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Evensong Paperback – August 14, 2007
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A war torn romance, "Evensong", will live forever in your mind - revealing a true testament to the power of love and the strength to survive.
--Brian Knight - Premium Promotional
"The most compelling reason to read Evensong is the way it describes the horrors of how children were exploited in the Nazi death camps. That portion of the book is, indeed, very powerful." --Book Chase - written by Sam Sattler
A historical novel of a young woman's return to Europe and her service in the French resistance. The Cross family ekes out a living in hardscrabble Kelly Flatt, Mo., where they have been brought by their father, an opera prodigy who fought in the Great War. When a lightning-felled tree kills her father, her mother turns to drink, forcing the thrush-voiced and raven-haired Christina Cross to find work in a hotel. There, Senator Liam Caradine discovers her vocal talent. Christina accepts the Senator's patronage and performs at West Point under the smitten gaze of one Laurent de Gauvion Saint Cyr, grandson of the eponymous World War I general, who has come to seek American collaboration against French horizons dark with Hitler's rearmament of Germany. In love with the paternal senator, Christina rebuffs Laurent, an infamous paramour, only to find her self again in his company when Germany attacks Austria and she, following in her father's footsteps, travels to France to serve in the war effort. She brings her sister Nicolette to keep her safe from their drunken mother. They arrive in France just as their uncle, General Philippe Petain, is being sworn in as vice premier of France. At first loyal to Philippe, Christina soon rejects his complacency toward the Nazis and her loyalty turns to Laurent and the resistance. She joins Operation Cri de Coeur, rescuing babies from Hitler's camps with a submarine based in North African catacombs. But then the unthinkable happens: Nicolette is captured and sent to a Nazi work camp, eventually becoming a test subject for secret Nazi bio-weapons. Christina mounts a mission to infiltrate the camp and rescue Nicolette.
Written with brio and filled with ecstatic reveries and 11th-hour rescues, St. Sure's prose has a passion . . . action-driven and enjoyable ride . . . spirited work. -- Kirkus Discoveries, June 1, 2008
Clearly unafraid to work hard and think big. One can certainly appreciate her (M. L. St. Sure) careful attention to detail, diligent effort to research the period, and the ambitious scope of the work. -- FOREWORD CLARION REVIEWS. Date written: Feb. 28, 2008
About the Author
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My Dad was in the Marines during World War II. As a child I questioned him many times about his shiny medals, photographs, letters and postcards to my Mom; things about the war. It seemed the more I pressed him for answers, the more reticent he became. By the time I was eight years old I was writing war stories in the closet where my Dad's uniform hung.
I became obsessed with writing. One day I mailed a story to the Oakland Tribune, and it was published the next weekend in the "Aunt Elsie" column. Well, that did it for me. I was a PUBLISHED author! I was born and raised in Berkeley, California, and a few years later, I entered college and majored in English. I was still writing stories in my free time. A friend of mine who was editing for me, suggested I attend the Iowa Writer's Workshop in Iowa City, Iowa. So off I went to write more stories, and I absolutely loved it! I had just finished a summer session when I received a phone call from my Mom. She said my Dad had just passed away from an aneurysm. I was devastated. My chance to know him was over. A few months later, a package arrived in the mail. I opened it, and wrapped in old newspapers were my Dad's war journals. What a day that was for me. Though by the time I began reading them, I soon understood why he never spoke of the war. It took me a long time to absorb, to rethink, rehash everything that had happened to him. I really took it hard. My husband, Ken and my daughters encouraged me to write his story; that it would be therapeutic. So I began writing, and I could tell with each page I finished I was beginning to come to terms with my grief. By the time I was finished, I was healed. My book EVENSONG is dedicated to my Dad.
Top Customer Reviews
I'm not trying to be critical; it was just a little disappointing. I wasn't able to finish it, though I think the idea and effort are very good.
Veteran Joseph Cross is simply trying to make a life for his family in the unforgiving farm land of Missouri. Wanting more for his children than he could provide, he trains his daughter Christina to sing the beautiful arias of the opera he himself could no longer sing. When tragedy strikes, young Christina falls back on her training and through the guidance of her benefactor Senator Liam Caradine, sets out to raise her family out of the poverty in which they lived.
