In the summer of 1940, with France on the verge of surrender to Germany, Valli Chattaine, a star in the Paris Ballet Company, must escape Paris and return home to French Morocco. A French Foreign Legionnaire, hired by her family, attempts to get her safely out of Paris. Marc Durell, an adventurous and capable soldier, also brings Valli a secret letter from her older sister, Gisele. But in going home, Valli falls into a maze of dark deceptions and dangers. Through it all she comes to a deeper understanding of God’s grace, which is so much greater than her own. His grace helps to bring her and her family beyond devastating circumstances in Casablanca and is equally present in her own romance with the charismatic Legionnaire.
I couldn’t put this book down even though it was Christmas holidays and we had a house full of people. I had to keep reading every spare moment I could find! This book has romance, passion for God, intrigue, mystery, and espionage.
The main character, Valli Chattaine, is a prima ballerina with the Paris Ballet Company. Her career is just beginning to take off when it is threatened by the break out of the Second World War and the great threat to Paris by the Nazi’s waiting to break through the famous Maginot Line. Valli must decide whether to continue her career during occupation by the Germans or flee before they arrive. To escalate things, she is asked to take on an espionage role and befriend a Nazi soldier who has romantic interests in her in order to seek out information for the French Foreign Legion. The Captain of the Foreign Legion happens to be an old acquaintance of hers and she must also face her tumultuous feelings about this handsome young soldier. Will Valli chose to risk her life for the sake of France?