Book review: The Cost of Courage – I love France #156

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The Cost of Courage

The Cost of Courage



The Cost of Courage

by Charles Kaiser


Publication Date: Jun 16, 2015
by Other Press

304 pp

ISBN: 9781590516140

ISBN: 9781590516157

 Source: Received from the publisher

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As Charles Kaiser highlights in the afterword to his book The Cost of Courage, many Americans know close to nothing about the French Resistance and even forget about German sympathies of famous American appeasers, as well as anti-Semitic organizations blooming in the US in the 1930s. To remedy this amnesia, I highly recommend you read this suspenseful history book on the German Occupation of France during WWII and how one family, and all the French population, dealt with it.
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Spotlight and giveaway: The Morgenstern Project – I love France #141

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(translated by Sophie Weiner)

Release date: April 9, 2015
at Le French Book

260 pages

ISBN: 978-1939474353

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Past and present collide. When you kill a legend, it becomes inspiration, and you can’t kill inspiration. Jeremy Corbin and Jacqueline Walls lead a calm life in a New Jersey suburb, when one day everything changes. Eytan Morgenstern returns to save them, and this improbably team must take on the Consortium, leading them on an epic journey from London to Tel-Aviv, from the Polish forests to Manhattan high-rises, from the shameful past to the threatening future. After a lifetime of bringing Nazi war criminals to justice, the Mossad operative is once again fighting those who wish to study his superhuman body. The self-sacrificing secret agent must rely on the help of his friends to finally free himself of the physical and emotional scars of his past.



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Sophie Weiner is a freelance translator and book publishing assistant from Baltimore, Maryland. After earning degrees in French from Bucknell University and New York University, Sophie went on to complete a master’s in literary translation from the Sorbonne, where she focused her thesis on translating wordplay in works by Oulipo authors. She has translated and written for web-based companies dedicated to art, cinema, and fashion as well as for nonprofit organizations. Growing up with Babar, Madeline, and The Little Prince, Sophie was bitten by the Francophile bug at an early age, and is fortunate enough to have lived in Paris, Lille, and the Loire Valley.


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I love France #53: Book review: The Lavender Garden


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The Lavender Garden


Lucinda RILEY

416 pages

Publication date:  June 11, 2013, by Atria Books

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Lavender Garden

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Now: take a young woman, trying to figure out who her family really was, where they are coming from, as she witnesses the death of her mother.

Choose also 2 countries, France and England, 2 different time periods, Second World War and the 1990s. Then at one point get these 2 groups of people to connect. Add to that a garden where dangerous secrets are buried [beware, there can be more to lavender than the beautiful fields in Provence], plus richly characterized people, some linked with elements of romance. Don’t forget some gothic points à la Rebecca, in a big old château, and oh of course the central role played by a book in The Lavender Garden.
What’s the result? If you had not read the title of this post, I bet you would have answered: a book by Kate Morton. And you are right, it could absolutely be.

The neat thing is that this book is as beautifully intricate as Morton’s books, but was written by ANOTHER talented historical novelist (the more the merrier, let them come!), coming from Ireland this time, not Australia.

I absolutely LOVED this book, with its focus on the French Resistance and the tough women part of Churchill’s Special Operations Executive mission.

I loved the real depth of the young and old characters, how their much-layered inner conflicts were conveyed, as they are set in death and life situations. I loved the old French château (built in 1750) and its library, and its connection to the plot.

I loved some funny quirky images – see examples in the Quotations section here below.

I wanted to “kick in the b*” Emilie, just like what I wanted to do to Rebecca’s narrator. But then, she actually grows in a lovely way throughout the novel, inspired by the heroism of her ancestors.

Even though I could guess most of the upcoming twists and turns, it was still extremely enjoyable. If you like historical novels set in France during Second World War, this book is a must.


  • “[Emilie] gazed out the window at the wisps of cloud suspended like uncooked meringues in the blue sky.”   p.1
  • “The July evening was excruciatingly hot, and Connie, in the tight-fitting bodice of her emerald-green evening dress, felt like a trussed-up chicken put on too warm a setting in the oven.”  p.114


The internationally bestselling author of The Orchid House takes readers from Nazi-occupied Paris to the contemporary glamor of the Cote D’Azur in an emotionally gripping novel of love, duty, and desire. With her dazzling novels The Orchid House and The Girl on the Cliff, Lucinda Riley effortlessly transported readers between distant times and locations and earned accolades from reviewers and readers around the world. In The Lavender Garden, her most powerful novel so far, she tells the mesmerizing tale of heroism and betrayal inside an aristocratic French family across half a century.

La Cote d’Azur, 1998: In the south of France, Emilie de la Martinières finds herself the sole inheritor of her childhood home, a magnificent chateau and vineyard. With the house comes a mountain of debt—and almost as many questions: What was the purpose of the secret room she finds hidden beneath the wine cellars? Why did her beloved father never speak of his decorated service in Word War II? Why has Emilie always felt at odds with her own family background?

Paris, 1944: A British office clerk, Constance Carruthers, is sent to Paris to be part of Churchill’s Special Operations Executive during the climax of the Nazi occupation. Separated from the Resistance, she stumbles into a socially prominent family who entertains members of the German elite even as they plot to liberate France. In a city rife with collaborators and Resistance members, Constance’s most difficult decision may be determining whom to trust with her heart.

As Emilie discovers what really happened to her family during the war and finds a connection to Constance much closer than she suspects, the chateau itself may provide clues that can unlock the mysteries of her past, present, and future. [Goodreads]


Lucinda Riley

Lucinda Riley was born in Ireland and during her childhood traveled extensively abroad, particularly to the Far East to visit her father.

Moving to London she became an actress working in film, theater and television. Five years ago she designed and built a house on the island of Koh Chang in Thailand, where her father had purchased land many years before. Her passion for history combined with her love of travel, and Thailand in particular, inspired her to write her novel Hothouse Flower, published by Penguin in November 2010.

She currently lives in Norfolk and France with her husband and four children.


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