About the Book
Book: A Rose for the Resistance
Author: Angela K. Couch
Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance/Christian
Release date: April 2022
A French Woman and German Soldier Create a Truce
Full of intrigue, adventure, and romance, this new series celebrates the unsung heroes—the heroines of WWII.
With her father in a German POW camp and her home in Ste Mere Eglise, France, under Nazi occupation, Rosalie Barrieau will do anything to keep her younger brother safe. . .even from his desire to join the French resistance. Until she falls into the debt of a German solder—one who delivers a wounded British pilot to her door. Though not sure what to make of her German ally, Rosalie is thrust deep into the heart of the local underground. As tensions build toward the allied invasion of Normandy, she must decide how much she is willing to risk for freedom.
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In My Opinion
We all know about World War II’s D-Day. Many books and movies have depicted the fighting, the loss, and the history of this battle on the beach in France. But what about the people who lived in France? Those who toiled and loved and existed before and after this well-known piece of history? In A Rose for the Resistance, Angela K. Couch gives us a picture of the fear, uncertainty, and daily struggles of the French citizens as German occupies their homes.
Rosalie’s determination to keep her brother safe and her family fed is one many of these people probably held. And when German soldiers show up at their home, of course fear and mistrust are primary. But Franz isn’t like the other soldiers, doesn’t support the war or the atrocities happening.
The two people fight in the only way the can—through the French resistance. And as their paths continue to cross, the two begin to see the motives and the heart and the courage in the other.
Though I wasn’t a fan of the love triangle, it was (thankfully) short lived. The book is well-researched and gives the reader a peek at daily life through the main characters. The courage, strength, and loyalty of Rosalie and her brother are admirable, and I couldn’t help but root for Franz as he is caught between his country—even when he hated what was happening—and protecting the woman he loved.
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About the Author
To keep from freezing in the great white north, Angela K Couch cuddles under quilts with her laptop. Winning short story contests, being a semi-finalist in ACFW’s Genesis Contest, and a finalist in the 2016 International Digital Awards also helped warm her up. As a passionate believer in Christ, her faith permeates the stories she tells. Her martial arts training, experience with horses, and appreciation for good romance sneak in as well. When not writing, she stays fit (and toasty warm) by chasing after four munchkins.
More from Angela
The story of A Rose for the Resistance has been in the making for a while. Rosalie and Franz came to life for me in the first novel I started writing as a teenager… (not even going to mention how long ago that was). Though much of that early work will never see the light of day, I am glad I can finally share them with you.
Every November 11th since I was a child, I would sit with my dad and watch WWII documentaries and movies like A Bridge too Far, or The Longest Day which featured Sainte-Mère-Église during the D-day landings. So many of those stories beg to be remembered and I tried to include as much as I could in this novel, even in passing. Stories such as John Steele of the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment who dropped into the warzone of Sainte-Mère-Église that night and his chute caught on the spire of the church. He hung limply for hours, pretending to be dead, before the Germans took him prisoner. John later escaped and rejoined his division. Or, Henry Langrehr who landed five miles from his drop zone, crashing through a greenhouse on the way down. He was unharmed from the fall, but was later wounded and captured. He lived into his nineties to tell the tale.
Many of the events and deeds of The Resistance in the novel are also pulled from history. The French citizen’s willingness to risk their lives to transport weapons and information, and to staunchly resist the brutal German occupation. It is estimated that approximately 90,000 men women – and children – were killed, tortured, or deported by the Germans for their efforts.
Though many of the characters in this story are fictional, there are so many men and women who truly did live through the horrors of the War in Europe, and more importantly risked or sacrificed their all for the freedom and lives of others.
I pray we never forget.
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