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"A riveting and enlightening mix of history and fiction that puts a human face on the costs of war." Foreword ReviewsMay 1940. The Germans invade France and the course of three lives is upended. Annelle LeMaire is a French refugee desperate to contact her Legionnaire brothers. Mabry Springs, American wife of a wealthy Brit, is struggling to come to terms with a troubled ma"A riveting and enlightening mix of history and fiction that puts a human face on the costs of war." Foreword ReviewsMay 1940. The Germans invade France and the course of three lives is upended. Annelle LeMaire is a French refugee desperate to contact her Legionnaire brothers. Mabry Springs, American wife of a wealthy Brit, is struggling to come to terms with a troubled marriage and imminent German invasion. And Reid Carr, American representative of French champagne house Pol Roger, brings more than champagne to Prime Minister Winston Churchill. Their paths entwine when Churchill and his entourage take refuge at Wickwythe Hall, the Springs’ country estate hidden from the full moon and German bombers beneath a shroud of trees. There, as secrets and unexpected liaisons unfold, Annelle, Mabry and Reid are forever bound by the tragedy they share. Inspired in part by an actual confrontation between the British and French navies in July 1940, Wickwythe Hall is a story of love, loyalty, and the heartrending choices one is forced to make during wartime.“ had substance with endearing characters and solemn subjects. It is based on the true events of WWII Operation Catapult, when Churchill made the decision to bomb the French naval fleet at Mers el-Kebir to prevent their battle ships being handed over to Germany. Little’s characterization of Churchill is so well done. She makes his personality and presence so real. Mabry was a character to be admired for her decisions and actions. A good read with a satisfying ending.” Historical Novels Review“If you love history, beautifully rendered characters, and stories that will tug at your heart, add Wickwythe Hall to your list. ” Book Perfume...

Title : Wickwythe Hall
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ISBN : 9781626946798
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Number of Pages : 583 Pages
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Wickwythe Hall Reviews

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    2018-11-21 11:04

    5 bold, original stars to Wickwythe Hall, a debut novel of World War II.I’ve just finished another original WWII novel this week, and two novels on WWI in the last two weeks, and this book was still a fresh look at WWII with a story I had not heard before. Operation Catapult- why has this been forgotten? I had no idea the British bombed French ships and sailors to keep those ships out of Hitler’s hands. That event, as well as The Miracle at Dunkirk, among others, are highlighted as the backdrop of this book. At its center, this book is about its three characters- Mabry (an American heiress living in England), Annelle (a French woman from a convent), and Reid (a mysterious American vendeur who becomes a mediator between Roosevelt and Churchill). How these three lives intersect and shape each other is the heart of the story. The writing was exquisite. I bookdarted several passages. One that comes to mind was when the author described a bird cage of colorful finches abandoned on the road as the French were fleeing the Germans.Overall, this was a striking and unforgettable first novel, and I highly recommend it to fans of historical fiction. One part romance, a big part coming-of-age, all with a historical backdrop; this is one not to be missed.I won this book from the author, Judithe Little, via Cindy at Thoughts from a Page. Thank you to both! This was my unsolicited review.

  • Cindy Burnett
    2018-11-21 06:36

    I loved this book! World War 2 fiction is one of my favorite genres, and I am always drawn to books that take place during this time period. Wickwythe Hall is a clear stand-out. The book is beautifully written and a joy to read from beginning to end. Judithe Little has such a way with words, and I quickly was invested in the lives of the three main characters: Mabry, Annelle and Reid. Little covers a wide range of aspects of the war deftly, and her writing is so descriptive I felt that I was waiting on the dock in Dunkirk as the soldiers arrived, walking with the French people as they fled German-occupied France, and in Mers el-Kebir, Algeria as the British bombed the French ships during Operation Catapult. My two favorite things about this book were the characters and learning about Operation Catapult. Little’s characters are well-drawn and authentic, and I felt immediately drawn into their lives. With respect to Operation Catapult, I love reading historical fiction because I learn about events and things of which I was unaware. The bombing of French ships by the British during World War 2 was something I had never heard about and was intrigued to learn about the event and understand what had happened and why. What a sad story.I highly, highly recommend Wickwythe Hall. Go get a copy as soon as possible and start reading! And make sure you have tissues handy. I cannot wait for Little’s next book- I hope she is madly working on it.

