Updated: Jul 1, 2021
By Mario Escobar
A Strong Woman Risks her Life to Protect Her Library
Librarian Jocelyn marries police sergeant Antoine Ferrec on Sept. 1, 1939, the same day the Germans invade Poland to begin WWII. Shortly after their marriage, Antoine is sent to the front. When the Germans invade France and Saint-Malo Jocelyn risks everything to save the library where she works.
THE LIBRARIAN OF SAINT-MALO is an intriguing and moving historical fiction novel. It’s a story of dedication, and perserverence.
The story of Jocelyn's efforts is told via her letters to the famous writer Marcel Zola, whom she hopes will preserve her experiences during the war. While an interesting concept, this letter writing approach didn't feel realistic or necessary. Despite that, the writing is skillfully descriptive and the book is a quick read. Jocelyn’s character is well-developed, strong and full of resilience.
Author Mario Escobar has written numerous books about the inquisition, reformation and religion. THE LIBRARIAN OF SAINT-MALO came from a visit Escobar made to Saint-Malo in 2018. He wanted to show the suffering of the common people of France as well as the purge of books during the German occupation of France.
Thanks to Netgalley for an advance reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Publisher Thomas Nelson
Published June 1, 2021