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An unforgettable story of resilience and resistance set during WWII and present-day France on a secluded island off the coast of Brittany Natalie Morgen made a name for herself with a memoir about overcoming her harsh childhood after finding a new life in Paris. After falling in love with a classically trained chef, they moved together to his ancestral home, a tiny fish An unforgettable story of resilience and resistance set during WWII and present-day France on a secluded island off the coast of Brittany Natalie Morgen made a name for herself with a memoir about overcoming her harsh childhood after finding a new life in Paris. After falling in love with a classically trained chef, they moved together to his ancestral home, a tiny fishing village off the coast of Brittany. But then Francois-Xavier breaks things off with her without warning, leaving her flat broke and in the middle of renovating the guesthouse they planned to open for business. Natalie's already struggling when her sister, Alex, shows up unannounced. The sisters form an unlikely partnership to save the guesthouse, reluctantly admitting their secrets to each other as they begin to heal the scars of their shared past. But the property harbors hidden stories of its own. During World War II, every man of fighting age on the island fled to England to join the Free French forces. The women and children were left on their own...until three hundred German troops took up residence, living side-by-side with the French women on the tiny island for the next several years. When Natalie and Alex unearth an old cookbook in a hidden cupboard, they find handwritten recipes that reveal old secrets. With the help of locals, the Morgen sisters begin to unravel the relationship between Violette, a young islander whose family ran the guesthouse during WWII, and Rainier, a German military customs official with a devastating secret of his own.


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An unforgettable story of resilience and resistance set during WWII and present-day France on a secluded island off the coast of Brittany Natalie Morgen made a name for herself with a memoir about overcoming her harsh childhood after finding a new life in Paris. After falling in love with a classically trained chef, they moved together to his ancestral home, a tiny fish An unforgettable story of resilience and resistance set during WWII and present-day France on a secluded island off the coast of Brittany Natalie Morgen made a name for herself with a memoir about overcoming her harsh childhood after finding a new life in Paris. After falling in love with a classically trained chef, they moved together to his ancestral home, a tiny fishing village off the coast of Brittany. But then Francois-Xavier breaks things off with her without warning, leaving her flat broke and in the middle of renovating the guesthouse they planned to open for business. Natalie's already struggling when her sister, Alex, shows up unannounced. The sisters form an unlikely partnership to save the guesthouse, reluctantly admitting their secrets to each other as they begin to heal the scars of their shared past. But the property harbors hidden stories of its own. During World War II, every man of fighting age on the island fled to England to join the Free French forces. The women and children were left on their own...until three hundred German troops took up residence, living side-by-side with the French women on the tiny island for the next several years. When Natalie and Alex unearth an old cookbook in a hidden cupboard, they find handwritten recipes that reveal old secrets. With the help of locals, the Morgen sisters begin to unravel the relationship between Violette, a young islander whose family ran the guesthouse during WWII, and Rainier, a German military customs official with a devastating secret of his own.

30 review for Off the Wild Coast of Brittany

  1. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews

    Sisters meeting on an isolated island off the coast of Brittany after not seeing each other for ten years is where we meet Alex and Natalie. Alex arrived unannounced and didn't tell her sister why. Natalie was restoring a beautiful home but had to stop because her boyfriend returned to France and wasn’t planning to come back. Natalie is also an author of a popular book about this island and her love life which is now non-existent. She has to worry about the next book which was to be focused on the Sisters meeting on an isolated island off the coast of Brittany after not seeing each other for ten years is where we meet Alex and Natalie. Alex arrived unannounced and didn't tell her sister why. Natalie was restoring a beautiful home but had to stop because her boyfriend returned to France and wasn’t planning to come back. Natalie is also an author of a popular book about this island and her love life which is now non-existent. She has to worry about the next book which was to be focused on the romance between her and Francois-Xavier. Both sisters had secrets which they finally shared with each other. While exploring the house, they found a hidden space in the attic that held an old cookbook, costumes, and beautifully embroidered linens. Why were these things hidden? We then travel back to the island during WWII and meet the women left to fend for themselves after all the men had gone off to war. The women weren't alone for long, though, because the Germans invaded the island, lived in their homes, took their food, and gave orders. The characters will steal your heart and make you want to immediately book a plane to this island to soak up its quaintness. As you begin to love the characters and the island, the two stories blend together through the cookbook that holds the secrets to the island's past.. A hundred-year-old resident also helped to reveal secrets. Ms. Blackwell’s writing pulls you in and puts you right into the story line to enjoy what the characters are enjoying and what they are suffering through. You may even learn some French and learn about French cooking and cooking terms. If you are a fan of WWII, authors, lovely, isolated islands, hidden spaces, long-kept secrets, and Ms. Blackwell’s books, do not miss OFF THE WILD COAST OF BRITTANY. 4/5 This book was given to me by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Hill

