This story is a great balance of historical significance, suspense, thriller, and romance. Not one outweighed the other. I enjoyed this story from beginning to end. There were some nice twists and turns that made this story stand out with those in this genre.
Valérie Hallez is a local young woman helping her father deliver packages all over the city. But she is also secretly helping the French Resistance by hiding refugees in her father’s old workshop until it is safe for them to cross the border. I enjoyed this character. She felt real and not an over-the-top superhero (not that she is not). The author did an amazing job of expressing Valérie’s personality. As a reader, you know how she feels through her quirks and amazingly keeps her thoughts to herself. There is so much Valérie goes through in this story it is hard not seeing her strength and determination growing.
Phillipe is Valérie’s childhood sweetheart and a soldier in the Swiss army. At first, I was not sure about him. But I ended up enjoying him as well. His love for making maps showed in his excitement and disappointment. And his love for his country matched with his actions. In his own way, he went through just as much as Valérie, and his strength grew just as well.
The setting of this book is based in Geneva, Switzerland early 1940s. The author did an amazing job describing the story within this real-world location. As a reader, you can imagine the stores and marketplaces along the route Valérie takes during her deliveries, and the clothing style and harsh weather she and the residents wear. Being based during World War 2, the author describes the struggles Switzerland faces with supplies, police, Nazis, the allies, and the effects of being a neutral country.
Because of its mountainous nature, Switzerland was a neutral country during World War 2, and it significantly interested hostile states as the scene for diplomacy, espionage, and commerce, as well as being a haven for refugees.
I love historical based stores. It is one way to time travel and experience the eras without actually experiencing it (I mean, I personally would not want to wear the Victorian style dresses). The Watchmaker’s Daughter was a story about courage during one of our world’s darkest times. I would recommend this to anyone who loves World War 2 era-based stories, romance, thrillers, and courage.
*I received an ARC from NetGalley, and this is my honest opinion.
I give this book a 3/5
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