In This Hospitable Land is historical fiction based on the true story of a family from Belgium during World War II. When brothers Andre and Alex fear for their families' safety, they flee to Southern France where they become farmers and later join the French Resistance.
I began this book with high hopes. I enjoy history, and World War II is one of the most interesting time periods for me. I was a little daunted by the size (well over 500 pages), but I've read some great thick epic novels.
At first the Sauverins story was interesting. It was rather dry and emotionless in the telling, but the subject matter and the fact that what I was reading had really happened made up for the dry tone. As I trudged along, however, I began to lose interest. The story seemed flat to me- almost like watching a documentary. And while the struggles and triumphs this family faced were certainly inspiring, it was difficult for me to muster up much enthusiasm for finishing the tale.
But finish it I did because I hate to leave a book halfway through. If you're a history buff, you may find it an interesting enough read to plow through. But don't pick it up looking for a captivating novel.
I received a free copy of this book through the Amazon Vine program for review purposes. All opinions expressed are always entirely my own.