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Libraries are being ransacked. France is torn apart by war. A French librarian is determined to resist. Told through smuggled letters to an author, an ordinary librarian describes the brutal Nazi occupation of her small coastal village and the extraordinary measures she takes to fight back.

Saint-Malo, France: August 1939. Jocelyn and Antoine are childhood sweethearts, but just after they marry, Antoine is drafted to fight against Germany. As World War II rages, Jocelyn uses her position as a librarian in her town of Saint-Malo to comfort and encourage her community with books. Jocelyn begins to write secret letters smuggled to a famous Parisian author, telling her story in the hope that it will someday reach the outside world.

France falls and the Nazis occupy Jocelyn's town, turning it into a fortress. The townspeople try passive resistance, but the German commander ruthlessly begins to destroy part of the city's libraries. Books deemed unsuitable by the Nazis are burnt or stolen, and priceless knowledge is lost.

Risking arrest and even her life, Jocelyn manages to hide some of the books while desperately waiting to receive news from her husband Antoine, now a prisoner in a German camp.

Jocelyn's mission unfolds in her letters: to protect the people of Saint-Malo and the books they hold so dear. Mario Escobar brings to life the occupied city in sweeping and romantic prose, re-creating the history of those who sacrificed all to care for the people they loved.

  • World War II historical fiction inspired by true events
  • Book length: 368 pages
©2021 Mario Escobar (P)2021 Thomas Nelson

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Narration ruins story

The narrator should just read the story. He interpretation 9f the characters voice is to theatrical and ruins the story for the listener.

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A Huge Disappointment

When I saw that I could get this book on Audible before the paperback would be released, I was glad that I had a credit to spend. What a disappointment! The story of the Librarian of Saint-Malo is not a compelling, or even interesting, read. The main character has no real spark, no feeling of resistance. As another reviewer said, this person would not have survived the resistance. The interactions the main character has with other characters are all very contrived. There are no surprises. Not once did I want to learn more about any aspect of the occupation or eventual end of the war. The narrator was lack luster at best. No accent, and the variation of voices sometimes did not last the entire speech of that character. I finished it hoping it would get better, but alas, it did not. I wish I could return the book; it was a waste of a credit.

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Lovely

Touching Story with depth of historical context and the power of language and stories.
Beautiful Narration!

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Disappointing

This woman would never have survived in the Resistance. She is too foolhardy and foolish. And her moralizing is boring and deflates any suspense. If you want an outstanding book about the siege of St. Malo, read ALl the Light You Cannot See.

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narration needs to be with a French sound...

great book.... narration took away from enjoying it.

the narrator is ok, but not for this book