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When the ties of loyalty are severed, whom do you trust? World War Two. It is June 1940. France has surrendered and the Nazi German occupation begins. A small village in northern France awaits the arrival of a garrison of conquering Germans. To their dismay, 16-year-old Pierre and his parents, Georges and Sandrine, are forced to accommodate a German major, Major Hurtzber When the ties of loyalty are severed, whom do you trust? World War Two. It is June 1940. France has surrendered and the Nazi German occupation begins. A small village in northern France awaits the arrival of a garrison of conquering Germans. To their dismay, 16-year-old Pierre and his parents, Georges and Sandrine, are forced to accommodate a German major, Major Hurtzberger. He is the enemy within their midst; the invader of their country, and, more pertinently, the unwanted lodger within their home. The problem, however, is that the German is annoyingly pleasant. The major, with a son of his own, empathises with Pierre in a way Georges has never been able to. Immediately the two of them find a bond, leaving Pierre confused and his understanding of good and bad, of black and white, shattered. But then, Georges, Pierre’s father, is arrested by the Gestapo and taken away. Forced to confront the prejudices of others, as well as his own, Pierre has to ask where his loyalties lie, and who are his friends and who, exactly, is the enemy. Desperate to prove himself a man, Pierre is continually thwarted by those he trusts – his parents, the villagers and especially Claire, the girl he so desires. Pierre’s quest brings to the fore a traumatic event in the family’s past, a tragedy never forgotten but never mentioned. Only by confronting his trauma, can Pierre find the answer and prove he is a man in a country at war. From the founder of the History In An Hour series, comes another powerful work of WW2 historical fiction that will remain with you long after you’ve turned the final page. “Really enjoyed this book. Loved the characters and their involvement in the story.” “This is a book with difference. I will look for more books by this author.” “Colley draws his characters with fine lines, illustrating both the brutality and compassion shown by individuals on both sides of this war.” “Told with great poignancy.” Historical fiction with heart and drama.


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When the ties of loyalty are severed, whom do you trust? World War Two. It is June 1940. France has surrendered and the Nazi German occupation begins. A small village in northern France awaits the arrival of a garrison of conquering Germans. To their dismay, 16-year-old Pierre and his parents, Georges and Sandrine, are forced to accommodate a German major, Major Hurtzber When the ties of loyalty are severed, whom do you trust? World War Two. It is June 1940. France has surrendered and the Nazi German occupation begins. A small village in northern France awaits the arrival of a garrison of conquering Germans. To their dismay, 16-year-old Pierre and his parents, Georges and Sandrine, are forced to accommodate a German major, Major Hurtzberger. He is the enemy within their midst; the invader of their country, and, more pertinently, the unwanted lodger within their home. The problem, however, is that the German is annoyingly pleasant. The major, with a son of his own, empathises with Pierre in a way Georges has never been able to. Immediately the two of them find a bond, leaving Pierre confused and his understanding of good and bad, of black and white, shattered. But then, Georges, Pierre’s father, is arrested by the Gestapo and taken away. Forced to confront the prejudices of others, as well as his own, Pierre has to ask where his loyalties lie, and who are his friends and who, exactly, is the enemy. Desperate to prove himself a man, Pierre is continually thwarted by those he trusts – his parents, the villagers and especially Claire, the girl he so desires. Pierre’s quest brings to the fore a traumatic event in the family’s past, a tragedy never forgotten but never mentioned. Only by confronting his trauma, can Pierre find the answer and prove he is a man in a country at war. From the founder of the History In An Hour series, comes another powerful work of WW2 historical fiction that will remain with you long after you’ve turned the final page. “Really enjoyed this book. Loved the characters and their involvement in the story.” “This is a book with difference. I will look for more books by this author.” “Colley draws his characters with fine lines, illustrating both the brutality and compassion shown by individuals on both sides of this war.” “Told with great poignancy.” Historical fiction with heart and drama.

30 review for The White Venus: World War Two Historical Fiction

  1. 5 out of 5

    Neil

    A tale of everyday people, trying to live their ordinary lives during trying times. The tale is told through the eyes of a 16 year old French boy, Pierre. His family has been elected to play host to a Major from the occupying German forces. It is well told, and paints a fairly detailed picture, with acts of ineffectual sabotage and their repercussions. Every main character seems to have a slight personality flaw, making them seem all the more human. A nice easy writing style which made the book e A tale of everyday people, trying to live their ordinary lives during trying times. The tale is told through the eyes of a 16 year old French boy, Pierre. His family has been elected to play host to a Major from the occupying German forces. It is well told, and paints a fairly detailed picture, with acts of ineffectual sabotage and their repercussions. Every main character seems to have a slight personality flaw, making them seem all the more human. A nice easy writing style which made the book even more enjoyable. It was quite easy to feel an empathy with Pierre, as he grows up in those troubled times.

