📚 Synopsis 📚
England, 1943 Lost in fog, pilot Vee Katchatourian is forced to make an emergency landing where she meets enigmatic RAF airman Stefan Bergel, and then can’t get him out of her mind.
In occupied Poland, Ewa Hartman hosts German officers in her father’s guest house, while secretly gathering intelligence for the Polish resistance. Mourning her lover, Stefan, who was captured by the Soviets at the start of the war, Ewa is shocked to see him on the street one day.
Haunted by a terrible choice he made in captivity, Stefan asks Vee and Ewa to help him expose one of the darkest secrets of the war. But it is not clear where everyone’s loyalties lie until they are tested.
Published to coincide with the 75th anniversary of VE Day and based on WWII atrocity the Katyn Massacre, When We Fall is a moving story of three lives forever altered by one fatal choice.
💭 My Thoughts 💭
Today is a poignant day as it is the 75th anniversary of VE Day. And, we should all stand silent at 11am and remember those who fought for our country. As the years go by, the numbers of people who lived through the second world war start to recede. So, their memories, their testimonies, their stories. Need to be chronicled for future generations to remember what they did for our country.
When We Fall may be a fictional novel. However, it is based on the WWII atrocity of the Katyn Massacre. And, the characters within the story give us the reader a harrowing account of the suffering that occured.
We follow the story of Vee and Ewa. Both very strong female lead characters, which is always nice to see in a story. Vee, is a female British pilot who flies fighter planes and has made her way in a male dominated career. In occupied Poland, Ewa is risking her life by posing as a German and gathering intelligence. Both women are fighting tooth and nail to survive and they do a pretty fine job of it.
There is one thing that they both have in common. And, that is the love of one man, Stefan. Ewa, has not seen Stefan in over three years and is still pining for him, he was the love of her life and the fact that she does not know what his fate is, makes forgetting him harder.
However, we the reader know that Stefan is in Britain and is turning Vees head. At times I didn’t know how to take Stefan and did find him a bit annoying, but it’s only when the true story starts to unravel and we learn of what has occured. That everything falls into place.
When We Fall is a heart-rending story, written so beautifully by Caroline Kirby.
@barryforshaw3 will be interviewing Carolyn tonight at 8:15pm To join the event go to crowdcast.io/e/whenwefall or the talk can be viewed afterwards if you can’t make that time.
Thank you to Anne for my spot on Random Things Tours. And, to No Exit Press for my gifted copy.
✍🏻 About The Author ✍🏼
Carolyn Kirby’s debut novel The Conviction of Cora Burns was published in March 2019 by No Exit Press the UK and Dzanc Books in North America. The book has received great praise from reviewers and journalists. The Sunday Mirror called it “a great historical novel with bite,” and it was chosen by The Times as an historical fiction book of the month. The novel went on to be long-listed for the Historical Writers Association debut crown award.
You can follow the author on Twitter @novelcarolyn