Spotlight: The Girl From Vichy by Andie Newton with review + giveaway link

The Girl from Vichy
by Andie Newton

Publication Date: August 13, 2020
Aria Fiction

Genre: Historical Fiction

1942, occupied France.

As the war in Europe rages on, Adèle Ambeh dreams of a France that is free from the clutches of the new regime. The date of her marriage to a ruthless man is drawing closer, and she only has one choice — she must run.

With the help of her mother, Adèle flees to Lyon, seeking refuge at the Sisters of Notre Dame de la Compassion. From the outside this is a simple nunnery, but the sisters are secretly aiding the French Resistance, hiding and supplying the fighters with weapons.

While it is not quite the escape Adèle imagined, she is drawn to the nuns and quickly finds herself part of the resistance. But her new role means she must return to Vichy, and those she left behind, no matter the cost.

Each day is filled with a different danger and as she begins to fall for another man, Adèle’s entire world could come crashing down around her.

Adèle must fight for her family, her own destiny, as well as her country.

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About the Author

Andie is an American writer living in Washington State with her husband and two boys. She is the author of The Girl I Left Behind (Aria 2019) and The Girl from Vichy (Aria 2020). She has a Bachelor’s degree in History from Washington State University and a Master in Teaching. She would love to say she spends her free time gardening and cooking, but she’s killed everything she’s ever planted and set off more fire alarms than she cares to admit. Andie does, however, love spending time with her family, trail running, and drinking copious amounts of coffee.

Andie would love to be a guest at your next book club! You can find discussion questions for her novels on her website You can also find Andie on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, BookBub, and Goodreads.

~My Thoughts~

As the story of The Girl from Vichy unwinds, it begins as the story of a slightly spoiled young woman whose family is divided between the different factions within unoccupied France in World War II. Fleeing an arranged marriage with a member of the Vichy police, Adèle journeys to a convent where she becomes involved with the resistance – only to be sent back to face her spurned fiancé. As her life becomes increasingly dangerous, Adèle voices her story with growing maturity, depth, and an unflinching narration.

There are works of historical fiction that get me in the heart, but this is one that got me in the gut. Andie Newton has crafted a story that is emotional, thrilling, surprising, and ultimately gut wrenching. There was a moment that caught me unaware, though it had been skillfully built up to, and having to pause for a breath before reading on, and that same reaction is how this book left me in the end.

Highly recommended.

Blog Tour Schedule

Thursday, August 13
Review at 100 Pages a Day

Friday, August 14
Review at Passages to the Past

Saturday, August 15
Feature at Lost in a Book Reviewer

Sunday, August 16
Review at Carole’s Ramblings

Tuesday, August 18
Review at The Lit Bitch
Excerpt at Gwendalyn’s Books

Wednesday, August 19
Feature at I’m All About Books

Thursday, August 20
Review at Girl Who Reads
Feature at What Is That Book About

Saturday, August 22
Feature at Reading is My Remedy

Monday, August 24
Review at Bookworlder

Tuesday, August 25
Review at Books In Their Natural Habitat

Friday, August 28
Review at Little But Fierce Book Diary


During the Blog Tour, we are giving away a signed copy of The Girl from Vichy! To enter, please use the Gleam form below.

The giveaway is open to US residents only and ends on August 28th. You must be 18 or older to enter.

The Girl from Vichy

This review refers to a NetGalley e-galley I voluntarily read. A positive review was not required and these are simply my own honest opinions.

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