By Erika Robuck
A Beautiful and Captivating WWII Story of Two Courageous Women
It's 1940, and the world is at war. Despite her American family’s wishes, Virginia d’Albert-Lake decides to stay in occupied France with her French husband. She’s sure that if they keep their heads down, they’ll survive.
Nineteen-year-old Violette Szabo has seen the Nazis’ evil up close and is desperate to fight them. But when she meets the love of her life, only for tragedy to strike, Violette is lost. She wants to fight and ultimately comes to the attention of Britain’s secret war organization—the Special Operations Executive—and she must decide just how much she’s willing to risk. As Virginia and Violette navigate resistance, their clandestine deeds come to a staggering halt when they are brought together at Ravensbrück concentration camp.
Sisters of Night and Fog is a beautiful WWII novel based on the true and courageous stories of an American socialite and a British secret agent. The stories of these two determined resistance fighters were inspiring. Fans of WWII dramas will appreciate the strength of these women and the roles they actually played in real life. The book will motivate you to read more about them.
I particularly appreciated that these women’s actions relating to the resistance played a much more significant role in the book than did the horrendous time they spent in Ravensbrück.
The story is both gut-wrenching and enthralling. The writing is sophisticated, and the multiple plot lines are smartly structured. Author Erin Robuck has woven a touching tale that will be remembered long after the last page is read. Her attention to plot, structure, and timing is evident.
Robuck is the best-selling author of many books, including The Invisible Woman (2021), Hemingway’s Girl (2012), Call Me Zelda (2013), Fallen Beauty (2014), and The House of Hawthorne (2015).
Thanks to Netgalley for an advance reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Published March 1, 2022