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Set in the thick of the Paris Resistance movement during WWII, this exciting novel tells of the deep involvement of Catherine Dior and two young women who risked their lives to support her efforts—perfect for fans of Kate Quinn and Jennifer Chiaverini. France, 1944: The Nazis still occupy Paris, and twenty-five-year-old Gabby Foucher hates these enemies, though, as the conc Set in the thick of the Paris Resistance movement during WWII, this exciting novel tells of the deep involvement of Catherine Dior and two young women who risked their lives to support her efforts—perfect for fans of Kate Quinn and Jennifer Chiaverini. France, 1944: The Nazis still occupy Paris, and twenty-five-year-old Gabby Foucher hates these enemies, though, as the concierge of ten rue Royale, she makes it a point to avoid trouble, unlike her sister Yvette. Until she, like her sister, is recruited into the Resistance by Catherine Dior—sister of the fashion designer, Christian Dior. Gabby and Yvette are both swept into the world of spies, fugitives, and Resistance workers, and it doesn't take long for the sisters to realize that their lives are in danger. Gabby discovers an elderly tenant is hiding a wounded British fugitive, and Yvette becomes a messenger for the Resistance. But as Gabby begins to fall in love with her patient and Yvette’s impulsiveness lead her into intrigue at an ever-higher level, both women will discover that their hearts and even their souls hang in the balance as well. This page-turning novel is perfect for any reader fascinated by the role of women during World War II, whose stories are often untold, and introduces us to Catherine Dior, the fearless real-life Resistance hero. 


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Set in the thick of the Paris Resistance movement during WWII, this exciting novel tells of the deep involvement of Catherine Dior and two young women who risked their lives to support her efforts—perfect for fans of Kate Quinn and Jennifer Chiaverini. France, 1944: The Nazis still occupy Paris, and twenty-five-year-old Gabby Foucher hates these enemies, though, as the conc Set in the thick of the Paris Resistance movement during WWII, this exciting novel tells of the deep involvement of Catherine Dior and two young women who risked their lives to support her efforts—perfect for fans of Kate Quinn and Jennifer Chiaverini. France, 1944: The Nazis still occupy Paris, and twenty-five-year-old Gabby Foucher hates these enemies, though, as the concierge of ten rue Royale, she makes it a point to avoid trouble, unlike her sister Yvette. Until she, like her sister, is recruited into the Resistance by Catherine Dior—sister of the fashion designer, Christian Dior. Gabby and Yvette are both swept into the world of spies, fugitives, and Resistance workers, and it doesn't take long for the sisters to realize that their lives are in danger. Gabby discovers an elderly tenant is hiding a wounded British fugitive, and Yvette becomes a messenger for the Resistance. But as Gabby begins to fall in love with her patient and Yvette’s impulsiveness lead her into intrigue at an ever-higher level, both women will discover that their hearts and even their souls hang in the balance as well. This page-turning novel is perfect for any reader fascinated by the role of women during World War II, whose stories are often untold, and introduces us to Catherine Dior, the fearless real-life Resistance hero. 

30 review for Sisters of the Resistance

  1. 4 out of 5

    MarilynW

    I enjoyed this WWII historical fiction but think I would have enjoyed it a bit more if I hadn't come in expecting to learn more about Catherine Dior, sister of Christine Dior. Most of what I learned about her came from my internet searches and those searches helped me to understand her value to the story, that I wouldn't have gotten from just reading the book. I know I'm going to read more about her now that I know the part she played as a Resistance fighter.  The book starts in 1947, where we ar I enjoyed this WWII historical fiction but think I would have enjoyed it a bit more if I hadn't come in expecting to learn more about Catherine Dior, sister of Christine Dior. Most of what I learned about her came from my internet searches and those searches helped me to understand her value to the story, that I wouldn't have gotten from just reading the book. I know I'm going to read more about her now that I know the part she played as a Resistance fighter.  The book starts in 1947, where we are introduced to Yvette, just arriving in France from New York, where she made her home after escaping France, late in the war. We also meet Yvette's sister, Gabby, who still lives with their mother, where she works as as the concierge of ten rue Royale. Yvette is back in France so that she can testify at the trial of a woman who is accused of war crimes. She's never answered any of Gabby's letters since she left France three years ago. She's racked with guilt because of things she did or neglected to do during her time as a Resistance Fighter.  Gabby has accepted her fate in life. She long ago lost her father and her fiancé and never hoped to love again. And now her sister seems to be lost to her. There is also another person she has lost although she doesn't know if he is dead or has just forgotten her.  The other timeline in this story takes place in 1944. Everything is related to us by jumping back and forth between 1944 and 1947 and jumping between the viewpoint of Yvette and Gabby, in each of those timelines. We see all the deprivations of living in wartime France, the brutality inflicted on the people by the Nazis, gangs, those in power over those who are oppressed. In 1944, nineteen year old Yvette is so extremely naïve despite having endured so much of wartime France and being a member of the Resistance. Twenty five year old Gabby is already weary of a life that doesn't look to ever get better. She's always worried about her rash, headstrong, and reckless sister. Little does she know she'll be taking on similar risks once she realizes what is going on in the building that she runs.  I think the story would have been less confusing it it had been told from 1944 to 1947, without the back and forth in the timeline. But, still, it's very interesting as we see how the war is waged, not just on the front lines but behind the scenes, by people who are not what they seem and by people who have nothing left to give but their lives. Both sisters have so much to give, if they can figure out who they can trust.  Publication: June 8, 2021 Thank you to the Book Club Girl Early Read program, William Morrow and Custom House, and NetGalley for this ARC.

