by Helen MacInnes
I’m going to give this book the full 5★, even though a couple of parts dragged for me.
Do you know when this book was first published?
When WW2 was still raging on. Ms MacInnes moved to the States in 1937 & communications (of course) aren’t immediate the way they are now. But I’m going to assume that Ms MacInnes had done her research – or even talked to people who had had first hand experience.
Martin Hearn was the body double of a badly injured (in Britain) Breton & is parachuted into Brittany to take his place in a village of people who knew the real Bertrand Corlay well. Martin is also fluent in French, but will he be able to deceive people who knew the real Corlay well – like his mother & his fiancée?
Like I said above, there were some slow patches, but both the beginning & the end were taut & exciting & I found the (view spoiler)
Be prepared for some chauvinism;
And yet it was difficult to restrain his own particular brand of humour when a young woman took herself so seriously: still more difficult when the young woman was so beautiful as this one.
Disappointing from a female author, but unfortunately so common in 2oth century fiction.
I still loved it.