    Oh my heavens, this book is going to leave you spinning, but wanting more! It was fabulously written, and you become invested in the characters, each unique personality bringing something to the story. I absolutely loved this one, and will be recommending this one out to read!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    My favorite book that I’ve read so far in 2021, my first 5 star rating this year. Do you ever get to the end of the book, close it, and think “how satisfying?” Because that’s how I felt about this book. It took me on a journey with its characters, a journey I wasn’t ready to end, but it gave me a satisfying conclusion to the story for all of the characters. Natalie is living in a building she’s been planning to open as a hotel. She wrote a motivational book about her life and her fans are investe My favorite book that I’ve read so far in 2021, my first 5 star rating this year. Do you ever get to the end of the book, close it, and think “how satisfying?” Because that’s how I felt about this book. It took me on a journey with its characters, a journey I wasn’t ready to end, but it gave me a satisfying conclusion to the story for all of the characters. Natalie is living in a building she’s been planning to open as a hotel. She wrote a motivational book about her life and her fans are invested in how things are going for her. She sold them her story of her happily ever after but it didn’t end there. Now Natalie us living in the run down old building, trying to restore it and nursing a broken heart because her Prince Charming has left her there alone. Then Alex shows up. Alex is Natalie’s older sister. They haven’t been close but they share their offbeat childhood. I want to mention here that the book might imply that something terribly awful happened to them as kids. Someone might see that and think this book isn’t for then. Avoiding spoilers, I just want to say that the type of weird childhood that Natalie and Alex shared is not likely to be something that happened to most people who read this book. I also don’t think it’ll be upsetting to read. When Alex shows up, Natalie feels intimidated at first. She feels like she can’t tell her sister how things have gotten in her life. But Alex is very strong and very supportive. She figures out immediately that Natalie needs help and she just immediately starts helping without being asked. I think we all need an Alex in our lives. They also bring on a boarder who turns into a wonderful character himself. Flashback to WWII when Violette is living in this building with her family and the German soldiers that have occupied the island. All the men from town have left to fight in the war, the island is almost entirely women and they are trying to take care of themselves and their neighbors through the hardship of war. Violette meets a soldier named Rainer that becomes an interesting part of her life. I can’t praise this book enough. I love historical fictional and this one is beautifully done. It’s well written, it’s characters are interesting and lovable, you have no trouble remembering who is who or what time period you are reading, every character brought into the story is given a real part in the book and there was a satisfying ending to the story. I loved it. This is my favorite book by this author so far and I can’t wait to see what she’ll wrote next.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Reads & Reviews

