Books are life.
We love books – every genre. As we plan out our TBR pile for 2017, we are adding another one to it. Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse. Yes, it’s been out, but we didn’t get to it this year. But as we debut the cover for the paperback – we are moving it up. Why? Cause this cover is beautiful and we love historical books.
Hanneke is a “finder” in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam, procuring and delivering sought-after black market goods like coffee, chocolate, and cigarettes to paying customers. Her illegal work keeps her family financially afloat and her mind off the haunting death of her boyfriend, Bas, who was among thousands of Dutch soldiers killed as the Germans invaded. Hanneke’s trades remain focused on food and goods until a desperate neighbor begs her to find something startling… a girl. A Jewish girl who has gone missing into the night.
Hanneke initially refuses such dangerous work, but is ultimately drawn into a web of mysteries and stunning revelations that lead her into the heart of a resistance group. Once there, her eyes open to the horrors of the Nazi war machine, and force her to take desperate action.
Here’s the cover:
It’s beautiful, don’t you agree?
We’re all in.
The paperback is on sale, April 4, 2017.
About the author
Monica Hesse, like so many readers, was deeply impacted as an adolescent by The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank. Hesse took inspiration from this preeminent story and wondered: if The Diary of a Young Girl takes place within the narrow confines of a Jewish girl in hiding, what if a similarly aged girl in Nazi occupied Amsterdam, who appeared Aryan, could navigate her environment with stealth? What would she discover, and what choices would she make? GIRL IN THE BLUE COAT serves as an important and compelling counterpoint to Frank’s distinguished story. Hesse lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband and their dog.