1942. WWII rages on as Hitler’s Nazi regime hostilely strives to occupy most of Europe.
France is no exception. Making a deal under leader Petain, German soldiers take over most of the country, allowing a small free zone. The villagers in the free zone area are still able to live in their homes and allowed very few liberties. This small allowance gives the Resistance fighters a chance to hide in the safety of villagers’ homes when not out on dangerous operations.
Her loving parents coddle the beautiful, and ingenuous Adèle Ambeh but that does not stop her father from arranging a marriage for her to a callous turncoat. Adèle’s mother is vehemently opposed to the marriage, and the night before the wedding, she secretly sends Adèle away to stay with nuns.
There, Adèle’s eyes are opened to the underground world of the Resistance—groups of young people united to fight for freedom. She soon leaves her youthful beliefs behind and joins these brave and courageous Freedom Fighters—quickly facing the cruel reality of pure survival and doing what is necessary, regardless of the duty.
With the introduction of several strong characters that help shape Adèle’s convictions, we read as she stumbles through her training and struggles with self-doubt. We see how exposed to danger Adèle is and the fear that she felt throughout. We see her develop from a pampered young girl into a bold believer of freedom and rights.
Adèle’s story is one of spirit, heroism, and valor. As are the countless other untold stories of young women who played a crucial part in the liberation from the Nazis.
Andie Newton’s realistic, well-researched, and seamlessly delivered story-writing, immediately engages the reader in The Girl from Vichy.
Freedom came at a tremendous cost of lives. The Girl from Vichy duly honors and pays a powerful tribute to those heroes.
Highly recommend The Girl from Vichy.
Thank you to NetGalley and Aria for the read of Andie Newton’s, The Girl from Vichy.
Opinions expressed in my reviews are my own.