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When the ties of loyalty are severed, whom do you trust? World War Two. It is June 1940. France has surrendered and the Nazi German occupation begins. A small village in northern France awaits the arrival of a garrison of conquering Germans. To their dismay, 16-year-old Pierre and his parents, Georges and Sandrine, are forced to accommodate a German major, Major When the ties of loyalty are severed, whom do you trust? World War Two. It is June 1940. France has surrendered and the Nazi German occupation begins. A small village in northern France awaits the arrival of a garrison of conquering Germans. To their dismay, 16-year-old Pierre and his parents, Georges and Sandrine, are forced to accommodate a German major, Major Hurtzberger. He is the enemy within their midst; the invader of their country, and, more pertinently, the unwanted lodger within their home. The problem, however, is that the German is annoyingly pleasant. The major, with a son of his own, empathises with Pierre in a way Georges has never been able to. Immediately the two of them find a bond, leaving Pierre confused and his understanding of good and bad, of black and white, shattered. But then, Georges, Pierre’s father, is arrested by the Gestapo and taken away. Forced to confront the prejudices of others, as well as his own, Pierre has to ask where his loyalties lie, and who are his friends and who, exactly, is the enemy. Desperate to prove himself a man, Pierre is continually thwarted by those he trusts – his parents, the villagers and especially Claire, the girl he so desires. Pierre’s quest brings to the fore a traumatic event in the family’s past, a tragedy never forgotten but never mentioned. Only by confronting his trauma, can Pierre find the answer and prove he is a man in a country at war. From the founder of the History In An Hour series, comes another powerful work of WW2 historical fiction that will remain with you long after you’ve turned the final page. “Really enjoyed this book. Loved the characters and their involvement in the story.” “This is a book with difference. I will look for more books by this author.” “Colley draws his characters with fine lines, illustrating both the brutality and compassion shown by individuals on both sides of this war.” “Told with great poignancy.” Historical fiction with heart and drama.


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When the ties of loyalty are severed, whom do you trust? World War Two. It is June 1940. France has surrendered and the Nazi German occupation begins. A small village in northern France awaits the arrival of a garrison of conquering Germans. To their dismay, 16-year-old Pierre and his parents, Georges and Sandrine, are forced to accommodate a German major, Major When the ties of loyalty are severed, whom do you trust? World War Two. It is June 1940. France has surrendered and the Nazi German occupation begins. A small village in northern France awaits the arrival of a garrison of conquering Germans. To their dismay, 16-year-old Pierre and his parents, Georges and Sandrine, are forced to accommodate a German major, Major Hurtzberger. He is the enemy within their midst; the invader of their country, and, more pertinently, the unwanted lodger within their home. The problem, however, is that the German is annoyingly pleasant. The major, with a son of his own, empathises with Pierre in a way Georges has never been able to. Immediately the two of them find a bond, leaving Pierre confused and his understanding of good and bad, of black and white, shattered. But then, Georges, Pierre’s father, is arrested by the Gestapo and taken away. Forced to confront the prejudices of others, as well as his own, Pierre has to ask where his loyalties lie, and who are his friends and who, exactly, is the enemy. Desperate to prove himself a man, Pierre is continually thwarted by those he trusts – his parents, the villagers and especially Claire, the girl he so desires. Pierre’s quest brings to the fore a traumatic event in the family’s past, a tragedy never forgotten but never mentioned. Only by confronting his trauma, can Pierre find the answer and prove he is a man in a country at war. From the founder of the History In An Hour series, comes another powerful work of WW2 historical fiction that will remain with you long after you’ve turned the final page. “Really enjoyed this book. Loved the characters and their involvement in the story.” “This is a book with difference. I will look for more books by this author.” “Colley draws his characters with fine lines, illustrating both the brutality and compassion shown by individuals on both sides of this war.” “Told with great poignancy.” Historical fiction with heart and drama.

30 review for The White Venus: World War Two Historical Fiction

  1. 5 out of 5

    Neil

    A tale of everyday people, trying to live their ordinary lives during trying times. The tale is told through the eyes of a 16 year old French boy, Pierre. His family has been elected to play host to a Major from the occupying German forces. It is well told, and paints a fairly detailed picture, with acts of ineffectual sabotage and their repercussions. Every main character seems to have a slight personality flaw, making them seem all the more human. A nice easy writing style which made the book A tale of everyday people, trying to live their ordinary lives during trying times. The tale is told through the eyes of a 16 year old French boy, Pierre. His family has been elected to play host to a Major from the occupying German forces. It is well told, and paints a fairly detailed picture, with acts of ineffectual sabotage and their repercussions. Every main character seems to have a slight personality flaw, making them seem all the more human. A nice easy writing style which made the book even more enjoyable. It was quite easy to feel an empathy with Pierre, as he grows up in those troubled times.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kellie Butler

    It’s rare that I find a book that I want to read in one sitting, but I stayed up all night reading this brilliant book. Characters move stories, and I was instantly taken with young Pierre. His character arc is superb. He first comes across as this young boy who has difficulty killing a chicken, but as the novel progresses, Pierre finds his strength. It’s hard not to feel for Pierre as so much of what he thought was true is called into question, yet the novel is filled with humor as a young man’s It’s rare that I find a book that I want to read in one sitting, but I stayed up all night reading this brilliant book. Characters move stories, and I was instantly taken with young Pierre. His character arc is superb. He first comes across as this young boy who has difficulty killing a chicken, but as the novel progresses, Pierre finds his strength. It’s hard not to feel for Pierre as so much of what he thought was true is called into question, yet the novel is filled with humor as a young man’s boyhood antics with his friend Xavier and his perpetual crush on the lovely Claire heighten all the joy and angst of adolescence. You will laugh and cry as you read this superb read filled with all the wonders and pain of a coming of age tale. I cheered Pierre on all the way. This was my first read of one of Colley’s novels, and I will certainly read the rest of the series.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Judith M. Vacca

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