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Bravery, courage, fear, treachery and love in a time of war.A chance meeting draws Sabine Faure into the shadowy world of the French Resistance where she meets the charismatic Hérisson and his intriguing comrade Loup. Set in Dordogne in South-west France during World War II, the friends’ relationships and strengths are tested to the very limits as life changes in unbelieva Bravery, courage, fear, treachery and love in a time of war.A chance meeting draws Sabine Faure into the shadowy world of the French Resistance where she meets the charismatic Hérisson and his intriguing comrade Loup. Set in Dordogne in South-west France during World War II, the friends’ relationships and strengths are tested to the very limits as life changes in unbelievably horrific ways, The friends find themselves facing frightening situations and responding in ways they never thought possible as bravery and resistance take different forms in each of their actions. Vivid and exquisite in its illumination of a time and place that was filled with atrocities but also humanity and extraordinary bravery, Eilidh McGinness’s novel will evoke reader’s to ask -What would I have done?


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Bravery, courage, fear, treachery and love in a time of war.A chance meeting draws Sabine Faure into the shadowy world of the French Resistance where she meets the charismatic Hérisson and his intriguing comrade Loup. Set in Dordogne in South-west France during World War II, the friends’ relationships and strengths are tested to the very limits as life changes in unbelieva Bravery, courage, fear, treachery and love in a time of war.A chance meeting draws Sabine Faure into the shadowy world of the French Resistance where she meets the charismatic Hérisson and his intriguing comrade Loup. Set in Dordogne in South-west France during World War II, the friends’ relationships and strengths are tested to the very limits as life changes in unbelievably horrific ways, The friends find themselves facing frightening situations and responding in ways they never thought possible as bravery and resistance take different forms in each of their actions. Vivid and exquisite in its illumination of a time and place that was filled with atrocities but also humanity and extraordinary bravery, Eilidh McGinness’s novel will evoke reader’s to ask -What would I have done?

30 review for RESISTANCE (#1 LIBERTY )

  1. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

    Man, am I happy to have discovered this first book of three. I'll just say it straight away. If you are at all considering reading it, please do. In 2021 so far I have read 100+ WWI and WWII books and have adored many. RESISTANCE has a dash of uniqueness from the perspectives of guerilla soldiers and Resistance fighters. It is about fear, desperation, secrets, loss, perseverance, courage and love. Set in German-occupied France from 1941-1944, Sabine is a young cheese maker who is determined to h Man, am I happy to have discovered this first book of three. I'll just say it straight away. If you are at all considering reading it, please do. In 2021 so far I have read 100+ WWI and WWII books and have adored many. RESISTANCE has a dash of uniqueness from the perspectives of guerilla soldiers and Resistance fighters. It is about fear, desperation, secrets, loss, perseverance, courage and love. Set in German-occupied France from 1941-1944, Sabine is a young cheese maker who is determined to help in the war effort by fighting back. So, the Resistance really appeals to her. She puts one of the few available bicycles into use on her clandestine errands and keeps many secrets from family. Especially her family. It is in everyone's best interest to keep secrets so if one person is captured, information cannot be gleaned by any means. She meets guerilla fighter Herisson who basically lives in shadows of forests but is conflicted as she is engaged to be married to a soldier fighting for his country. We see the push and pull of the consequences of decisions in war. We meet minor characters such as Miriam, Sabine's close friend and the group of four including Herisson. I love the map showing the free and occupied zones in the front of the book as well as the wise Josephine Baker quote. The names and ages of the victims at the end is very sobering. Do read it all and let the gravity sink in. I also appreciate the importance of community including communal meals and harvest. Do prioritize this book if you are interested in Historical Fiction and Nonfiction and even General Fiction. It is THAT good. How pleasing to know there are two more books on the way! My sincere thank you to BooksGoSocial and NetGalley for the privilege of reading this fascinating book. I enjoyed it immensely.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    Just when I think I'm getting tired of WWII fiction, another book comes along that grabs my attention. This one looks at a small town in France and the French resistance in that area. It's told by two main characters: Sabine Faure and Hérisson. They are both part of the French Resistance even though they became part of it for different reasons. Sabine is part of a farm family and her main job is selling the cheese she makes. She is against the war and wants to help France regain freedom but isn't Just when I think I'm getting tired of WWII fiction, another book comes along that grabs my attention. This one looks at a small town in France and the French resistance in that area. It's told by two main characters: Sabine Faure and Hérisson. They are both part of the French Resistance even though they became part of it for different reasons. Sabine is part of a farm family and her main job is selling the cheese she makes. She is against the war and wants to help France regain freedom but isn't sure what she can do until her best friend admits she is part of a resistance group and asks Sabine to deliver a message. Of course, Sabine needs to keep everything secret but it's difficult on a day to day basis because her father refuses to become involved and her sister is dating a German officer. She continue to work with the Resistance even as life gets more dangerous for her and for her family and small town. Herisson and three friends have escaped into the free zone to try to find a resistance group that they can join. The want to do anything they can to help France be free of the German armies. They meet a small group in the woods and after extensive training, they are invited to join. Their operations to harm the enemy gets more dangerous as the Germans tighten the noose around the town and work to destroy the resistance groups in the area. Of course, Sabine and Herisson meet and fall in love. She ended her engagement to another man because she was so enamored with Herisson. True love is hard to maintain during war time when people are busy performing dangerous missions and their romance is very rocky. At the end of the book, the main question is whether they will ever be able to have a life together after the war is over. This book is a look at bravery, courage, fear, treachery and love in a time of war. At the end of the story, the author lists all of the French how died in this area in France during the war. It's very emotional to see so many names on the list and it really hits home how many people were getting killed to make France free again. This is the first book in a new trilogy set in France during WWII. It's basically a family sage of small town life during the war. It's apparent that the author did considerable research before writing this book. I am looking forward to reading the next books in the trilogy. Thanks to the publisher for a copy of this book to read and review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Heather Copping

