Our latest book is “The Silent Hours”, by Cesca Major. Book Club hostess Jacqueline Steward, who blogs at Best and Beyond, starts us off on the discussion below. Read what she thought about the book and join in.
BritMums Book Club has been a bit quiet recently so I’m so happy we’re back with another interesting title.
Cesca Major’s first novel “The Silent Hours” tells the fictional account of life in a French village during WW2. It is inspired by a true incident; the survival of one villager after a horrendous massacre by the German Army. She creates a compelling narrative based on 4 inter-linked individuals and their experience of the German occupation as the army retreated towards the end of the war.
I loved it and read it in 3 nights postponing going to bed which is always a good sign as I wanted to know what was going to happen. It wouldn’t surprise me if film rights have already been sold. The book’s characters and the village are painted so clearly I felt I was looking over the main characters’ shoulder.
This is ultimately a tale of hope and love but a clear reminder that the horror of WW2 is not so far away. It’s also a reminder how easy it is for people to marginalise and discriminate against individuals and communities.
So, loved this novel and can’t wait to read Cesca Major’s next novel. What did you think of it?
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