- File Size: 4641 KB
- Print Length: 63 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Hannah Warren; 2 edition (August 9, 2016)
- Publication Date: August 9, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01K4GIE0C
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,813,927 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The coming-of-age aspects are strong, as we’re first introduced to the main characters as adolescents who are seeking their own identities. The story ends with the same characters as professional adults who dealt with the war in their own way. These are characters able to put aside their childhood fantasies and differences while they bond in a friendship never dreamed possible.
All of this is blended with one of the stark realities and tragedies of war when seventeen-year-old Revant Chopra Sehgal, like millions of others who have fought in foreign conflicts, dies and never returns home to his family in Punjab—to me the most heart wrenching aspect of this novella.
Yes, a hearty five stars to The Blood Red Nails of War by Hannah Warren, which I highly recommend.
Count Horace de Dragoncourt together with his English wife Virginia and their four children escape the city life every year to spend the languid summer months in Departement Roye.
Elle de Dragoncourt at 17-years-old is bored, moody and looking for anything to excite her rebellious self.
The arrival of a guest and her dislike of the man has her eyeing his car with unbridled longing. She adores beautiful things, and the sleek, powerful, white 120 HP Benz lures her restless spirit.
Without regard for consequence Elle decides she will drive the car.
With the wind streaming through her hair and her spirit soaring she masters the beast, and her hands with their long red-painted nails feel as one with the steering wheel. She has no fear, and this ride will set her on a course she cannot change.
Her twin brother Jacques meanwhile lounges under a parasol totally immersed in Henry James’s The Wings of the Dove.
It is an innocent time. The formalities of afternoon tea parties and dinner at 8.00 where formal attire was de-rigueur sheltered them in the luxury they were born to.
Agnes Dupuis and her father Baron Maximilian Dupuis de Melancourt are guests at a tea-party at the chateau. Agnes is a beauty and at fifteen she is sheltered and unworldly.
The cynicism and behavior of the twins initially shocks her, however they vie for her attention and she is fascinated by their behavior.
The friendships develop slowly and the young people spend time visiting each other, until an incident when Agnes is staying at the chateau shocks her so profoundly that she returns home. She vows never to return.
1917. Agnes is a newly qualified doctor and the war in Europe rages on. Despite her vow never to go back to the Chateau Drakon she finds herself journeying there with her friend Angele also a doctor. The Chateau is now operating as a hospital close to the front lines and they want to help any way they can.
Author Hannah Warren lures the reader to that time and that place. Her ability to create mood and color through language is stunning. The reunion of peoples with shared history, and the empathy and understanding evoked by her words linger on long after the tale is complete.
Elegant and compelling.
Altogether the Blood Red Nails of War was a lovely read, I lost myself in it, it provided escapism which transported me to a different era, one I am thoroughly grateful not to have been born in. Historical romance / action / adventure is not something I often indulge in, but Warren can be assured I’ll be purchasing more of her books as I rather enjoyed this one.