    Off the Wild Coast of Brittany, by Juliet Blackwell, takes readers to a fictional island off the coast of Brittany, Ile de Feme, both in present day and during the occupation of France during World War 2. Told with three narrators, the book tells the story of three women, Natalie, Alex, and Violette and their lives on the “island of women”. There are many things I enjoyed while reading Off the Wild Coast of Brittany, especially the present-day story of sisters Natalie and Alex. Blackwell does a b Off the Wild Coast of Brittany, by Juliet Blackwell, takes readers to a fictional island off the coast of Brittany, Ile de Feme, both in present day and during the occupation of France during World War 2. Told with three narrators, the book tells the story of three women, Natalie, Alex, and Violette and their lives on the “island of women”. There are many things I enjoyed while reading Off the Wild Coast of Brittany, especially the present-day story of sisters Natalie and Alex. Blackwell does a beautiful job of bringing these two characters to life and showcasing their love for each other. Despite a shared childhood off the grid with their paranoid, doomsday-prepper father, the two women found themselves very different people. When Alex appears on Natalie’s doorstep on Ile de Feme, they find themselves with a chance to be true sisters. Their journey to rediscovering each other and building a strong relationship was the highlight of the book. As they reconnected, their affection and respect for each other, originally based on growing up together, grew into a true sisterly bond and a strong friendship. It was also the inhabitants of the present-day Ile de Feme that made Off the Wild Coast of Brittany an enjoyable read. They are a true cast of characters from the grumpy restaurant owner to the elderly healer to newcomer Jean-Luc. Together all of these characters made reading the present-day chapters a true joy as Blackwell gave them dynamic personalities that I was eager to get to know. It was the historical portion of Off the Wild Coast of Brittany that eventually fell flat for me. While Blackwell’s descriptions of the island were lovely, the story of Violette never quite took off and the idea of an “island of women”, whose men left to fight the war, never gained the traction I had hoped it would. Instead, there’s an absence of vitality in Violette’s chapters that I found in Alex and Natalie’s. From Alex and Natalie, we get a sense of expectation as their stories unwind, an eagerness to keep reading. From Violette there was a heaviness that never found purpose. It’s hard for me to rate this as I loved more than half of it, yet the letdown of the historical portions seems like a huge disappointment. Overall, I give Off the Wild Coast of Brittany 3.5 stars. Thank you to NetGalley and Berkley for an early copy in exchange for honest feedback.

  5. 4 out of 5

    eyes.2c

    Brittany revelations! Natalie Morgen and Alex are sisters who share a weird childhood. Their parents were survivalists and bought their children up to be able to carry on after Armageddon. The two are very different, as seen by the differing nature and abilities during their extreme childhood days. Natalie becomes a successful blogger and writer of a runaway bestseller, “Pourquoi Pas? A Memoir of Life, Love, and Food.” She and her love François-Xavier, pronounced Fran-swah Ex-ah-vee-ay (I loved tha Brittany revelations! Natalie Morgen and Alex are sisters who share a weird childhood. Their parents were survivalists and bought their children up to be able to carry on after Armageddon. The two are very different, as seen by the differing nature and abilities during their extreme childhood days. Natalie becomes a successful blogger and writer of a runaway bestseller, “Pourquoi Pas? A Memoir of Life, Love, and Food.” She and her love François-Xavier, pronounced Fran-swah Ex-ah-vee-ay (I loved that touch), a gorgeous looking French chef, move to Île de Feme off Brittany’s Côte Sauvage. They plan to renovate his family’s historic guest house and run a gourmet restaurant When François-Xavier leaves to attend to business in Paris it’s supposed to be only for a short visit— it seems the swine has other ideas! Nat’s reluctant to let his family know about François-Xavier’s desertion in case they renege on the guesthouse usage deal, especially as all her money has been sunk into getting the business started. Now Nat is facing writer’s block and she needs more funds. She’s panicking. And then the sister she’s had little contact with over the years turns up on her doorstep. As Nat’s story continues it crosses back to that of a previous daughter of the house Violette Fouquet / Guilcher during World War II. We start to see the history of the island during the occupation. The men leave for England to join the war effort just before the Nazis arrive. The island women are left to handle the invaders. The island fronts a sea lane and is an important link for the German occupation of France. I found myself completely captivated by the story of both ages as told from the perspective of the three women Nat, Alex and Violette. The three face very different challenges, yet all are looking to find themselves. Over the years the island is held together by strong females, of Celtic heritage, where wise women and different gods hold sway. These three are sisters under the skin, bound together by their tenacity. Once again family cookbooks, ignored by the enemy, give the women a way to move invisibly throughout the island during the occupation. And it’s those same recipes and cookbook that will fill the future. An unusual story that speaks! A Berkley Group ARC via NetGalley

