Thursday, April 27, 2023

BLOG TOUR - A Light to Guide Us Home


Title:   A Light to Guide Us Home
Author:  Dianne Haley
Series:  The Resistance Girl #3
Publisher:  Bookouture 
Genre:   Historical Fiction 
Format:  Kindle ARC 
No. of Pages:   277
Date of Publication:   April 26, 2023
My Rating:   5 Stars


Please, you must get Clara out of France!’ cried the woman, her voice breaking in desperation. ‘She’s only thirteen and her parents have been taken to a death camp. Can you save her before it is too late?

1943, Nazi-occupied France:
 Valérie Hallez clings to the hope that she will soon reunite with her beloved fiancé, Philippe, fighting the Nazis in Italy. Until that day comes, she risks her life helping Jewish children flee across the border with the resistance, but each tear-stained face breaks her heart a little more.

So, when she learns of little lost 
Clara, anorphan whose family has been torn apart by the German occupation, and is asked to rescue her, she jumps at the chance to save another innocent life. But she isn’t the only one searching for the young girl…

Because brave Clara is carrying a crucial Nazi document. And the secrets it holds could change the course of the war forever.

Frantically trying to stay one step ahead of the Gestapo, Valérie traces Clara to an isolated children’s home
– but she is too late. German soldiers have already raided the building.

Her relief when she hears that Clara escaped is short lived, as there’s not a whisper of her whereabouts. And just when she’s about to start on her search, devastating news reaches her about Philippe.

Shattered by the thought that Philippe may never come home, Valérie tries to pull the pieces of her broken heart back together. She knows there’s a little girl lost out there who needs her. 
So, she must make the hardest choice of all. Even if she can’t save her dearest love, can she save poor Clara – and help her end this terrible war?

A totally unputdownable and heart-wrenching wartime story about love, bravery and sacrifice. Perfect for fans of The Tattooist of AuschwitzThe Nightingale and The Alice Network.

A Light to Guide Us Home can be read as a standalone.


Valérie‘s story continues in this tense and emotional third book by Dianne Haley. The story mostly takes place in German-occupied Italy. This was the most action packed historical fiction book I have read in a while. I could not put it down for one second because of worrying for the characters.

Although the characters were trying to get to Switzerland, the Germans violated the country’s neutrality every chance they got, which meant that the danger never let up for one second. Considering that betrayal was at hand only increased the danger. 

Valérie is trying to locate and assist a thirteen-year-old brave girl named Clara as she is transporting a very important document. This compelling read kept me on my tenterhooks from beginning to end and the tension never once let up, whether from Valérie‘s point of view or for the road Clara’s aunt Hannalore was on when it came to her concern for young Clara and for the documents they were trying to get delivered. 

This stellar book is definitely one of my favorite reads of all time. Any Resistance story is bound to be heartbreaking, but the strength and courage shown by Valérie and the others was nothing short of amazing. 

Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.


Originally from the north of Scotland, Dianne now lives with her husband in Edinburgh and has two grown-up children. After a thirty-year business career in London and Edinburgh when Dianne wrote between projects, she is now writing full-time.

Dianne and her family have been visiting the area round Lake Geneva since 1992 and love the Alps in all seasons. The inspiration for her series set in WW2 Switzerland came from a drive through Geneva’s old town on a rainy October evening, the cobbled lanes a perfect setting for secrets and hiding places.

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