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The Girl in the Blue Beret

A Novel

Mason, Bobbie Ann

(Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
The Girl in the Blue Beret
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An American World War II pilot shot down in Occupied Europe returns to his crash site decades later and finds himself drawn back in time to the brave people who helped him escape from the Nazis.
Publisher: New York : Random House, 2012
ISBN: 9780812978872
0812978870
Branch Call Number: FIC M
Characteristics: 360 p. : 21 cm.

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Nov 03, 2012
  • branch_reviews rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This historical novel was inspired by the real-life experiences of the author’s father-in-law.
Marshall Stone was a 23 year old U.S. pilot who survived the crash-landing of his fighter plane in a Belgian field during World War II. He is now a 60 year old widower, facing mandatory retirement from his fulfilling career as a pilot. Finding himself at loose ends, and unable to stop thinking about the past, Marshall sets out for Paris to try to find the people who risked their lives to help hide him and guide him to safety so long ago.
The novel moves between Marshall’s recollections of the events and the people of the past and his present-day quest to find those people who played such a significant role in his survival.
Through Marshall’s remembrances we see the members of the Resistance who often risked their lives to help downed airmen, and we realize, as does Marshall, the high price of war to those who lived through it.
The person who affected him the most, and the clearest memory he has, is of the courageous teenage girl who protected and guided him in occupied France - the girl in the blue beret.
“Ushering her readers back and forth across the decades, she (Mason) perfectly weaves history with fiction. In many ways the book is a tribute to these unsung civilians whose heroism often was never acknowledged by those they helped. [A] near-perfect war story.” USA Today. Reviewed by SK.

For anyone who likes historical novels about WWII this was really good. Gave me a different perspective on the French & Belgian people & how they endangered their lives for the American fliers who were downed during the war.

Sep 18, 2011
  • waimari rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

an easy enjoyable read, ending was a bit disappointing??...

Sep 09, 2011
  • dcafk rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

This book was a disappointment as the author enjoys a very good reputation and I found this book wanting. The girl of the title was just too good to be true. She was a cardboard character as were many others in this novel. This was chick lit, not literature.

Sep 02, 2011
  • fictionrules rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This was an interesting book as far as its WWII perspective. Never had really considered the occupation of France and downed American pilots, or that the French would be sent to concentration camps for "interfering". Got a little bogged down with all the airlplane jargon, but the story of a man's search for the people who saved him from a horrible fate was very touching.

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