A Fine Woman

Rated 4.33/5 based on 6 reviews
Will Captain Taylor find the woman he loves in post war France? And does she want to be found? And could the once traitor, spy, smuggler and Countess now really be a Nun? More
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Words: 34,250
Language: English
ISBN: 9781465811028
About David George Richards

I was born in Manchester in the North West of England in 1957. Although I have moved around a bit, Manchester is still both my physical and spiritual home. I am a Northerner. I am also married to Rosanna, and have been now for over twenty years. I have an imagination that began when I was very young and never waned. I also like reading and so it was no surprise I suppose when I started writing. Because I am an unknown who has never been picked up by either an Agent or mainstream Publisher, I am a bit of a one man band. I even do my own covers and have become a bit of a digital artist as a result. I started writing when I was young and very bad. Now I am older and a lot better. My writing has improved too. I write science fiction, fantasy and romance stories. I also like to mix and match with romance in science fiction and so on. Female characters feature very prominently in my stories, many of them in strong and attractive leading roles. The reason for this is that I like women, a lot. In fact I adore everything about them, so it is no surprise that I enjoy reading stories where women feature prominently and that I should also enjoy writing stories where women feature prominently. It gives my stories a female bias, but I think they are better for it. I also like every character, even the monsters and villains, to have a realistic reason for being and doing what they do. Like reality, everything blurs. There is no right or wrong, just different viewpoints that lead to conflict. But I also like my out and out villains to be really bad. If you like science fiction, thrillers and romance stories with particular emphasis on leading female characters that are exciting and adventurous, look no further. You can also visit my website at www.booksandstories.com.

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Reviews

Review by: read more on July 24, 2013 :
A short but good read, alone flyingdreamsdid a fine dpreview and I agree .
(review of free book)

Review by: hrhsophia on Nov. 23, 2012 :
I enjoyed the story although I would have liked to know any of the main characters better.
(review of free book)

Review by: alone flyingdreams on July 07, 2012 :
The book would have been quite a good read for me if I had not set my bars so high. But then, it is not entirely my fault. I was smitten by Countess Helga Burbeck , the bossy aristocratically lady. As the blurb of the book says, to her, the war was nothing more than an inconvenience on her shopping trips to Berlin. Her first introduction to the horrors of the war was skilfully portrayed. She starts smuggling children off to Paris. Everyone knows about it. She makes little attempt to do it in dark. Now the SS knows that she is smuggling kids. She knows that SS knows. She has immunity provided by her father, placed in one of the highest posts in military. Now, with a killer setting like this, is it my fault that my expectations were sky high?

But the book does precious little in developing the characters. Especially the gold mine called Helga Burbeck. And relations. Between countess and her ward and partner in crime Jacob, a Jewish boy. Between Obersturmführer Meyer, the SS officer and her. Instead book proceeds like it was a commentary of her life. Only events were important. Not emotions.

This treatment gives an odd movie like quality to the book. Fast paced and to the point. This is not the way I like my books. But that does not mean that I did not enjoy the action packed sequences towards the end. And the little bit of drama that is inserted as an anti climax.

Yes I did enjoy the book. Only thing is I think it could have been much much better
(review of free book)

Review by: Jill Paterson on May 15, 2012 :
David George Richards has created a wonderful character in Helga Burbeck, a German countess who risks her life by smuggling Jews out of Germany during WWII. The pace is fast as you are swept into Helga’s life and the dire situations she finds herself in. You will also meet Captain Taylor who loves Helga and searches for her after the war. This is a superb and gripping novella. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
(review of free book)

Review by: Karen Watkins on April 17, 2012 :
I very much enjoyed reading this historical novella about a well-connected German countess who risks her life to save jews from the holocaust. It is told over two time lines - the first narrator is an american soldier who has fallen in love with the countess, and takes place a few years after the events; the second time line occurs during World War II. The story is exciting and gripping, with likeable believable characters. At times I was on the edge of my seat reading this.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Alice de Sturler on April 10, 2012 :
An unexpected gem found via the blog of author Jill Paterson. Well written with a good pace, the author describes the life of a strong, well-educated and provided for German lady who, after realizing what her country is doing, starts to help the Jewish people escape from the concentration camps. Her life and sacrifices, her impossible character and her cleverness, her love and ethics, will ask from you: what would you have done?

Two thumbs up!
(review of free book)

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