Friday 30 March 2012

Friday Recommends..

Friday again, and it's time for my choice of book for Friday recommends...

This is an exciting book blog hop that book bloggers can take part in once a week to share with their followers, the books that they most recommend reading!

The rules for Friday Recommends are:

Follow Pen to Paper as host of the meme.
Pick a book that you've read, and have enjoyed enough to recommend to other readers. It can be a book you've read recently, or a book you read years ago - it's up to you - but make sure you tell us why you love the book (like a mini review). You make the post as long or as short as you like.
Visit the other blogs and enjoy!

I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to review this book for NetGalley on behalf of  Other Press

My Friday Recommended read this week is 



Simon Mawer


Other Press

Pub Date: May 01, 2012

ISBN: 9781590515273

My review

Marion Sutro, is a young woman on a dangerous mission. She is recruited, in London, by the special operations executive, and after extensive training, is chosen to take part in an operation, which involves being parachuted into occupied France, during WW2. Marian’s natural aptitude with the French language, and her ability to convince the authorities that she is a French citizen, makes her the perfect candidate for espionage. Entrusted with assignments that will place her in extreme danger, Marian assumes different identities, but is always aware that should she make a mistake, she runs the risk of being captured and interrogated by the Germans. Marian is a very competent young woman, but she is also extremely flawed, and it is this very vulnerability, which makes her character all the more fascinating.
Marian’s story, based on the factual exploits of a group of brave women who actually worked as undercover officers in France, never falters, or fails to deliver a perfect narrative. War torn France with all its mistrust and treachery, is so cleverly described, I felt as if I was hiding in the shadows watching the story unfold. Not only is the book a clever adventure story, but it also has romance, and deception, which helps to add an extra element of excitement, and further compliments Marian’s complex character.

This book gripped me from its opening page, and I am delighted to recommend it to other readers who enjoy high calibre writing. The author’s natural storytelling ability shines through the story from beginning to end, and the reader’s own emotional involvement with the characters, make this a book to remember.

If you enjoyed Charlotte Gray by Sebastian Faulks you will enjoy this one.


  1. Thanks for highlighting this one Josie, I am now reading it thanks to Netgalley and really enjoying it, it's a great story.

    1. Hi Lindsay - so pleased to hear that you are enjoying Trapeze. It is a great story xx


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