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Clash by Night (A World War II Romantic Drama) [Kindle Edition]

Doreen Owens Malek
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Book Description

United by love,
divided by war

As the German war machine claims Europe, tanks roll into the peaceful French village of Fains Les Sources, and the brave French Resistance fighters wage their desperate struggle for freedom. But for three proud, passionate women, the same fierce conflict that rages throughout France burns in their own hearts…and will forever change their lives.

From the sun-drenched beauty of the French countryside to the bloody beaches of Normandy, from the dark and terrible days of the Occupation to the glory of liberation, this is the magnificent story of the men and women, lovers and enemies, whose passionate dreams and undying patriotism shape the destiny of their land and their lives.

Editorial Reviews


4.0 out of 5 stars lovely ww2 romance 
By Serendipity
Format:Kindle Edition
Ms Malek is one of my favorite writers, and I was excited to find a kindle version of this novel. Great characters, fascinating backdrop, and a satisfying ending. And now I have a portable version to read whenever I want!

From the Author

Clash by Night the Story of three War Brides
I grew up fascinated by World War II because it was the seminal experience of the previous generation's lives and all their hopes and convictions were influenced by it. My father was a buff. Born in 1924, he was seventeen at the time of Pearl Harbor and joined the navy two years later. Lacking a son, he took me to World War II movies and gave me books about Guadalcanal and the Normandy invasion to read. I saw The Longest Day in 1963 with him for MY birthday (clever guy) and read Up Periscope because it was sitting in my rec room. It proved to be just as interesting as Maureen Daly's Seventeenth Summer, which I was also devouring at the time. I became a buff too. When the opportunity presented itself for me to combine my two great loves, the war culture of the nineteen forties and fictional romance, I pursued it and wrote this book.                                                                                                            
The forties had always had a nostalgic appeal for me. I like the music and the clothes and the corny dialogue of that wartime decade, partly because it was the era of my parents' youth and partly because the issues at risk were big and important and changed the world.  I always felt deeply the rightness of the cause and the terrible injustices the Allies had to overcome to prevent civilization from falling into the ungentle hands of their enemies. Then when I married a man whose mother was one of the many war brides who emigrated to this country as a result of that conflict, my interest in her personal story was piqued. She had lived in the village of Fains les Sources, the French hamlet described in Clash By Night, which was occupied by the Germans for more than four years. She witnessed that takeover by a foreign power first hand and I used her experiences there as the background for my story of three relationships forged by the war. The forbidding German commander who falls for an abused French refugee, his aide who loves a nurse working covertly for the underground, and an American marine who parachutes into the woods of the Meuse to organize a Resistance group and can't forget the war widow who helps him-all of these people are altered forever in the story. They meet because of larger than life circumstances and form bonds that prove stronger than the global conflagration which tries to tear them apart. Their emotions are timeless and their love crosses national boundaries as the world erupts around them. If you loved WAR BRIDES by Helen  Bryan  I am certain you'll love CLASH BY NIGHT. I enjoyed researching and writing this book and I hope you will enjoy reading it just as much.                                                 Doreen Owens Malek                                                                                                                                                        

Product Details

  • File Size: 1056 KB
  • Print Length: 450 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Gypsy Autumn Publications (January 21, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B4ISQ44
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,715 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful WWII historical romance June 9, 2013
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I absolutely LOVED this book. Taking place in occupied France during the Nazi occupation, it is the story of 6 people. Two Americans, two French, and two Germans. When the German army comes to occupy the small town of Fains in the north of France, many run, but some brave souls form a resistance. Among them is an American girl who is married to a Fremchman who was killed early in the war. She has stayed with her brother and father in-law as she has no desire to return to America and the parents who were against her marriage.
Enter the German army under Captain Anton Becker, a disgraced soldier and his young aide Kurt. They bothe unknown to the other become involved with two French girls.
I loved this passage by Becker who was one of the truly humane German invaders to Lysette, his love.
"Should I wish my country to win and see the whoile world plunged into chaos?" he demanded. "My loyalty is to Germany, not to that lunatic house painter and his minions. They are ruining my country with a regime that will go down in history as the scandal of the civilized world. Do you know what the latest SS enterprise is? Lebensborn, Himmler's pet project, I am told. Lebensborn is a plan for the future of the Aryan race. They are kidnapping children of the "right" physical type, blonde hair and blue eyes from families in Poland and other occupied countries, sending them to group homes to be raised as proper little Nazis. It has obviously not occured to Mein Fuhrer to look into the mirrorand discover that he is not then right racial type." Becker, a truly honorable German was my favorite character, showing that not all Germans were bad. The best part was that they all had a happy ending. Thank you Doreen for making this book free so I was able to read it. Highly Recommended.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars lovely ww2 romance May 11, 2011
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Ms Malek is one of my favorite writers, and I was excited to find a kindle version of this novel. Great characters, fascinating backdrop, and a satisfying ending. And now I have a portable version to read whenever I want!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Different Perspective for the War March 26, 2013
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At the core of this book, is a love story. However, what I found most intriguing about this book, since I'm not normally a love story guy, is the war from the point of view of a small French town. Very interesting!

