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This book is based on three siblings, all very different, living in the new occupied France in the 1940s. What I love most about Ellie's books is that I feel like I get to experience history -- real history -- through the eyes of so many different people. Like all of her stories, this one is dark and light, devastating and hopeful. And of course, she puts a human face on even the most evil regimes and time periods in our history.
The characterization in this novel - oh my gosh!!! It was brilliant! Giselle was my favorite character, not only because she was a writer, but because she was head-strong and a woman way before her time - loved her!!! In truth, I loved all of the characters. They all find love in the most unusual of places, and despite their differences, they all love their country very much. Their stories broke my heart and made me fall in love all at once. They felt so REAL it was uncanny!!
This story was not only entertaining, but it made me think (as Ellie's stories always do). People as individuals are generally good, but then they become part of this mob that turns ugly. Ellie breaks them down one by one, and in doing so, gives humanity to both sides. Seriously, her ability to write this novels from all sides with the empathy and understanding that she does, is so commendable.
She outdid herself with this new novel. The writing is beautiful and melodic, the plot thick with twists and turns, and as always, the characterization and rich history just made the story. Loved it! I would give it more than 5 stars if I could!!!
Opening up in 1939 Paris just as the Nazis are encroaching upon the city, we are introduced to three family siblings, each one more different than the next. There’s Giselle––hedonistic, self-involved, and strong willed, much like Scarlett O’Hara in Gone With The Wind. Next is Kamille––shy, vulnerable, damaged emotionally by a dead husband and his family. And finally, there’s Marcel, the youngest, and in over his head amongst Communist-oriented French resistance fighters.
It is a time when Nazi officers are given free reign by the Vichy Government to be able to stay in any city apartment they chose to, no matter who the current occupants are or their political proclivities. It is also a time when many of the Parisian population are starving and highly resentful of people such as Giselle, who openly flaunts her relationship with the soon to be promoted Nazi commandant staying with her, and Kamille, who has fallen for her very own Nazi officer––in her case, a kind man.
Great detailed descriptions of characters and settings intersperse with factual tidbits that, like all her books, had me visiting Wikipedia, eager to find out even more. But ultimately, fine descriptions aren’t enough for me. As I found myself turning pages with great absorption and anticipation, I realized I was highly impressed with Midwood’s well-thought out and intriguing plot. All in all, a brilliantly executed book which I highly recommend. Bravo, Ellie Midwood!
Having learned my lesson, it was very easy to sink my teeth into Ellie Midwood’s phenomenal new novel “The Indigo Rebels.” By my count, this is the author’s seventh novel set in Nazi-occupied Europe, including the highly acclaimed “The Girl from Berlin” series. Her experience and dedication to her subject matter is very evident, as each page shimmers with insight and realism. Her prose is absolutely superb, demonstrating an elegant smoothness with each new page.
The characters are equally noteworthy. Giselle is a fascinating lead character, and the cast of supporting characters compliment her superbly. The topic of collaboration and rebellion in Nazi-occupied Paris is at times unsettling, but frequently inspiring. It would have been easy to render Karl as a cardboard-cutout villain, but he is well-developed and complex. The relationship of Kamille and Jochen was intriguing, and Marcel was heroic yet vulnerable. The book concludes with a powerful epilogue.
If I had to criticize anything, I would have loved to see even more details of the things that make Paris what it is – the food, the architecture, the geography. This is a minor complaint, though. Ellie Midwood is quickly establishing herself as a major force in WWII historical fiction and romance. I highly recommend this poignant tale filled with love and hatred, rebellion and compromise, and the rivalry and loyalty of a remarkable family.
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