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France, 1940 

The German army has marched into Paris. Three siblings, three very different people leading very different lives, find themselves face-to-face with new occupants of their city, and neither of them can guess what the occupation has in store for them, and how it will change their lives once and for all. Giselle Legrand, a renowned novelist and a socialite, encounters an unannounced guest in her apartment - a newly arrived chief of the Gestapo, Sturmbannführer Dr. Karl Wünsche, who is intended to billet there and who soon starts making rather unwelcome changes in Giselle's lifestyle. Strong-willed and defiant, Giselle gets involved with one of the first Resistance cells, refusing to submit to the newly established authority despite the developing relationship between the two. 

Kamille Blanchard, a new widow of the war left alone with a small daughter, is dreading the approaching army. However, she never expected that she could find love in the arms of an officer, who appears at her door as soon as the German army marches in. But will Kamille be able to trust a former enemy when he has to choose between his feelings and duty for his country? 

Marcel Legrand, a former history student and a deserter, fearing capture by the Germans has no other choice than ask for help from the ones he used to fear and avoid - the mysterious communists, who call for an uprising and freeing their country from the Nazi plague. 

Soon, the fates of all three siblings will become intertwined in a dangerous knot, all of them, fighting for the same goal: a liberated France.

©2017 Ellie Midwood (P)2018 Ellie Midwood

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  • L. Cotter
  • 16-06-2018

Loved it!!

The story is amazing and enthralling, the narration is perfect! I never wanted to turn it off. If you enjoy historical fiction, especially set during WWII, this is the story for you!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-05-2018

"The Indigo Rebels"

If you love historical fiction, this book will be perfect for you. It's compelling, beautifully written, and historically accurate. I felt I was actually there, walking through the streets of Occupied Paris together with Giselle as German officers passed by. The narrator did a great job, bringing the story to life. Highly recommended! Oh, and I hope the other two books in the series will be available in audiobook format as well - I'd grab them in a second!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-06-2018

Listened straight through

Ellie Midwood masterfully places us into occupied France. Into the lives of three siblings we go losing ourselves in their stories. The novel is vivid and feels authentic. They interact with Germans who aren’t stoic and distant flat characters. Rather, she is able to make the Germans three dimensional and real. I highly recommend without hesitation this audio version as that is how I “read” the novel. It is narrated with a steady, pleasing voice.

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  • Ron
  • 25-06-2018

A brilliant WW 2 novel

A brilliant study of character, this WW2 novel stands out among the others in the same genre for several reasons: it shows the very birth of the French Resistance, and in particular the first clandestine newspaper which was used as a means of not only enlightening the population on the realities of the occupation but called them for action as well. Second, it shows not only different classes but different ideologies clashing - and managing to work together against the common enemy - under the German yoke. Enjoyed it immensely. I have already started reading the sequel but I’m hoping it’ll be available in audiobook format as well; I’d love to listen to it.

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  • Ron
  • 24-06-2018

If you're a history buff like me, you'll love it!

This audiobook is a treat for all fans of historical fiction genre. A bit slow-paced in the beginning, it concentrates on character development of three main protagonists, following their paths as the German Army takes over their country, then - city, then - their very lives. The story is so fascinating because it’s told from a point of view from an insider - you actually feel like you’re living one of the sibling’s life and asking yourself a question time after time: what would I do in their place? Would I resist or collaborate? And what do I make of these Germans, who now lodge in my house? On the surface, WW2 history is black and white; “The Indigo Rebels” reveals all shades of gray, both among French people and the German occupants. The narrator did a wonderful job of bringing them all to life. If you’re a history buff like me, you’ll love it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-05-2018

If I could give this book a minus score I would.

I kept listening to this book thinking that it would improve...it did not. It's rubbish.

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