    We join in the first few pages Herisson being transported in a wine barrel to avoid discovery as he crossed the bridge at Castillion-sur-Dordogne, this was part of his training. He hadn't been called up at the start of the war because he was an agricultural worker, now he is prepared to fight for his country (France). But first he and his three friends must find the resistance group that they wish to join. Then they must learn to fight, fight hard like in guerrilla warfare and only the strongest We join in the first few pages Herisson being transported in a wine barrel to avoid discovery as he crossed the bridge at Castillion-sur-Dordogne, this was part of his training. He hadn't been called up at the start of the war because he was an agricultural worker, now he is prepared to fight for his country (France). But first he and his three friends must find the resistance group that they wish to join. Then they must learn to fight, fight hard like in guerrilla warfare and only the strongest and fittest will survive. Sabine lives with her family on their goat farm at Saint-Antoine-de-Double, her fiance is in a German pow camp and she now realises that she made the decision to marry him in haste. Now she wants excitement in her life, could joining the resistance be what she needs and craves? Making cheese and then transporting it gives Sabine the cover she needs. We follow these two young people in their quest to join the Free French resistance group, doing dangerous attacks on German military bases and along the way they find themselves attracted to each other. By November 1942 the town of Mussidan is under German rule, the soldiers are being billeted in the school, making Sabine and the rest of the town scared for their own lives and those of their families. When Sabines fiance Rene returns home from the pow camp, Sabine realises that she does no longer loves him and in all honesty never has, when she tells him, he says his mother has seen her with a communist, is he going to betray her? Some really moving moments along the way as the group does it's best to defeat the Germans, will it be enough though? Full of wartime excitement, romance and adventure, this is a WW2 account of life for the many French people who were made to live under German rule and fought back putting themselves into great danger but nevertheless they were driven by the need to survive and protect themselves and their families. I was sad that the book ended where it did, but relieved that the story continues in book two of the series "Equality " as I must find out what happens next. I think this is the best book yet by Eilidh McGinness, I really enjoyed reading it. She is also the popular author of The Cypher Bureau (the story of the Polish involvement with the Enigma code) and Josephine (the life of a singer and her involvement with the French Resistance in WW2). This book will appeal to anyone who enjoys WW2 books, especially involving the French Resistance.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jane McNamara Clarke

    I have just completed reading the first novel ‘Liberté; of the trilogy Liberté, Égalité and Fraternité by Eilidh McGuiness. Eilidh has depicted the German Occupation of South West France during the 2nd World War with both acute historical accuracy and an insight into ‘almost real’ characters which form the basis of this mostly fictional novel. French farm life and subsistance living seems to have little altered over the decades and Edith has definitely succeeded in capturing the essence of the c I have just completed reading the first novel ‘Liberté; of the trilogy Liberté, Égalité and Fraternité by Eilidh McGuiness. Eilidh has depicted the German Occupation of South West France during the 2nd World War with both acute historical accuracy and an insight into ‘almost real’ characters which form the basis of this mostly fictional novel. French farm life and subsistance living seems to have little altered over the decades and Edith has definitely succeeded in capturing the essence of the country way of life through her story telling. Her inside knowledge of the characters she portrays, capture French village customs; undoubtedly gained by her personal observations through many years living in the region herself. Her pragmatic no nonsense understanding of the circumstances during this era causing ‘dog to eat dog’ and for one neighbour to denounce another, is apparent from the onset and portrayed to the reader. Although mostly fictional, Eilidh has skilfully merged fact with fiction and has highlighted through her depiction and personal knowledge of the area, some of the true atrocities which took place and what a dangerous place France was to be under German occupation at that time. No place was safe and no one was to be trusted; not even the clergy. Everyone was a potential ‘whistle blower.’ This book certainly leaves you with the desire to delve further and to find out more. I look forward to reading the concluding novels of the trilogy, ‘Égalité’ and ‘Fraternité’. With

