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THE LIBRARIAN OF SAINT-MALO BY MARIO ESCOBAR
Publication Date: June 1, 2021
Paperback & eBook; 384 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction/Literary
Through letters with a famous author, one French librarian tells her love story and describes the brutal Nazi occupation of her small coastal village.
Saint-Malo, France: August 1939. Jocelyn and Antoine are childhood sweethearts, but just after they marry, Antoine is called up to fight against Germany. As the war rages, Jocelyn focuses on comforting and encouraging the local population by recommending books from her beloved library in Saint-Malo. She herself finds hope in her letters to a famous author.
After the French capitulation, the Nazis occupy the town and turn it into a fortress to control the north of French Brittany. Residents try passive resistance, but the German commander ruthlessly purges part of the city’s libraries to destroy any potentially subversive writings. At great risk to herself, Jocelyn manages to hide some of the books while waiting to receive news from Antoine, who has been taken to a German prison camp.
What unfolds in her letters is Jocelyn’s description of her mission: to protect the people of Saint-Malo and the books they hold so dear. With prose both sweeping and romantic, Mario Escobar brings to life the occupied city and re-creates the history of those who sacrificed all to care for the people they loved.
The Librarian of Saint-Malo
By Mario Escobar @marioescobar.oficial
Please excuse any grammatical errors, or typos. I have done my best, but in reality I am just reader. and will leave the writing to all the incredible authors out there.
This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.
This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers.
Jocelyn is a librarian at an old and venerable library in Saint Malo and her childhood sweetheart Antoine, a police officer, have just been married. Traveling to Paris for their honeymoon unawares that Germany has invaded Poland in 1939.
A thought provoking, heart wrenching story, told through a series of letters between Jocelyn that of a famous author Marcel Zola. Detailing her life during the German occupation of her town, Saint-Malo.
Jocelyn’s husband is eventually drafted by the army and is eventually captured by the Germans. She struggles along with those left behind in her town. She makes I her own mission to save first editions and books that have been banned by the Nazis for their content. All the while the local citizens are suffering under the brute force of German regime.
Rich in atmospheric imagery the author detailed description of the people and their turbulent experiences during WW2 in this coastal town. The harsh survival of food shortages, the deportation of its local Jewish citizens, the constant bombardment by the allies. The characters are well developed and sheer uncertainty of characters welfare made for an emotional and historical fiction.
Thanks to the author Mario Escobar and Thomas Nelson Press
About the Author
Mario Escobar Golderos has a degree in History, with an advanced studies diploma in Modern History. He has written numerous books and articles about the Inquisition, the Protestant Reformation, and religious sects. He is the executive director of an NGO and directs the magazine Nueva historia para el debate, in addition to being a contributing columnist in various publications. Passionate about history and its mysteries, Escobar has delved into the depths of church history, the different sectarian groups that have struggled therein, and the discovery and colonization of the Americas. He specializes in the lives of unorthodox Spaniards and Americans.
Blog Tour Schedule
Tuesday, June 1
Excerpt at Passages to the Past
Wednesday, June 2
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books
Thursday, June 3
Review at Hallie Reads
Friday, June 4
Review at Nursebookie
Monday, June 7
Review at Little But Fierce Book Diary
Thursday, June 10
Review at McCombs on Main
Friday, June 11
Review at Impressions In Ink
Sunday, June 13
Review at A Darn Good Read
Monday, June 14
Review at Girl Who Reads
Wednesday, June 16
Review at The Enchanted Shelf
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