  • Geza Tatrallyay
    2018-11-10 05:51

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The author has obviously done a lot of impressive research into the history of a certain part of WWII (especially the destruction of the French fleet by the Brits in Operation Catapult at Misr-al-Kabir and events leading up to it. Her characters are well-drawn and the story is compelling and realistic. A good read indeed.

  • Alina
    2018-11-06 09:02

    In the past year, I took a big interest in books written about WWII. And I am very happy to come upon this wonderful book.We have 3 completely different characters that build the story of the book. French refugee Annelle LeMaire, Mabry Springs - American by birth and a wife of wealthy Brit, and another American - Reid Carr, a soldier in the past and a champagne seller in the present. And in May 1940 they all meet at Wickwythe Hall.Annelle LeMaire and her 2 older brothers became orphans after a tragic death of their parents. They were taken in and raised by nuns in a convent. When LeMaire brothers became older, they joined the French and Spanish armies. Annelle was about to join a convent an become a nun when Germans have invaded the France. Desperate for freedom and to reunite with her brother, Annalle leaves the convent and ends up in England. She is being noticed by Mabry, who takes a young refugee in and offers her a job and a roof over her head. Annelle never loses hope to reconnect with her Legionnaire brothers. And when she meets Reid, he gives her hope that one day she will reunite with her brothers. All Mabry Springs wants is a happy marriage and a child. She left America for England, where she found a great suitor, Tony Springs. Years and 6 miscarriages later, Mabry finds herself in a troubled marriage and loses all the hope of ever becoming a mother. She turns her attention to war victims. Mabry is helping soldiers who are back from the war, takes in 23 kids from London and arranges their stay and comfort in Wickwythe Hall. Meeting Reid again makes her rethink her past choices, and find her true calling of becoming a mother.Reid Carr, a seller of French champagne "Pol Roger", is actually a mediator between President Roosevelt and Prime Minister Churchill. On Roosevelt's request, Carr is heading to England where he makes negotiations between America and England. While at Wickwythe Hall, Reid meets Annelle, learns of her story and gives her a promise to find her long-lost brothers. Later, he is sent by Churchill to an attack on Mers-El-Kébir. After the attached, Reid discovers that Annelle's brothers there on the ships that Brits have bombed. Instead of going back to England, Carr sets of to find LeMaire boys.The story ends in June 1946. The war is over. But will each character get their happy ending?A Beautiful story of friendship, love, and loyalty during a wartime.

  • Stephanie Burns
    2018-11-17 03:52

    There’s a reason why World War II-era historical fiction is so popular, and why it’s my very favorite. Timeless tales of heroism, tragedy, heartbreak, and love are stories that always leave a mark on me, and Judithe Little’s debut novel, Wickwythe Hall, undoubtedly has. Wickwythe Hall introduces us to three unforgettable characters who are brought together by the anguish of war, and Judithe Little does an outstanding job of threading the characters’ inner turmoil with the catastrophic events taking place on the front. There’s so much at stake here—life and death, loyalty and broken alliances—and I was deeply invested in all of it. Annelle, Mabry, and Reid are all equally compelling, and the more I read, the more engrossed I became in their lives and relationships. Churchill, the secondary characters, and even the Hall itself are all served up with flourish, creating the kind of atmosphere you can get lost in for hours. I’ve read a lot of fiction set in this era, but this was the first book I’ve read that explores the heart-wrenching circumstances that brought ally against ally in the attack on Mers-el-Kébir. I think that one of the best things historical fiction can do is serve as a reminder of events and lost lives that should never be forgotten, and Wickwythe Hall does just that.If you love history, beautifully rendered characters, and stories that will tug at your heart, add Wickwythe Hall to your list. It’s a striking first novel, and I look forward to reading more from Judithe Little in the future.Full review at:

