Occasionally I find myself in a reading rut. Usually it is because I have read something so wonderful that I want the story to go on and on. After finishing just such a book, The House at Tyneford, I found myself in this situation. Consequently another historical fiction novel about World War II found its way into my hands, The Girl in the Blue Beret.
This story is told from the perspective of a retired airline pilot reliving his past as a downed B-17 bomber pilot rescued by the French Resistance.
Marshall has lost his wife and now he has reached retirement age for the airlines. As he tries to fit into this new world his past rises up to prominence and he decides to return to the crash site in Belgium and see what can be remembered and rediscovered of such a significant time in his youth. His search leads him to discover several of the people who risked their lives for him, including the sweet young girl with the blue beret. Their stories of courage as they struggled with hopelessness and loss bring new meaning and change to Marshall’s world. This story was inspired by the real history of the author’s late father-in-saw.