Do you like historical fiction set during World War
Two? If so, the Winged Coronet by Joe Freitus
weaves an engaging yarn during the tensions ramping up to D-Day.
Sister Anne Marie, a nursing Daughter of Charity, mysteriously enters
the communities on the French side of the English Channel to serve
their medical needs as symbolized by her winged coronet. Former German
army major, Henri Reichert, has stepped in to help the Sisters of
Charity, housing them in his chateaux apartments as coastal buildings
are destroyed or confiscated by the occupying German forces.
Herr Major Reichert, a World War One veteran and man of surprising
resources, revives the injured Sister Anne Marie, who arrives
unexpectedly as a casualty of a bicycle accident during a storm.
Herr Major sees that the sister is on the mend so she can carry out her
stated mission in the local clinic. Meanwhile, the Gestapo watches the
resentful civilians for evidence of the French Resistance, including
new comer Sister Anne Marie, whom they suspect is on more than just a
mission of mercy. Their suspicion puts the nun in peril, especially
when skirmishes with the Allies intensify and radio broadcasts from
London babble with coded messages. So the Winged Coronet unfolds a
cloak-and-dagger mystery with a taboo
romance between a French nun and former German officer.
The flavor of the English, French, and German accents in the writing
makes the characters more distinct and real while maintaining the
balance of a smooth read without distraction. Simply put, I recommend
Winged Coronet as a story that both men and women would enjoy.
~ S.K. Smith, Historical Author