[Review] The Secret of The Grand Hôtel du Lac by Kathryn Gauci

Publisher and Publication Date: Ebony publishing. 2020.
Genre: Historical fiction.
Pages: 274.
Format: Kindle e-book.
Source: Gift.
Audience: Historical fiction readers who enjoy World War II stories.
Rating: Excellent.

The story is inspired by true events in France during World War II.

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1943. World War II.

Guy Maxwell is an SOE on a mission in France when he is shot in the left leg. He also has other serious injuries. The Germans had intercepted his rendezvous with another agent. Guy Maxwell is thought to be in hiding.

SOE officers Vera Atkins and Colonel Maurice Buckmaster ask Elizabeth to return to France and find Guy. Atkins prepares Elizabeth with accurate clothing, a special make-up compact, brooch pin, and a pistol. Elizabeth returns to France hoping to find Maxwell and solve the mystery of what happened.

Guy and Elizabeth are married.

The time period of this story is leading up to the D-Day, Normandy, France invasion of June 6, 1944.

My Thoughts:

I love this story! I love it because of the two main characters: Guy and Elizabeth.

Elizabeth is one of the toughest female lead characters I’ve read. She is a no-nonsense, intelligent, savvy, beautiful; and, she is handy during a torture scene using her brooch pin. Elizabeth is very much in love with her husband. This is a second aspect of why I love this story: it is a great love story.

I’ve read a few other reviews. One of them is in regards to the inaccurate history of some of the story. For me, I am not bi-lingual. I do not speak or read French. I am not going to catch-on to inaccuracies about the French language and customs. I believe it is possible the average reader is just like me.

Over-all, I believe the story is entertaining, thrilling, and adventurous. It is a strong tension building story. It is difficult to lay the book down.

The story is based on real events that began in October 1944.

Themes in the story: heroism, fear, good and evil, deception, revenge, sacrifice, honor, romance, suffering, survival, war, trust, hope, self-control, and loyalty.


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