  2. 5 out of 5

    DeAnn

    3.5 spy stars With such a treasure trove of material, this one is another WWII story set in Paris and featuring the Resistance efforts. The two sisters are Gabby and Yvette, and each woman gets involved in the war in different ways and unbeknownst to the other. Gabby serves as the concierge at a small apartment building, and she gets to know all the residents. Yvette makes deliveries all over Paris on her bicycle. There are two timelines (from 1944 and then a few years after the war) and that was 3.5 spy stars With such a treasure trove of material, this one is another WWII story set in Paris and featuring the Resistance efforts. The two sisters are Gabby and Yvette, and each woman gets involved in the war in different ways and unbeknownst to the other. Gabby serves as the concierge at a small apartment building, and she gets to know all the residents. Yvette makes deliveries all over Paris on her bicycle. There are two timelines (from 1944 and then a few years after the war) and that was mostly successful. There were a few times I got confused and I think it might have been better if it was written as a straight-through chronology. There are some interesting sections featuring the Dior family and that always is an interesting twist. In fact, the Dior family lives at the apartment building where Gabby is the concierge. Interestingly, Catherine (sister to Christian) Dior is highly involved in the Resistance and that was fascinating. This one has the usual elements with hiding people, rations, and spying. I was definitely interested enough to keep reading, but I was not completely pulled into this one. I did see that this author has several other highly rated books. I’ll be checking those out someday! Thank you to NetGalley and Book Club Girls/William Morrow/Custom House for the early copy of this one to read.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

    Both Yvette and her older sister Gabby Foucher were embroiled in the war in Paris of 1944. Yvette worked for the House of Lelong, ferrying parcels through the streets to fashionable women who could still afford to dress well. Gabby was concierge of 10 rue Royale, working with her mother to keep the tenants as safe as was possible. When both young women were recruited into the Resistance – unbeknown to each other – it was Catherine Dior who set their tasks. Catherine was also a tenant of 10 rue R Both Yvette and her older sister Gabby Foucher were embroiled in the war in Paris of 1944. Yvette worked for the House of Lelong, ferrying parcels through the streets to fashionable women who could still afford to dress well. Gabby was concierge of 10 rue Royale, working with her mother to keep the tenants as safe as was possible. When both young women were recruited into the Resistance – unbeknown to each other – it was Catherine Dior who set their tasks. Catherine was also a tenant of 10 rue Royale, perfectly positioned for what she needed to do. Yvette and Gabby both hated the Bosch, but their roles in the Resistance saw courage neither were aware they possessed. Yvette put her own life on the line, naively insisting she could handle herself. Gabby continued to face danger on a daily basis, protecting, nursing and feeding the wounded fugitive – until the raid on the night when everything went wrong. 1947 saw Yvette return to Paris, both dreading and anxious to see her sister and mother. But what would she find when she returned to 10 rue Royale? Christian Dior, fashion designer of the rich and famous, and brother to Catherine, was holding his first show the day after Yvette arrived – her desire to be involved, to see the new fashions, saw her head there. But it was Yvette’s role as a witness that was daunting her – did she really want to defend that person? Sisters of the Resistance by Aussie author Christine Wells (her first since 2018!) was brilliant historical fiction! Set in two time frames only three years apart, it shows what the women who were involved in the war had to do. They put their own lives at risk to achieve what seemed unachievable; their patriotism shone through and while many lost their lives, those who didn’t found their lives changed forever. Yvette and Gabby are excellent characters, strong, courageous, naïve and incredibly daring; Catherine Dior was another such person. Highly recommended. With thanks to the author for my uncorrected proof ARC to read in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Natasha Lester

    As dazzling as a Dior gown! Sisters of the Resistance tells the fascinating story of two sisters working with Catherine Dior and the French Resistance during WWII. With a gorgeous blend of fashion, heartbreak, heroism and love this book will transport you to France as the sisters navigate their way through the secrets and mysteries of wartime, and as they uncover some stunning revelations in postwar Paris.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Morgan

    Clearly I missed something other readers found to like in this book. I didn’t care for the idea that the author used the name of Catherine Dior as a hook which would obviously draw readers to this book. The book is not about Catherine Dior! She appears like a shadow on the wall. 2* only because I actually read to the end. Alternating 1944 and 1947 - told in the alternating voices of sisters Yvette and Gabby. Some of the scenarios presented in this book are so ridiculous it is almost laughable. In 19 Clearly I missed something other readers found to like in this book. I didn’t care for the idea that the author used the name of Catherine Dior as a hook which would obviously draw readers to this book. The book is not about Catherine Dior! She appears like a shadow on the wall. 2* only because I actually read to the end. Alternating 1944 and 1947 - told in the alternating voices of sisters Yvette and Gabby. Some of the scenarios presented in this book are so ridiculous it is almost laughable. In 1944 after carrying out some resistance work Yvette was smuggled out of France and has lived in NYC for 2 years. In 1947 she arrives in Paris having been summoned to testify at the trial of a suspected traitor to France – a person who Yvette feels had betrayed her. Within the first few pages and within hours of arriving in Paris Yvette is discovered outside Christian Dior’s atelier where Dior’s first show since the war is about to begin. Whereupon she is invited inside and by some incredible coincidence and bonne chance becomes a part of the show. Gabby’s story is even more absurd. To be honest I never really got a grasp on Gabby at all. She appeared to fall into resistance work reluctantly until she fell in love. All ending in a romance for both sisters that the reader saw coming way back when. If you are interested in learning about Catherine Dior and her work with the resistance during WWII you will have to read another book.