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    Natalie Morgen made a name for herself after finding a new life in Paris. She falls in love with a chef, and they move to his ancestral home, a tiny fishing village off the coast of Brittany. But then he leaves, leaving her in the middle of renovating the guesthouse they planned to open for business. Natalie is broke and struggling, when her sister, Alex, shows up. As the sisters work together to save the guesthouse and Natalie's career, they start to heal from past issues. During World War II, e Natalie Morgen made a name for herself after finding a new life in Paris. She falls in love with a chef, and they move to his ancestral home, a tiny fishing village off the coast of Brittany. But then he leaves, leaving her in the middle of renovating the guesthouse they planned to open for business. Natalie is broke and struggling, when her sister, Alex, shows up. As the sisters work together to save the guesthouse and Natalie's career, they start to heal from past issues. During World War II, every man of fighting age on the island fled to England to join the Free French forces. The women and children were left on their own. And then the German troops arrived and stayed for several years. As with many old houses, there are nooks and crannies, some holding secrets. Natalie and Alex unearth an old cookbook in a hidden cupboard. They find handwritten recipes with cryptic notes beside the recipes. With the help of locals, the sisters begin to unravel the relationship between Violette, a young islander whose family ran the guesthouse during WWII, and Rainier, a German military customs official with secrets of his own. I received an ARC from NetGalley and Berkley Publishing Group, in exchange for a review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Energy

    Off the Wild Coast of Brittany tells the stories of two sisters who have come through an unconventional and rigorous upbringing. Natalie is renovating an old inn, and it’s not going according to plan. The inn and the island are charming and carry so much history. Perhaps that history can bring these sisters together. Then we travel to the past, to the woman who occupied the cottage the girls are renovating. Set in World War II, the secrets Natalie and Alex are discovering come to light. The oppo Off the Wild Coast of Brittany tells the stories of two sisters who have come through an unconventional and rigorous upbringing. Natalie is renovating an old inn, and it’s not going according to plan. The inn and the island are charming and carry so much history. Perhaps that history can bring these sisters together. Then we travel to the past, to the woman who occupied the cottage the girls are renovating. Set in World War II, the secrets Natalie and Alex are discovering come to light. The opposing points of view and timelines tell a complete and utterly engaging story. If there was anything I didn’t love, it was Blackwell’s focus on Natalie’s jaw. We know she’s stressed, so we didn’t need the constant reminder of it. But when I look past that minor thing, there is a lot to like in this book. I like both the present and the past stories. I loved Alex and how good she was for her sister. I’m also a big fan of historical fiction set in WWII, and I liked Violette’s story just as much. The island is captivating, and I loved its quirks and its history. Sometimes, small-town life is just the thing a person needs to move on. Overall, an incredibly enjoyable read. Thank you, Berkley Publishing, for sending this along!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    Natalie Morgen reared in the northwest wilderness of the US, youngest of 4 girls, has a survivalist father they call The Commander. Home schooled, they know nothing of the real world. They learn to hunt, butcher, and grow their own food. The Commander requires them to train and to exercise to be ready for Armageddon. The only books Natalie is allowed to read are cookbooks. One by one the sisters flee as they grow up, and do not keep track of each other. She ends up 8n Paris, falls in love with a Natalie Morgen reared in the northwest wilderness of the US, youngest of 4 girls, has a survivalist father they call The Commander. Home schooled, they know nothing of the real world. They learn to hunt, butcher, and grow their own food. The Commander requires them to train and to exercise to be ready for Armageddon. The only books Natalie is allowed to read are cookbooks. One by one the sisters flee as they grow up, and do not keep track of each other. She ends up 8n Paris, falls in love with a chef and they move to a small island off the Coast of Brittany where he has family who own a neglected guest house. The joy of this book is in good cooking, islanders who know all the folklore, books galore, mysterious hiding places, lighthouses, fishing families, and every herb known to the northern hemisphere. There is even one old woman who only gardens in the moonlight. Nat's sister arrives unexpectedly, and dives into restoring the guest house. Nat has written a best seller "Pourquois Pas" and keeps busy writing a sequel. Life is not easy on the small island and the appearance of Nazis occupying their land and homes creates more misery. But romantic things happen. The characters are all fascinating and one surprise after the other keeps things churning.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ellen

