She is risking her life to save a man she doesn’t even know.
But who can she trust along the way?
One enigmatic smile. Two passionate protectors.
A relentlessly ticking clock.
Funny story: I read two-thirds of the way through Chasing Mona Lisa before realizing The Swiss Courier comes first. Whoops. I will say, however, that reading them out of order didn’t disrupt my journey with Gabi and Eric all that much. The rich historical detail is still very striking and the stories are as interesting as they come.
I haven’t read very many WWII novels, but these have convinced me of the many stories that can be told about this time in history. Actually, these two books remind me of the Michael Phillips series, The Secret of the Rose, which I finished earlier this year. Except The Swiss Courier and Chasing Mona Lisa run at a much quicker pace.
Like Phillips’ books, The Swiss Courier and Chasing Mona Lisa employ multiple points of view which helped me get a real take on every character involved. Unfortunately, this also proved a tad confusing, as there were several plot-threads to keep up with. Still, this contributed to an incredibly well-rounded (and very thoroughly researched) story. Also, there were a few scenes that made me a bit uncomfortable and seemed unnecessary.
Lovers of historical fiction and romance will enjoy these two books by a talented tag-team of authors who know their WWII.
About the Authors
Tricia Goyer is the author of twenty-six books including Beside Still Waters and the mommy memoir, Blue Like Play Dough. She won Historical Novel of the Year in 2005 and 2006 from ACFW, and was honored with the Writer of the Year award from Mt. Hermon Writer’s Conference in 2003. Tricia’s book Life Interrupted was a finalist for the Gold Medallion in 2005. In addition to her novels, Tricia writes non-fiction books and magazine articles for publications like MomSense and Thriving Family. She and her family make their home in Little Rock, Arkansas where they are part of the ministry of FamilyLife.
Mike Yorkey is the author or coauthor of dozens of books, including The Swiss Courier and the bestselling Every Man’s Battle series. Married to a Swiss native, Yorkey lived in Switzerland for 18 months. He and his family currently reside in California.
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