  6. 5 out of 5

    MicheleReader

    Yvette and Gabby Foucher are sisters who aided the French Resistance during World War II. The story begins in 1947 when Yvette returns to Paris to testify at the trial of a famous film star accused of war crimes. Yvette has been living in New York City and harbors so much guilt about some of her actions during the war that she has severed ties with her family and has destroyed all of the letters Gabby has sent to her. Once back in Paris, Yvette finds herself working at the new House of Dior as a Yvette and Gabby Foucher are sisters who aided the French Resistance during World War II. The story begins in 1947 when Yvette returns to Paris to testify at the trial of a famous film star accused of war crimes. Yvette has been living in New York City and harbors so much guilt about some of her actions during the war that she has severed ties with her family and has destroyed all of the letters Gabby has sent to her. Once back in Paris, Yvette finds herself working at the new House of Dior as a mannequin (now referred to as a model). The book shifts back to 1944. The sisters are living in a building owned by their mother. Gabby works in the building servings its residents and Yvette works for the House of Lelong and its fashion designer Christian Dior. His sister Catherine lives in their building and the sisters become involved in her Resistance spy network. The timelines go back and forth to tell the wartime story and the post-war lives of these interesting characters as many secrets are revealed. Sisters of the Resistance is a very appealing book and if you are a reader who seeks stories set during this period, it will not disappoint. While the story revolves around the lives of the fictional sisters, the true and heroic story of Catherine Dior is especially fascinating. There are so many brave, smart and tough women in this book that it serves as a reminder that women played invaluable roles in winning the war. The world of haute couture provides a luxurious backdrop to an entertaining story of espionage, courage, love and sisterhood. Many thanks to William Morrow and Custom House, Book Club Girl Early Reads, NetGalley and author Christine Wells for the opportunity to read this book in advance of its June 8, 2021 publication. Rated 4.25 stars. Review posted on MicheleReader.com.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Helen

    What an amazing, brilliant, fabulous and beautiful story, I loved it from the start, I savoured every word I felt part of the story, my stomach was in my heart in so many places while these woman that we get to know sisters Gabby and Yvette Foucher and Catherine Dior as well as many other courageous and strong woman who stood up to the Germans and did what they could for France and its allies by becoming Resistance workers. It is France 1944 and the Germans are occupying Paris a young Gabby is c What an amazing, brilliant, fabulous and beautiful story, I loved it from the start, I savoured every word I felt part of the story, my stomach was in my heart in so many places while these woman that we get to know sisters Gabby and Yvette Foucher and Catherine Dior as well as many other courageous and strong woman who stood up to the Germans and did what they could for France and its allies by becoming Resistance workers. It is France 1944 and the Germans are occupying Paris a young Gabby is concierge of 10 rue Royale, she has no love for the Germans but does not like to be noticed unlike her younger sister Yvette who is happy to make her feelings known. Gabby cares about the tenants in the building doing what she can for them Christian Dior and his sister Catherine live there as well and it is not long before Gabby and Yvette are helping Catherine with work for the Resistance. Yvette works delivering packages for designer, House of Lelong this makes it good for her to become a messenger and she is always wanting to do more for the resistance and opportunity comes to her and she jumps at it. With Gabby she finds one of her elderly neighbours hiding a wounded British soldier this becomes Gabby’s way to help. Both sisters are doing what they can to help in their own way and so very bravely. In 1947 Yvette returns to Paris after being spirited away from danger but it is a long time since she has seen her mother and sister and her guilt is causing her to worry so much about other people and testifying in a huge trial. The sister’s reunion is filled with honesty and openness and it is a joy to see them together again, they have both changed so much, but will they be able to put the past behind them and look to the future with what has happened, will they find love and happiness? This was a compelling and captivating story, the characters are so real their feelings and emotions come to life on the pages, there were so many times I held my breath for them, I cried for them and I cheered them on with the strength and courage they show. MS Wells has bought to life occupied Paris during WW2 and also the beautiful fashions described it was like I could see these dresses. This is a must read story, a story that I found really hard to put down, I loved it and I do highly recommend it. My thanks to the author and publisher for my copy to read and review

  8. 4 out of 5

    Literary Redhead

    What more could one want? Catherine Dior, sister of the famous designer and a real-life heroine of the French Resistance, recruits two sisters for the famous guerilla movement. Set in Paris before and after WWII, with spies and double spies, love and heartbreak, and of course, haute couture adding spice to it all. An enthralling tale that kept me page-turning! 5 of 5 Stars Pub Date 08 Jun 2021 #SistersoftheResistance #NetGalley Thanks to the author, William Morrow and Custom House, and NetGalley for What more could one want? Catherine Dior, sister of the famous designer and a real-life heroine of the French Resistance, recruits two sisters for the famous guerilla movement. Set in Paris before and after WWII, with spies and double spies, love and heartbreak, and of course, haute couture adding spice to it all. An enthralling tale that kept me page-turning! 5 of 5 Stars Pub Date 08 Jun 2021 #SistersoftheResistance #NetGalley Thanks to the author, William Morrow and Custom House, and NetGalley for the ARC. Opinions are mine.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews

