Thursday, October 27, 2022



World War II rages on across Europe and many Jewish families escaped Nazi occupied France.  They fled to Switzerland. Valérie Hallez has hidden Pierre and his young son in the attic of her mother's bookshop.   Valérie is a young Resistance fighter, she will do everything she can to protect the Jewish people from the Nazi’s.  Pierre believes his wife and daughter have been captured. But Pierre and his son can’t continue to hide out in the attic, they need to get as far as they possibly can into Switzerland before they are found out. Valérie has her own problems being part of the Resistance.  The Germans have listed her as a Resistance fighter and she knows that if they find her they will certainly kill her.  She can’t let the fear of capture stop her, she has a mission to carry out and she must succeed.

I was extremely captivated by this book. This heartbreaking story about a courageous woman who risks her life for the broken families of war was phenomenal.  I was so emotional about this unputdownable read and it will remain with me for a long while.  I completely devoured it.  This rapid read had me so emotional that I didn’t know which way to turn.  Keep the Kleenex nearby because you will surely need them.  I found the characters to be so well liked that I felt emotionally vested in them and their lives.  This is the second book in the series The Resistance Girl but can be read as a stand-alone.  I love this series and I highly recommend it.  Please don’t pass this one up. It is without a doubt a must read. I wish I could rate ten stars.

Thank you Dianne Haley for such a phenomenal and inspiring story.  This is one that will remain in my heart for years to come.  I thoroughly enjoyed your book.


Rating: 5 out of 5.


Author:  Dianne Haley 
Publisher: Bookouture
Publication Date: October 24, 2022 
Pages: 284

1943, Nazi-occupied France. Clinging to her little girl’s hand, a young woman runs through the forest and stumbles in the dark. Behind her there are angry shouts in German and shots ringing through the pine trees. Her heart in her mouth, she prays desperately that her husband and son are safe, and that they will see each other again

As the mountains come alive with bright alpine flowers, Jewish families flee into Switzerland from Nazi-occupied France. Young Resistance fighter 
Valérie Hallez has hidden Pierre and his little son in the dusty attic of her mother’s bookshop. At night, by flickering candlelight, Pierre tells Valérie of his fear that his precious wife and daughter have been captured. And as they both look to more hopeful days ahead, Valérie writes letters to her soldier fiancé Philippe, dreaming of the day when they can be safely reunited.

With the police going door to door hunting refugees, Pierre and his son must go further into Switzerland before they are caught. But Pierre will not leave without his wife and daughter, and nobody in the Resistance knows what has happened to them. Desperate to reunite the family, Valérie puts herself in more and more danger. But when Philippe discovers that the Germans have her listed as a key Resistance fighter, he begs her not to go back to the border. If she does, he might never see her again.

Valérie knows the Nazis will kill her if they find her, but she cannot bear to abandon the mother and child. Breaking her promise to Philippe, she crosses over into France to look for them. But one of Valérie’s friends in the Resistance is betraying secrets to the Nazis, and her life is in terrible danger. 
When Philippe hurries to save her life, will they both survive? And will Valérie’s efforts to reunite the family be in vain?


Originally from the north of Scotland, Dianne now lives with her husband in Edinburgh and has two grown-up children. After a thirty-year business career in London and Edinburgh when Dianne wrote between projects, she is now writing full-time.

Dianne and her family have been visiting the area round Lake Geneva since 1992 and love the Alps in all seasons. The inspiration for her series set in WW2 Switzerland came from a drive through Geneva’s old town on a rainy October evening, the cobbled lanes a perfect setting for secrets and hiding places.

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