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For fans of All the Light We Cannot See, Beneath a Scarlet Sky, and The Nightingale comes an emotionally gripping, beautifully written historical novel about one woman’s epic, triumphant search for war crimes evidence during the darkest times of World War II. May 1940. As Catelyn, a new photojournalism graduate steels herself for Germany's coming invasion of her hometown Par For fans of All the Light We Cannot See, Beneath a Scarlet Sky, and The Nightingale comes an emotionally gripping, beautifully written historical novel about one woman’s epic, triumphant search for war crimes evidence during the darkest times of World War II. May 1940. As Catelyn, a new photojournalism graduate steels herself for Germany's coming invasion of her hometown Paris, she comes face-to-face with the French Resistance. These are the freedom fighters who will face down the German army after the French government has surrendered to Hitler almost without a fight. She takes up arms against the Germans in her own way: armed with her 35 mm camera she looks for the one photograph that will expose the Nazi horror for what it is. But then she is captured and imprisoned at Auschwitz. She is taken to the home of the second-in-command and tasked with schooling his twin daughters. It is then she meets Pietor, the young German doctor at Auschwitz fighting to help the prisoners at every turn. Catelyn is drawn to him and he to her. A key Nazi, hiding in the shadows of Auschwitz, commits an unspeakable atrocity and Catelyn secretly captures it on film. Then the man claims he was never there. Can she now smuggle the photograph out of Auschwitz and preserve it for the war crimes trial in Nuremberg? Or will his secret die with her as the SS hunts her down? Buy now and settle in with a book that will transport you to a different time and place where you will meet people you run from and people you love. From USA TODAY bestseller, John Ellsworth. AMAZON HAS SAID, "WE ARE INSPIRED BY THE SUCCESS OF THIS WRITER AND HOW HE IS DELIGHTING READERS"--AMAZON PRESS RELEASE 10/15/18


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For fans of All the Light We Cannot See, Beneath a Scarlet Sky, and The Nightingale comes an emotionally gripping, beautifully written historical novel about one woman’s epic, triumphant search for war crimes evidence during the darkest times of World War II. May 1940. As Catelyn, a new photojournalism graduate steels herself for Germany's coming invasion of her hometown Par For fans of All the Light We Cannot See, Beneath a Scarlet Sky, and The Nightingale comes an emotionally gripping, beautifully written historical novel about one woman’s epic, triumphant search for war crimes evidence during the darkest times of World War II. May 1940. As Catelyn, a new photojournalism graduate steels herself for Germany's coming invasion of her hometown Paris, she comes face-to-face with the French Resistance. These are the freedom fighters who will face down the German army after the French government has surrendered to Hitler almost without a fight. She takes up arms against the Germans in her own way: armed with her 35 mm camera she looks for the one photograph that will expose the Nazi horror for what it is. But then she is captured and imprisoned at Auschwitz. She is taken to the home of the second-in-command and tasked with schooling his twin daughters. It is then she meets Pietor, the young German doctor at Auschwitz fighting to help the prisoners at every turn. Catelyn is drawn to him and he to her. A key Nazi, hiding in the shadows of Auschwitz, commits an unspeakable atrocity and Catelyn secretly captures it on film. Then the man claims he was never there. Can she now smuggle the photograph out of Auschwitz and preserve it for the war crimes trial in Nuremberg? Or will his secret die with her as the SS hunts her down? Buy now and settle in with a book that will transport you to a different time and place where you will meet people you run from and people you love. From USA TODAY bestseller, John Ellsworth. AMAZON HAS SAID, "WE ARE INSPIRED BY THE SUCCESS OF THIS WRITER AND HOW HE IS DELIGHTING READERS"--AMAZON PRESS RELEASE 10/15/18

