Thursday, February 22, 2024

The Song of the Partisans by Kathryn Gauci #AwardWinning #HistoricalFiction #RecommendedReads


The Song of the Partisans
A Powerful and Unforgettable Novel of Resistance

by Kathryn Gauci

From USA TODAY Bestselling author, Kathryn Gauci, comes a gripping and emotional story of wartime France.

“When she closed her eyes, the faces of those she had killed, surfaced like a grotesque scene from a Gothic novel. She had blood on her hands, and it could never be washed away.”

April 1944, Paris: Simone Guillot is ordered to shoot a collaborator before being sent to work with the Resistance in Reims, 150 Km to the east. Travelling under a new identity, she takes a position as a nurse/companion to the elderly matriarch of a renowned Champagne House, sympathetic to the Resistance.

The Allied invasion of mainland Europe is expected any day. As Frenchmen and women of the Maquis stockpile weapons and explosives in readiness for D-day, the Wehrmacht and Gestapo redouble their efforts to identify the ‘terrorists’ and stamp out the Resistance. Trained as a saboteur and sniper, Simone is forced to kill again, not once but several times. When she is assigned one final, near impossible mission, she finds herself trapped in a deadly cat and mouse game with a high-ranking German officer. Can she kill again – in cold blood this time?

Well-researched and based on the lives of those who served in the Maquis and Resistance, this is an epic story, part historical, part thriller, that will stay with you long after you have finished the book.

SHORTLISTED for the CIBA 2023 Chanticleer Hemingway Award for 20th century Wartime History.



"No matter the time period, Kathryn Gauci subtly drops in local language, food, architecture, and even fashion that delights anyone familiar with it. This only adds to each well-developed story. This is another fabulous book so kudos to the author!"
~ L Gentry, Amazon Review

"What I particularly enjoyed about this historical novel was it read like a historical account rather than fiction. Set in Reims and surrounding countryside towards the closing stages of WW2 and if you want to feel how it was to be caught up in the French resistance, to be a countryman or townsfolk and importantly to be a German officer this book will subtly take you there. The amount of research to produce this book is clear and as always Gauci is heavy on detail, not least the ins and outs of the Champagne house, its vineyards, its cellars, and when it comes to resistance the training given to a beautiful young nurse which of necessity must turn her into a cold blooded killer."
~ Suzi Stembridge, Amazon Review


  1. I am honoured that this book received a Gold Award. Thank you so much.