    Resistor or traitor? Yvette was summoned back to Paris to testify at the trial of Louise Dulac. When Yvette arrived in Paris, she couldn’t face her mother or sister, Gabby, but went instead to a show Christian Dior was putting on and the place where she had worked during the war. She was hired as a fill-in as well as a permanent model/mannequin, but her past kept coming back along with people from her past. Her past along with her sister’s is told in alternating chapters during and after the war. G Resistor or traitor? Yvette was summoned back to Paris to testify at the trial of Louise Dulac. When Yvette arrived in Paris, she couldn’t face her mother or sister, Gabby, but went instead to a show Christian Dior was putting on and the place where she had worked during the war. She was hired as a fill-in as well as a permanent model/mannequin, but her past kept coming back along with people from her past. Her past along with her sister’s is told in alternating chapters during and after the war. Gabby and Yvette worked for the resistance headed by Catherine Dior. SISTERS OF THE RESISTANCE is a fascinating account that keeps you on edge as you are left hanging at the end of chapters to see what is going to happen next. Ms. Wells’ writing keeps the reader interested with the tension of the war and the opportunity to hear about the fashions of Christian Dior. And we can’t forget romance - it is always a part of a war story. Enjoy when you read SISTERS OF THE RESISTANCE. Historical fiction fans will be captivated with the story line and the characters. 4/5 This book was given to me by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Charlie

    I really, REALLY liked this story about Catherine Dior's Paris spy network. Probably not many knew about this spy story. I didn't. The two sisters, Cabby and Yvette, slowly got dangerously involved in helping France to get rid of the Nazis. Christine Wells did a great job in writing this story. I really, REALLY liked this story about Catherine Dior's Paris spy network. Probably not many knew about this spy story. I didn't. The two sisters, Cabby and Yvette, slowly got dangerously involved in helping France to get rid of the Nazis. Christine Wells did a great job in writing this story.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Thornton

    Full of spies and harrowing near-misses, Christine Wells's SISTERS OF THE RESISTANCE shifts effortlessly between the desperation of the final months of World War II to the glamour of Dior's post-war collection in this page-turner of a tale. Based on Catherine Dior's real-life resistance movement, this is a powerful story of the impact women have had on history. Full of spies and harrowing near-misses, Christine Wells's SISTERS OF THE RESISTANCE shifts effortlessly between the desperation of the final months of World War II to the glamour of Dior's post-war collection in this page-turner of a tale. Based on Catherine Dior's real-life resistance movement, this is a powerful story of the impact women have had on history.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kristine Mckenna

    This was a really intriguing novel. I loved that the two sisters, Gabby and Yvette have conflict, but are really there for each other. The book was especially good b/c it added in the element of glamour and excitement about working for the House of Dior. Both sisters have people in their life they are uncertain about. I liked that this is fiction, but addressed the role Catherine Dior and several others around her took to help with WWII resistance. Gabby and Yvette both must make crucial decisio This was a really intriguing novel. I loved that the two sisters, Gabby and Yvette have conflict, but are really there for each other. The book was especially good b/c it added in the element of glamour and excitement about working for the House of Dior. Both sisters have people in their life they are uncertain about. I liked that this is fiction, but addressed the role Catherine Dior and several others around her took to help with WWII resistance. Gabby and Yvette both must make crucial decisions about deciding if each wants to help the resistance or not. Obviously, anyone involved puts themselves and family at great risk. Family plays a big role in this book. Gabby and Yvette also have to think about the well being of their mother, who lives in France. Powerful story that I really loved. Thank You NetGalley, Christine Wells, and William Morrow for giving me an ARC of this book. Much appreciated.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    Sisters of the Resistance by Christine Wells is an excellent WWII era historical fiction novel that kept me riveted throughout. This book weaves a tale between 1944 Paris, France and 1947 pos-war England and France. The novel alternates between two narrators: sisters Gabby and Yvette Foucher. Each tell the story from their point of view how each one became wrapped up within the resistance. Each woman played their own part separately and as the story progresses the reader sees not only how each wo Sisters of the Resistance by Christine Wells is an excellent WWII era historical fiction novel that kept me riveted throughout. This book weaves a tale between 1944 Paris, France and 1947 pos-war England and France. The novel alternates between two narrators: sisters Gabby and Yvette Foucher. Each tell the story from their point of view how each one became wrapped up within the resistance. Each woman played their own part separately and as the story progresses the reader sees not only how each woman’s actions intertwine, but also how it all comes together within past and present. We also get to see Catherine Dior be a part of this narrative, and the author has impressively placed within the book her own story based on true events involving her own part within the French Resistance. I loved the mystery, the intrigue, the suspense, the well-developed and complex characters and their respective personalities. I loved the small springs of romance that bubbled up every now and then, and the twists and turns the author placed within the story. I loved the ending, which honestly while was satisfying, could easily be used to launch into a follow up. I also loved all of the lovely descriptions of the Dior gowns, fabrics, designs, and fashion at its pivotal point in France at this time. The details were meticulous and stunning. All in all a wonderful historical fiction novel that I highly recommend. Excellent. 5/5 stars Thank you EW and William Morrow for this arc and in return I am submitting my unbiased and voluntary review and opinion. I am posting this review to my GR, Bookbub, Instagram accounts immediately and will post it to my Amazon, Instagram, and B&N accounts upon publication on 6/8/21.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sydney Long

