The Award

The Award

Audiobook CD - 2016
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Gaelle de Barbet is sixteen years old in 1940 when the German army occupies France and frightening changes begin. She is shocked and powerless when French gendarmes take away her closest friend, Rebekah Feldmann, and her family, and send them to a detention camp for deportation to an unknown, ominous fate. The local German military commandant makes Gaelle's family estate outside Lyon into his headquarters. Her father and brother are killed by the Germans; her mother fades away into madness and ill health. Trusted friends and employees become traitors. And by accident, Gaelle begins a perilous journey with the French Resistance, hoping to save lives to make up for the beloved friend she could do nothing to help.
Publisher: [United States] : Brilliance Audio, Inc., 2016
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781455833238
Branch Call Number: UCD FICTION STEEL
Characteristics: 8 sound discs (576 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Verner, Adam


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Feb 07, 2017

I've never been a huge Danielle Steel fan but got suckered into this story because of the place and time period -- World War II France. The author did a fairly realistic job describing Gaelle's war experiences but the story veered into fantasy when a naive 19-year-old girl from the provinces captured the bachelor of the century who was nearly 50. Most of the story was spent describing the "rich and famous lifestyle" of postwar America. The last few chapters covered nearly 50 years of the heroine's life when she received the Legion of Honor for her World War II resistance work. This book is only for diehard Danielle Steel fans.


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