(See all my Book Reviews and Author Interviews) – Imogen Kealey is the pseudonym of American screenwriter Darby Kealey and British novelist Imogen Robertson. This is the first novel published under that name. Liberation was published in 2020. This is the 79th book I have completed in 2022.
I received an ARC of this book through https://www.netgalley.com with the expectation of delivering a fair and honest review. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own! Due to scenes of violence and mature language, I categorize this novel as R.
While this is a work of fiction, it is based on the real-life Nancy Wake. She was active in the French Resistance and later returned to France as an SOE agent. She was recognized after the war by many countries for her work.
The novel begins in early 1943. Wake was originally from New Zealand and had come to France in the 1930s. When the Germans invaded France, she was engaged to wealthy French industrialist Henri Edmond Fiocca.
She became active in the Pat O’Leary Escape Line, which helped downed aircrew escape. Few knew of her work with the Resistance. She had grown so successful by 1943 that the Gestapo referred to her as the White Mouse. She had avoided arrest for years but finally had to leave her husband and flee France. After arriving in Britain, she joined the SOE. She returned to France and worked with the maquis.
I enjoyed the 8.5 hours I spent reading this 385-page historical fiction novel. I have read more historical accounts of Wake’s actions. This novel follows them closely. I like the chosen cover art. I give this novel a rating of 4.4 (rounded down to a 4) out of 5.
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- Nancy Wake: World War Two’s Most Rebellious Spy
- Madame Fourcade’s Secret War: The daring young woman who led Frances largest spy network against Hitler
- Code Name: Lise: The True Story of the Woman Who Became WWII’s Most Highly Decorated Spy
- D-Day Girls: The Spies Who Armed the Resistance, Sabotaged the Nazis, and Helped Win World War II
- The Girls Who Stepped Out of Line: Untold Stories of the Women Who Changed the Course of World War II
If you have an interest in the WWII era of history, you may find these three pages of interest.
- The “World War II Resources” page is a constantly growing collection of more than 590 links to museums, memorials, websites, Facebook pages, Twitter feeds, and other sources with information on the World War II era in history.
- The “World War II Timeline” page expands almost daily and shows events leading up to WWII, as well as during the war. Events are broken down into the Pacific and European Theaters by date.
- The About WWII page is a collection of links to posts that I have made over the years that are relevant to WWII. Included are links to many fiction and non-fiction books on WWII that I have read and reviewed. There are also links to WWII oriented podcasts.