  2. 4 out of 5

    cindy utley

    A different kind of WW II drama I enjoyed this novel although it took longer than most for me to finish. Not for any fault of the book, but just daily demands of my own life. Once I realized that the story took place place after the death of a younger sibling I was more hesitant to read than I usually am. The unlikely friendship that forms between the main characters and the German Major residing with them Was difficult to wrap my head around, although in real life there must have been instances A different kind of WW II drama I enjoyed this novel although it took longer than most for me to finish. Not for any fault of the book, but just daily demands of my own life. Once I realized that the story took place place after the death of a younger sibling I was more hesitant to read than I usually am. The unlikely friendship that forms between the main characters and the German Major residing with them Was difficult to wrap my head around, although in real life there must have been instances when not everyone fit the historical prototype of interaction. Right up until the end I was expecting some major development of switch and bait.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kenny Jensen

    Friendship beyond blood. Father/son issues. Nazis. Occupation. Intrigue. Suspense. Heart ache. Love. Sacrifice. It's all here and more. Wow, just wow. So much fun. Such a fun read when it's cold and bleak and dire outside. Pick this up and be careful - 2:00am comes quickly. Enjoy the ride. Friendship beyond blood. Father/son issues. Nazis. Occupation. Intrigue. Suspense. Heart ache. Love. Sacrifice. It's all here and more. Wow, just wow. So much fun. Such a fun read when it's cold and bleak and dire outside. Pick this up and be careful - 2:00am comes quickly. Enjoy the ride.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Karen W Stauffer

    The second book of the Love and War series is so completely different than the first I wasn’t sure I was going to like it. After all I had nothing in common with a 16 year old boy!!! After reading a few chapters I was totally drawn in and, through tears, I finished this lovely book. I can’t wait to see where Book 3 takes me during World War II

  5. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    This is my first book by this author and I really like his style of writing. Apparently, this is book 2 in a series of 6 historical fiction books and I don’t know if the books/stories are related. I’m getting ready to read book 1 in the series so I’ll know more after that. Solid 4 stars. The author captivated me with his story telling.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jan Mcclung-short

    Growing Pains This author has an amazing gift for storytelling. Very few authors get me to binge read their books. This author immediately catches your imagination and I am lost in the book. Give him a chance to capture your attention. He's very gifted. His characters become real people. His storyline is realistic and imaginative. Growing Pains This author has an amazing gift for storytelling. Very few authors get me to binge read their books. This author immediately catches your imagination and I am lost in the book. Give him a chance to capture your attention. He's very gifted. His characters become real people. His storyline is realistic and imaginative.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Hazel Lewis

    War Another war story but interspersed with family life. In a small French village the Germans have their grip. A Major is billeted with a family. A story of espionage, of the attempt of a few villagers to cause mayhem. Very different to The Lost Daughter and Elena I nonetheless enjoyed this book.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Kallfa

    Coming of Age I liked the evolution of Pierre. The strange mix of conquered and invader. The goodness of the parents. Strong and caring. Ending surprised me but I understood the letting go of pain and shame.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Stan Hobbs

    The white Venus To be honest I chose this book because it was kindle unlimited and I read books dealing with world war 2. I was so impressed with the book as it was a book I could not put down , I recommend this well written book.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Susan Carter

    When normal folks have to live through abnormal circumstances, we learn so much about relationships, both likely and unlikely. The author's writing style helped absorb me into the story. That happens far too rarely. When normal folks have to live through abnormal circumstances, we learn so much about relationships, both likely and unlikely. The author's writing style helped absorb me into the story. That happens far too rarely.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Church

    Good book I have been reading this series and I am not really sure this book was as good as the first one. Hope the next one is better

  12. 4 out of 5

    Carey Mundy

    This story takes place in France in 1940 and involves the French Resistance and the German captors.

  13. 5 out of 5

    ROCKY

    Enjoyed this book.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kellie Butler

    It’s rare that I find a book that I want to read in one sitting, but I stayed up all night reading this brilliant book. Characters move stories, and I was instantly taken with young Pierre. His character arc is superb. He first comes across as this young boy who has difficulty killing a chicken, but as the novel progresses, Pierre finds his strength. It’s hard not to feel for Pierre as so much of what he thought was true is called into question, yet the novel is filled with humor as a young man’s It’s rare that I find a book that I want to read in one sitting, but I stayed up all night reading this brilliant book. Characters move stories, and I was instantly taken with young Pierre. His character arc is superb. He first comes across as this young boy who has difficulty killing a chicken, but as the novel progresses, Pierre finds his strength. It’s hard not to feel for Pierre as so much of what he thought was true is called into question, yet the novel is filled with humor as a young man’s boyhood antics with his friend Xavier and his perpetual crush on the lovely Claire heighten all the joy and angst of adolescence. You will laugh and cry as you read this superb read filled with all the wonders and pain of a coming of age tale. I cheered Pierre on all the way. This was my first read of one of Colley’s novels, and I will certainly read the rest of the series.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jillian Lesley Norris

  16. 4 out of 5

    Susan Reno

  17. 4 out of 5

    christiane Kornfeld

  18. 5 out of 5

    Abigail Johnston

  19. 5 out of 5

    Carol Barnes

  20. 4 out of 5

    Linda Peters

  21. 5 out of 5

    Janice Pederson

  22. 5 out of 5

    susan dove

  23. 4 out of 5

    Debby Payne

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sheila A. Fox

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ditchomyn

  26. 4 out of 5

    John A Frensilli

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mark Fryling

  28. 5 out of 5

    George R Adams

  29. 5 out of 5

    David

  30. 5 out of 5

    Franci Counihan

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