by Meg Waite Clayton
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Goodreads: Normandy, 1944. To cover the fighting in France, Jane, a reporter for the Nashville Banner, and Liv, an Associated Press photographer, have already had to endure enormous danger and frustrating obstacles—including strict military regulations limiting what women correspondents can do. Even so, Liv wants more.
Encouraged by her husband, the editor of a New York newspaper, she’s determined to be the first photographer to reach Paris with the Allies, and capture its freedom from the Nazis.
However, her Commanding Officer has other ideas about the role of women in the press corps. To fulfill her ambitions, Liv must go AWOL. She persuades Jane to join her, and the two women find a guardian angel in Fletcher, a British military photographer who reluctantly agrees to escort them. As they race for Paris across the perilous French countryside, Liv, Jane, and Fletcher forge an indelible emotional bond that will transform them and reverberate long after the war is over.
Kritters Thoughts: A historical fiction that is completely based on truth and I loved that behind the fiction there was a layer of truth. Jane is a reporter and Liv a photographer and they by chance meet covering a medic hospital nowhere near the front line. Liv charges Jane with the idea to try to make it to Paris and the front line before everything is freed, so they can be the first to report - big problem is they don't have the credentials and will have to go without anyone knowing.
This was a fun adventure. There was definitely a lot of war things which at moments weren't completely entertaining but they were necessary to know where in the timeline they were. Usually I can say that historical fiction doesn't feel like a textbook, but there were moments where this one felt like a lot of facts.
It was a great female empowerment book. I love reading about when women take risks to move the female population forward and these women took HUGE risks and that made the book for me.
Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one copy of this book free of charge from TLC Book Tours. I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.