    Yvette and Gabby are as different as sisters can be. In German occupied Paris, both get involved with the resistance...unbeknownst to each other...in very different way. Yvette becomes a courier and Gabby hides and cares for a wounded English man. The choices they make put their lives and the lives of their family at risk but to each sister, the risks are worth it. I loved this story. It was emotional yet suspenseful. There are very strong female characters throughout this story. I love how it sh Yvette and Gabby are as different as sisters can be. In German occupied Paris, both get involved with the resistance...unbeknownst to each other...in very different way. Yvette becomes a courier and Gabby hides and cares for a wounded English man. The choices they make put their lives and the lives of their family at risk but to each sister, the risks are worth it. I loved this story. It was emotional yet suspenseful. There are very strong female characters throughout this story. I love how it sheds light on the women that were involved within the resistance...one even had a very famous last name, Dior. What is even more great about this story is that it really sheds light on the fact that WWII was very different for everyone...even members of the same family. This is a must read for a wintery weekend! Thank you NetGalley and Christine Wells for early access to this unforgettable novel!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Christine M

    Sisters of the Resistance By: Christine Wells 5⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ The amazing story of two sisters working in Paris. Inspired by the true story of Catherine Dior, the sister of the famous designer. 👗 🇫🇷 Gabby and Yvette live in Paris as the war is winding down in 1944. Danger is everywhere! They are both recruited by Catherine Dior and quickly find themselves as part of the Resistance. Gabby ends up risking everything for a man she is hiding from the Nazis. Ivett’s life becomes intwined with a diplomat. Th Sisters of the Resistance By: Christine Wells 5⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ The amazing story of two sisters working in Paris. Inspired by the true story of Catherine Dior, the sister of the famous designer. 👗 🇫🇷 Gabby and Yvette live in Paris as the war is winding down in 1944. Danger is everywhere! They are both recruited by Catherine Dior and quickly find themselves as part of the Resistance. Gabby ends up risking everything for a man she is hiding from the Nazis. Ivett’s life becomes intwined with a diplomat. They are both harboring secrets, and a life that could jeopardize all that they know. 👗🇫🇷 In 1947 Paris, Yvette joins Gabby in New York to work for Dior as a mannequin. Dior is taking the fashion world over. Yvette wants to find out what happened to Catherine during the war. Too many secrets and not enough answers. This novel is fascinating and and fast paced. I look forward to more novels by this author. #sistersoftheresistance, #christinewells, #bookstagram, #booksconnectus, #stamperlady50, #williammorrow

  16. 4 out of 5

    Theresa Smith

    A powerful story of resistance and patriotism set in Paris during the final months of and post WWII. Ordinary women performing extraordinarily brave acts of resistance. Inspired by Catherine Dior’s real life spy network, Sisters of the Resistance is an enthralling novel of heartbreak and hope, truth and deception, love and loss. Christine Wells has long established herself as an evocative storyteller. Her focus within this latest novel shifts between the final months of WWII in occupied Paris and A powerful story of resistance and patriotism set in Paris during the final months of and post WWII. Ordinary women performing extraordinarily brave acts of resistance. Inspired by Catherine Dior’s real life spy network, Sisters of the Resistance is an enthralling novel of heartbreak and hope, truth and deception, love and loss. Christine Wells has long established herself as an evocative storyteller. Her focus within this latest novel shifts between the final months of WWII in occupied Paris and the immediate years after, when Paris was still feeling the effects of occupation, collaboration, and reprisals. I enjoy novels that include the immediate years after the war, it’s so much more interesting to me than only reading about the war years. The recovery of countries occupied and razed was long and complicated; life did not just magically go back to normal once peace was declared. I enjoyed the way Christine shifted between her two timelines, unfolding the story in pieces. The two sisters in this novel were motivated to contribute to the resistance by vastly different forces, but both of them demonstrated that all acts, from small-scale to large-scale, made a difference, and were not without risk, the threat of torture and death an ever-present reality. While this novel was inspired by Catherine Dior’s spy network, Catherine herself was a secondary character, with the two fictional sisters at the lead, allowing the author to incorporate the history of Dior without fictitiously tampering with the life of a real woman from history – always a tricky minefield. Novels about the heroic actions of women during WWII are becoming abundant, but I do think they are far from becoming stale. The heroism of men has been written about for decades without pause. I welcome more novels like this, ones that demonstrate that bravery and heroism was not limited to men, but that both men and women worked alongside each other and together to bring about peace. I am quite certain that there are many more women who are yet to have their stories told. Sisters of the Resistance is a fine addition to this growing historical fiction niche. Highly recommended. Thanks is extended to the publisher for the review copy.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn

