Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (5-18-11)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. My pick this week is The Girl in the Blue Beret by Bobbie Ann Mason. (expected release date: June 28, 2011)

Synopsis (from Inspired by the wartime experiences of her late father-in-law, award-winning author Bobbie Ann Mason has written an unforgettable novel about an American World War II pilot shot down in Occupied Europe.When Marshall Stone returns to his crash site decades later, he finds himself drawn back in time to the brave people who helped him escape from the Nazis. He especially recalls one intrepid girl guide who risked her life to help him—the girl in the blue beret.At twenty-three, Marshall Stone was a U.S. flyboy stationed in England. Headstrong and cocksure, he had nine exhilarating bombing raids under his belt when enemy fighters forced his B-17 to crash-land in a Belgian field near the border of France. The memories of what happened next—the frantic moments right after the fiery crash, the guilt of leaving his wounded crewmates and fleeing into the woods to escape German troops, the terror of being alone in a foreign country—all come rushing back when Marshall sets foot on that Belgian field again.Marshall was saved only by the kindness of ordinary citizens who, as part of the Resistance, moved downed Allied airmen through clandestine, often outrageous routes (over the Pyrenees to Spain) to get them back to their bases in England. Even though Marshall shared a close bond with several of the Resistance members who risked their lives for him, after the war he did not look back. But now he wants to find them again—to thank them and renew their ties. Most of all, Marshall wants to find the courageous woman who guided him through Paris. She was a mere teenager at the time, one link in the underground line to freedom.Marshall’s search becomes a wrenching odyssey of discovery that threatens to break his heart—and also sets him on a new course for the rest of his life. In his journey, he finds astonishing revelations about the people he knew during the war—none more electrifying and inspiring than the story of the girl in the blue beret.Intimate and haunting, The Girl in the Blue Beret is a beautiful and affecting story of love and courage, war and redemption, and the startling promise of second chances.

Hopefully, I will be back in the swing of things this week. I have been reading, but it seems like I just read a few pages at a time and don't make any progress in my books. Add that to the fact that we didn't have internet/phone/cable at all this past weekend (thanks, Comcast!), and it was difficult to try and get on and blog after a long day at work. But everything is up and working now, and here's hoping for a better reading week!


  1. I think this one sounds very interesting and I love the B&W-ish cover. Thanks for the highlight!!

  2. I think the cover is outstanding. I often get that way too, not reading as quickly as I'd like. But I just remember that life happens. And somedays, a page or two will have to sufffice.

    P.S. I found you by way of Reflections of a Bookaholic. Glad to have a new blog to follow in my google reader.

  3. I love books that take place in WWII and this sounds like a really good one. Thanks for sharing!

  4. I could tell this was a WWII novel from the title. I would like to read more WWII novels.

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  5. Oh, I've been really fascinated by novels from this era lately...thanks for sharing.

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  6. I love WWII books and this one sounds amazing. Thanks for spotlighting it!