Lindas Book Obsession Reviews “The Secrets We Left Behind” by Soraya M. Lane. May 2021, On Tour With Suzy Approved Book Tours
Soraya M. Lane, the author of “The Secrets We Left Behind” has written a captivating, intriguing, and intense novel. The genre for this novel is historical fiction. The author has based many true facts in this amazing novel. The timeline for this story is 1940- 1946, and goes to the past when it pertains to the characters or events. The location for this story is set in France.The setting is during World War Two in France, as the Germans are advancing, and the British are retreating. The author describes her dramatic characters as complex and complicated. Some are good and some are evil. Some are brave and courageous. This is an memorable and thought-provoking novel of the tragedies of war, that I would highly recommend to other readers.
As the Germans approach the hospital in France, where the British doctors and nurses draw straws to see who will be able to leave and who will be left behind to take care of the wounded and sick soldiers. One nurse stays behind and manages to get a wounded soldier out of the hospital, and hide. Another nurse “borrows” an ambulance to try to help remove the wounded patients.
Not far away, many British soldiers that are in a barn lift a white flag to surrender, and as they are leave the barn in an orderly manner, they are shot to death by the Germans. In a house near by, two sisters looking out the window look in horror as this happens. The sisters answer the knocks to their door, to find two injured British soldiers, and they take them in. Not long after, the nurse and patient find themselves at the same house.
The head Gestapo Commander has an attraction for one of the sisters, and there is constant danger and tension for the hidden English soldiers and nurse.
The author discusses the importance of friendship, loyalty, communication, peace and hope.