Tuesday, 25 February 2020
Release Date: 24th February 2020
Genres: Historical literary fiction / saga
Sophie is trying to rebuild her life after a personal tragedy, the loss of her daughter and mother. She gives up her job as a corporate solicitor and working as a historical archivist for a charity its at an exhibit at the British War Museum when she stumbles across a photograph of a woman , taken in London during the blitz and who looks startlingly like a family member. In fact, just like her. Her investigations into who this mysterious woman was are met with hurdles and family secrets. Just who is this woman that nobody wants to talk about.? Villainous Vivienne has shamed the family name with her exploits during the war. Had she really run off with a Nazi or was her role in the war just misunderstood?
Vivi is the mysterious woman and through a dual timeline we hear her story too. Vivi unwittingly signs up as a member of SOE - Special Operations Executive. She doesn't initially realise just how dangerous her missions will be but being fluent in both French and German she is an asset to the organisation during wartime. Thinking she'd just be carrying out admin tasks she'd no idea she would end up in France. On a mission! But, is she really equipped for this task? She has her doubts. Back in the present day, Sophie is doubting her own bravery.
I really enjoyed this book and the way the story was told through a dual timeline. It flowed so effortlessly and the story was flawless. I'm really enjoying stories set in this era and love the amount of research that goes into such books. When We Were Brave is no exception. The attention to detail is fantastic and I couldn't help but feel every bit of heartbreak and fear that the main characters felt. Reading about ordinary characters who were called upon to do extraordinary things during the war really is so grounding. Could you step up and do what needed to be done? Many untold stories of incredible bravery lie waiting to be discovered. This is a super book if you want to immerse yourself in a bit of mystery and war time drama. I thoroughly enjoyed it.