The Spider and the Sparrow by A.L. Sowards
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Source: Received from Publisher to Reveiw
Genre: Historical Fiction
Book Description: May 1915. After tragedy strikes during the Second Battle of Artois, Frenchman Julian Olivier will do anything to get out of the trenches. So when British Intelligence recruits him to spy behind enemy lines, he jumps at the opportunity. Just before he begins, however, he has a chance encounter with a young French woman who leaves his heart marked for the remainder of the war—even if he doesn’t know her name.
Warren Flynn is a Canadian airborne hero, and dogfights with the Germans are all in a day’s work. Second only to his love of flying is his fascination with Claire Donovan, the daughter of an American munitions manufacturer living in Paris. Warren flies Julian into Germany and soon receives orders to post the Allies’ newest operative—an attractive peasant woman named Evette—in Claire’s home.
As a dangerous ring of spies and saboteurs threatens to turn the war against the Allies, Julian discovers goodness in his enemies’ hearts. But even if he survives, will he ever be reunited with the woman whose memory he can’t erase? Will Warren survive the war, and will Evette unearth the infiltrator in her own territory before it’s too late?
My thoughts: I want to start by gushing and letting everyone know that I think A.L. Sowards is an amazing writer. This is her fifth book, and it is the fifth book of hers I have read. I know every time I will find an excellent book that brings the time period to life for me. She researches the period and the battles, it shows in her writing.
This story focuses on WWI. Julian is the first character we are introduced to. He is fighting in the trenches for France. It is miserable! He is miserable. After an injury and the death of his best friend, he is given the opportunity to become a spy for France. He assignment is Germany. He is the child of a German mother and a French father. He is a good man who is concerned about the state of his soul.
The book has other characters who's stories are told. A Canadian pilot who Julian helps after his plane crashes. The pilot, Warren , then flies him behind enemy lines. Claire is Warren's girlfriend who lives in Paris. Then there is Evette, a young woman Julian helps flee and abusive situation. Each of the lives become connected and make for a great multi-layer story.
Another reason that I love A.L. Soward's books, is that she writes stories that show the goodness in people on both sides of the war. She also shows the ugliness.
The book is set during WWI, so there is war violence. The book also contains some romance.
A little mystery, a little history, a little romance, and a lot of action, adventure, and suspense. Primarily, I write to entertain. I also hope my books will teach readers something new about history or about life. My books are usually set during wartime, so there is some violence, but I keep the language and romance family-friendly. My goal is for my writing to be thrilling, clean, and uplifting.
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