Christina soon takes to the stage where her voice will soon be recognized around the world. With her young sister Nicolette, Christina moves to Paris, France to live with her uncle Phillippe Petain. When Hitler's army invades, her uncle becomes the Premier of France and orders Christina to sing and entertain Hitler and his high-ranking Nazi officers. Having already been recruited by the resistance leader Laurent de Gauvion Saint Cyr, Christina refuses to sing, earning the wrath of Hitler.
Christina, with Nicolette by her side, aids the resistance until young Nicolette is kidnapped. It is discovered to everyone's horror that Nicolette has been taken to the dreaded kinder camp, also known as the "Devil's Palace." Laurent risks all, including the very lives of those under his command in a suicidal mission to rescue Nicolette and return her to the sister he has fallen deeply in love with.
Meanwhile during her own attempt to rescue Nicolette, Christina is apprehended and given to an angry Nazi officer known for his cruelty.Read more ›
Two sisters raised in Missouri are transported to Paris after their father's death to live with their uncle and are subsequently caught up in the resistance movement during WW II. You feel the pain and the hopelessness of the characters in regards to their situation. This time in history demonstrates how far people will go to pursue power and the sacrifices others must endure to fight against it.
I found it to be a fast paced, excellent read; well written in an informative historical setting..
Christina has a gift - she can sing and when her mother throws her out of the house, she finds work as a maid and is soon discovered. However, although her singing is a gift to herself and to the world, Christina soon realizes that although she is gifted, she has a higher calling - when the war breaks out around her, she does everything she can to help those who suffer the most because of it.
This novel is about discovering your true self and the true meaning of what the word humanity really means. It is about putting the needs of others before yours and it shows us that the expression "war is hell" is absolute true - and it robs us of so much more than the obvious and what is in front of us.
I thought the writing was very well done, doing a great job of balancing the reality of war and the horrors and suffering that goes along with it. This book is far from sugar coating the events and right up to the ending of the book stays true to its subject matter.
Evensong is about the life a girl named Christina Cross. Christina's life is very interesting. The book takes you through her life and describes the details and characters vividly. Evensong will keep you looking forward to the next page throughout the entire book.
The books main character Christina Cross is born in Missouri and grows up in Missouri. Her father dies unexpectedly and her mother becomes an alcoholic. Christina goes to work as a maid at a hotel where the owner notices her beautiful voice.
The life of Christina twists and turns until she finally ends up in a Nazi camp. Along the way she takes her sister away from her mother to Europe. Before ending up in the Nazi camp she rescues babies from German Nazi camps.
The book is very interesting. It is also a quick read because it is 226 pages long. Once I started reading it I became so interested in the characters in the book and Christina's life that I read the entire book in one day.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As a bit of a history buff, I eagerly anticipated the release and reading of M.L. St. Sure's debut historical fiction novel Evensong. Read morePublished on July 24, 2012 by Harriet
Evensong by M.L. St. Sure is an excellent author who has put much time into researching and presenting this historical fiction. Read morePublished on July 22, 2012 by Stay Positive
Evensong by M.L. St. Sure is a work of historical fiction set during the rise of Hitler and WWII. The story is split between war and peace because the main character is from the... Read morePublished on July 21, 2012 by ace717
This story begins with various events in the life of Christina Cross, many of which are heart wrenching. Read morePublished on July 20, 2012 by dwgodby
If you like a good historical fiction, replete with heart-pounding action, unspeakable tragedy, and unquenchable passion, M. L. St. Sure's Evensong is worth checking into. Read morePublished on July 14, 2012 by Kevin L. Freeman
Evensong by M.L. St. Sure was an entertaining historical fiction that takes place during World War II. Read morePublished on July 10, 2012 by martins4unc
Evensong, by M.L. St. Sure is a work of historical fiction and romance beginning in pre-war America and transitioning to war-torn Europe at the time of World War II. Read morePublished on July 10, 2012 by K Abel
Evensong is historical fiction set in the time of Hitler's cleansing of the Jews. The story begins with Christina living on a farm with her family in Missouri. Read morePublished on July 10, 2012 by jodielizabeth