Saturday, October 15, 2022

Book review of Spring Breeze by Angela Barton

French Village Diaries book review Spring Breeze Angela Barton
Spring Breeze by Angela Barton

Spring Breeze by Angela Barton


Paris, June 1940. The enemy has entered the city and Matilde Pascale hopes to sink into the shadows for the entirety of the war. However, when tragedy strikes it changes everything and Matilde focuses on revenge in order to fight back against the Nazis and their heinous crimes against humanity. But life sometimes takes a bizarre twist and it seems that love has a way of infiltrating the most impenetrable of boundaries. A common purpose drives two enemies into each other’s arms and together they discover the capacity of their combined strength.

French Village Diaries book review Spring Breeze Angela Barton
Spring Breeze by Angela Barton

My Review

I have read and enjoyed many historical novels set in Paris, during the Occupation, and this one certainly held its own in this genre, offering a slightly different angle to others that I have read.


Matilde was an interesting character from the beginning, and I enjoyed watching her grow in strength and confidence as the novel progressed. She might have started mousy and fearful, but she soon showed she had spirit, fire and determination, despite the dangers she faced. Living in occupied Paris with its shortage of food, forced into working for the Germans and then determined to do her bit for the Resistance, danger was lurking at every corner and knowing who to trust, was difficult. Even in friendship, she found the lines between friends and the enemy were blurred many times.


With one of the focusses of this book being the rounding up of Jewish families in Paris’s velodrome, this was an emotional read, but it also came across as a well-researched novel. I could feel the hardships, visualise the suffering and I got a real sense of the oppression that so many had to live through, as well as the strength and bravery they found in the darkest of times. My heart was often in my mouth, willing Matilde to stay safe, intrigued to know where her war journey would take her, who would betray her and who would love and support her. Despite so many problems there was a tenderness to this book that I hadn’t expected. 


I can’t wait for the author’s next historical novel that will be set near the Pyrenees. If you like historical fiction, I’m sure you will enjoy this book.

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French Village Diaries book review Spring Breeze Angela Barton
Angela Barton

Author Bio


Angela Barton was born in London and grew up in Nottingham. She has three grown up children and loves to spend time with her eight-year-old twin granddaughters and a new baby granddaughter born Christmas 2021.


Angela is passionate about writing both contemporary and historical fiction and loves time spent researching for her novels. She lived in France whilst writing Spring Breeze and explored Paris and its catacombs for Spring Breeze.


In 2018 Angela signed publishing contracts for three of her completed novels. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, a reader for their New Writers’ Scheme, a member of the Society of Authors and also Ellipses and Ampersands’ fiction critique group.


Angela is busy writing her fifth novel set in France during WW2. Her next story takes us away from the capital to the Pyrenees bordering Spain.


In addition to writing, Angela also relaxes by making landscapes using free motion sewing on a machine and has a small online gift business at ButtonMoon Creations 


French Village Diaries book review Spring Breeze Angela Barton
Spring Breeze by Angela Barton

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  1. Thank you so much for your review and hosting Spring Breeze on your blog. Your generosity is much appreciated. Ange x


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