30 review for The Point of Light

  1. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    Disappointing and plagarized from war crimes testimony, word-for-word I am very disappointed in this book. I have read Mr. Ellsworth's other books and enjoyed them, so I had high expectations. I was very disappointed. I read a lot of historical fiction and I am especially interested in World War II. This book falls far short. One of the problems is the change in Point-of-view. Sometimes the action was described in 1st person while other times the text recounted events in a sort of documentary st Disappointing and plagarized from war crimes testimony, word-for-word I am very disappointed in this book. I have read Mr. Ellsworth's other books and enjoyed them, so I had high expectations. I was very disappointed. I read a lot of historical fiction and I am especially interested in World War II. This book falls far short. One of the problems is the change in Point-of-view. Sometimes the action was described in 1st person while other times the text recounted events in a sort of documentary style. There was one sentence that stated that Claire was in the dorm for what we would call "sex workers" for 9 months. One sentence for that?!? There are other authors who could write a whole book about everything contained in that one sentence. Another thing that I found very disturbing was his virtually uncredited use of the experiences of Marie-Claude Vaillant-Couturier. He mentions her (almost in passing) in a post-script at the end of the book. So I looked up her Nuerenberg testimony and I was shocked. He lifted her testimony almost word-for-word in his descriptions of Claire's time in Auschwitz. Word-for-word. This is disgusting in a fiction work. He did not create a fictional world as is required by an author of historical fiction. Instead, he merely stated facts in an odd style and when authentic details were required, he merely lifted the words he needed from testimony at the war crimes trials. I will never again read a book by this author.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Hk office

    I am the child of holocaust survivors Yes, you need to correct both grammar and spelling errors. They are a distraction from this important book. My father was taken to the labor camp... but was a watchmaker and spoke 7 languages. He was useful to the Nazis, until he wasn’t... but he jumped off a moving train. My mother, grandmother and sister were hidden by my father’s former Christian girlfriend, behind two suitcases. In a basement. That’s where my sister was born. She had Ricketts, lice, I am the child of holocaust survivors Yes, you need to correct both grammar and spelling errors. They are a distraction from this important book. My father was taken to the labor camp... but was a watchmaker and spoke 7 languages. He was useful to the Nazis, until he wasn’t... but he jumped off a moving train. My mother, grandmother and sister were hidden by my father’s former Christian girlfriend, behind two suitcases. In a basement. That’s where my sister was born. She had Ricketts, lice, soars and grossly under weight. There is more to their story of survival. We, the progeny of survivors, must never allow the world to forget that humans are fragile and in a flash we can all be vaporized.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    Reading this book was like reading a rough outline of a potentially excellent novel. The book is full of inconsistencies and typographical errors. The paragraphs are disjointed and the writing is, well, atrocious. For example, Claire and her younger sister are both said to be 17. A young woman captured by the Germans and forced to work in a hospital finds opportunities to go on secret picnics with a new love. If she can go on picnics, can’t she escape? Such anomalies occur throughout the book. W Reading this book was like reading a rough outline of a potentially excellent novel. The book is full of inconsistencies and typographical errors. The paragraphs are disjointed and the writing is, well, atrocious. For example, Claire and her younger sister are both said to be 17. A young woman captured by the Germans and forced to work in a hospital finds opportunities to go on secret picnics with a new love. If she can go on picnics, can’t she escape? Such anomalies occur throughout the book. While the time period for this book and “All the Light We Cannot See” are similar, that is the only thing the two books have in common. I was very disappointed in “The Point of Light.” This important story was not served well.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Skye

    Nothing in this book was cohesive or linear. It felt like the Author could not finish one thought before jumping to another. Do I even need to mention how it felt like non of this book was realistic in the least bit?!? This was a waste of my time and as an avid historical fiction reader I strongly suggest others do not waste their time either. I don’t know how this book has so many good reviews!

