Summer 1940: Hedy Bercu fled Vienna two years ago. Now she watches the skies over Jersey for German planes, convinced that an invasion is imminent. When it finally comes, there is no counterattack from Allied forces—the Channel Islands are simply not worth defending. Most islanders and occupying forces settle into an uneasy coexistence, but for Hedy, the situation is perilously different. For Hedy is Jewish—a fact that could mean deportation, or worse.
With no means of escape, Hedy hides in plain sight, working as a translator for the Germans while silently working against them. She forges a tentative friendship with a sympathetic German officer who is likewise trapped by circumstance. But as the war intensifies, Hedy knows she is in greater danger each day. Soon, her survival will depend not just on her own courage but on the community she has come to cherish and a man who should be her enemy.
Vividly recreating little-known events, this is an unforgettable tale of resilience and bravery, and of the extraordinary power found in quiet acts of heroism and love.
Hedy fled the Nazis several years ago and evacuated to the Channel Islands. But her safety is now in question as the Nazis have invaded the islands.
Hedy cannot escape the island so she is now in grave danger. But, the Nazis need her help. She is fluent in several languages and so she takes a job as a translator for the Nazis. Hedy is very resourceful and ends up confiscating…well that may not be the right word…steal is more like it…gas ration coupons. She gives these to the local doctor so he can continue to make house calls and help the people on the island. As you can guess, this leads her to more danger but it also leads her to love.
I love Hedy. She is smart and kind. And the kindness leads her many dangerous situations. I also enjoyed the setting of the Channel Islands. This is a very unique place during WWII. So, I learned a good bit and I could just picture this quaint town on the edge of the sea.
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I received this novel from the publisher for a honest review.
About the Author
Jenny Lecoat was born in Jersey, Channel Islands, where her parents were raised under German Occupation and were involved in resistance activity. Lecoat moved to England at 18, where, after earning a drama degree, she spent a decade on the alternative comedy circuit as a feminist stand-up. She also wrote for newspapers and women’s magazines (Cosmopolitan, Observer), worked as a TV and radio presenter, before focusing on screenwriting from sitcom to sketch shows. A love of history and factual stories and a return to her island roots brought about her feature film Another Mother’s Son (2017). She is married to television writer Gary Lawson and now lives in East Sussex. The Girl from the Channel Islands is her first novel.
Hi Reeca. A wonderful review. This sounds like an enthralling story. I hope you are well and safe from Covid.