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Better Reading Preview: Daughters of War by Dinah Jefferies

Title: Daughters of War

Author: Dinah Jefferies

Published: September 1st 2021

Publisher: Harper Collins

Pages: 544

Genres: Fiction, Historical

RRP: $24.99

Rating: 4 stars

The first book in the sweeping new historical series from the No.1 Sunday Times bestselling author. France, 1944.

Deep in the river valley of the Dordogne, in an old stone cottage on the edge of a beautiful village, three sisters long for the end of the war.

Hélène, the eldest, is trying her hardest to steer her family to safety, even as the Nazi occupation becomes more threatening.

Elise, the rebel, is determined to help the Resistance, whatever the cost.

And Florence, the dreamer, just yearns for a world where France is free.

Then, one dark night, the Allies come knocking for help. And Hélène knows that she cannot sit on the sidelines any longer. But secrets from their own mysterious past threaten to unravel everything they hold most dear… 

The first in an epic new series from the No.1 Sunday Times bestseller, Daughters of War is a stunning tale of sisters, secrets and bravery in the darkness of war-torn France…


British author Dinah Jefferies has produced a fantastic opener to a brand-new historical fiction series. Daughters of War is an emotive and descriptive family saga, charting the back end of the Second World War. Set in the small river valley area of Dordogne in France, Dinah Jefferies presents a shifting perspective tale, that encompasses the varied experiences of three sisters during a time of great upheaval in Europe. Each sister depicted in the story has a very different viewpoint and experience of the war, that is expressed vividly through the penmanship of this well-versed historical fiction author. With themes of responsibility, survival, brutality, safety, protection, risk, bravery, determination, persistence and hope, Daughters of War presents a powerful ode to the war. Drawing in threads of mystery, intrigue, emotional drama, social ties, hardship and romance, Dinah Jefferies has composed an expansive novel. Daughters of War is set to a clear and beautifully presented wartime backdrop, that is fully supported by the author’s immersive style of writing.  Dinah Jefferies covers invasion, resistance and occupation, all within the one highly engaging fictional family saga. I couldn’t put this one down and although it is set over five hundred pages, the story progressed quickly. Inspiring, moving, informative and highly readable, I stand firm in my full recommendation of Daughters of War.

Daughters of War by Dinah Jefferies is published on 1st September 2021 by HarperCollins GB. Details on how to purchase the book can be found here.

To learn more about the author of Daughters of War, Dinah Jefferieshere.

*Thanks is extended to Better Reading/HarperCollins for providing a free copy of this book for review purposes.


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