  5. 5 out of 5

    P.R. Oliver

    I have been a fan of Ellsworth's attorney novels for some time but i was turned off early in the novel by the number of historical mistakes, primarily events that could not have taken place at the time he depicts them. Historical fiction should be realistic. The characters must fit into the era of the story and the story about the characters should be realistic for that time and place. What theses characters did was not believable, it could not have happened.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Beverly

    Some typos distract There were more typos in the beginning than toward the end. The story is the one you know, but which can never be told often enough. However, this authors story telling, fell short on effectual description and character insight. I sometimes felt like he wasnt telling the whole story for some unknown reason.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Claire

    I can’t understand how this book received such high ratings. It’s one of, if not THE, worst books I have ever read. Blatant grammatical errors, spelling errors, continuity errors, and historical inaccuracies. I developed absolutely zero emotional attachment to any of the characters, whose stories were rushed and completely unbelievable. Entire plot lines were started and later abandoned. Vital pieces of information were revealed and then never referred to again. The dialogue was stilt I can’t understand how this book received such high ratings. It’s one of, if not THE, worst books I have ever read. Blatant grammatical errors, spelling errors, continuity errors, and historical inaccuracies. I developed absolutely zero emotional attachment to any of the characters, whose stories were rushed and completely unbelievable. Entire plot lines were started and later abandoned. Vital pieces of information were revealed and then never referred to again. The dialogue was stilted, unnatural, unconvincing, and at points so ludicrously written that sentences meant to be serious had me rolling my eyes and how ridiculous it was. The main character’s name was spelled incorrectly at least once, in addition to the many other errors I ran across. If anything I let this book inspire me, because if this is a best-selling author then I definitely have a better chance than I thought.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Rachel N

    Sadly, this story fell far short of its potential. The characters were not believable. The story line was disjointed and confusing. The historical aspects of the narrative did not align with the many many other biographies and historical fiction stories I have read from this time period. Perhaps with additional research and an experienced editor, The Point of Light could have been a moving story. Disappointing.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Cindy Woods

    Redundant I cannot, for the life of me, understand the high reader reviews for this book. I read, mostly, historical fiction.......this one I would emphasize as being the ultimate fiction. It is almost insulting. Having read dozens of fiction and non-fiction books about WWII, this book makes a mockery of what the French resistance was. The dialogue is juvenile. Claire so casually asking her husband if he was okay with her sleeping with the enemy to gain information and his acquiescence is bunk. A Redundant I cannot, for the life of me, understand the high reader reviews for this book. I read, mostly, historical fiction.......this one I would emphasize as being the ultimate fiction. It is almost insulting. Having read dozens of fiction and non-fiction books about WWII, this book makes a mockery of what the French resistance was. The dialogue is juvenile. Claire so casually asking her husband if he was okay with her sleeping with the enemy to gain information and his acquiescence is bunk. And Claire's ridiculous attempts at seduction and questioning of the SS officer she's having a liaison with. None of it felt real. Then we have Esmee receiving special treatment by the SS second-in-command commandant Schlosser who sends her on a vacation......what??!!! She meets a man in a restaurant who strikes up a conversation and he tells her he is a jew straight out and tells her don't tell anyone. I cannot even imagine such a thing happening given the dangerous political atmosphere of the era. It's beyond stupid! The arrest by Gestapo of Claire when she doesn't know how she's supposed to answer because her resistance training never covered that......what? !! The French Resistance would never have not covered such an important aspect in training. This story, as written, glosses over and undermines the rigid training of its members. I'm insulted by the childish antics here as portrayed of a truly brave underground army. Their missions were secret and rigid training and protocol was enforced. This is a travesty and injustice to make light of these heroic individuals. I am beyond angry having personally known a woman resistance member from Holland who related some of her experiences as a teenager during WWII. She and her brother had been arrested by the Gestapo, questioned and tortured for their resistance activities. These young people put their lives on the line. This book, on no way, reflects the true seriousness and dedication of these individuals. It is shameful and I am thoroughly disgusted having read this blather. It was a waste of my reading time. No recommendation. I wouldn't insult another reader's intelligence on this subject matter.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Veatch

    I really liked the writing style of this author. I love that the main character was inspired by a real person. What brave men and women there were during WWII! I really love the cover of this book as well. Good book. I recommend it to all those who love historical fiction.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Marina Kantorova

    Very well written story. Look forward to read the 2nd and 3rd books in the series. Favorite quote: “the survivor craves justice, yes, but even more they crave the quieting of memories”.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Vickie Sarmina

