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When Colonel Matthew Hammond was posted to the European theater during World War II, he sustained a serious injury on the front lines that cost him a lung. Now he is back in England, unable to fight, but continuing to serve his country by training new resistance fighters in SC2, a specialist sabotage outfit. One of the recruits under his tutelage is the spellbinding Madeleine Dirac, an exotic French-Canadian nurse. Despite protocols discouraging romance, they fall deeply in love. Matthew is torn about putting Madeleine’s life in danger: he has mixed duty and pleasure before, with tragic results—his former lover, Celestine, was killed in an attempt to assassinate a Nazi doctor. But the Allies are mustering all their resources for crucial beach landings in Normandy, and Matthew knows his unit will be needed to parachute its agents in behind Nazi lines. Vivid and unforgettable, Madeleine’s War is a gripping tale of love in wartime—and of men and women caught in the sweep of history.
About the Author
Peter Watson is a well-known and respected historian are published in twenty-five languages. He was educated at the Universities of Durham, London, and Rome, and his writing has appeared in The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and numerous publications in the United Kingdom. From 1998 to 2007 he has been a research associate at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research at the University of Cambridge. He has written two previous novels, Gifts of War and The Clouds Beneath the Sun, under the pen name Mackenzie Ford.
“Vibrates with authenticity. . . . A well-told tale that will grip readers from start to finish.” —Kate Alcott, author of The Dressmaker
“Thrilling. . . . Peter Watson brilliantly captures the tense months in England leading up to D-Day. . . . Madeleine’s War is engaging on every level.” —Roxana Robinson, author of Sparta
“[A] mix of romance and risk makes for a heady cocktail sure to be savored by historical-fiction readers.” —Booklist