It's a good read and I learned something! What else can you ask for?
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars NOT BAD March 10, 2013
By Larry
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it is amazing that on a topic like ww2 that there are so few well writtne and exciting novels availabel! This is a routine book not much on facts but okay!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit schmaltzy, but some interesting historical detail February 9, 2014
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While a bit schmaltzy for my taste, the story followed the residents of a rural French village and their valiant efforts to interfere with the German occupiers. The central characters are the Duclos family -- Laura the widow of the eldest son and an American; Alain the remaining young son with a fiery temper and who carries a torch for his sister-in-law; Brigitte the daughter and nurse who quietly does her part for the Resistance as she goes about her work at the hospital; and Henri the patriarch whose collaboration with the Germans is his undoing. There are some compelling German characters too, and their development in the storyline drives home the point that not all Germans were Nazis. I borrowed this book for free from the Kindle Prime library; if I had paid for it, I would have been disappointed. For the price, it was okay.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CLASH BY NIGHT January 4, 2014
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This is one of the best books I've read in a long time. It caught my interest on page 1 and kept it until the last page. I would recommend it to anyone wanting a really good read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating glimpse into occupied France August 10, 2014
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I love WWII-era fiction set in England or France, so was happy to discover this via a discount ad. The setting was skillfully rendered, the characters believable and appealing, the author got the French and German correct (almost all the time) and conveyed a good sense of the difficulty of living with an enemy, some of whom are sympathetic enough to make maintaining animosity difficult. I would have preferred a longer book, with the scenes to which we're fast-forwarded later in the war expanded to greater length, but then the author would have ended with War and Peace and most modern readers don't want epics. Definitely recommend this for readers of WWII fiction.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Unoriginal title, but a good read September 2, 2014
By M.J.
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I read this in paperback several decades ago and found it to be a good beach read. However, the German officer in this novel is not a ruthless jackbooted heel as most were. As with the hero in Jack Higgins' novel The Eagle Has Landed, this aristocratic protagonist is sympathetic towards Jews (so are the Nazis in some of Ken Follett's books) and has an affair with a Frenchwoman who is part Jewish. Kind of misleading, but many of these types of novels tend to bend in that direction, the most recent being the far-fetched Finding Rebecca. Nonetheless, this is a quick read and an engrossing one.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I liked the combination of history and romance
The story was compelling. I liked the combination of history and romance. Will read it again.
Published 2 days ago by Windchime
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great read. A bit of an epic in length but worth it. Would recommend.
Published 1 month ago by Bob Pella
5.0 out of 5 stars A story that distances others
I hope that all my fellow readers get the chance to read this wonderful and exciting book. You won't be able to put down.
Published 1 month ago by bookreader
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Enjoyed the characters. It was a little predictable and not too exciting but I liked it. A nice book to read at the beach
Published 2 months ago by Traceybookstar
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother to purchase this piece of trash much less waste time...
The historical facts of this book are pure nonsense. The author has no idea what happened in WWII. This detracts from the book as a whole and makes it completely unbelievable. Read more
Published 2 months ago by whoesly
5.0 out of 5 stars A gem of a war story
Good historical fiction is not easy to write and WW II stories particularly difficult. But I've read enough to never underestimate a good writer of romance fiction. Read more
Published 3 months ago by ONeil DeNoux
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read. Held your attention
Good Read. Held your attention.
Published 3 months ago by Linda Gonya
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 4 months ago by Sue Adams
2.0 out of 5 stars The book itself was pretty good; however
The book itself was pretty good; however, the condition had been listed as "very good". In my opinion, it should have been listed as "fair". Read more
Published 4 months ago by Gloria Burnell
5.0 out of 5 stars love and War
I loved this story about a small town in France during WWII under German occupation. It is a time of fear, danger and resistance, yet finding a way to live with the occupiers.
Published 7 months ago by acorn
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