The Girl from Provence

Helen Fripp

‘Heartbreaking… Will remain in my heart for a very long time. I loved everything about this… Do not let another day go by without reading this… Phenomenal. Definitely worth ten stars… Unputdownable’ Page Turners, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Southern France, 1942. Twenty-one-year-old Lilou could be any other farmer’s daughter at the village market, selling honey and lavender even as Nazi soldiers line the cobbled streets. But by night, she fights back by guiding Allied pilots to safety in remote moonlit meadows. And one day the Resistance network ask her to hide a little Jewish boy – Eliot. Discovery would mean certain death…

The second Lilou sees his deep brown eyes she vows to protect him. Eliot is only seven years old and barely speaks, but clutches a copy of The Little Prince: a beautiful book of stars, far away worlds – and hope. The story is the only thing that comforts little Eliot in the darkest days. As Lilou shelters him in a secret room in her farmhouse and the unlikely pair grow close, she realises that The Little Prince is more than just a storybook.

Hidden in the text and beautiful illustrations are secret co-ordinates for the French Resistance to follow that could change the whole course of the war. But why does an innocent child hold the key to fighting the Nazi occupation? And how can Lilou possibly help Eliot to safety, when he holds such dangerous knowledge?

When Lilou and Eliot come close to discovery they must flee across the mountains. And soon it’s clear that even under the brilliant blue skies of Provence, some secrets are far too treacherous to keep for long…

A totally stunning and heartbreaking read about the incredible sacrifices ordinary people are forced to make each day in wartime. Perfect for fans of Fiona Valpy and Rhys Bowen.

Read what everyone’s saying about The Girl from Provence:

Wow! I couldn’t stop thinking about the book even after I’ve finished reading it! It was as if I was transported… I found tears falling down my face… Definitely a beautiful read.’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Oh my heart… this one got me right in the feels… my heart fell head over heels… Grab your Kleenex because your heart will break and your tears will fall!@thebooknerdmomma

I was gripped… the heart-stopping moments came in thick and fast… kept me turning the pages late into the night… Add this to your 2024 ‘must read’ lists… will stay with me for a long time.’ French Village Diaries, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘I loved this story!… will stick with me for a long time.’ @readwithjackalope, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Amazing!Heartbreaking, full of tense situations, and also full of loveThis was incredible…I loved that I never knew what would happen next.’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Superb historical fiction… I loved all the wonderfully crafted characters… It will be with me for a long time to come.’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘You know you’ve just finished a really special book when it comes to a close and you miss the main character already.’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Beautifully written… I was awestruck… Intense and fast-paced… Your heart will breakExceptional.’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘This book was very unique in my eyes… I was captivatedPowerful.’ Goodreads reviewer

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