Carmen Reid ~ Cross My Heart
Back Blurb :
How far would you go for freedom?
Would you lie to your family?
Break up with your best friend?
Follow the boy you love into extreme danger?
Risk your life?
It’s 1940, Europe is at war and Nicole’s home city has been invaded by the Nazis. When she joins a secret group of freedom fighters, she learns that 15 is not too young to fire a gun, plant a bomb, face capture, torture and heartbreak and put your life on the line.
Inspired by real people, real places and real events.
My View :
I have always been very interested in the WW2 especially The Resistance the bravery of those people is just astounding and inspiring and yes this book may be aimed at teenager’s but it s one of those rare book’s that anyone at any age can enjoy, when I first heard that this was written by Carmen Reid I was very surprised as she is so well-known for her Chick Lit which are really good, but Cross My Heart is by far the best she has done and I think that is the sign of a very talented author that they can switch so flawlessly between genre’s and apparently Cross My Heart is Reid’s favorite of all her work which is not surprising as it is so beautiful and atmospheric.
Cross My Heart is based in Nazi occupied Belgium and it follow’s the character of Nicole who join’s the Belgium Resistance and fight’s with them under the code name Coco, the character’s are just so brilliantly drawn up Nicole the lead is stunning, she may only be fifteen but she is mature beyond her year’s and the fact that she and her band of Resistance teenager’s are trying all they can to help their country is so inspiring. The thing’s that she goes through is as we know very traumatizing and at some point’s very graphic and disturbing, in my personal view these thing’s need to be known and learnt and that is what Reid is doing so beautifully here she is not just writing a stunning love story but she is showing what these brave young people had to go through every day of their young live’s.
The relation ship’s between her and the other resistance teenager’s is so raw and well-developed that you do feel as though you are among-st their little band, it is fast paced but not too fast as there is some truly lovely scene’s especially between Nicole and her young boyfriend Angelo and Nicole and her father who is also a fighter in the Belgium resistant. The ending is obviously very emotional and I hate to say that not all of character’s make through the war, but unfortunately that was the time and it would be a real if they did. I have read a lot of WW2 and Resistance novel’s and I have to say that this is up there with the like’s of Pam Jenoff’s Kommandant’s Girl, Diplomat’s Wife and The Winter Guest and Kate Mosse’s Citadel. This is definitely one to read and as it is aimed at Teen’s that I suggest that as many kid’s read it as possible, it is up to them to keep remembering and honoring these heroic people.