    The dual timeline works well with this piece of historical fiction, set in the Isle of Ferme during WWII and the current time. Natalie ended up on the island renovating an old bed and breakfast, after her boyfriend returns to Paris without any intent to return. Natalie’s experiences as an American in Paris with her chef boyfriend was the basis for her popular lifestyle book, which is challenging her as she attempts to write a sequel. Alex, one of her sisters, arrives on the island and their secr The dual timeline works well with this piece of historical fiction, set in the Isle of Ferme during WWII and the current time. Natalie ended up on the island renovating an old bed and breakfast, after her boyfriend returns to Paris without any intent to return. Natalie’s experiences as an American in Paris with her chef boyfriend was the basis for her popular lifestyle book, which is challenging her as she attempts to write a sequel. Alex, one of her sisters, arrives on the island and their secrets slowly unfold. Violette is the main character in the historical timeline, as the Nazis occupy the island after most of the able bodied men left to join the war against Germany. Befriending one of the soldiers, a gentle man who opposes everything the Nazis stand for, she is able to assist the women of the island survive. Both storylines were appealing and well written. I recommend this book and thank NetGalley for the ARC.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sharlene

    Juliet Blackwell always has books that draw you in from the beginning and keeps you interested to the end. This definitely one that does that. This is a story of 3 women whose lives connect them to the past and present. The story takes place a tiny fishing village off the coast of Brittany. which is as much a character in the book as are the 3 women. Natalie Morgan is struggling with trying to put her life back together after falling in love with a classically trained chef that leaves, breaking Juliet Blackwell always has books that draw you in from the beginning and keeps you interested to the end. This definitely one that does that. This is a story of 3 women whose lives connect them to the past and present. The story takes place a tiny fishing village off the coast of Brittany. which is as much a character in the book as are the 3 women. Natalie Morgan is struggling with trying to put her life back together after falling in love with a classically trained chef that leaves, breaking her heart and leaving her without the funds to finish renovating the guesthouse they planned to open together. To further complicate her life, her estranged sister shows up unannounced. Natalie has no idea that her life is going to be even more complicated when she and her sister unearth old cookbook hidden away, that will take them back to WWII and the secrets of the German occupation of their tiny island. Fans of historical fiction will find this one they want to read.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Charlotte Lynn

    A house on an island has brought the mystery of who lived there during WWII together with the present day. As Natalie and her sister, Alex, work to remodel a house they find many hidden treasures and turn to the island’s residents to decipher them. As Natalie and Alex work towards their future, solve some of the mysteries of the past, they must also come to understand what their own histories mean for themselves and be able to accept it. Juliet Blackwell tells a story that pulled me in, kept me A house on an island has brought the mystery of who lived there during WWII together with the present day. As Natalie and her sister, Alex, work to remodel a house they find many hidden treasures and turn to the island’s residents to decipher them. As Natalie and Alex work towards their future, solve some of the mysteries of the past, they must also come to understand what their own histories mean for themselves and be able to accept it. Juliet Blackwell tells a story that pulled me in, kept me reading, and had me invested in Natalie, Alex and Violette. I love the flashbacks to WWII just as much as I love the sisterhood between Alex and Natalie. Their stories intertwine and come together perfectly telling a beautiful and enchanting story of family, friendship, and acceptance.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany www.instagram.com/tiffs_bookshelf

    In Juliet Blackwell's newest book we have Natalie,  a woman who grew up home-schooled & taught to live off the land by her prepper parents . Natalie never took to that life though & all she wanted was to get away & live civilized and normal. Off to Paris she went as soon as she got of age. This story is also about another young woman whose dreams of life did not match her parents. Their stories are told together in two parts of this book. I highly enjoyed this book. Both women's stories are told In Juliet Blackwell's newest book we have Natalie,  a woman who grew up home-schooled & taught to live off the land by her prepper parents . Natalie never took to that life though & all she wanted was to get away & live civilized and normal. Off to Paris she went as soon as she got of age. This story is also about another young woman whose dreams of life did not match her parents. Their stories are told together in two parts of this book. I highly enjoyed this book. Both women's stories are told so beautifully.  I was utterly charmed by this book & I think historical fiction fans will love it also. I highly recommend this book