  5. 4 out of 5

    Le Book Rat

    2.5/5 RESISTANCE (#1 LIBERTY) by Eilidh McGinness weaves the stories of French resistance members during World War II. This engrossing novel demonstrates the sacrifices of the resistance and how war strips everyone—even the youth—of their childhood innocence. Overall, McGinness skillfully describes the surroundings to bring her novel to life. However, I found the premise of RESISTANCE (#1 LIBERTY) ordinary and the writing style too plain. After all, there are already many historical fiction novels 2.5/5 RESISTANCE (#1 LIBERTY) by Eilidh McGinness weaves the stories of French resistance members during World War II. This engrossing novel demonstrates the sacrifices of the resistance and how war strips everyone—even the youth—of their childhood innocence. Overall, McGinness skillfully describes the surroundings to bring her novel to life. However, I found the premise of RESISTANCE (#1 LIBERTY) ordinary and the writing style too plain. After all, there are already many historical fiction novels depicting Western resistance during World War II. As a person of color with a disability, I struggled to relate to the characters. Furthermore, the romance between Sabine and Hérisson seemed rush (and unwise given the resistance's dependence on secrecy). In general, I found the characters two-dimensional. Nonetheless, the relationships in RESISTANCE (#1 LIBERTY) are incredibly strong. The readers can picture the different types of close-knit communities such as Sabine's intermediate family versus the soldiers of the resistance. The readers can also relate to Sabine's love for both her sister and France's liberation. I received a free ARC copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much, NetGalley!

  6. 5 out of 5

    julie young

    This first book in the 'Resistance' trilogy is set in a village in southern France during WW 2 and the German occupation. Sabine is a young girl ,living on her family farm, making cheese but also secretly delivering messages for the Resistance. Herisson is a young man,who with his friends joins the resistance as a fighter. Raw, chilling and shocking in its content, the horror and brutality of war, the awful consequences suffered because of resistance to the occupation , the differing views and b This first book in the 'Resistance' trilogy is set in a village in southern France during WW 2 and the German occupation. Sabine is a young girl ,living on her family farm, making cheese but also secretly delivering messages for the Resistance. Herisson is a young man,who with his friends joins the resistance as a fighter. Raw, chilling and shocking in its content, the horror and brutality of war, the awful consequences suffered because of resistance to the occupation , the differing views and beliefs within families and neighbours make this a really intense but gripping read. It makes the love story between Sabine and Herisson deeply poignant. The information at the end of the book of the actual events and people affected by them really added to this hard hitting story.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Elize Becker

    Resistance: Book 1 - Liberty by Eilidh McGinnis provides an extraordinary account of the French Revolution and its impacts on people's lives. The author uses Dordogne in South-west France to describe the events played out during the World War II years. The author's writing style allows the reader to understand the challenges individuals faced when they joined the revolution. In addition, the storyline provides an interesting encounter and allows the reader to want to read more continuously. Any Resistance: Book 1 - Liberty by Eilidh McGinnis provides an extraordinary account of the French Revolution and its impacts on people's lives. The author uses Dordogne in South-west France to describe the events played out during the World War II years. The author's writing style allows the reader to understand the challenges individuals faced when they joined the revolution. In addition, the storyline provides an interesting encounter and allows the reader to want to read more continuously. Any person who enjoys historical fiction, relationships, social-political events and impacts on individuals' everyday existence most definitely will enjoy this book.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    McGinness's series begins with life in France during WWII, seen through the eyes of Sabine and Herrison, two young members of the French Resistance. The story starts off with a bang, telling the story of Herrison's harrowing escape to a "free" France, eager to join the Resistance with his friends. We soon meet Sabine, a cheesemaker living in a small village with her family. I loved watching the lives of the characters unfold as they travel deeper into the Resistance, fighting for the France that McGinness's series begins with life in France during WWII, seen through the eyes of Sabine and Herrison, two young members of the French Resistance. The story starts off with a bang, telling the story of Herrison's harrowing escape to a "free" France, eager to join the Resistance with his friends. We soon meet Sabine, a cheesemaker living in a small village with her family. I loved watching the lives of the characters unfold as they travel deeper into the Resistance, fighting for the France that they love. I can't wait to see what happens as the series continues.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Holly Reynolds

