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5 stars for The Letter Carrier by @laurielclewis #historicalfiction #histfic #bookreview

Title: The Letter Carrier

Author: L.C. Lewis

Genre: Historical Fiction

Book Blurb:

When the German march across Europe reaches France, young Michelle Naget and her family join the throngs fleeing for safety. But their flight ends in capture by the Nazis, with one member of the family taken, while the rest of the family is sent back to their village of Braquis, France, to serve the enemy who has commandeered their home.

For the next four years, the Nagets live in the crosshairs of the enemy living under their roof and of the neighbors who question the family's loyalties. Every day becomes a test of faith for Michelle-in God, in family, in the hope that the Allies will come, and in the letters from a young French rebel named Légère who promises Michelle that she will be free again.

But when the Nazis' torment increases, and the razor-thin line between life and death narrows for the Nagets, the family’s motto, “We do what must be done,” and Michelle’s faith in God, give her the courage to face her enemy and do whatever she must to protect the family she loves.

My Review:

This is a coming-of-age tale in the most harrowing sense. Oft times, the journey from childhood to the beginnings of adulthood is full of pitfalls. Try taking this journey while living in Occupied France in World War 2.

This poignant book really conveys how faith can be a power to carry someone through soul-shattering experiences. Michelle is more than just an incredible lead, she was a real person. Her story echoes the truth of that time.

The stark and accurate portrayal of all aspects of the Holocaust is brilliantly done. This key aspect of history is no longer taught as it should be. This book should be mandatory reading for every student in grade 10.

If this was just a fiction tale, then I would give kudos for the accurate portrayal of the events of World War 2. That this story is largely built on the true story of little Mimi Naget is remarkable. The emotions that the words convey were emotions felt by a girl in the 1940s.

A strong book that illustrates the power of faith without being overtly preaching. The historical storyline is accurately presented. A powerful book that should be required reading in all schools going forward into the 23rd century. The messages in this book should not be lost to history.

My Rating: 5 stars

Buy it Now:


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Winners will be drawn on August 1, 2022.

Author Biography:

Laurie (L.C.) Lewis grew up within the exciting and history-rich corridor between Philadelphia, Baltimore, and D.C. which made her a politics and history junkie. Laurie writes in multiple genres, penning her women’s fiction and romance novels as Laurie Lewis, and her historical fiction novels as L.C. Lewis. The Letter Carrier, is Laurie’s fourteenth novel.

Her women’s fiction/romance novels include Cross-Country Christmas, (2021) Secrets Never Die, (2019) Love on the Line (2019), Awakening Avery (2018), Love on a Limb (2017), Sweet Water (2017), The Dragons of Alsace Farm (2016), and Unspoken (2004), written as Laurie Lewis. Using the pen name L.C. Lewis, she wrote the five volumes of her award-winning FREE MEN and DREAMERS historical romance series, set against the backdrop of the War of 1812: Dark Sky at Dawn (2007), Twilight’s Last Gleaming (2008), Dawn’s Early Light (2009), Oh, Say Can You See? (2010), and In God is Our Trust, (2011).

Laurie Lewis is a RONE Award Winner (The Dragons of Alsace Farm) and was twice named a New Apple Literary Award winner in 2017 (The Dragons of Alsace Farm), and in 2018, winning New Apple Literary’s Best New Fiction Award (Love on a Limb.) She is also a BRAGG Medallion honoree, A Readers’ Favorite Award Winner, and she was twice named a Whitney Awards and USA Best Books Awards finalist.

Her next project, a political suspense novel titled Revenge Never Rests, published by Covenant Communications Inc., is scheduled for an October 2022 release.

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Reviewed by: Mr. N

1 Comment

Barbara Bettis
Jul 27, 2022

Wonderful review for a book that sounds touching--and important. Best of luck.

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