Both books this month were recommended by Gail at Is this mutton?
First up, The Secret Pianist by Andie Newton
This is set in the French town of Boulogne sur Mer during the time of the German occupation. A British RAF plane comes under fire while flying over the town and forced to abandon its cargo of spy messenger carrier pigeons. One of the birds is found by Martine, one of three sisters living in the town. She is excited about the opportunity to feed information back to the English but her sisters Gaby and Simone are hesitant to draw attention to themselves.
Gaby comes to the attention of a German Commandant who orders her to teach his daughter to play the piano. When their neighbours discover this, they are tarnished with the 'bad French' reputation for supposedly assisting the Germans. Martine convinces her sisters that they must take advantage of having a means to give information to the British to locate German U boat pens. They find a way to disguise messages on sheets of piano music and release the bird at the dead of night. But have they been successful in their plan to help the resistance or put themselves into greater danger?
I really enjoyed this book. It was well written and I have a vivid picture of the sisters in my mind as I read the story. You find yourself emotionally involved in their plight and the narrative really takes you to occupied France and the difficulties for the people living in the small towns.
The next book was very different, My Sister's Baby by Louise Guy