    I was interested in this book when reading the blurb as I always find stories about the War interesting and I especially like them from the point of view of people who stood against the Nazis. Resistance was no exception. I loved the characters and I particularly loved learning all the French words and terms. The author painted the picture of the countryside and surroundings perfectly with the writing and I could close my eyes and imagine the scenery. An interesting read, and I’ll definitely be re I was interested in this book when reading the blurb as I always find stories about the War interesting and I especially like them from the point of view of people who stood against the Nazis. Resistance was no exception. I loved the characters and I particularly loved learning all the French words and terms. The author painted the picture of the countryside and surroundings perfectly with the writing and I could close my eyes and imagine the scenery. An interesting read, and I’ll definitely be reading the next book in the series.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Peggy Baldwin

    I received an advanced copy and this is the first of a three book series and I am so looking forward to Book 2. If you like World War 2 Historicals this is a good one. Set in France in the early 40s Sabine a farm girl gets involved with a resistance group led by Carlos and she befriends a young man Herisman who is in the resistance . Sabine is a messenger and is very brave and puts her life at risk many times. she breaks up with her fiance Rene and after that threats are made against her and her f I received an advanced copy and this is the first of a three book series and I am so looking forward to Book 2. If you like World War 2 Historicals this is a good one. Set in France in the early 40s Sabine a farm girl gets involved with a resistance group led by Carlos and she befriends a young man Herisman who is in the resistance . Sabine is a messenger and is very brave and puts her life at risk many times. she breaks up with her fiance Rene and after that threats are made against her and her family and German soldiers invade their farm. This book is also a learning experience.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Dorothy

    An interesting read based around the villagers based in Occupied France. The story of those in the resistance or helping as couriers all faced uncertain futures, whether they would be discovered or a collaborator would hand them over to the German forces all leads to an intense frightful existence. To trust is not easy, love is tenuous and people change during times of war. This is a good first novel in the trilogy, well researched and a story well told.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Vitória Fernandes

    Even though Resistance is a fast reading, I couldn't find myself to actually enjoy the book. Maybe it was just because I'm not actually used to historical fiction but it didn't work for me. The only character I could like (and not even that much) was Sabine. I liked the author's writing but at all it wasn't nithing out of ordinary. May look out for the next volumes though. 2.5/5.0 stars Thank you Netgalley and the Publisher for this ARC in exchange for an honest review. Even though Resistance is a fast reading, I couldn't find myself to actually enjoy the book. Maybe it was just because I'm not actually used to historical fiction but it didn't work for me. The only character I could like (and not even that much) was Sabine. I liked the author's writing but at all it wasn't nithing out of ordinary. May look out for the next volumes though. 2.5/5.0 stars Thank you Netgalley and the Publisher for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jan Siler

    A good story but needs refining I was fascinated by the plot line of Resistance: Liberty and the characters. WWII is one of my favorite eras for both fiction and non-fiction, and Eilidh MCGinnes created a fabulous and informative storyline. However, the dialogue needs work, as does the character development- and the book itself requires additional editing. #goodreadsgiveaway

  14. 4 out of 5

    Pauline Clarke

    Fantastic Ever a dull moment. So many young men and women prepared to sacrifice their lives to free the wold from the the evil of Germany

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Knapp

    Gripping read from beginning to end. Courage and resilience throughout. Some inaccuracies but great historical fiction.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Beccy Thompson

    An excellent read that pushed me out of my comfort zone Well written with a good historical background and characters that appealed to the reader A great first book in the series

  17. 5 out of 5

    Gwen

  18. 4 out of 5

    Yvon Lafortune

  19. 4 out of 5

    David McGinness

  20. 4 out of 5

    Margaret

  21. 4 out of 5

    Eleanor

  22. 5 out of 5

    elizabeth knight

  23. 4 out of 5

    Natalie Hac and Dave Smith

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sally

  25. 4 out of 5

    pamela joseph

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mbk

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mike

  28. 5 out of 5

    Allen Mannies

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ginger Olson

  30. 4 out of 5

    Gary Poon

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