    Sisters of the Resistance by Christine Wells ~ A Novel of Catherine Dior's Paris Spy Network is cleverly set in two time zones, Paris 1944 and Paris 1947, the main characters being two sisters, Gabby and Yvette. I really enjoyed the Paris setting in places such as The Ritz and Place Le Concorde, the mannequins, the fashion of the day and fashion parades held at The Ritz describing exquisite gowns and fabrics, the gardens and The Champs-Elysees. Fashion Shows and enticing fabrics, soldiers and war, Sisters of the Resistance by Christine Wells ~ A Novel of Catherine Dior's Paris Spy Network is cleverly set in two time zones, Paris 1944 and Paris 1947, the main characters being two sisters, Gabby and Yvette. I really enjoyed the Paris setting in places such as The Ritz and Place Le Concorde, the mannequins, the fashion of the day and fashion parades held at The Ritz describing exquisite gowns and fabrics, the gardens and The Champs-Elysees. Fashion Shows and enticing fabrics, soldiers and war, French cuisine such as creme caramel and Calvados. Bicycles and French cigarettes. Lily of the Valley sets the scene. Hearing about Gabby sketching gowns and costumes and attending a Dior premiere. Yvette's fashion career. Quote from novel: p. 21 'And through it all, the salons breathed a new fragrance, a most exquisite scent, fresh and floral. The one Christian had named after Catherine. He had called it "Miss Dior". Christine's book shows the importance and significance of the French resistance movement in World War 2 of which Catherine Dior was a member and above all The Paris Spy Network and how it all came into being and works which includes deciphering and decoding of messages. Christine writes the best Spy Stories! I'd highly recommend this novel for all those who love fashion, historical fiction blended with facts of the time and spy stories.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Niki (nikilovestoread)

    One of my favorite things about reading historical fiction set during WWII is finding books that focus on an area of the war that I haven't read much about before. As soon as I saw Sisters of the Resistance by Christine Wells was about two sisters who worked with the French Resistance network, I knew I had to read it. The book tells the fictional story of two young sisters who worked with real life heroine, Catherine Dior, and the resistance network during the German occupation in Paris in 1944 One of my favorite things about reading historical fiction set during WWII is finding books that focus on an area of the war that I haven't read much about before. As soon as I saw Sisters of the Resistance by Christine Wells was about two sisters who worked with the French Resistance network, I knew I had to read it. The book tells the fictional story of two young sisters who worked with real life heroine, Catherine Dior, and the resistance network during the German occupation in Paris in 1944 and their lives after the war in 1947. While the main characters were fictional, the story of how the network functioned behind the scenes was fascinating. In all honesty, I wasn't sure I was going to be a good fit for this book in the beginning with the heavy emphasis on the fashion world in 1947, but I'm glad I kept reading because I ended up really enjoying it once the focus shifted more towards events during the war. Thanks so much to William Morrow for the gifted book in exchange for an honest review!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Addie Yoder

    World War 2 fiction is a category where you almost think you you have read it all...but it always brings me something new. This story is filled with fashion, female friendships, sisterhood and love. I liked the dual timeline of 1944 vs 1947. It gave a depth to the story that I wasn't expecting. The emotions of the last 100 pages had me messaging @shopcoffeekids for moral support and you KNOW that's a good sign. In the vein of Kristen Harmel and a smidge of the Lovely War (no fantasy here), this World War 2 fiction is a category where you almost think you you have read it all...but it always brings me something new. This story is filled with fashion, female friendships, sisterhood and love. I liked the dual timeline of 1944 vs 1947. It gave a depth to the story that I wasn't expecting. The emotions of the last 100 pages had me messaging @shopcoffeekids for moral support and you KNOW that's a good sign. In the vein of Kristen Harmel and a smidge of the Lovely War (no fantasy here), this book is one that I immediately passed on to a friend.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea Arredondo

    Christine Wells creates a riveting tale of espionage, love, drama, and the strength of the female bond. With several well-developed female characters at the center of the story it’s hard not to be inspired by their grace, bravery, compassion, and perseverance. Patriotism, so often portrayed in male driven war stories, takes on a different wardrobe within this tale, woven into the classic elegance of a Christian Dior gown. This novel celebrates that a woman can be both strong but chic, demure but Christine Wells creates a riveting tale of espionage, love, drama, and the strength of the female bond. With several well-developed female characters at the center of the story it’s hard not to be inspired by their grace, bravery, compassion, and perseverance. Patriotism, so often portrayed in male driven war stories, takes on a different wardrobe within this tale, woven into the classic elegance of a Christian Dior gown. This novel celebrates that a woman can be both strong but chic, demure but tenacious, and gutsy but honorable. These women will do whatever it takes to ensure their country and their people are safe. The historical setting is described beautifully, as if taken directly from a painting in the Louvre. The scenery perfectly mirrors the tone of the novel as it ebbs and flows from scene to scene, capturing the heartfelt emotions and the suspenseful intrigue. This book is about a pair of sisters, but the sisterhood reaches far beyond the two of them. Told from each of their perspectives in a parallel timeline, this novel is a beautifully written story of the women who saved the world during WWII. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and can’t wait to pick up another by Christine Wells. If you’re into Historical Fiction, you need this on your shelf. And even if you don’t think you are, pick it up anyway and I promise you’ll find yourself so wrapped up in this world you’ll forget things like this actually happened. Then when you realize that’s true, you’ll gain an even deeper appreciation for what you’ve just experienced.

