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Summary

For Kay, living on her husband Bror's country estate, the Nazi invasion is a time of uncertainty. Bror is desperate to preserve the legacy of his home, even if it means co-existing with the enemy; Kay cannot do the same. She is lured by British Intelligence into a world of resistance.

Tasked with protecting an SOE agent, Kay learns the art of subterfuge. Caught on opposing sides, will Kay and Bror find their way back to one another?

©2014 Elizabeth Buchan (P)2014 W F Howes Ltd

Critic reviews

"This is such a good novel, full of incident and history and the minutiae of life as a spy" (Daily Express)
"She who dares wins in Buchan's gripping doorstopper about the Nazi occupation in Denmark" (Daily Mail)

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My first ever wartime story

Four completely separate lives, joined together by patriotism. Such bravery in the resistance and on the home front. Clever story bringing the pieces together, the committed Danish Felix, the elegant British Kay in the field, the cleverness and diligence of British Ruby and Mary on the home front.

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Loved it!

I knew nothing about Denmark's role in the last war and was fascinated right from the start. Kay is married to a Dane, has two children and considers Denmark her country, but was born British. She is horrified that her husband accepts the Germans walking in and taking over and is determined to fight back. I was completely engrossed in this story and was so sad when it finished!

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Dreary tale of occupied Denmark

This story really dragged in places and made me think, for once, that I might have preferred the abridged version. I was interested to know about the Nazi Occupation of Denmark but that got swallowed up in a soapy storyline peopled by cardboard characters.

Also got really irritated that Copenhagen was always referred to in the Danish pronunciation- why? It's a story written in English and you'd laugh out loud if a similar story set in France always said "Paree" rather than Paris, wouldn't you?

I've heard this narrator before and thought it was just a one-off that she gave an ear piercing voice to one or two of the characters but, no, she did it again with this book - why? There's nothing in the description of the character that says they have a high pitched nasal voice that makes you turn down the volume or bury your iPad under several pillows.

It's an OK story but hard to feel much empathy with any of the characters and I will definitely avoid Anna Bentinck as a narrator in the future. Sian Thomas would have been a much better choice. She reads more fluently and is excellent with accents and inflexions. Maybe she has higher standards when choosing her authors.

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EXCELLENT STORY! EXCELLENT NARRATOR!

I've listened to many WW2 stories over the past few years but this one tops my list. In fact, this was my second time of listening and it still affects me in so many ways.

I knew nothing of Denmark's role in WW2 and because of this it was very informative and the story was both personal and factual. The author wove a rich tapestry of what humans are capable of when pushed to their limit. They either stand up to be counted or fade away. It put brother against brother, wife against husband, as in this story, and the reader experiences so many different emotions. It was an excellent story and I didn't want it to end.

THE narrator was excellent too bringing to life the author's story. I definitely recommend it to anyone who is interested in WW2.

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The complexity of war

This story superbly illustrates how the choices that people make in war (have to make) result in knock-on choices for others: family, friends, lovers, strangers.

Having known nothing of Denmark's situation in the war, I feel like a decent compensation for that ignorance has at least begun.

Details of (1) how a resistance movement works (2) the world of signals and the music of morse (3) that ominous feeling of a divided country awaiting score-settling once the occupiers have left, were all wonderfully conveyed.

The cast of characters is large but so is world war. Given the nature of resistance and secrecy, some have two names. So it's worth paying close attention and, if you drift, rewinding.

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I can't begin to tell you..

what a fab listen this book is! I loved it.....

the Characters are well drawn and the story truly gripping.....try it, you will not be disappointed! 10 stars!

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