Monday 2 October 2023

Review - The Girl from Norway by Emma Pass

The Girl from Norway
Publisher: Aria
Release date: 3 August 2023
Back cover blurb: 1942. When Hedda Dahlstrøm flees her abusive husband and Nazi-occupied Norway with her eight-year-old son she doesn't know if they'll make it out alive. In her desperate journey to safety she'll find safety on the rocky shores of the Shetland Islands, rescued by Canadian Flight Sergeant Bill Gauthier. As WWII's destruction rages at their doorsteps, can love find its way through the rubble?

Norway 1942 and Hedda knows that she must leave her abusive husband for the sake of her son, but how can she do in the midst of a war. 

Hedda does not agree with the occupation of her country, and it is through her resistance contacts that a unique but dangerous opportunity is presented to her.

Hedda must make the decision to leave her husband and her home country behind.

After a traumatic journey, Hedda and her son arrive on the Shetland Islands. Even though they know no one there Hedda immediately feels safer. 

It's here that Hedda meets Bill. A Canadian soldier who has ended up at a remote military location after a personal tragedy and a demotion. 

Bill is engaged to Rose, a singer with ENSA (Entertainments National Service Association) whom he meets whilst in a dark place. She brings him hope for the future, and is everything he wants.

Until he meets Hedda.

At first an unlikely pairing, the two are very different, but have much in common, including having left their homelands behind admits the tragedy of war.

This is a very different novel from others I've read recently in this genre, and the first I've read by this author. I really enjoyed it, and wouldn't hesitate to read another!

The Girl from Norway 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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