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Wickwythe Hall av Judithe Little
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Wickwythe Hall (utgåvan 2017)

av Judithe Little (Författare)

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May 1940. Hitler invades France, a move that threatens all of Europe, and three lives intersect at Wickwythe Hall, an opulent estate in the English countryside--a beautiful French refugee, a take-charge American heiress, and a charming champagne vendeur with ties to Roosevelt and Churchill, who isn't what he seems. There, secrets and unexpected liaisons unfold, until a shocking tragedy in a far off Algerian port binds them forever...Wickwythe Hall is inspired by actual people, places and events, including Operation Catapult, a sea action in which Churchill launched a bloody attack on the French fleet to keep the powerful ships out of Hitler's reach. Over 1,000 French sailors, who just days before fought side-by-side with the British, perished. Humanizing this forgotten piece of history, Wickwythe Hall takes the reader behind the blackout curtains of upper-class England, through the bustling private quarters of Churchill's Downing Street, and along the tense back alleys of occupied Vichy, illustrating what it took to survive in the dark, early days of World War II.… (mer)
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  wills2003 | May 31, 2021 |
Reviewed by Sheri Hoyte for Reader Views (1/18)

“Wickwythe Hall” by Judithe Little is an emotional and touching story about the lives of three people during World War II, at the time of Hitler’s invasion of France in 1940. Inspired by real people, places and events in history, this whirlwind novel will no doubt leave an imprint on your heart long after you finish reading.

Mabry Springs is an American heiress who lives at Wickwythe Hall with her husband Tony. Annelle LeMaire is a French refugee from a nunnery who fled when German soldiers crossed (went around) The Maginot Line, a barrier built along the border of Germany. Reid Carr is an account representative for Pol Roger Champagne, works under cover as a top level liaison between Churchill and Roosevelt. All three have suffered extreme loss and hardship throughout their lives and are determined to overcome their personal tragedies. As the innermost secrets of each begin to unfold, the war moves closer to England, and Wickwythe Hall, a beautiful estate in the English countryside becomes a safe haven for many.

An enchanting historical fiction novel, “Wickwythe Hall” is a well rounded and beautiful story that is part espionage thriller, romance, coming of age, and history. Judithe Little writes with a seamless flair, taking the readers across countries and settings right alongside her characters. Using stunning detail, she completely absorbs her readers, with scenes so vividly drawn one feels to be an actual participant in the drama.

The author’s extensive research stands out through her storytelling, depicting with heart-wrenching detail some unforgettable moments that actually called me to want to learn more about this period in history. One such moment was Operation Catapult, Churchill’s devastating maneuver to keep the French naval fleet out of Hitler’s hands. The tension building on both sides is incredible with the French trying to convince the English that they will not give up their fleet to Hitler. Churchill cannot take the risk however, and England’s attack on her own ally is sobering and chilling to the very core.

And while the striking authenticity of historical events portrayed in “Wickwythe Hall” are compelling enough to keep readers engaged, for me it was the characters that captured my heart and made this story shine. I felt I was actually experiencing the challenges of each from inside their heads. Every character pulls you into their point of view, from the three protagonists, to the kitchen help at Wickwythe Hall, the elite relatives and guests staying at the manor, to Winston Churchill—each one draws you into their head and I became heavily invested in the outcomes.

“Wickwythe Hall” is a must read for fans of historical fiction during the WWII era. With a dramatic storyline, engaging characters, and a romantic angle that leads to a surprising conclusion, Judithe Little has created a story that will capture the hearts of many in this noteworthy debut. ( )
  Reader_Views | Oct 20, 2020 |
A slow but steady read with well-told stories and character development. Not what I would call a page-turner, by any means; but it was a story I wanted to see through to the end. I was invested in the characters and their growth and choices in the midst of the day-to-day, moment-by-moment uncertainties of war. ( )
  kdhdesigner1 | May 3, 2020 |
In the award-winning Wickwythe Hall, Judithe Little brings to life events few Americans know about. I loved the writing and these original and sympathetic characters. Little gives us a wonderful balance of the personal and the political, the carnage and romance.

In 1940, Nazi Germany pushed the British troops to the English Channel, saved only by the Miracle of Dunkirk. But France was left at the mercy of the Germans, refugees fleeing the carnage.

As Germany plans to take over France, a party converges at Wickwythe Hall, the country home of the Spring family, Tony and his American wife, Mabry.

Foremost is in the party is Winston Churchill, accompanied by Reid Carr, his American contact with President Roosevelt. Churchill pressures Carr to make America understand that the Battle for Britain can't be won without American warships.

Reid and Mabry were once in love, and perhaps still are. Mabry is no longer the vivacious and spirited girl Reid knew. Unable to bring a pregnancy to full term, feeling a failure, Mabry's garden is her therapy and escapee.

Then there is the beautiful Annelle LeMaire, an orphan taken in by the nuns. Just as she was to take her vows she joined the throng of refugees fleeing France. Annelle finds her way to the English coast where she would be rounded up as a suspicious immigrant. But Mabry, organizing to provide refreshments for the battle-weary and wounded soldiers, takes Annelle home to Wickwythe.

Annelle takes up work as a cook and gardener. Her only family are her brothers in the Foreign Legion and she is desperate to find them. Perhaps Reid Carr, a Foreign Legion veteran, can track them down.

Covering four years of the war, the novel brings to life the horrific scenes of warfare, the tensions and privations on the homefront, and the terrible choices war entails.

At the center of the novel is Operation Catapult, sanctioned by Roosevelt and directed by Churchill, the destruction of the French navy deemed necessary to prevent Germany from the control of the ships.

I received an ebook from the author through a giveaway on the Facebook group Breathless Bubbles and Books. My review is fair and unbiased. ( )
  nancyadair | Jul 18, 2019 |
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The author has obviously done a lot of impressive research into the history of a certain part of WWII (especially the destruction of the French fleet by the Brits in Operation Catapult at Misr-al-Kabir and events leading up to it. Her characters are well-drawn and the story is compelling and realistic. A good read indeed. ( )
  geza.tatrallyay | Apr 10, 2019 |
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May 1940. Hitler invades France, a move that threatens all of Europe, and three lives intersect at Wickwythe Hall, an opulent estate in the English countryside--a beautiful French refugee, a take-charge American heiress, and a charming champagne vendeur with ties to Roosevelt and Churchill, who isn't what he seems. There, secrets and unexpected liaisons unfold, until a shocking tragedy in a far off Algerian port binds them forever...Wickwythe Hall is inspired by actual people, places and events, including Operation Catapult, a sea action in which Churchill launched a bloody attack on the French fleet to keep the powerful ships out of Hitler's reach. Over 1,000 French sailors, who just days before fought side-by-side with the British, perished. Humanizing this forgotten piece of history, Wickwythe Hall takes the reader behind the blackout curtains of upper-class England, through the bustling private quarters of Churchill's Downing Street, and along the tense back alleys of occupied Vichy, illustrating what it took to survive in the dark, early days of World War II.

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