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer N

    This was a really interesting 2 timeline story. In the present 1 sister is living on a small French island pretending that her boyfriend is still with her. She is an author contracted to write a 2nd book about her great romance and renovating an Inn. Unfortunately her boyfriend took off and the Inn is in shambles. Her sister comes to visit but neither tell each other what is really going on. We learn a lot about their interesting childhood as their father was a doomsdayer. In the past all of the This was a really interesting 2 timeline story. In the present 1 sister is living on a small French island pretending that her boyfriend is still with her. She is an author contracted to write a 2nd book about her great romance and renovating an Inn. Unfortunately her boyfriend took off and the Inn is in shambles. Her sister comes to visit but neither tell each other what is really going on. We learn a lot about their interesting childhood as their father was a doomsdayer. In the past all of the men leave the island to go to England with Charles de Gaulle. The women are left to maintain the island while being occupied by German soldiers.

  14. 5 out of 5

    James

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I didn't like this book. The modern part of the story was better than the historical parts but I found most of the plot relatively transparent. And the large mystery of the historical part was very unrealistic and fantastical. On thing I just don't understand about historical fiction and television is how there are so many people who "understand" homosexual lifestyle. If there were so many of these "understanding" people why was it illegal? Instead of showing how life really was for LGTBQ people I didn't like this book. The modern part of the story was better than the historical parts but I found most of the plot relatively transparent. And the large mystery of the historical part was very unrealistic and fantastical. On thing I just don't understand about historical fiction and television is how there are so many people who "understand" homosexual lifestyle. If there were so many of these "understanding" people why was it illegal? Instead of showing how life really was for LGTBQ people (the few there where) they just fill the pages with people who cover for them and help them along.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Fay

    Naming Brittany in the title brought my attention to this book. Our family has wonderful friends there and several of us have visited, though too long ago. My daughter did a summer exchange with the family we are friends with. All that is to say that the setting was very attractive to me. The story is actually set on the Ile de Sein, a small island off the rocky coast of Brittany. There is a small village on the island which is all rocky with little fertile land. Dependency on the mainland, thus Naming Brittany in the title brought my attention to this book. Our family has wonderful friends there and several of us have visited, though too long ago. My daughter did a summer exchange with the family we are friends with. All that is to say that the setting was very attractive to me. The story is actually set on the Ile de Sein, a small island off the rocky coast of Brittany. There is a small village on the island which is all rocky with little fertile land. Dependency on the mainland, thus, plays a role in the life of the island. The story here floats between the present and a period during WWII when German soldiers occupied the island. And so the story begins ..... Enjoy!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Beverly Carmichael

    What an interesting story! Two sisters are renovating a guest house on an island off the coast of Brittany. Natalie, the oldest, is struggling to write a romantic novel about her life with her boyfriend chef. He leaves her before the project is finished. She has no money and no hope of finishing this project. Her sister Alex shows up expectantly and offers to help. Then the story flashes back to World War II and Violet who was living on this same island. When all the men including Violet's husba What an interesting story! Two sisters are renovating a guest house on an island off the coast of Brittany. Natalie, the oldest, is struggling to write a romantic novel about her life with her boyfriend chef. He leaves her before the project is finished. She has no money and no hope of finishing this project. Her sister Alex shows up expectantly and offers to help. Then the story flashes back to World War II and Violet who was living on this same island. When all the men including Violet's husband leave to fight in the war, German soldiers move in. Suspenseful and well written story.

  17. 4 out of 5

    smalltownbookmom

    Actually better than expected! A dual timelines WWII historical fiction novel set in a small island community off the Coast of Brittany France. I enjoyed the characters and stories in both timelines equally. It was especially nice to see representation of gay soldiers in WWII and their struggles with being themselves. The present day storyline was a good sisterhood tale and a coming to terms with a physical disability story. Highly recommend for any WWII historical fiction fans in particular fan Actually better than expected! A dual timelines WWII historical fiction novel set in a small island community off the Coast of Brittany France. I enjoyed the characters and stories in both timelines equally. It was especially nice to see representation of gay soldiers in WWII and their struggles with being themselves. The present day storyline was a good sisterhood tale and a coming to terms with a physical disability story. Highly recommend for any WWII historical fiction fans in particular fans of The girl from the channel islands. CW: miscarriage

