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by Diney Costeloe

  • ISBN: 0954038320
  • Category: Genre Fiction
  • Subcategory: Literature
  • Author: Diney Costeloe
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Castlehaven Books (November 29, 2007)
  • Pages: 416
  • ePub book: 1802 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1993 kb
  • Other: docx doc lrf lit
  • Rating: 4.4
  • Votes: 917

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Used availability for Diney Costeloe's Death's Dark Vale. May 2019 : UK Audio CD. August 2016 : UK Hardback.

ISBN 10: 0753183560 ISBN 13: 9780753183564. Publisher: Isis Large Print Books, 2009. A sequel to 'The Ashgrove', 'Death's Dark Vale' is also set in St Croix, in a France under German occupation.

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About the author Diney Costeloe, the daughter of a London publisher, and encouraged by her father, has written stories and poems all her life. Trained as a primary school teacher, she has worked in the East End of London and in the private sector. To date she has published ten romantic novels under the name of Diney Delancey, several short stories in magazines and on the radio and many articles and poems. She has also written four further books under the name of Diney Costeloe, Dartmouth Circle, The Ashgrove and its sequel Death’s Dark Vale, and Evil on the Wind.

Learn more about Diney Costeloe. Browse Diney Costeloe’s best-selling audiobooks and newest titles. Discover more authors you’ll love listening to on Audible. My name is Diney Costeloe, but I also write under the name of Diney Delancey. I am the daughter of a London publisher, and was always encouraged by my father to write. At the age of five I wrote m y first book. It was called TOM'S PARTY. It was written long-hand of course, in pencil, on lined paper.

This book is like new. No markings, dog eared pages, crinkles, etc. Great book!

Comments

NiceOne NiceOne
This is a book that you must read. I have found, in the 2 books that I have read, this author is truly excellent. I could not put this book down until I had read the last page. You don't find that very often. She keeps you riveted with each chapter.
The story content is absolutely excellent. Not a pretty story, but I'm sure that the majority in France during WWII lived just like this. In terror of the Nazi's!
I have read 2 books by this author just in a few days. I am going to upload another of her books, but I am going to have to wait a while because I really need to do some work and pay attention to my husband.lol I'm afraid I have neglected both reading her wonderful books.
Tujar Tujar
It is hard to say I "enjoyed" this book, given the subject matter. It was hard to read at times. However, given that the two main characters were involved in the resistance movement it was also very suspenseful and hard to put down. The novel did depict life in a small occupied French village very well. It truly showed the good, the bad and the ugly. Some of the villagers and farmers just want to look the other way and continue to live their lives, some actively collaborate against their neighbors and others heroically risk their lives to help save others. What is more distressing is that this same tableau played out within the religious community. Some nuns and the local priest just wanted to ignore what was happening and go about their religious lives under the radar of the Nazi's, while other nuns and priests risked, and even gave, their lives to do whatever they could for their fellow human beings. The most despicable of them all is the nun who reports the resistance goings on to the local SS out of jealousy and spite. It just goes to show that people reveal their truest colors during terrible times and that the most simple farmer can be a true hero and a revered sacred nun can turn out to be a monster.
Bulace Bulace
A sobering novel about a horrible time in the history of France. The plot revolves around a French convent when the German army takes over. I have read other books about this time but this showed me how some of the French nuns and families were torn apart when the Nazis captured France. A sad story that made me think how blessed I am to never experience. A sad story but we'll worth reading.
Marinara Marinara
Clearly, there is no way to write a story about the Nazi viciousness that is not grim and violent. When I began reading this novel, I expected a rather different plot line; Adelaide, the main protagonist, a somewhat overly-restricted heiress, comes into her inheritance and establishes her independence at the time of her 21st birthday in 1937. She seeks out her Aunt Sarah, of whose existence her stepfather had kept her unaware, and discovers that Sarah is Mother Marie Pierre, the Superior of the Sisters of St Croix’s small convent in a village in France where they run a hospital and orphanage.

Somehow I anticipated that Adelaide would join her aunt’s religious community. Far from it, when World War II broke out, and France fell to the German invasion, Adelaide was trained as agent provocateur and as a result of speaking excellent French (and having the connection with the convent via her aunt) was posted undercover in the village. Her original “mission” was to facilitate the work of the Resistance in establishing an escape route out of the occupied territory for downed British aviators. Instead, she became embroiled in an attempt to rescue a Jewish family that had been in hiding in the area for months.

Although Adelaide is the main character, in a sense this story really IS about the Sisters of St Croix. It develops the conflict between those in the convent who believe it is their calling from God to minister to all and to attempt in compassion to hide and assist Jews, especially orphaned children, whom the Nazis are ferociously hunting down, and other more conservative and fearful sisters who seek to remain aloof from “political issues” and thereby protect themselves.

The characters are vivid and realistic. The Gestapo commander, Colonel Hoch, is the ultimate bully. A collaborator is depicted as disgustingly slimy. The nun who is the “snake in the grass” in the convent is the classical bitter, envious, and power-hungry woman. The children, who play a large part in the plot, are painted with deft brush-strokes that immediately involve the reader, and their survival becomes the main objective of the entire story. The villagers who, despite the Nazi terror, behave with courage and compassion, and those in the Resistance, including Adelaide's French counterpart Marcel, are truly worthy heroes, as are the several Sisters of St. Croix who allow risk on behalf of mercy to overrule self-interest.

The violent conclusion of the narrative is inevitable, and there are no “faux rescues”, though one might hope there would be. However, there is indeed a thoroughly satisfying dénouement which is handled in an Epilogue. It may be a cliché, but when I arrived at the final chapters of this novel, there was no way I was going to put it down until I reached the final word. Gripping and beautifully articulated, even if unavoidably grim!
Seevinev Seevinev
So far I’ve read four of Diney’s novels. “The Girl with no Name”, “The Married Girls”, “The Throwaway Children” and “The Sisters of St. Croix”. It saddens me that her books (for me at least) are coming to and end, I’ve only one more to read. I’ve read all of Ellie Dean’s WWll books and loved every single one and I compare Diney’s books to hers. They’re wonderful, not only because you love the characters, but because you’re thrown into the middle of the war and get an honest feeling of what their life was actually like. My father fought in WWll but of course never talked about what it was like. I’m sure he didn’t want to relive those times, so reading Diney’s books gave me an idea of what living through that time period was really like. You don’t have to enjoy WWll novels to enjoy Diney’s books because regardless of the subject matter you’ll love the characters. I hope she continues to write more books on this subject.
Gholbimand Gholbimand
This is an amazing story of courage and bravery during the war against the Nazis. It is quite amazing to see a woman have so much grit and determination and most of all courage to sneak around the backs of the detested SS. The people in the village who were part of the resistance and the farmers who put their own live in danger were fearless in their determination to safeguard people from the Nazis.
This book kept me spellbound and questioning why people were so willing to turn others in. You really do a lot of deep thinking reading this book. The cruelty of the Nazis is mind boggling and having visited several concentration camps in Germany you realize the magnitude of the Nazi regime. A must read.