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Daughters of War

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The first in an epic new series from the No.1 Sunday Times bestseller, Daughters of War is a stunning tale of sisters, secrets and bravery in the darkness of war-torn France…

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Dinah Jefferies


France, 1944.

Deep in the river valley of the Dordogne, in an old stone cottage on the edge of a beautiful village, three sisters long for the end of the war.

Hélène, the eldest, is trying her hardest to steer her family to safety, even as the Nazi occupation becomes more threatening. Elise, the rebel, is determined to help the Resistance, whatever the cost. And Florence, the dreamer, just yearns for a world where France is free.

Then, one dark night, the Allies come knocking for help. And Helene knows that she cannot sit on the sidelines any longer. But bravery comes at a cost, and soon the sisters’ lives become even more perilous as they fight for what is right. And secrets from their own mysterious past threaten to unravel everything they hold most dear…

‘What a treat! In the first novel from her enticing new trilogy, Jefferies weaves a rich tapestry of courage, passion and family secrets beneath the dark shadows of war. The three sisters at the heart of the story are strong complex women who readers will be rooting for as layers of intrigue and danger unfold, while delicious details of the Dordogne add a wonderful sense of escapism. Sure to be loved by fans of the author’s previous works, and by fans of historical fiction, Daughters of War is a novel to sweep you away to a different time and place – exactly what we need at the moment.’
Hazel Gaynor, author of The Bird in the Bamboo Cage

‘What a thoroughly enjoyable read. It covers so much: love, grief, abandonment, betrayal and secrets. I read it in three great big chunks. Beautifully written, meticulously researched and heartbreaking and entertaining in equal measure. I adored it.’
Liz Nugent, author of Skin Deep

‘From the first sentence, evoking the ‘sun-soaked scent of fir and spruce’, you are instantly transported to the delicious world of the Dordogne.. As layers of long-hidden family secrets emerge, you are sure to be hooked to the very last page.’
Liz Trenow, bestselling author of The Poppy Factory

‘a warm and engrossing tale of passion and courage’
Rachel Hore, bestselling author of Last Letter Home

‘A wonderfully evocative and sensual writer’
Santa Montefiore, bestselling author of Here and Now

‘A glorious page-turner … a novel to disappear into’
Gill Paul, bestselling author of The Secret Wife