Hearts of Resistance is a story set in the times of World War II that perfectly features, includes and revolves around women.
Wow, I loved this! I was skeptical when picking this up since historical fiction is not always my cup of tea, but now I’m so happy I read this. The plot is centered around three women—Sophia, Rose and Hazel—who work against their expected roles at the time of a war. Instead of waiting on their partners to return from the battlefield, sewing socks for the soldiers or working in the farms, they take up front-row roles in the underground movement against the Nazis, called The Resistance.
Let’s start with the best aspect of this story, the one that won my heart straight away—strong women. I can’t emphasize enough about how important it is for me, as a reader, to come across characters who are not just magically or fictionally strong, but realistically powerful. These three women, and a few others who supported them through the story, were exactly that. Each one of them is from a different country—Rose is from France, Sophia is from Germany, and Hazel is from England—and how they end up together as a team in this crusade is a story different for all the three.
Characters in this book grow and a good character development is one of my favorite things to gush about. There are circumstances, instances and situations that crafts all three of them over the course of the story. Rose was an outspoken wife of a rich businessman and pregnant, Sophia had a Nazi in the name of father and a Jewish boyfriend, while Hazel was engaged to a fighter who clearly didn’t deem women fit enough to take up a role that she was intending to. When they first sign up for this, with or without training, they are scared and they don’t know if this would eventually be successful, if they’ll ever be able to return home, but they fight anyway. And they don’t look dumb at all. More often than not, when characters take impulsive decisions especially risky ones, I tend to consider them a bit stupid but here, they appear willed and positively adamant on playing their roles in this war.
The realism in this book! I love a story that not only touches the practical aspects of the setting but also incorporate those in the plot. People get caught, shot, and brutally killed, because isn’t that what happens in a war? Characters die, even when you don’t expect them to, because that’s bound to happen. In fact, the author didn’t overuse the advantage of having female main characters who could use their seductive skills while being undercover; I was so glad to not always have the three of them put on some lipstick and flirt with the Nazis to get out of situations. Kudos for a well thought, well planned and well written novel.
Which brings me to yet another appreciable thing about this: writing. Everything from the dialogues to the prose is so precisely concise and yet detailed that nothing reads over-the-top for me. The novel is written in a third person POV and alternates between the three main leads. It’s beautifully planned out with the peaks at all the right places and the revelations at the right pace. Being a war story, there’s also enough action and thrill in addition to the women-focused fiction. You keep wondering if they’ll be caught in the next scene or if someone’s gonna die in the next moment. Also, there aren’t any plot holes, the credit for which I think would go to the ideas loosely based on facts because the general story line was actual during the time of WWII.
Overall, this was one amazing read and I would recommend this to all those who like a good historical fiction that doesn’t solely revolve around the battlefield but is centered around the unenlightened underground movements, and of course, strong female protagonists.
Hearts of Resistance is set to be published on January 10th, 2018 by the Lake Union Publishing.
Soraya M. Lane is the #1 Kindle Bestselling Author of Wives of War.
As a child, Soraya dreamed of becoming an author. Fast forward more than a few years, and Soraya is now living her dream! Soraya describes being an author as “the best career in the world”, and she hopes to be writing romance for many years to come.
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