The Secrets We Left Behind Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
How far will they go for family, friendship, and love?
Occupied France, 1940. When the staff at a field hospital draw straws to find out who will join the evacuation from Dunkirk, Nurse Cate is left behind. But when the Nazis arrive to claim prisoners of war, she takes her chance and flees into the night, taking one patient with her.
Fifty miles away, the surrendering soldiers of the Royal Norfolk Regiment are shot dead by the advancing Germans. Beneath the pile of bodies two men survive, crawling to the safety of a nearby farmhouse, where sisters Elise and Adelaide risk their lives to take them in. When Cate, too, arrives at their door with her injured soldier, the pressure mounts.
The sisters are risking everything to keep their visitors safe. But with the Nazis coming ever closer and relationships in the farmhouse intensifying, they must all question the sacrifices they are willing to make for the lives of others. How far will they go for family, friendship, and love?
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|Listening Length||9 hours and 25 minutes|
|Author||Soraya M. Lane|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||May 20, 2021|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #10,783 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#19 in 20th Century Historical Romance (Audible Books & Originals)
#39 in Military Romance (Audible Books & Originals)
#178 in Fiction Sagas
Reviewed in the United States on May 30, 2021
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We follow Cate, a British nurse, who is left behind to care for the wounded. She literally drew the short straw. And Addy and Elise, two French women, caught in the aftermath of the Nazi takeover of their country. Their paths meet as they struggle to hide and help wounded soldiers and deal with the horrors of the invasion.
Lane is terrific at creating female characters we can believe in. Her books are stunningly researched. There is romance in the air but it is not overly done, nor cloying.
This is my favorite of her books so far. But I say that about each of them; she continues to wow me!
of Dunkirk and tried to find out where the women were, what they were doing and how & what happened to them. In the process she discovered the stories of a few special women and used them to roughly base some of her characters.
A pair of brave nurses and a pair of equally brave sisters are the heroines for this story. The nurses are split up with one being rescued prior to German invasion and one being left behind. Fifty miles away on their farm, the sisters witness a troop of German soldiers mow down 50+ Allied soldiers who were surrendering. In fear for their lives, they keep quiet and go about their day as if all is well until...
This is a feel good story in the midst of the horrors of war. It’s also a love/romance story. It’s very obviously set during WW2 and the Dunkirk evacuation but relationships are far more prominent than military. The women are strong and resilient and the men are in need, hesitatingly compliant and ,of course, handsome. It’s a reverse formula that works.
Unlike many of the heinous criminals from WW2 that skated completely or avoided justice for years, there is a rather swift, and some will say, appropriate, judgement for the worst of worst. It’s treated very gently by the author. In fact, for all the difficult subject matter, Lane writes without offense of any kind. Your 12 year old could read this book, providing they are emotionally mature enough to handle the subject matter.
Professionally edited and published, “The Secrets We Left Behind” is a good read for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend or just because you want a well written, character driven story that doesn’t assault your senses and the good gals win📚
Later two British soldiers, who were alive beneath a pile of bodies of the British soldiers, come to the house seeking care for their wounds and help in hiding from the enemy. The allied escapees, not knowing for sure of the women’s loyalties lie, all four must rely on the fact that the sisters have not yet turned them in.
I found this novel to be a tense, gripping, and exciting read. The uncertainty of the allies’ situation provides good reading, hoping for a good outcome for all involved.
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The massacre at Le Paradis deserved to be written about in a better way than this not as the background to a very weak romance book.
I have looked up the factual background of this story and it is difficult to read but unfortunately not an isolated incident. Soraya has taken one of the tragic and criminal events of the time and created an incredible novel, full of warmth and courage.
With this background and the wonderful characters imagined by Soraya, you feel like you are reading a true story and really care what happens to these people.
The story has you hooked from the first chapter and interwoven with the perilous events are the occasional sweet moments that show the depths of people's love for each other, whether it is for a friend, sibling or soul mate.
If you enjoy reading books set during this time frame, you will really love this one.
This book not only brought home the horror of what happened ( I had read about the massacre ) and how many people gave so much to save others..... For anyone wanting to understand this, our "characters" bring this period to life .