  21. 4 out of 5

    What Fern Reads

    Set in the thick of the Paris Resistance movement during WWII, this novel tells of the deep involvement of Catherine Dior and two young women who risked their lives to support her efforts. Gabby and Yvette are both swept into the world of spies, fugitives, and Resistance workers, and it doesn't take long for the sisters to realize that their lives are in danger. Gabby discovers an elderly tenant is hiding a wounded British fugitive, and Yvette becomes a messenger for the Resistance. But as Gabby b Set in the thick of the Paris Resistance movement during WWII, this novel tells of the deep involvement of Catherine Dior and two young women who risked their lives to support her efforts. Gabby and Yvette are both swept into the world of spies, fugitives, and Resistance workers, and it doesn't take long for the sisters to realize that their lives are in danger. Gabby discovers an elderly tenant is hiding a wounded British fugitive, and Yvette becomes a messenger for the Resistance. But as Gabby begins to fall in love with her patient and Yvette’s impulsiveness lead her into intrigue at an ever-higher level, both women will discover that their hearts and even their souls hang in the balance as well. This is a dazzling story, and I really do not want to spoil it so I’m keeping my review pretty brief. I really enjoy novels with dual timelines and 𝗦𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗥𝗲𝘀𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲 alternated between 1944 and 1947 – during and after the war. The latter timeline gives us enough information without spoiling what Gabby and Yvette were going through in 1944. There are spies, spies, and more spies. Love and heartbreak. A powerful story of bravery and passion, resistance and patriotism set in Paris. And of course, the fashion. Naturally, I had to find out more about the Dior siblings and their involvement in the war!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Anne Wolters

    This is a beautifully written compelling story of intrigue and romance, beginning in 1947, post-war as Yvette arrives in Paris, France to testify in the trial of Louise Dulac, a film star. Yvette's last memories of Paris are when she worked undercover as a courier, riding her bike all through Paris, when she was actually working for the Resistance as a spy. As this compelling story unfolds, the chapters alternate between focusing on the post-war era of 1947, and during the war in 1944. . Gabby a This is a beautifully written compelling story of intrigue and romance, beginning in 1947, post-war as Yvette arrives in Paris, France to testify in the trial of Louise Dulac, a film star. Yvette's last memories of Paris are when she worked undercover as a courier, riding her bike all through Paris, when she was actually working for the Resistance as a spy. As this compelling story unfolds, the chapters alternate between focusing on the post-war era of 1947, and during the war in 1944. . Gabby and Yvette are sisters, and while Yvette, the more courageous of the two is out risking her life each day,, Gabby is also working for the Resistance while caring for an severely wounded Englishman who is also a spy. Catherine Dior, sister of the well-known fashion designer, Christian Dior, plays a prominent role in this fascinating story. She also works for the Resistance and convinces the sisters to join. Christian Dior, as well as the beautiful gowns he creates also make an appearance in this captivating story. Thank you to NetGalley and Harper-Collins Publishers for allowing me to read an advanced copy of this book. The thoughts and remarks concerning this book are my own.

  23. 4 out of 5

    ShanKL (ShopCoffeeKids - Instagram)

    "Happiness is the secret to all beauty; there is No beauty that is attractive without happiness" - Dior Sisters of the Resistance follows two sisters whose lives are on two different trajectories in the Nazi occupied Paris in 1944. One serving as a mannequin for Dior couture and other a maintenance worker in the apartment complex they live with their mother. This book is a glorious blend of fashion, heartbreak, heroism and love in the fight for France. The Sisters of Resistance is based on the re "Happiness is the secret to all beauty; there is No beauty that is attractive without happiness" - Dior Sisters of the Resistance follows two sisters whose lives are on two different trajectories in the Nazi occupied Paris in 1944. One serving as a mannequin for Dior couture and other a maintenance worker in the apartment complex they live with their mother. This book is a glorious blend of fashion, heartbreak, heroism and love in the fight for France. The Sisters of Resistance is based on the real-life resistance movement of Catherine Dior, and the impact women played in helping fight in WWII. This book is a page-turner. Thank you, partner Bibliolifestyle and William Morrow books for a gifted copy of the Sisters of Resistance for a honest review. Book publishes on June 8.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Melanie Gordon