  • Reader Views
    2018-11-16 04:03

    Reviewed by Sheri Hoyte for Reader Views (1/18)“Wickwythe Hall” by Judithe Little is an emotional and touching story about the lives of three people during World War II, at the time of Hitler’s invasion of France in 1940. Inspired by real people, places and events in history, this whirlwind novel will no doubt leave an imprint on your heart long after you finish reading.Mabry Springs is an American heiress who lives at Wickwythe Hall with her husband Tony. Annelle LeMaire is a French refugee from a nunnery who fled when German soldiers crossed (went around) The Maginot Line, a barrier built along the border of Germany. Reid Carr is an account representative for Pol Roger Champagne, works under cover as a top level liaison between Churchill and Roosevelt. All three have suffered extreme loss and hardship throughout their lives and are determined to overcome their personal tragedies. As the innermost secrets of each begin to unfold, the war moves closer to England, and Wickwythe Hall, a beautiful estate in the English countryside becomes a safe haven for many. An enchanting historical fiction novel, “Wickwythe Hall” is a well rounded and beautiful story that is part espionage thriller, romance, coming of age, and history. Judithe Little writes with a seamless flair, taking the readers across countries and settings right alongside her characters. Using stunning detail, she completely absorbs her readers, with scenes so vividly drawn one feels to be an actual participant in the drama. The author’s extensive research stands out through her storytelling, depicting with heart-wrenching detail some unforgettable moments that actually called me to want to learn more about this period in history. One such moment was Operation Catapult, Churchill’s devastating maneuver to keep the French naval fleet out of Hitler’s hands. The tension building on both sides is incredible with the French trying to convince the English that they will not give up their fleet to Hitler. Churchill cannot take the risk however, and England’s attack on her own ally is sobering and chilling to the very core.And while the striking authenticity of historical events portrayed in “Wickwythe Hall” are compelling enough to keep readers engaged, for me it was the characters that captured my heart and made this story shine. I felt I was actually experiencing the challenges of each from inside their heads. Every character pulls you into their point of view, from the three protagonists, to the kitchen help at Wickwythe Hall, the elite relatives and guests staying at the manor, to Winston Churchill—each one draws you into their head and I became heavily invested in the outcomes.“Wickwythe Hall” is a must read for fans of historical fiction during the WWII era. With a dramatic storyline, engaging characters, and a romantic angle that leads to a surprising conclusion, Judithe Little has created a story that will capture the hearts of many in this noteworthy debut.

  • Daenel
    2018-11-09 04:56

    I've said it before and I'll say it again: historical fiction is one of my favorite genres. So when I was given the opportunity to read this book for review, I was thrilled.Part romance, part coming of age novel for the middle~aged set, this is a beautifully written novel about a woman who finds herself in a most unexpected way. But, mostly, this is a war story. Set against the backdrop of World War II, this is a story of heroism, tragedy, love, sacrifice, and so much more.The characters, Annelle, Mabry, and Reid, are well developed and sympathetic. Even the secondary characters ~ Winston Churchill, the townspeople, and Wickwythe Hall ~ have depth. I found myself invested in their lives and their circumstances. I genuinely cared about them and hoped for the best possible outcome for all of them. The writing is tight and full of emotion. For example, when Annelle was escaping the Nazis, I could see the road before her, littered with bodies and abandoned belongings. Just intense. And, of course, there is the romance and memories of first love ~ the sweetness, the passion, and all that comes with it. Especially when that love is potentially reignited years later.Read the rest of my review on my blog

  • Penny Linsenmayer
    2018-11-20 11:05

    Operation Catapult is not particularly well-known, and I was pleased to see it featured in an engaging and dramatic way through this novel. Little does an excellent job of weaving in the various perspectives of all concerned. The British, who knew they would face Hitler's military on their own, were desperate to insure that the French fleet wouldn't be subsumed into the Kriegsmarine and used against them in short order. It was, at the same time, completely understandable that this was a not a concern that had occurred to the general populace until after-the-fact. The Americans too had a stake in this military standoff, though hardly any would have realized it at the time. And, of course, the French perspective is complex and vividly portrayed by Little. Fans of historical fiction and lovers of all things connected to the drama of the WWII era will enjoy Little's work. She deftly weaves in the sights, sounds and feel of England in 1940, poised at an important juncture in time.

  • Angie
    2018-11-09 06:59

    I really enjoyed this book. The action pulled me in right from the beginning, I learned about events with which I had not previously been familiar, and the ending both touched and satisfied me.My favorite thing about this book though, is the characters. I found all three of the main characters to be likeable and to have depth. Each one was injured in his or her own way, and it was interesting to see how they would try to put the pieces of their lives back together and move on.I look forward to reading more by this author.*Note* I received a free copy of this book as a result of a giveaway. A review was requested but not required.

