The Last Correspondent - story of trailblazing women during WWII.
As in all of the quests for women’s equality, it took brave trailblazers to enable others to follow in their footsteps. In The Last Correspondent, we meet women who paved the way in the profession of war correspondence. In the author’s Reader Note at the end, Soraya M. Lane gives an interesting overview of the real-life pioneers who inspired the characters in the book.
The Last Correspondent begins in 1943 as WWII rages on. Ella Franks is an American journalist who has had to write under a male pseudonym to get published. An opportunity with the Associated Press takes her to Europe to cover the war. American photojournalist Danni Bradford has already made a name for herself covering the war, working with her best friend and work partner Andy. Chloe, Andy’s sister and a high fashion model, foolishly travels from London to Nazi-occupied France to be reunited with Gabriel with whom she had a brief affair with. Both Ella and Danni want to find a way to leave London and cover the impending action in Normandy where women journalists are forbidden. Andy wants to find his sister but has no idea where in France she is.
While the action and storyline as well as the romances provide a simplified and somewhat unrealistic view of the war, I was entertained by the book and enjoyed the determination and bravery of the characters.
Rated 3.75 out of 5 stars.
Publication Date: November 1, 2020.
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