Thursday, November 11, 2021

A Picture of Hope

 Title: A Picture of Hope

Series: Heroines of WWII

Author: Liz Tolsma

Publisher: Barbour Publishing

Genre: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Suspense,

Source: Net Galley

My Review:

This is my first time reading a book by Liz Tolsma and I look forward to reading her other works. While A Picture of Hope is part of the Heroines of WWII series it is designed to be read alone. The books in the series can be read in any order.

A Picture of Hope is well-written, the story flows smoothly, and it is well-researched.  The story gives us an accurate picture of war and the treatment of Jews, children with Downs Syndrome, and anyone else who was not deemed perfect.

I did not connect with the Heroine of this story, Nellie. She was very headstrong, impulsive, and often putting herself in danger without thinking. You would think that after the first time or two she would learn her lesson, but she doesn't. I did like how she cared for those who were different.

The male lead, Jean-Paul Breslau was okay. He was kind, caring, and protective. 

This story will pull at your heartstrings. I am a sensitive reader and I had a hard time with several scenes. I did not realize this novel would portray the horrors the Nazis inflicted so thoroughly. Some scenes will be with me far longer than I want them to be. Although for me that is negative, it does the author justice as describing the scenes extremely well, you get a very vivid picture.

Thank you to Net Galley and Barbour Publishing for the opportunity to read this book. I was not required to provide a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


 Synopsis (from Goodreads):

A Photojournalist Risks Her Life to Save Children

Full of intrigue, adventure, and romance, this new series celebrates the unsung heroes—the heroines of WWII.

Journalist Nellie Wilkerson has spent the bulk of the war in London, photographing pilots taking off and landing—and she’s bored. She jumps at the chance to go to France, where the Allied forces recently landed. She enlists Jean-Paul Breslau of the French underground to take her to the frontlines. On the journey, they come upon an orphanage where nuns shelter children with disabilities. Can they help save them before the Nazis come to liquidate it?


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  2. I'm a bit of a sensitive reader as well. There are a couple topics that are especially hard for me. I didn't know there was such a wide range of Christian Fiction out there. I might have to give it another try.

    1. Kami, when I first started reading Christian fiction there was very little out there. Now there is EVERY genre in Christian fiction, it's amazing how much the field has grown. I love the variety.

  3. Oh Cindy, I'm also a sensitive reader, and those scenes sound heartbreaking. Great review