Dinah Jefferies: Daughters Of War

This review is written with thanks to Pigeonhole for the opportunity to read and review Daughters Of War.


The first book in a brand new sweeping historical series from the No.1 Sunday Times bestselling author.

France, 1944.

Deep in the river valley of the Dordogne, in an old stone cottage on the edge of a beautiful village, three sisters long for the end of the war.
Hélène, the eldest, is trying her hardest to steer her family to safety, even as the Nazi occupation becomes more threatening.

Elise, the rebel, is determined to help the Resistance, whatever the cost.

And Florence, the dreamer, just yearns for a world where France is free.

Then, one dark night, the Allies come knocking for help. And Hélène knows that she cannot sit on the sidelines any longer. But secrets from their own mysterious past threaten to unravel everything they hold most dear… 

The first in an epic new series from the No.1 Sunday Times bestseller, Daughters of War is a stunning tale of sisters, secrets and bravery in the darkness of war-torn France…


I often feel a little apprehensive starting a historical fiction book: I wasn’t really interested in history at school and I worry that a book will be inaccessible. In the case of Daughters Of War, I shouldn’t have worried. Jefferies’ descriptions are really detailed so it’s easy to place yourself in France and imagine what the sisters are going through. It is also interesting to learn more about how France was affected by the war. Jefferies does not shy away from the horrors of war and at times, the novel was difficult to read, but I did feel this brought me closer to the characters and allowed me to sympathise with them. 

Daughters Of War begins slowly, but I felt that it really grew into itself as it progressed. There are lots of issues for these sisters alongside the war and I felt that these themes were explored in great depth with lots of sensitivity. This helped me to become more engaged with the story as the plot lines became clearer. 

I loved the relationships between the sisters and how these changed and grew as the novel continued. I understand that Daughters Of War is the beginning of a series so I look forward to seeing how it continues, as the author has ended the book in a great place to do so! 

Daughters Of War is available from Amazon.

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