Inspired by a true story, the best-selling author of In Country offers a gorgeous, haunting novel about an airline pilot coming to terms with his past, and searching for the people who saved him during World War II. After Marshall Stone's B-17 bomber was shot down in occupied Europe in 1944, people in the French Resistance helped him escape to safety. One of the brave French people who risked their lives for him was a lively girl in Paris--a girl identified by her blue beret. After the war Marshall returned to America, raised a family, and became a successful airline pilot. He tried to forget the war. Now, in 1980, he returns to France and finds himself drawn back in time--memories of the crash, the terror of being alone in a foreign country where German soldiers were hunting down fallen Allied aviators, the long months of hiding. Marshall finds the people who helped him escape from the Nazis and falls in love with the woman who was the girl in the blue beret. He also discovers astonishing revelations about the suffering of the people he had known during the war. Bobbie Ann Mason's novel, inspired by her father-in-law's wartime experiences, is a beautifully woven story of love, war, and second chances.
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Eye Injury Forced Audible & Blue Beret--All Good
Probably not. I got the story the first time around, enjoyed it, but it's not in my top ten all time books.
The setting--it gave a new WWII perspective. A former WWII pilot revisits the scene of where he crashed in Belgium/France and the people who risked their lives to save him forty years ago. The towns, the food, the differences in the French way of life made it very interesting.
Any of the scenes where the characters are sitting around a table (or are picnicing) having some wine and delicious food. I wanted to join in.My favorite scene, in a odd way, was when Annette surprised Marshall with the final story of her wartime experience. I won't say more, don't want to be a spoiler.
No. It was much too long for that.
I was to host a book club meeting focused on this book, when I experienced a painful scratched cornea, and I'd barely started the book. I decided to join Audible and listen to the book. The narrator made the book even more interesting--good job! I was able to finish the book in a few days without difficulty, and host the group discussion. We all enjoyed the book.
- J E Koch