A High and Hidden Place

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Date Published: April 11, 2006
Number of Pages: 304 pages
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A High and Hidden Place is the remarkable story of one woman’s quest to uncover her past. The novel begins in 1963 when 25-year-old journalist Christine Lenoir watches in horror as Lee Harvey Oswald is shot live on television. She begins to have flashbacks and vivid dreams about her life as a young child. Raised by religious sisters (Christine calls them “angel mothers”) in a convent in France, Christine is led to believe that her parents died of influenza. In actuality, she discovers that they and most of the residents of her hometown of Oradour were slaughtered by the Nazis one day in June of 1944.

This was not only a compelling read, but the author did an exceptional job with flashbacks and allowing the reader to know what happened long before Christine finds out herself.

The characters are well-developed, the dialogue believable, the setting real. While most of the characters are imperfect Catholics, there are also a few Jewish characters as well. I liked the way the author presents the religious sisters who, without hesitation, took in several of the young survivors of the massacre. In an effort to protect Christine and other girls, the nuns were less than honest in the information they gave the women when they became adults.

The flashbacks of that day are so well described that I felt the confusion of the men and women as the SS Officers were rounding them up and taking them to the Catholic Church. I felt the dread as the women heard the gun shots of their husbands being brutally murdered. And, sadly, I felt the horror as the women and children tried to escape the fire and gunshots.

While the main characters are fictional, the story of 642 French civilians being massacred in Oradour in June of 1944 is tragically true. There has never been an explanation of why the Nazis murdered the town’s inhabitants of men, women and children.

Because of the subject matter, this is not an easy book to read, but it is a beautifully written novel and an extraordinary book. I highly recommend it.

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ISBN-13: 0060833033
Original Language: American English
Book Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.3 x 0.8 inches


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Ellen Gable Hrkach is an award-winning, bestselling author of five books. Her recently released novel, A Subtle Grace, is currently in the top ten of Religious Drama on Kindle. Her third novel, Stealing Jenny, was #1 on Amazon Kindle in Religious Drama for two months and has been in the top ten of that category since November 2011 with nearly 240,000 downloads.  Her second novel, In Name Only ,was awarded the Gold Medal in Religious Fiction at the 2010 IPPY Awards and has also been an Amazon Kindle #1 Bestseller in Religious Drama. She is currently the President of the Catholic Writers Guild, a columnist for Amazing CatechistsCatholicMom.com and various magazines and websites. She and her husband own a small Catholic publishing company which publishes “edgy Catholic fiction.” She blogs at Plot Line and Sinker. When she’s not writing or reading on her Kindle, Ellen enjoys watching classic movies and playing board games with her family. Originally from New Jersey, she now lives in the country outside of Pakenham, Ontario, Canada with her husband and sons. Contact her at: fullquiverpublishing(at)gmail.com.


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