Third Place Books welcomes Noelle Salazar—author of the instant bestseller The Flight Girls—to our Lake Forest Park store! Salazar will be discussing her second novel, Angels of Resistance, in conversation with acclaimed historical novelist Kate Quinn. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required in advance.
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The second WWII novel by Noelle Salazar, bestselling author of the The Flight Girls, follows two teenage sisters in the Netherlands who are recruited as part of the Dutch Resistance effort against the Nazis. Inspired by true events, this moving story about ordinary young women who become extraordinary heroes will appeal to fans of Pam Jenoff and Kate Quinn.
Netherlands, 1940. In the small town of Haarlem, fourteen-year-old Lien lives a simple life with her mother and sister in a farmhouse on the outskirts of the city. Elsewhere in Europe bombs are falling, but the pall on their house is more from the recent loss of their baby sister as a result of an accident Lien believes she could have prevented than from the oncoming war. Until the Nazis invade the Netherlands and their lives are overturned once more.
Recruited by their late father’s friend, Lien’s older sister Elif reluctantly joins the Dutch resistance movement. Spurred by the injustice of the Nazis’ treatment of Dutch citizens as well as a terrifying bombing of their small town, and forever seeking atonement for her baby sister’s death, Lien begs to join as well. The sisters’ youthful, innocent looks and ability to disappear into a crowd make them the perfect resistance soldiers. Together with a handful of like-minded youth, including the gallant Charlie with whom Lien forms an instant connection, the sisters are trained and begin to carry out missions, from distributing and collecting information to moving Jewish families from hiding places to luring and killing influential Nazis. The toll of the war and their work is evident in their collective psyches, and Lien starts to make mistakes that could cost her and her newfound friends their lives. Until one very personal mission shows her that the atonement she desperately seeks for her sister’s death cannot be found at the end of the barrel of a pistol, but must be found from within her heart.
“Angels of the Resistance brings to life a deadly-effective and deeply moving sisterhood in Lien and Elif Vinke, based on real-life sister operatives of the WWII Dutch resistance. Still reeling from a family tragedy when the Netherlands are invaded, the two teenage girls soon find themselves sabotaging trains, guiding downed airmen to safety, and staking themselves out as bait to assassinate unsuspecting Nazi targets. But at what cost to their family—and their souls? Noelle Salazar shines a light on the grit and tragedy behind resistance work, never forgetting the humanity in her beautifully drawn heroines!”
—Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of The Rose Code
“Rich with meticulously researched details, this story of two teenage sisters who risk everything to join the Dutch Resistance is a dazzling tour-de-force of historical fiction. You’ll cheer and root for Lien and Elif as they face a tangled web of love, danger and heartbreak while fighting to save all they hold dear. Angels of the Resistance will have you on the edge of your seat until the very last page.”
—Karen Robards, bestselling author of The Black Swan of Paris
“Noelle Salazar follows her acclaimed, bestselling debut, The Flight Girls, with Angels of the Resistance, an unforgettable story of teenage sisters who risk everything to join the Dutch resistance during World War II. Combining meticulous research with riveting prose, Salazar crafts a story of family, romance and heroism that will keep readers riveted until the final page and beyond.”
—Pam Jenoff, New York Times bestselling author of The Woman with the Blue Star
Noelle Salazar was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, where she’s been a Navy recruit, a medical assistant, an NFL cheerleader, and always a storyteller. When she’s not writing, she can be found dodging raindrops and daydreaming of her next book. Her first novel, The Flight Girls, was an instant bestseller, a Forbes, Woman's World & Hypable book of the month and a BookBub Top Recommended book from readers. Angels of the Resistance is her second novel. (Photo credit: Sharice Salazar)
Kate Quinn is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of historical fiction. A native of Southern California, she attended Boston University, where she earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in classical voice. A lifelong history buff, she has written four novels in the Empress of Rome Saga and two books set in the Italian Renaissance before turning to the 20th century with The Alice Network, The Huntress, and The Rose Code. All have been translated into multiple languages. She and her husband now live in California with three black rescue dogs. (Photo credit: Laura Jucha)
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