    What a beautifully written WWII historical fiction book and so informative (I never knew that Catherine Dior-sister to Christian Dior, the legendary style icon, played a role in the resistance during WWII!) I adored this book, the setting in Paris, and the two main characters-Gabby & Yvette. Each of these women played their own part in the resistance, and although their roles were different, the roles definitely intertwine come together. This book is full of strong female leads. Gabby & Yvette pr What a beautifully written WWII historical fiction book and so informative (I never knew that Catherine Dior-sister to Christian Dior, the legendary style icon, played a role in the resistance during WWII!) I adored this book, the setting in Paris, and the two main characters-Gabby & Yvette. Each of these women played their own part in the resistance, and although their roles were different, the roles definitely intertwine come together. This book is full of strong female leads. Gabby & Yvette prove to be courage’s, daring, strong, and daring women who risked their lives and fought for what they believed in. Let’s not forget the Fabius Catherine Dior as well! I loved the information, the little bit of mystery and romance, and the amazing well developed complex characters! The author did such an amazing job with character development-as I adored them all.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    I really enjoyed this story. I loved the connection to the resistance during WW2. I use to watch a show called Allo, Allo and this story brought back fond memories of that! I really loved how the author used Christian Dior in the novel and how his sister was involved. The stories of Gabby and Yvette were so fascinating as well. Well done, highly recommend for people who love WW2 novels! Thanks to NetGalley and William Morrow/Custom House for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    Sisters of the Resistance by Christine Wells is an excellent WWII historical fiction novel that kept me riveted and turning the pages as fast as I could. What an amazing story full of mystery, suspense, intrigue, and a bit of romance beginning in 1947, post-war as Yvette arrives in Paris, France to testify in the trial of Louise Dulac, a French film star accused of treason. Yvette's last memories of Paris are when she worked undercover as a courier, riding her bike all through Paris, when she was Sisters of the Resistance by Christine Wells is an excellent WWII historical fiction novel that kept me riveted and turning the pages as fast as I could. What an amazing story full of mystery, suspense, intrigue, and a bit of romance beginning in 1947, post-war as Yvette arrives in Paris, France to testify in the trial of Louise Dulac, a French film star accused of treason. Yvette's last memories of Paris are when she worked undercover as a courier, riding her bike all through Paris, when she was actually working for the Resistance as a spy. As this compelling story unfolds, the chapters alternate between focusing on the post-war era of 1947, and during the war in 1944. Gabby and Yvette are two amazing women and sisters. While Yvette, the more courageous of the two is out risking her life each day, Gabby is also working for the Resistance while caring for an severely wounded Englishman who is also a spy. One of my favorite inclusions to this story is the lesser known truth behind Catherine Dior’s resistance work during the war in France. Catherine is the sister of the well-known fashion designer, Christian Dior and she plays a prominent role in this fascinating story as she pulls both sisters into undercover resistance work in the final year of the German occupation. Catherine is a real hero in history, and I’m so glad that her efforts are finally getting more recognition. And oh the fashion!! I just loved all of the gorgeous descriptions of the Dior gowns, fabrics, designs, and fashion during this pivotal point in history. The details were meticulous, and I was able to fully imagine the stunning and creative Dior creations. Christian Dior himself even makes several appearances in the novel too! All in all a wonderful historical fiction novel that I highly recommend. Thank you William Morrow for the gifted copy of this book.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Monika

    I found the tale of two sisters to be a interesting quick read. My only critique is the order of the chapters. The timeline shifts mid-chapter, which I thought was strange and would have worked better if each chapter represented a different timeline. Overall, an enjoyable read!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    I was fortunate to win a copy of this book from a giveaway contest! So, so glad that I did! This book delighted me and kept me turning pages from beginning to end! Will most certainly read more from this author as she loves to write historical fiction and I love to read it!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    Two sisters in the midst of a war, both connected in an other way besides being sisters. Both, in their own way, worked with the Resistance and Catherine Dior and her team of Resistance fighters. I have read a lot about the Resistance in France during WWII, but mainly it has been fiction. This latest book by Christine Wells prompts me once again to read and find out about the lives of people like Catherine Dior who were so involved in the struggle of the French people against the Nazis. This sto Two sisters in the midst of a war, both connected in an other way besides being sisters. Both, in their own way, worked with the Resistance and Catherine Dior and her team of Resistance fighters. I have read a lot about the Resistance in France during WWII, but mainly it has been fiction. This latest book by Christine Wells prompts me once again to read and find out about the lives of people like Catherine Dior who were so involved in the struggle of the French people against the Nazis. This story is set in 1944 and 1947 France. I love this story and highly recommend it to other readers.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lori Sinsel Harris

    I really, really wanted to read this book !! So much so I requested it from a few different sites and after receiving it from one site I didn't remember to cancel my request on the other site, so my apologies to all, but I am doing two separate reviews so no one is short-changed. Any confusion was solely on my part and due to my own negligence. I loved this book ! It is everything I expected it to be and much more!! Two sisters, Yvette and Gabby Fouche, as different from each other as night and I really, really wanted to read this book !! So much so I requested it from a few different sites and after receiving it from one site I didn't remember to cancel my request on the other site, so my apologies to all, but I am doing two separate reviews so no one is short-changed. Any confusion was solely on my part and due to my own negligence. I loved this book ! It is everything I expected it to be and much more!! Two sisters, Yvette and Gabby Fouche, as different from each other as night and day, separately, unknown to the other become involved in the French Resistance during WWII.. Their involvement comes about through their neighbor fashion designer Christian Dior's sister Catherine Dior who was already deeply involved in the Resistance. The story chronicles the sister's involvement during the war and the repercussions that are felt several years after the end of the war. Set against the world of high fashion in Paris, this novel is filled with spies, double agents, Resistance fighters and collaborators. At times making it difficult to tell who is who and on which side are they fighting, making the novel that much more intriguing. I am sure it was the same for the real life heroic men and women who served and sacrificed so much to rid evil from the world. From past to present we feel great emotion through both sister's stories, and learn that only through accepting the past for just what it is...the past, can we go on with the future. This is my new number one favorite book and I believe it is going to be one of the top releases of 2021. Written along the lines of other great Historical Fiction novels such as " The Nightengale ", by Kristin Hannah, I recommend to all Historical Fiction fans. A must read for 2021. #NetGalley, #SistersoftheResistance, #ChristineWells, #WilliamMorrowandCustonHouse

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