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Publisher's Summary

A gripping story of love, death and danger in Nazi-occupied France from the best-selling author of The Throwaway Children.

When Adelaide Anson-Gravetty finds out her father is not the man who raised her, she is both shocked and intrigued. Determined to find out more about her new family, she travels to the convent of Our Lady of Mercy in France to meet her aunt, the Reverend Mother. But when France falls to the German army, Adelaide and the nuns are soon in the thick of a war that threatens both their beliefs and their lives. Collaborating with the Resistance, sheltering Jewish orphans, defying the rulings of Vichy France: these are dangerous activities in dangerous times. These courageous women must give all they've got in order to protect the innocent from the evil menace of the Nazi war machine.

Originally published as Death's Dark Vale.

©2009 Diney Costeloe (P)2009 Soundings Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Historical fiction heaven...Diney is excellent at pacing and introducing historical factors. Anyone who feels that women's hist fict is a simplified genre sub-set would definitely need a rethink after this." (The Bookbag, Top Ten Women's Fiction Books of 2016)

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I loved it. Wonderful. I have all books on audible written by this author. Love them all.

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  • Shannon Miles
  • 19-08-2019

Two Excellent Books

The Sisters of St. Crois and it's companion book are excellent stories taking place during WW1 and the present. I am very interested in this time frame of history and love to listen to difference accounts of the occupation by the Nazis of France, and other countries. It's not full of gore, but full of stories about the people living and trying to survive at that time. There are so many stories out there and this one is very intriguing. Most of the story plays out in the convent of St. Crois, but does play across the channel to England. The two books together are time well spent in listening. Diney Costeloe writes very well, and the narrator does a great job as well.

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  • Cheryl
  • 17-11-2020

Enjoyed overall

The book started slow and took a good turn at the end. I enjoyed the characters

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  • ellen french
  • 10-12-2019

disappointing

I enjoyed all of the other books by this author but this one fell short for me.

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  • Eithne Ni Cheadaigh
  • 26-03-2021

A must read sequel to The Nurses of St Croix.

This novel is also an excellent strand alone story, however having read the first book in the series gives you the back story and familiarity with some of the main characters that enthral you, making it near impossible to stop listening, even when you know you need to get some sleep.
The narrator engages so personally with the characters that you feel that it is they themselves who are telling you of the toils and torments that are being suffered and the love and determination felt. A truely realistic story. One would find it hard to believe it fiction at all.
This story harnesses so many emotions and absorbs you back in time, that I could almost smell the surroundings of the war inflicted French countryside, and feel the anxiety and fear against evil.
Best, and favourite book read this year.

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  • pamela.a.jonesZA
  • 17-11-2019

good read

a very good read and true story as well brilliant from start to finish thanks pamie

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  • John
  • 23-08-2019

very good

if you love wartime tales then you'll love this, kept my interest throughout and the story took me there. A little disappointed the 'what happened to everyone' was wrapped up neatly in the epilogue, which could have easily done with a final chapter in more detail.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-07-2019

excellent author

another gripping story of bravery and love in such terrifying times. a very well read story.

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