Rosie’s War – Rosemary Say

24 Jan

Started – 18/1/2012

Finished – 22/1/2012

Format – Kindle e-book


Synopsis – This is the extraordinary true story of a plucky young woman and her dramatic escape from a German-run internment camp in Occupied France. Written in Rosemary’s own words and completed by her daughter and son-in-law after her death, it includes photographs and documents from Rosie’s incredible journey. Rosie’s story moves from artistic circles in Avignon, through occupied Paris and the privations of prison camp, and across war-ravaged Europe. A tale of remarkable courage: not only of Rosie herself, but also of the many people who helped and harboured her at huge personal risk. Rosie’s story sheds light on the little-known story of the thousands of British women trapped in Occupied France. Moving, enthralling, and inspirational, ‘Rosie’s War’ is a book for all to enjoy.


My Thoughts– i brought this book as part of the 12 days of kindle sale as i thought that this would be the kind of book that i would enjoy. I was right, this book is fabulous. it tells the true story of Rosie, or Pat, and her journey through occupied France and escape back to England during the second world war. She is kept in a prison camp, her escape, her journey undercover through France and her treatment and life during this time.


This book was so good and at times i was struck with how it was a real life story and this actually happened. During this time she was only a year older with me and what struck me was her courage during her journey, I’m sure many people these days, me included, would have struggled and crumbled at the very first hurdle. It certainly made me realise, that yes i have bad days, but my life is not rubbish, i might have rubbish days but my life is certainly a lot easier than others.


What i also liked was the pictures and letters that were included, it gave such a sense of how real it was, and what it was like for others involved, like her family back in England. I liked how it went through all parts of the story, even the parts that werent nice, like the conditions of the prison camp.


This book is very good, a memoir of life in occupied France. If this is your cup of tea, give it a go, i promise you wont be disapointed.


Rating – 5/5


4 Responses to “Rosie’s War – Rosemary Say”

  1. beckyday6 January 24, 2012 at 8:53 pm #

    Oooh this sounds excellent, I’m going to have to watch out for this one. Thanks for posting 🙂

    • shelovestoread January 24, 2012 at 11:14 pm #

      🙂 this one is brilliant, if you get a chance to read it do, you wont be disappointed 🙂

  2. leesadee January 25, 2012 at 6:23 pm #

    Sounds interesting … I’ll put it on my reminder list.

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