REVIEW: Bravo! The Last Correspondent by Soraya M Lane will find a place in my top books of the year. There are some books that are tough to put into words how much in awe you are of the story and the author. This is definitely one of those books.
Let me tell you why I’m in awe. This story is about brave women who fought for their right to report from the front lines during World War II. The men didn’t think little ladies should be anywhere near the fighting. These women have totally captivated my interest and respect.
The characters in the story were composites of the real women correspondents. There were also male correspondents that had it much easier. Some of them understood the women’s desire and became their allies. The author made me care for, love and hate these characters. I eventually understood the ones I didn’t like and respected their point of view. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book that I actually felt what they were going through and fighting for. This story made you physically and mentally feel the hardship of war.
This is my first book by Soraya M Lane. I’m in awe of her ability to write such a moving book. She has a way of grabbing you from the first page and never letting you go until you’ve read the story. I’m still thinking about the story and the characters. This won’t be my last book by her.
I received this book from the author and Netgalley for a fair and honest review. Thank you. I’m humbled to have read this story.
SYNOPSIS: When journalist Ella Franks is unmasked as a woman writing under a male pseudonym, she loses her job. But having risked everything to write, she refuses to be silenced and leaps at the chance to become a correspondent in war-torn France.
Already entrenched in the thoroughly male arena of war reporting is feisty American photojournalist Danni Bradford. Together with her best friend and partner, Andy, she is determined to cover the events unfolding in Normandy. And to discover the whereabouts of Andy’s flighty sister, Vogue model Chloe, who has followed a lover into the French Resistance.
When trailblazing efforts turn to tragedy, Danni, Ella and Chloe are drawn together, and soon form a formidable team. Each woman is determined to follow her dreams “no matter what”, and to make her voice heard over the noise of war.
Europe is a perilous place, with danger at every turn. They’ll need to rely on each other if they are to get their stories back, and themselves out alive. Will the adventure and love they find be worth the journey of their lives?