Lana Antanov watches in horror as Gestapo officers execute her husband for hiding a Jewish girl in a piano. A few months later, she is approached by a member of the resistance to serve as a spy on the French Riviera.
The description of the plot thrilled me — women at war! espionage! Russians! — but the execution didn’t impress me as much as I had hoped it would. The contrast between the glitz and glamor of the Riviera and the horrors of the French occupation often errs too much on the side of the former, leaving the author to remind the readers at least once per chapter that Lana is desperately worried about the plight of the French Jews. Lana’s War was an enjoyable book, but all the same, I couldn’t help hoping for more from it. It never quite reached the heights I hoped for it.
a riveting and heartfelt story of a young woman recruited to be a spy for the resistance on the French Riviera during World War II ... a sweeping and suspenseful tale of survival and second chances during some of the darkest days of history.
The daughter of a Russian noble joins the French Resistance in the suspenseful latest from Abriel ... While an abrupt conclusion will leave readers wanting more, Lana’s quest to avenge her husband’s death is enhanced by vivid details of the German occupation of France. Abriel’s fast-paced revenge story will please fans of WWII fiction.