Village of Secrets by Caroline Moorehead

I received this book from TLC Book Tours in exchange for a fair and honest review.

From the author of the New York Times bestseller A Train in Winter comes the fascinating story of a French village that helped save thousands hunted by the Gestapo during World War II.

I mean, that hooks me right there.  I’m a sucker for Jewish lit/nonfiction and Holocaust books as well, especially non-traditional ones, like where it’s about something lesser known, like the resistance in France.

Here’s another piece to the description:

High up in the mountains of the southern Massif Central in France lie tiny, remote villages united by a long and particular history. During the Second World War, the inhabitants of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon and its parishes saved thousands wanted by the Gestapo: resisters, Freemasons, communists, and, above all, Jews, many of them orphans whose parents had been deported to concentration camps. There were no informers, no denunciations, and no one broke ranks. During raids, the children would hide in the woods, their packs on their backs, waiting to hear the farmers’ song that told them it was safe to return. After the war, Le Chambon became one of only two places in the world to be honored by Yad Vashem as Righteous Among Nations.

Village of Secrets by Caroline Moorehead is reminiscent of another book I read by her, Train in Winter, and 50 Children by Steven Pressman.  The story is a historically heavy nonfictional account of the Nazi resistance in France, specifically by a small mountain town.

While I enjoyed reading Village of Secrets, I found that because of the heavy historical aspect, I couldn’t fully get into the story.  However, this is not a Village of Secrets issue.  I always have a tough time with storyline when a book is very heavy-handed on the historical aspects.  Many dates, names, etc, usually confuse me more than they help me with the story.  So if historically heavy reads do not scare you, then this is a great book to pick up.  It tells a lesser-known story of some amazing people doing the right thing.

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9 thoughts on “Village of Secrets by Caroline Moorehead

  1. I just read two different holocaust books set in Paris that were fantastic! “The Paris Architect” by Charles Befoure and “All The Light That Cannot Be Seen” by Anthony Doerr. Both are fictional with wonderful characters. They are well written, outstanding books!

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    • Thanks…I read the story line for Mr. Doerr’s book and want to read it. Your review has placed it higher up on my TBR list. : )

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  2. Sounds very good, and now that you have told us about the weight the historical issues have, we know what to expect.
    I still have to read A train in winter, but if I like it, I’ll pick up this one as well.

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  3. I love your site and fabulous review. As Rosa said, Holocaust books are of great interest. This book is now on my ‘must read’ list. Thank you for the insight.

    Regards

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  4. Thank for this review. I read “Train in Winter” and learned so much about the French Resistance that I had not a clue about. That one was also a bit heavy, but because I knew nothing about that part of the war, I wanted to know. I am also an avid reader of books that deal with the Jewish during WWII. The inhumanity to man is just so beyond my ability to grasp.
    Thanks for stopping by The Reader and the Book also.

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