The Last Correspondent by Soraya M. Lane
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
The story drew me in right from the start. It is extremely well-written, and it is realistic. There is a lot of violence and gore, which is necessary to give it the realism that it achieves and is very well described.
Each chapter is written, in the third person singular, showing the point of view of one of three strong women, Danni, Ella and Chloe, as they pursue their respective callings. All three have many obstacles to overcome, not least the deep prejudices that existed during the Second World War.
I loved the way that the characters in the book evolved with the story. Events shape changes in their opinions and the way that they act and interact.
Danni is a well-respected photographer who has worked for a long time with her war correspondent partner, Andy. Although not romantically attached, they maintain a strong relationship and mutual understanding. Danni’s determination to always capture the best shots leads the pair of them into some very dangerous situations.
Chloe is a journalist with ambitions that are frowned up by the establishment who believe that female journalists should concentrate their efforts on needlework and home baking rather than the front line.
Both Danni and Chloe do all that they can to overcome the prejudices and get to to where they want to go, both in terms of career and geography.
Ella is different. Prior to the war, she was a top model. Despite the sound advice of her brother, she fails to grasp that the German occupation of France places restrictions on her freedom to travel to Paris to join her lover.
The threads of their stories and those of the secondary characters who surround them are beautifully interwoven into a multi-coloured blanket that will wrap you up from beginning to end. It will touch all of your emotions.
I confidently recommend this book to everyone.
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