    This genre is not usually one that I read. I was a little hesitant at first, but as usual, John Ellsworth has done it again. This book is the story of a courageous female photojournalist, Claire Vallant. She was not afraid to share with the world the atrocities that the Jewish people endured when Germany overtook Paris. Claire was only in her early twenties, when she was called by one of her longest and dearest friends, Remy Schildmann, to rescue a small child from being sent to the labor camp, This genre is not usually one that I read. I was a little hesitant at first, but as usual, John Ellsworth has done it again. This book is the story of a courageous female photojournalist, Claire Vallant. She was not afraid to share with the world the atrocities that the Jewish people endured when Germany overtook Paris. Claire was only in her early twenties, when she was called by one of her longest and dearest friends, Remy Schildmann, to rescue a small child from being sent to the labor camp, Auschwitz. Remy’s father, had sent him to become part of the Germany army, even though Remy was a Parisian. Remy didn’t like the fact that he had to send his own people to Auschwitz. He knew that the majority of them would never survive the camp. They would die either by the atrocious living conditions, or they would be sent to the gas showers. Claire began her career as a photojournalist for the Jacques Marseilles, the managing editor of the Paris Soir. Claire would take pictures of the Jewish families, as they were being herded onto the trains that were headed to Auschwitz. Her pictures captured heart wrenching moments of husband and wives being separated from each other, as well as mothers being separated from their children. The culprit of all of the monstrosities was a man by the name of Sigmond Skorzeny, Waffen - SS. He was the head of the concentration camp. Skorzeny was a heartless monster, and Claire was determined to let the world know what he was. What could she possibly do, when she found her sister was in the Auschwitz camp? Will Claire be able to get her sister out of the camp? She waited for the moment when these monsters would be held accountable for their war crimes. Will Claire succeed in finding this criminal? Will she be able to fulfill her mission to see these men stand trial for all of their vile acts against humanity? I thoroughly enjoyed the historical background that was set for this book. The characters had you either cheering for them or wishing that you could wreak vengeance on them yourself. The amount of research that must have gone into this book had to have been tremendous, and it certainly was captured in the plot of this book. I became completely immersed in the book within the first few pages, and had a difficult time putting the book down. This book really did open my eyes up to the types of horrendous acts that were done to the Jewish people, all in the name of Hilter. No human being should have ever gone through what the Jewish people endured during this time. I won’t spoil the rest of the book, but I do believe you will like to read this book.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    I'm not an expert on WWII, the Resistance, or the Holocaust but I have read many books on the subject, and this book is simply poorly written and large parts of it make no sense and aren't historically correct. Read The Just-About-Cocky Ms M's review, it says it better than I could. A disappointing book.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sherry Wessman

    DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY! Well, thank God for Claire! Our super hero who single handedly won WWII! I'm surprised by how stupid the Germans were, and how great Claire was, the war took longer than an afternoon! I especially loved the part where her doctor boss, raped her in the car,and poor put upon Claire, doesn't resist. And, Claire, being so much more important, stands mute while her sister is murdered. Her,vans her milk toast husband, live to fight another day!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sherrie

    In the past few years, historical fiction involving the Holocaust has become en vogue. Many of these books are excellent, well written, and deserving of being read. This book is not among that group. It’s difficult to know where to begin, so I’ll start with the writing. It’s terrible. If a story is the equivalent of 6 feet deep, this one never went below 2 inches. Events happening to the main characters—and events that belong in any novel of this type—are dispensed with in a single sentence, nev In the past few years, historical fiction involving the Holocaust has become en vogue. Many of these books are excellent, well written, and deserving of being read. This book is not among that group. It’s difficult to know where to begin, so I’ll start with the writing. It’s terrible. If a story is the equivalent of 6 feet deep, this one never went below 2 inches. Events happening to the main characters—and events that belong in any novel of this type—are dispensed with in a single sentence, never to be heard from again. Errors—both of syntax and history—abound. The characters had the depth of the rainwater sitting on my sidewalk. (Spoiler—not deep enough to be shallow). The book is (very loosely) based on a real person, who testifies at Nuremberg. The testimony the fictional character gives is so very, very different from the style of writing in the rest of the book that I strongly suspect actual (uncredited) testimony was used. I am beyond stunned at the ratings this book received. I frankly consider those ratings an insult to the memory of the millions of Holocaust victims and members of the Resistance. Please, read something legitimate and educate yourselves. This book receives 2 stars only because of my personal policy to reserve 1 star ratings for books I abandon. And I deeply regret not abandoning this one. 1.5 stars.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Pam

