• The Soldier’s Girl

  • By: Sharon Maas
  • Narrated by: Henrietta Meire
  • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (1,044 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

France, 1944. The streets are filled with swastikas. This is the story of a brave English girl behind enemy lines, a German soldier, and a terrible sacrifice.

When young English nurse Sibyl Lake is recruited as a spy to support the French resistance, she doesn’t realize the ultimate price she will end up paying. She arrives in Colmar, a French town surrounded by vineyards and swarming with German soldiers, but her fear is dampened by the joy of being reunited with her childhood sweetheart Jacques.

Sibyl’s arrival has not gone unnoticed by Commander Wolfgang von Haagan, and she realizes that letting him get closer is her best chance of learning enemy secrets. Yet despite her best intentions, Sibyl soon finds that betrayal does not come easy to her.

When Jacques finds that Sibyl is involved with the enemy, he is determined to prove himself to her with one last act of heroism - an act that will put all of their lives in terrible danger.

A beautifully written, heart-wrenching, and unforgettable tale of love and loss in a time of war, The Soldier’s Girl is perfect for fans of The Letter by Kathryn Hughes and The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah.

©2018 Sharon Maas (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Good storyline

I rarely write a review but in this case felt compelled to do so.
It was a good storyline but I often found it repetitive and the dialogue sometimes immature.
I’ve listened to a great deal of WWII stories with narration and this was the absolute worst. It took all my resolve to finish as I often stopped deciding not to go on. The narrator must have thought she was in some kind of Victorian drama and her weepy tone all throughout the narration was not merely distracting but quite aggravating.
A different narrator would have made for a much better storytelling.

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Fantastic story!! Narration gives me a headache!

The narrator sounds like she's trying to be an actress on stage and is failing miserably. Whether she's talking about a beautiful day or giving a detailed account of a soldier's injuries, she sounds on the verge of tears. Horrible. But the rest of the characters are okay. The story is different and it's worth a listen unless you have time to read it, instead.

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Beautiful portrayal of the love and dedication in people, even amid the most horrible, devastations of war.

Oh how I loved this beautiful story. I didn’t want it to end, yet I couldn’t stop listening.
The narration was a perfect marriage to an amazingly wonderful story of love and courage—on both sides of war.
The writing pulls you into the very lives of these incredible characters.
Our hearts are torn between the choices having to be made, and is performed in perfect harmony to the people who lived them—in our very souls.
Good bless the real victims, both hero’s and heroines on both sides of the evil that raged in Germany and every land that was devastated by this terrible regime.
May we all remember, and never let this happen again...anywhere!
If we pray always, and defend our religious freedom to do so, maybe we will be granted the blessings of love and peace promised by our God. If we let them be taken away by our indifference, we will deserve the fate that awaits us, for it will happen again.

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In the same category (best WW 2 books)!!Wow

The story was so good and there were so many twists and turns. I learned so much about Alsace. I actually followed the real life battle in Wikipedia as I read the book. It is incredibly accurate! And I fell in love with so many of the characters, all vastly different, and appropriate for the time place and situation. I will literally miss them! It’s a must read!!

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Alsace family ties

My husbands ancestors are from Alsace so I was very interested in the history of this area. The story is very engaging, combining romance with history. I loved the reader. Even if you are not into history you will enjoy this book.

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I enjoyed the story but, getting beyond the narrator was terribly challenging. She was definitely not right for the story. The melodramatic voice was grating. Had to power through the book after stopping and considering its return, several times. In the end, the story trumped the terrible narration.

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Historical fiction... my favorite

Although in writing fiction the author must add interesting story lines to historical events, the basic history was preserved in this book. I knew some of the struggle of Alsace-Lorraine being claimed back and forth by Germany & France as I have always been interested in French history. I studied French in school from Grade 1 through my Senior year. I really enjoyed this book and will seek out more by this author.

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French resistance


I love stories about the French Resistance during World War II. It was difficult to keep to the story as the narrator was too dramatic for most of the story. I almost gave up. Again, I did like the story so kept at it.

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Excellent!

I am not the biggest history fan, but I have always enjoyed WWII history. This book took me into a part of WWII I had never even heard of! It was excellently written and the reader did a great job keeping the voices distinct enough so that one didn’t get lost on who was saying what, as often happens in audio books. I appreciated the fact that while the author translated some of the German and French, she did not translate all of it. It lent to the authenticity of the story and made me feel even more like I was actually there. My only complaint would be that I wanted more! I would love to have seen what happened to Cybil next! Maybe the author could be convinced to write a sequel that tied up the end of Cybil’s story (and her beau though I won’t say names as I don’t want to ruin the story) and extended into a new characters story perhaps on what really happened to people after the war?

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  • 01-06-22

Worst narration

I think I liked the story. Pretty hard to tell with the terrible narration. When she did the German officer’s voice it was cringeworthy. You may want to listen to the sample first. I even tried changing the speed, but it still was difficult to listen to.

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  • Miss L East
  • 02-27-22

Really enjoyed this book

Love the content the book grips you for the first page and your taken on journey through a very wise and brave young lady.

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  • J Lara
  • 02-26-22

Moving, passionate descriptions

I am fascinated by stories about the women who worked with the French resistance, this is a great book.
Well worth listening too, will look for more by Sharon Maas.

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  • D. Harding
  • 06-25-22

Simpering narration

I gave up after a couple of hours. The narrator had such a simpering, plummy voice I couldn't stand it any longer.

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  • Chris M.
  • 06-07-22

Enjoyed story - sadly not the narration

Accents poor and therefore I felt detracted from story which was good. Spoilt it for me

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  • Rubee
  • 04-18-22

Dreadful narrator

Couldn't listen to this narrator, very stilted and not for me. Couldn't review the story properly due to this.

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  • shirley pickin
  • 08-15-22

Brilliant

Engaging if been reading wouldn't have put it down but as it was audible had earplugs in for 3/4 days as couldn't switch off.

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  • wendy hingston
  • 08-15-22

Most engrossing

At first I was unsure of the different languages and accents but once I got used to them I was hooked. Great story and very talented reader.

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  • Snowdrop
  • 08-11-22

Stick with it

A really good story, from which I learned a great deal. It flows along nicely, albeit the attempts at "accents" does get a bit annotying, but then it would not be the same just in a British accent.

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  • Skippy
  • 08-10-22

What an amazing story

I loved this book from start to finish as it was so gripping. The narration by Henrietta Meier was excellent. I’ll definitely look for more books by Sharon Maas.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08-08-22

Captivating Story

This was one novel I felt hard to put down. I became totally involved with the characters. I thoroughly recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-15-22

I loved this book!

I really enjoyed this story and didn't want to stop listening. The characters are well thought out and interesting. I enjoy any story about this period in history, and this was very easy to listen to and easy to follow. The narration by Henrietta Meire was beautifully done.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-30-22

The soldiers girl

Great story loved it. Written very well A pleasure to read. Thank you Sharon Will look for more of your books

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  • 03-23-22

Dull and lacking plot

I finished listening just because I had a long drove and felt I'd already invested too much time to not find out how it ended but it was a very lacklustre story. The characters are underdeveloped, story weak and pacing strange.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-27-21

Good story

This was an enjoyable book by this author. Found it quite informative about the dealings of the underground during the 2nd world war. Although the narration annoying in parts,apart from that an overall a good book.