#Blogtour Her Darkest Hour by Sharon Maas @sharon_maas @bookouture @BOTBSPublicity #HerDarkestHour

Her Darkest Hour: Beautiful and heartbreaking World War 2 historical fiction by [Maas, Sharon]
Her Darkest Hour by Sharon Maas
Bookouture May 22nd 2020

You and me – we’re sisters, not enemies. We’ve got a real enemy at our door and we need to focus on that – together, united. I don’t want to be fighting you as well.

In the small French town of Colmar, swastikas hang from lampposts, tanks are lined up outside the town hall, and twenty-one-year-old Marie-Claire is in love. She will do anything for her childhood friend Jacques, including spying on her German boss, Dietrich Kurtz. Anything to make Jacques see her in a new light, as something more than just a silly little girl.

But when Jacques rejects her, everything changes. Mortified and stung, Marie-Claire feels the need for revenge. She turns her back on those she loves and is catapulted into a new life.

Her little sister Victoire is aghast at her sister’s traitorous behaviour, not least because Marie-Claire is endangering Victoire’s own life-threatening mission, hiding Jewish refugees in their mother’s wine cellar. And when Marie-Claire marries Kurtz, Victoire knows her relationship with her sister has been poisoned for ever.

But when Victoire learns someone she loves is in terrible danger, her only choice is to trust the sister who betrayed her. Kurtz, Marie-Claire’s cruel and heartless husband, has key information and Victoire must persuade Marie-Claire to obtain it, even if it means risking Marie-Claire’s life. As secrets come to light and close bonds are broken, will the sisters be able to heal old wounds?

An unforgettable and unputdownable story of two sisters ripped apart by World War 2. Fans of The Nightingale and The Ragged Edge of Night will fall in love with Her Darkest Hour.

My Review

One small French town, in World War II, two very different women who had to navigate the trails and tribulations of Nazi invasion formed the basis of Her Darkest Hour.

Marie-Claire was not a woman you instantly liked, her vanity, naivety and failure to see the Nazi’s as anything but an opportunity for herself, were a sharp contrast to that of her younger sister Victoire. You felt Victoire should have been the eldest, her ability to see the harm and destruction to come, her willingness to help the resistance and complete disregard for her own appearance were almost her ticket to safety as she lingered under the radar, her involvement with the resistance hidden.

To our surprise, Maas, turned the story on its end and we watched in horror as Marie-Claire, egged on by her German colleagues, lit a flame that threatened to burn and destroy her. You wanted to shout at her to step back, listen to her inner voice that somehow knew what she was doing was wrong, but as always in life, events take over, and you have to make the best of a bad situation. In some ways it was almost a blessing, as Marie-Claire found inner resolve, determination, and bravery in pursuit of freedom and escape back to her family. Maas made you think about all the other women who would have had similar or even worse experiences as she did little to hide the atrocities inflected by the Nazi’s.

For Victoire, her sisters actions were a betrayal and Maas widened the already deep gulf that existed between them. You wondered if they would ever reconcile, if pride would stand in their way or if events would force them back together. As the war progressed, as Nazi failure loomed, events escalated, the sisters were once again pushed together, as Maas gave us some heart stopping moments, and I held my breath praying we would get a positive outcome.

Maas was brilliant at showing a France under siege, the effect on its people, the terror that existed, the undercurrents of resistance that slowly built as the war progressed. It was a claustrophobic feeling that you knew could explode at any moment and when it did it wasn’t pleasant to read, but necessary to convey the true horrors.

What I did admire was how Maas managed to cover the entire war, gave us intense snapshots as characters grappled with their feelings, with the dangers thrust upon them, without asking for our pity, instead asking us to admire their resolve and tenacity.

It was refreshing to see a war novel that focused on women, that gave them a strong voice, a voice that resonated.

Her Darkest Hour was powerful and intense but full of hope and light in the darkest of times.

I would like to thank Bookouture for a copy of Her Darkest Hour to read and review and to Books On The Bright Side for inviting My Bookish Blogspot to participate in the blogtour.

About the author

Sharon Maas was born in Georgetown, Guyana, in 1951.

She was educated in Guyana and England. 

​Sharon has always had a great sense of adventure and curiosity about the world we live in, and Guyana could not hold her for long. In 1971 she set off on a year-long backpacking trip around South America. 

In 1973 she travelled overland to India through Europe, Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan, and spent two years in an Ashram in South India.

Her first novel, Of Marriageable Age, is set in India and Guyana and was published by HarperCollins in 1999. Subsequent novels were published in 2001 and 2003

https://www.sharonmaas.com/
https://twitter.com/sharon_maas

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