    The Point of Light was written by John Ellsworth. The story is loosely based on the life of French photojournalist and Auschwitz survivor Marie-Claude Valliant Couturie. She was a member of the Resistance and was sent to Auschwitz and Ravensbruck. However, Claire, in the book, has gone beyond Marie-Claude in this book. Claire Vallant wanted to be a photojournalist for as long as she could remember. She loved taking phtos and was very good at it. Her Father ran the Vallant dealership in Paris and The Point of Light was written by John Ellsworth. The story is loosely based on the life of French photojournalist and Auschwitz survivor Marie-Claude Valliant Couturie. She was a member of the Resistance and was sent to Auschwitz and Ravensbruck. However, Claire, in the book, has gone beyond Marie-Claude in this book. Claire Vallant wanted to be a photojournalist for as long as she could remember. She loved taking phtos and was very good at it. Her Father ran the Vallant dealership in Paris and her Mother was a surgeon. She had a younger sister and two younger brothers. Claire was considered the “good” one while Esmee was always getting into trouble. They were raised to do good for others and to be themselves and do what they wanted to do. When the Nazis were threatening Paris, Claire decided she wanted to do something. She ended up joining a resistance group. One member of this group was Remy Schildmann, the son of a German General. She had known Remy since they were in elementary school. She considered him her best friend while he was in love with her. They became reacquainted in the resistance and fell in love. Then, Remy was sent to Germany, by his Father, to join the SS and become the SS officer he was destined to be. He decided to go along with them and work against the Nazis from the inside. However, it did mean he would have to be actively involved in the deportation of Jews. He was leading a raid on the Naussenbaum family. They arrested Mr. and Mrs. Naussenbaum; but Remy hid their sleeping daughter in her amoire. He then called Claire to tell her where Lima was. Claire went to get her and then kept Lima as her own since they didn’t know where any relatives were. In order to keep her safe, Claire and Remy married and adopted Lima. Then Remy’s unit was sent to the front. Claire was left to bring up Lima and to do what she could to stop the Nazi momentum. The story continues through collaboration, resistance, arrest, torture, and being sent to Auschwitz and later Ravensbruck. How will Claire and Remy survive the War? Will they stay together afterwards? Will Lima’s parents come back? The book is very interesting and keeps your attention through the entire book. You are kept on the edge of your chair not knowing how Claire will get out of tough places and if she and the others will survive. The really weak spot is when Remy begins working to document for war crimes. His sudden dropping from Claire’s life just isn’t realistic.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Salvatore

    Perhaps because I got the Kindle ap version, I noticed some typos and incorrect spacing in the story, which was distracting. ... I also feel like ever since, "All the Light We Cannot See'' authors have been trying to make an insightful connection between the characters and the larger theme. Very few work as well as "All the Light,'' this one included. This was another historic fiction set in the concentration camps that maintained a safe distance from he actual horrors of the place; even when th Perhaps because I got the Kindle ap version, I noticed some typos and incorrect spacing in the story, which was distracting. ... I also feel like ever since, "All the Light We Cannot See'' authors have been trying to make an insightful connection between the characters and the larger theme. Very few work as well as "All the Light,'' this one included. This was another historic fiction set in the concentration camps that maintained a safe distance from he actual horrors of the place; even when they are mentioned, they lack the emotional punch that they should have and should rightfully demand us to feel. It was hard to believe that this woman was able to photograph some of the horrors of the holocaust. And yet, again, there was an emotional distance from her through the camera to what she photographed - including the horrid death of her sister. I did not understand the motives of the Nazi commander who had taken the victim in as though she were a daughter than trapped and tricked her, with no explanation of what he was thinking. (I get it he was evil, but still ... something was missed here). I have read so much holocaust lit, both memoir and historic fiction, and this one was far too detached for me.