  18. 5 out of 5

    Diane Rapport

    Juliet Blackwell has written several stand-alone novels in recent years. All are set in France, and feature unique, interesting plots about French life both past and present. This is her best. A small island off the coast of Brittany with a history of Nazi occupation, and a population of strong women who kept going when the men were gone fighting with the Free French. Years later, a social media influencer and writer, coming to live out her fairy tale only to find that life has other plans for h Juliet Blackwell has written several stand-alone novels in recent years. All are set in France, and feature unique, interesting plots about French life both past and present. This is her best. A small island off the coast of Brittany with a history of Nazi occupation, and a population of strong women who kept going when the men were gone fighting with the Free French. Years later, a social media influencer and writer, coming to live out her fairy tale only to find that life has other plans for her. Evocative descriptions that made me feel like I was there. I really enjoyed this book!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Yvonne

    I really like Juliet Blackwell's historical novels. This was a great one with a bit of change-up, taking place on an island that is inhabited mostly by women. After most of the men have sailed off to England to help in France's cause in the war, German soldiers overtake the island where a best-selling author and her sister reacquaint after years of a controlled childhood. Lots of interesting subject-matter going on, and well-written. I really like Juliet Blackwell's historical novels. This was a great one with a bit of change-up, taking place on an island that is inhabited mostly by women. After most of the men have sailed off to England to help in France's cause in the war, German soldiers overtake the island where a best-selling author and her sister reacquaint after years of a controlled childhood. Lots of interesting subject-matter going on, and well-written.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sheri Heiner

    Beautiful in all of the ways it should be. This book gave me a lot to think about and I'm grateful for that. I knew who was in the photograph as soon as it was found. It all made sense after that. It gave really good looks at two very particular types of soldiers too. I actually think almost anyone would enjoy uncovering the secrets on Beautiful in all of the ways it should be. This book gave me a lot to think about and I'm grateful for that. I knew who was in the photograph as soon as it was found. It all made sense after that. It gave really good looks at two very particular types of soldiers too. I actually think almost anyone would enjoy uncovering the secrets on

  21. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    3.5 I liked a lot of this book, mainly the parts in the past. I wasn't quite as invested with the modern storyline. I can't quite pinpoint why though. The ending felt rushed and a little strange, I kind of wish there was another chapter or an extended epilogue. 3.5 I liked a lot of this book, mainly the parts in the past. I wasn't quite as invested with the modern storyline. I can't quite pinpoint why though. The ending felt rushed and a little strange, I kind of wish there was another chapter or an extended epilogue.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Carey Mundy

    I enjoyed this book - told between current day and during WWII, it takes place in France off the coast of Brittany. In current day a pair of sisters works to restore an old guesthouse, and in doing so discovers long hidden secrets of resistance during the war

  23. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    I love the way the story is in several characters perspective. And the story is intriguing. Makes you want to visit and see the history. But at the end the author puts in notes that tell you what is true and what was fiction. It helped to know what I can and can't visit next trip to France. I love the way the story is in several characters perspective. And the story is intriguing. Makes you want to visit and see the history. But at the end the author puts in notes that tell you what is true and what was fiction. It helped to know what I can and can't visit next trip to France.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Stacey Lechner

    This was an intriguing read that I just had to stay up late to finish, a great read from start to finish.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Haugsjaa

    Read straight through Until 1am because it was just that good! I live for Juliet’s french tales, they’re full of heart and magic and mystery and I can’t wait for the next one!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lynne

    excellent!

  27. 4 out of 5

    E

    This is a really good book taking place on an island off the Brittany coast during the German occupation in WWII and present day. It's a nice heartwarming story. This is a really good book taking place on an island off the Brittany coast during the German occupation in WWII and present day. It's a nice heartwarming story.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    This one was really good! I am getting a little over the WWII Stories, but I loved the setting for this one - nice change!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Deign Pen

    Great job author, I really like your writing style. I suggest you join NovelStar’s writing competition this April.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    I enjoyed the modern day storyline very much between the sisters. The WWII storyline with Violette not so much.

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