Fiction - Historical European

Fly, little Sparrow: A tale of bravery and love in a Historical Fiction Romance of WWII Paris. (Fluttering Wings Book 2)

Category:Fiction - Historical European

Author:Marina Koulouri

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  • Publication Date: February 25, 2024
  • Number of Pages: 184

Fly, Little Sparrow by Marina Koulouri offers a charming blend of historical fiction and romance set against the backdrop of WWII Paris. In this second installment of the Fluttering Wings series, Koulouri creates a tale of sacrifice, love, and resilience amidst the chaos of war. The protagonist, Lili Clément, emerges as a strong and resourceful character, facing the challenges of occupied Paris with courage and determination. Her role as a skilled seamstress provides a unique perspective on life during wartime, offering glimpses into the daily struggles and triumphs of ordinary people caught in the crossfire. Koulouri builds the tension between Lili's conflicting allegiances, torn between her growing affection for an injured stranger and her lingering feelings for a former flame who now serves as an enemy officer. This internal struggle is the catalyst that moves the narrative forward.

Lili’s struggles are examined with intelligence. As the narrative opens, readers are introduced to the key characters. Gerd Siegel, a military captain with his demons from the past, a man torn between duty and passion, navigates the streets of Paris, haunted by memories of a lost love; readers are drawn into his internal conflict between duty and desire. Koulouri's vivid descriptions evoke the atmosphere of wartime Paris, immersing readers in a world marked by uncertainty and danger. The entrance of a wounded stranger into Lili’s life creates a deeper layer of conflict. These things happen quickly, and readers want to know what will happen to them as they watch the attraction build up. Can Lili find solace in true love, or will she be drawn towards a tragic end? Lili is a complex character whose emotional depth will irresistibly grip readers. Koulouri is adept at creating conflict in multiple levels. The writing is lovely, and the terrific descriptions will move readers. Here is a character's description: “She was a portrait of contrast, even amidst the stark utility of the surroundings. Her uniform — a crisp, field grey ensemble — was tailored to hint at the iron-willed discipline that was the hallmark of the German military. And yet it embraced her figure with an elegance that suggested she had not so much been assigned the role but had chosen it, rebelling not just against the austere functionality of the service but essentially against the heart of her own country’s patriarchal ideology that indoctrinated women to remain constricted in their traditional roles.” The story's pacing is expertly handled, with each chapter building upon the tension and suspense of the previous one. The author's attention to detail brings the setting to life, from the bustling streets of Paris to the clandestine activities of the Resistance. Fly, Little Sparrow presents finely drawn characters, compelling imagery, historical hints that transport readers, and a story that will hold the edges of readers' hearts until the very last page. 

Reviewed By: Matthew Novak

Reviewed Date: March 16, 2024

Category: Fiction - Historical European