  18. 5 out of 5

    James

    This was well done. It reads so real I had to check to see that it was historical fiction and not a biography. The book underscores, emphasizes, and elucidates the abject cruelty the Nazis exhibited towards Jews during WW II. One would think that there have been more than enough written about this most horrible atrocity of modern times. It's clear, though, that many either haven't read or don't care to remember this story because hate and bigotry pervade our world in a manner scarily similar to This was well done. It reads so real I had to check to see that it was historical fiction and not a biography. The book underscores, emphasizes, and elucidates the abject cruelty the Nazis exhibited towards Jews during WW II. One would think that there have been more than enough written about this most horrible atrocity of modern times. It's clear, though, that many either haven't read or don't care to remember this story because hate and bigotry pervade our world in a manner scarily similar to the 1930's. The story is, understandably sad, but dogged persistence of Claire-to save herself and her sister, to document the crimes as they are committed, and to follow through to punish the offenders show that one crazed man and one destructive ideology cannot long survive. The indominable human spirit, the will to live, and the knowledge of what is really right won the day, defeated the Nazis, and convicted Colonel Schlosser. One can today see that history is repeating itself, and again, a demagogue seeks to oppress and divide. One can only hope that history lessons, like the one Claire tells in this novel, will serve to keep the world safe.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Teresa Hall

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I must admit to being a huge fan of author John Ellsworth! While he is known for his legal fiction, his move into historical fiction does not disappoint! General *Spoilers* Follow Claire, a young Parisian photographer, as she joins the French Resistance to fight against the horrors of Nazi Germany. From taking in a young Jewish girl separated from her family to photographing the brave moves of the Resistance and the brutality of the SS and the Nazis, Claire risks everything to br I must admit to being a huge fan of author John Ellsworth! While he is known for his legal fiction, his move into historical fiction does not disappoint! General *Spoilers* Follow Claire, a young Parisian photographer, as she joins the French Resistance to fight against the horrors of Nazi Germany. From taking in a young Jewish girl separated from her family to photographing the brave moves of the Resistance and the brutality of the SS and the Nazis, Claire risks everything to bring the atrocities to light and save those she can. She braves separation from her family, including childhood friend, now husband, Remy, when she is betrayed and sent to Auschwitz, the notorious concentration camp. Claire's heroic character is based on a real life heroine, French photojournalist and Auschwitz survivor, Marie-Claude Vaillant-Couturier. This story gives an inside look at the horrors of Nazi Germany, the courage of those who resisted and the anguish of the survivors. You won't regret this powerful read. In fact, you may never forget it! I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jan Mcclung-short

    Best book ever I knew that loved to read John Ellsworth's books about law and mayhem. I was intrigued with his writing a historic book of WW II. I have read a lot of books since I retired about a book every three days. John's writing is so real and entangling and entangles you immediatly. I have never read someone who can grab your attention faster. This book was gut wrenching because of my knowledge of the war crimes before reading this book. But to read someone writing about first hand kno Best book ever I knew that loved to read John Ellsworth's books about law and mayhem. I was intrigued with his writing a historic book of WW II. I have read a lot of books since I retired about a book every three days. John's writing is so real and entangling and entangles you immediatly. I have never read someone who can grab your attention faster. This book was gut wrenching because of my knowledge of the war crimes before reading this book. But to read someone writing about first hand knowledge and first hand experiences of Auschwitz was chilling. My heart beat so fast because my mind was trapped by the horrors she survived. I can't imagine losing so many friends and acquaintances. How do you ever believe in good things happening...or do you always look over your shoulder for the evil that you have firsthand experienced.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Gail A.

