Monday 5 December 2022

Review - All the courage we have found by Carly Schabowski

All the courage we have found by Carly Schabowski
Release date: 18 November 2022
Back cover blurb: She checked her watch-she had just three minutes. Then came the beep of morse code in her headset. With quick fingers she tapped out the message, her heart beating fast in her chest, sweat collecting at the nape of her neck... France, 1942: When Kasia is told she will be smuggled out of Poland to work as a radio operator with a French Resistance group, she plans to make the dangerous journey across the border alone. But when she meets a mute girl who she names Elodie, in a ghetto in Warsaw on the eve of her departure, she reminds Kasia so strongly of someone she loved – with one brown eye, and one green – that she knows she can’t leave her behind, no matter the risk Arriving in France, Kasia and Elodie are housed in a farmhouse with Hugo, an unwilling member of the Resistance. But as they share whispered candlelit conversations, Hugo begins to realise how brave and courageous Kasia’s work is, and the pair grow closer. But Kasia’s work as a radio operator is becoming more dangerous by the day as the Germans get closer to locating her signal. And as she creeps out of the farmhouse in the dead of night to send an urgent message, she knows the radio might bring the Germans terrifyingly close, perhaps even to the front door of her new home, to Hugo and Elodie…

On the French coast, Hugo is a reluctant participant in the war, an unwilling participant in the resistance, doing favours for his friends and those he loves via the black market.

Kasia is working in Poland, helping those in the ghetto, when she is asked to travel to France to help further with the war effort. Her work will be within the French Resistance as a radio operator. Via a third party, they have heard that she is one of the best, and want her on side.

Kasia is keen to help, but she has a problem. A mute child who she is unexpectedly looking after, and will need to travel with her to France, increasing the risk. But travel she must, and so the pair travel to French coast.

Here Kasia and Hugo meet. Billeted to stay with Hugo via a mutual contact, it is safe to say that the two don't exactly hit it off immediately. But they know that they must work together and protect each other for any of them to survive.

As Kasia's days are spent working, Hugo find himself on childcare duties with Elodie. Trying to coax the girl out of her shell and getting her to speak is no mean feat. As the trio begin to break down barriers and form alliances, the unthinkable happens and Kasia must leave for Paris, alone.

Once again she is billeted with someone who isn't exactly an ally from the start, but then Kasia makes a discovery that will change her life forever.

All the courage we have found is a beautifully written historical fiction novel, and I look forward to the author's next.

All the courage we have found is available now via Amazon online and all good book shops.

Thank You to the publishers who approved my request via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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