Today’s book review features
A Picture of Hope by Liz Tolma.
A Photojournalist Risks Her Life to Save Children
Full of intrigue, adventure, and romance, this new series celebrates the unsung heroes—the heroines of WWII.
Journalist Nellie Wilkerson has spent the bulk of the war in London, photographing pilots taking off and landing—and she’s bored. She jumps at the chance to go to France, where the Allied forces recently landed. She enlists Jean-Paul Breslau of the French underground to take her to the frontlines. On the journey, they come upon an orphanage where nuns shelter children with disabilities. Can they help save them before the Nazis come to liquidate it?
Discover more about Liz Tolsma at: liztolsma.com
A Picture of Hope by Liz Tolsma is part of Barbour Book’s Heroines of WWII series.
I love reading about female journalists during the political upheaval and wars of the first half of the 1900s. In A Picture of Hope, Nellie was an intrepid reporter determined to share what was happening in France after Normandy with the mothers and sweethearts back home. Of course, she finds herself in the middle of the danger, and occasionally rashly puts herself there unnecessarily.
But what she finds is not just the expected danger and that set this story apart from others. She is given the opportunity to save a child with Downs Syndrome, a child who would have been killed by the Nazis. Paired with a French Resistance fighter and a wonderful cast of side characters, saving one child turns into a major escape mission, and maybe a romance.
One note is that the author does show some of the horrendous atrocities that happened in occupied France. The characters react strongly and readers may, too. One image in particular was hard to read, but according to the author note, actually happened.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with FTC guidelines.