    The author is brilliant in detailing the horrors of WWll through the experiences of the Resistance, the death camps, and surviving and dying from the evil of Hitler's regime. The blending of love, and sacrifice, and determination to make a difference against the injustice left me breathless. The lengths those resisting went to was brave and frightening and often futile. The deceptions and betrayals horrifying. Those being convicted of war crimes gave me brief solace. This author is so skilled in The author is brilliant in detailing the horrors of WWll through the experiences of the Resistance, the death camps, and surviving and dying from the evil of Hitler's regime. The blending of love, and sacrifice, and determination to make a difference against the injustice left me breathless. The lengths those resisting went to was brave and frightening and often futile. The deceptions and betrayals horrifying. Those being convicted of war crimes gave me brief solace. This author is so skilled in bringing to light harsh truths of war that rendered me to my emotional knees in tears. This book is not for the faint of heart. And at the risk of being political, the parallels between our current political climate of eugenics and white supremacy is disturbing on so many levels.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sue Smith

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This is hands down, the most poorly written book I have ever read. No way should it be compared with a book like Nightingale which was one of the best books I’ve ever read. All of the spelling and punctuation errors aside, the characters dialog was so unrealistic and unbelievable. The author also contradicted himself repeatedly in this book. Claire 17 was older than her sister who is 17! When Claire becomes a tutor, she is sleeping in the basement, but when she is transferred to the infirmary to This is hands down, the most poorly written book I have ever read. No way should it be compared with a book like Nightingale which was one of the best books I’ve ever read. All of the spelling and punctuation errors aside, the characters dialog was so unrealistic and unbelievable. The author also contradicted himself repeatedly in this book. Claire 17 was older than her sister who is 17! When Claire becomes a tutor, she is sleeping in the basement, but when she is transferred to the infirmary to become a nurse, she goes upstairs to her bedroom to pack. I could go on and on with examples like this. This had such potential to be a great book. The real woman this is loosely based on was fascinating. So disappointed.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Adelejo

    Piercing, horrific truths I have read, seen films .and have been told the facts of the demonic mission of the Reich. Your story taken from the experience of Vaillant, made me sick but gave me hope. The truth will out and I loved the way you told it. I did not know that a real woman had lived it till the end pages. A true heroine. I can handle the truth. Yet it is hard to imagine human beings' capacity for evil and also the capacity for for enduring resisting, fighting and overcoming evil forces. Piercing, horrific truths I have read, seen films .and have been told the facts of the demonic mission of the Reich. Your story taken from the experience of Vaillant, made me sick but gave me hope. The truth will out and I loved the way you told it. I did not know that a real woman had lived it till the end pages. A true heroine. I can handle the truth. Yet it is hard to imagine human beings' capacity for evil and also the capacity for for enduring resisting, fighting and overcoming evil forces. Thank you for choosing to write historical fiction. I was quite real to me. I recommend it highly.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Pegge D Marjamaa

    It has been several years sense I have been so captivated by a book! I read " Alaska" by James A. Michener and after all these years it has stayed in my mind as the best story I had ever read and now your book has affected me in the same way. I am so very impressed with your writing that I can't wait to get in the next two books 📚 that I have. I ha e always loved history and am so glad that I came across your three books and on!y hope the next two will keep me so involved in the story as thi It has been several years sense I have been so captivated by a book! I read " Alaska" by James A. Michener and after all these years it has stayed in my mind as the best story I had ever read and now your book has affected me in the same way. I am so very impressed with your writing that I can't wait to get in the next two books 📚 that I have. I ha e always loved history and am so glad that I came across your three books and on!y hope the next two will keep me so involved in the story as this one has. If I could I would have rated this with ten stars. Thank you so very much for a journey I am sure will stay in my mind for ever! My

  25. 4 out of 5

    Dana

    "She fled the floor and vowed she'd never go back. If she did, she feared she would die there, too, which did no one any good because then the flow of pictures to the outside world would cease and her camera warfare would screech to a halt." The Point of Light is a unique take on historical fiction. The prologue had me hooked and the details fully immersed me into the time period. The harsh reality of World War II is well represented but so is a strong heroine and her story. It was in "She fled the floor and vowed she'd never go back. If she did, she feared she would die there, too, which did no one any good because then the flow of pictures to the outside world would cease and her camera warfare would screech to a halt." The Point of Light is a unique take on historical fiction. The prologue had me hooked and the details fully immersed me into the time period. The harsh reality of World War II is well represented but so is a strong heroine and her story. It was intertwined perfectly with a sprinkle of law. I will carry this story with me for a very long time- a must read.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Heidi Smith