  • Saralyn Richard
    2018-11-07 08:06

    The book had me from the first chapter with its vivid description of the life-changing events in World War II Europe, as Hitler bore down on the French and then the British. The characters are so vibrantly depicted, their voices so rich, that I found myself knowing them as well as I know my own friends. Wickwythe Hall, undeniably reminiscent of Downtown Abbey, provides a sharp contrast with the vicissitudes of war in the outside world. Winston Churchill's idiosyncracies and pithy sayings add to the authenticity and the fun. If you love historical fiction, you won't want to miss this one!

  • Laurel
    2018-11-12 09:37

    Wickwythe Hall is a wonderful read revolving around a little-known event that occurred during World War II. The historical aspect is fascinating, but it is the terrific melding of plot and character that really make this book a true page-turner. Judithe Little has done her research, and the novel is rich with period detail and sensory detail. There is nothing predictable here: the plot twists are intriguing and the story steamrolls to an ending that is both heart-stopping and satisfying.

  • Michele
    2018-11-14 03:54

    I won this in a Goodreads Giveaway and now this is one of my favorite books. Well-written story and engaging characters make this a read you can't put down. The history is woven into the story and brings everything to life. Highly recommend.

  • S.L. Hoyte
    2018-11-07 09:59

    Inspired by real people, places and events in history, this whirlwind novel will no doubt leave an imprint on your heart long after you finish reading.Read my full review on the Reader Views Goodreads page and on

  • Lois Stark
    2018-10-27 11:02

    Judithe Little knows how to make time stand still. She transports the reader to 1940 England, bringing facts about WWII we never knew, and characters we want to know more and more about. Exquisitely written. Utterly engaging.

  • Mindy
    2018-11-03 10:54

    Very well written piece of history. The only bad thing about this book is that it ended. Thank you Judith Little for writing this.

  • Lucy Meeker
    2018-10-27 05:04

    This is a uniquely exciting novel with an absorbing narrative. A truly magnificent story. Very descriptive and detailed book that will travel you back in time and Europe. A must read!

  • Nancy
    2018-10-25 03:39

    I won this in a Goodreads giveaway.Engaging and interesting. I would recommend this to all those that enjoy historical fiction.

  • Kathy Linse
    2018-10-31 10:53

    Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Absorbing plot, believable characterizations, and a compelling read with twists and turns along the way. Language more "literature" than in the genre of pulp fiction.

  • Allyson Connelly
    2018-11-02 10:45

    If you love WWII historical fiction you will love this book. Well written and it gives a new piece of history that other historical fiction novels haven’t given.

  • Leith Devine
    2018-10-25 08:49

    I enjoyed this book very much. The story is compelling and the book is well written.Anelle LeMaire is destined to be a nun, but as the Nazis approach her abbey, she escapes and makes her way to England with the Dunkirk evacuation. She finds work as a kitchen maid at Wickwythe Hall, home of Mabry Springs, an American married to an Englishmen named Tony. Anelle is desperate for information about her brothers who are fighting in North Africa.Reid Carr is an American representative for a French champagne house whose job is to befriend the rich and famous. He is in contact with President Roosevelt and Winston Churchill. After France is invaded, he goes to England at Roosevelt's request to talk to Churchill.At Wickwythe Hall, Churchill is coming to visit to get away from London, and Reid is invited too.Without giving away too much, Anelle and Reid meet. She tells him about her brothers, and he promises to find out about them. This occurs against a backdrop of negotiations and uncertainty of the Americans entering the war.The story takes some twists and turns, but it's based on a true story which makes even more interesting.Thanks to Black Opal Books and NetGalley for the ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.I highly recommend this book, especially for historical fiction lovers.

  • Kim
    2018-11-08 08:00

    I never turn away from a book written about either of the World Wars. Some are more than interesting and insightful – the best of them take you to the time and place and make you a party to the action, the emotions, the fear, the despair, the ultimate hope that things just might turn out well. Unfortunately Wickwythe Hall fell short of the mark for me. This is an especially difficult review to write because despite the quality of writing, the depth of character development, and the historical research I just was not engaged.The action while slow paced served the story; the main characters each had their share of secrets and unhappiness, the political climate was calculated and complex. The synergy was there. So what was it about this book that failed to draw me in? Sometime you just can’t articulate how you failed to see the meaning and the importance of the work and this is the quandary I find myself in. Thank you NetGalley and Black Opal Books for a copy

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    2018-11-20 10:51

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