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Waiting for the Violins Paperback – March 18, 2014
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Antonia Forrester with her undercover name of Sophie Lajeune was initially a nurse, a member of the Queen Alexandra Royal Army Nursing Corps. She is recruited for a new, highly secret infiltration operation based on her early education and skill. She readily accepts and will be trained as soon as she has recovered from her injuries from the Dunkirk disaster. She has a complicated time connecting with her primary Brussels linkup and then is knocked for an erotic charge upon finally meeting her contact. I totally adored and rooted for Antonia. Intriguing and delightful!
Sandrine Toussaint becomes the de facto head of the 'Comet Line' after the previous leader is captured. This organization evacuates downed pilots and other undocumented folk out of Belgium to Spain or Switzerland. Finally having proof that London will provide replenishments and funds via airplane drops to the Comet Line, Antonia gets to meet Sandrine and establish a partnership.Read more ›
Eventually Sandrine & Antonia are captured, not shot outright they are prisoners and loaded onto a cattle-car train headed for the concentration death camp at Auschwitz. Luckily they escape and join the Maquis (rural guerrilla bands of French Resistance fighters) fighting in the Ardenne Forests made famous by 'The Battle of the Bulge' (and a surprise to me that it is located in Belgium and not France or Germany). After 4 years of heroics and passion on 1 June 1944 the resistance gets the coded message that Operation Overlord 'D-Day' was to start within two weeks. Then on 5 June at 23:15 they recieve the message to begin sabotage operations becuase the invasion would be less than 48 hours away. Rife with clever twists and thrilling action, the author does a terrific setting the atmosphere of the era. Like a little more? Search "WAITING FOR VIOLINS: A VISIT WITH JUSTINE SARACEN' for a terrific author interview from February 2014, or "Cover Reveal & Author Interview with: Justine Saracen" from January 2014.
Really gripping story; I was totally wrapped up in it and could barely put it down! As for historical accuracy, I'm no historian, but I didn't find any logical fault in the proceedings. The romantic subplot was rather underdeveloped, which seems a given with a story about a British spy and a Resistance fighter in war-riddled Belgium, but what little of that there was I felt quite realistically done and poignant. Very accurate sense of time and place. I happen to know some of the locations where the story is set, and I felt transported there, sixty years in the past. Whether starving Brussels under the occupation, the Ardenne forest, the battles and fights, nightly parachuting behind enemy lines, the deportation camps - everything was depicted with haunting realism.
This is an amazing read, I have loved every pages of it and this kind of writing make me think that this setting, the WWII, is where Mrs Justine Saracen give the best of herself. The book is precise but not pedantic; the historical facts are explained/followed in a way that make the reader interested in them; equilibrated in all it's aspects. So I can only say BRAVO!
This is one of the most exquisite historical novels about WW II, It shows all the nightmares without being nightmarish. Friend and foe are both human. The best is that Justine Saracen honors with the names given those who fought in the front lines, Superbly researched.Read more ›
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Justine Saracen has created a spellbinding, page-turning work of exceptional beauty in Waiting for the Violins. Read morePublished 14 months ago by T. T. Thomas
4.00 of 5 Stars
For original review see The Prism Book Alliance Blog online
This book covered a time period I’m very interested in – WWII – and a topic that... Read more
The lesbian aspect seemed just an afterthought. I really liked the history part, but the romance seemed forced and the book would have been better without it.Published 17 months ago by K. Foster
Justine never disappoints. Well crafted and heart warming story, and I highly recommended it. If this were my first Justine Saracen book, I would be looking for more.Published 20 months ago by Vada Foster
This is an outstanding rendering of what went on in the Belgium Underground. Beginning in Dunkirk, it takes you to Brussels and beyond, as the underground helps Allied troops and... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Avid Reader
As one who has long been fascinated (and horrified) by the historical milieu of this novel, I appreciated the insight and perspective offered by Justine Saracen as much as her... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Sandy H
This was a joy to read. The research that Saracen has done pays off handsomely here. The setting and the details felt real. Read morePublished 21 months ago by pippa1847