    A gripping book that I couldn't put down! To be brutally honest, A Point of Light is not a book easily read. This book tells the heroic tale of a young French woman caught up in the insanity of WWII. Her strength, and her struggles had me both cheering her on and weeping for her. In the end I was left wondering if I would have survived the terrors and degradation that Claire endured. Thank you John Ellsworth for writing a book that will be discussed and remembered for a long time.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This WWII story was heart wrenching & very much a page-turner. I really loved Claire Vallant & what she stood for. I learned that her testimony at the Nuremburg Trials is actually based on a real Auschwitz survivor named Marie Claude Vallant. Her story & the story of many people who resisted Germany & tried to protect & save the Jewish people, is horrifying, but incredible. Even at great personal risk to herself, Claire stands for what she believes & makes every effort of This WWII story was heart wrenching & very much a page-turner. I really loved Claire Vallant & what she stood for. I learned that her testimony at the Nuremburg Trials is actually based on a real Auschwitz survivor named Marie Claude Vallant. Her story & the story of many people who resisted Germany & tried to protect & save the Jewish people, is horrifying, but incredible. Even at great personal risk to herself, Claire stands for what she believes & makes every effort of resistance against Nazi Germany. Her love for her family is what kept her going during those 4 years that the war was taking place.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Janie Lloyd

    As difficult as this type of book is for me to read (who doesn't experience these feelings when reading about the atrocities of the Holocaust?), I could NOT put this book down. The author took a true life heroine from the early days of the French Resistance to the Nuremberg Trials. Man's inhumanity to man is difficult for reasonable people to understand, but in this book I found moments of joy and hope and incredible bravery. Heroes come in all sizes, shapes, and are formed by all sorts of situa As difficult as this type of book is for me to read (who doesn't experience these feelings when reading about the atrocities of the Holocaust?), I could NOT put this book down. The author took a true life heroine from the early days of the French Resistance to the Nuremberg Trials. Man's inhumanity to man is difficult for reasonable people to understand, but in this book I found moments of joy and hope and incredible bravery. Heroes come in all sizes, shapes, and are formed by all sorts of situations. Even in the bleakest of times, love comes through. This was really an excellent book.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Elaine

    Although this book is historical fiction, it is based upon the life of French photojournalist, Marie-Claude Valliant, who was a member of the French Resistance during WWII. The book details the main character's exploits as a Nazi Resistance fighter, her marriage to a French man that was conscripted into the German SS, her eventual capture, her life as a prisoner in Auschwitz, her survival and final revenge. The story is riveting and brings to life the horrors of the Nazis. My on!y complaint is t Although this book is historical fiction, it is based upon the life of French photojournalist, Marie-Claude Valliant, who was a member of the French Resistance during WWII. The book details the main character's exploits as a Nazi Resistance fighter, her marriage to a French man that was conscripted into the German SS, her eventual capture, her life as a prisoner in Auschwitz, her survival and final revenge. The story is riveting and brings to life the horrors of the Nazis. My on!y complaint is the author needs to edit his books better. Typos are distracting. D

  30. 4 out of 5

    Allison Keith

    The premise of this story intrigued me, and the real historical figure, Marie-Claude Vaillant-Couturier, who was the inspiration for the main character has a biography that is riveting. But The Point of Light did not do Marie-Claude justice. There is intrigue and romance, courage and human resilience, unspeakable atrocities and tenacious hope in this tale, but the execution missed the mark. Numerous errors, inaccuracies, and a lack of continuity outweighed the powerful story this could have been The premise of this story intrigued me, and the real historical figure, Marie-Claude Vaillant-Couturier, who was the inspiration for the main character has a biography that is riveting. But The Point of Light did not do Marie-Claude justice. There is intrigue and romance, courage and human resilience, unspeakable atrocities and tenacious hope in this tale, but the execution missed the mark. Numerous errors, inaccuracies, and a lack of continuity outweighed the powerful story this could have been.

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