John Franklin is forced to crash land in wartime Occupied France. He and his crew take refuge in a farmhouse where they are hidden by the farmer and his family. The other four get away, but Franklin’s injured arm keeps him back, and it eventually has to be amputated. He falls in love with the daughter of the house and together they make their way out of France.
An entertaining book, dealing in a micro level with conditions in wartime France. Bates indulges overmuch in descriptions of bodies which mars an otherwise enjoyable read. One positive point is the faith of the French people encountered, and in particular of the girl, including one amusing point when she prays for – and gets – a big fish for dinner. No mockery is evident and the others respect her for it.
Tim Golden is a computer programmer in London. He also is the editor of the Good-to-Read website.