from start to finish. Rachel's Shoe is a tale of heroism and love, set in our beautiful Bailiwick and bringing to life the terrible atrocities of the occupation. Spanning more than 25 years, Rachel's Shoe is tenderly written and compellingly told. For the most part factually accurate, and with superb descriptions of the waters around Herm, Alderney and Guernsey, Peter has a gentle but descriptive style which is easy to read. Well-rounded characters draw you in; it is certainly a story that keeps you interested. --Julie Todd, 'Guernsey Now' Magazine

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An excellent read, very difficult to put down. A combination of Romance and thriller set mainly in the Channel Island Baliwick of Guernsey, spanning the occupation of the channel islands and then into the 60's/70's. If you like Romance & Thrillers you will enjoy this book. If you know Guernsey, Alderney and Herm, which make up the Baliwick of Guernsey in the Channel islands, this book will have even more interest.
A must buy book
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Rachel and Tom's story is one of the most engaging I've read for sometime. There is danger, love and heroism set against a backdrop of war and the obsessional pursuit of wealth. Few settings can be as evocative as the Channel Islands during the wartime occupation where much of the story is placed. It then moves to the 1970s when a new and unexpected drama unfolds.

The author (a local man) describes life during the occupation with a realism that can only be captured by someone with intimate knowledge of the islands during this period. This realism is also evident in the vivid detail of Tom navigating his small boat amongst the many hazards, including enemy patrols, and even in the 70s with Dakota aircraft and Eight track cassettes.

Rachel's Shoe is well written with highly believable characters and a gripping plot and when I turned the final page, I was very pleased to have found this book.
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I'm afraid that I was a little disappointed with this. I found the beginning of the story to be excellent and gripping, extrememly well written. The description of Tom's close encounter with the Germans and his rescue of Rachel was nail biting. After Rachel leaves Guernsey and grows up I found the pace of the novel changed. It is still an enjoyable read but didn't, for me, live up to the promise of the opening chapters. The events moved too quickly and the story changed into a mystery about Rachel's inheritance. I'm giving this four stars because it is a very good book - but I do think that if the pace of the opening chapters had been kept up this would have been a great book. I look forward to reading the author's next book The Causeway.
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I don't normally feel compelled to write a review but I enjoyed this book so much I felt it deserved one. It's wonderful finding a book that you can't put down and Rachel's Shoe had me hooked from the start. It has such a great mix of adventure, history and romance, set in an idyllic location. Living in the Channel Islands, I'm always interested in reading about the occupation and I felt Rachel's Shoe depicted what life would have been like very well. Also, it is lovely to read a book that describes the beauty of the islands so perfectly and accurately. I was thrilled that the sequel, The Causeway, lived up to my expectations as well. I highly recommend reading them both.
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The German Occupation of the Channel Islands continues to provide rich narrative pickings for local authors, and in this novel by Guernseyman Peter Lihou we are once more transported back to occupied nineteen-forties waters. Our hero is young fisherman Tom le Breton, whom we first encounter deftly evading German patrols in his boat The Flying Fish. Within pages he takes shelter on nearby island Alderney, where he sets about helping a young Jewish girl - the
eponymous Rachel - escape from the labour camp in which she has been living,

Rachel's Shoe divides roughly into two sections, with the first half presenting a nautical adventure tale following Tom and his family as they attempt to conceal Rachel from the German occupying forces. Rachel's initial rescue from the camp - exploding mines and all - forms a suitably exciting introduction to the novel, and the subsequent development of her relationship with Tom forms a strong emotional thread leading us up to her eventual escape and the novel's first denouement.

Fast forward to the start of the seventies (via Rachel's Hollywoodesque return), where the now Mr and Mrs le Breton are attracting some unwelcome attention from a nefarious clique of Germans intent on securing shareholding rights to Rachel's parents' business, the existence of which Rachel has remained wholly unaware. It appears that the account details were hidden somewhere by Rachel's mother before her daughter was taken from her - but where?

Cue the shoe. It's a neat structural device, and one that binds the two parts of the novel tidily together. The shift from wartime adventure to a more modern thriller approach is a welcome one, and the concluding chapters succeed in energising the novel anew.
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By Poppy on 16 Jun. 2012
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I started this book with high hopes ages ago and really tried to stick with it ... But! I made the fatal mistake - I just started reading something else as it wasn't really holding my attention and never went back to it. It just wasn't at all gripping, just plesantly padded along with a nice style of writing which is fine if that is what you want but it wasn't enogh to hold my attention.
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Rachel's Shoe is an outstanding piece of creativity and penmanship that weaves the detail of history and geography, thorough character and period building, a very readable narrative voice, and the best of plot design to create an entertaining, must read novel. Highly recommended. Five stars from me.

Phil Henderson
Author of

Druid's Bane
Maig's Hand
The Arkaelyon Chronicles Vol 1.
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