Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
For Beau: The Sarah Ashdown Story by Simon Gandossi is a heartbreaking and gut-wrenching tale of a woman and her life when she fought alongside the French Resistance in the 1940s. Much like other war stories, this is not a novel for people who want something light hearted and fun. This is an emotional novel and it is sad in places, so if you want to read it, make sure you have a tissue box right next to you.
The story follows Sarah Ashdown who left England when tragedy hit her. Her very dear friend passed away and her husband disappeared. Unable to cope with the grief, she left everything behind and moved all the way over to France, where the French Resistance was working tirelessly to fight off the German army. Instead of sitting back and seeing the rest of the world getting destroyed, Sarah decided that she would take some action and fight this war where it was most intense. Now, as an old woman, Sarah is recounting her life to a reporter and reliving those horrible years again.
I loved Sarah, not just because of her heroic actions, but because she was courageous and very passionate about her cause. She did not shrink from her responsibility and she took action when people needed her the most. I liked her dry wit and humor and I really liked Patty, the nurse, as well. The friendship between these two women was moving, especially when Patty becomes a constant fixture in Sarah’s life. For Beau: The Sarah Ashdown Story by Simon Gandossi is a very emotional novel, one that I will not forget any time soon. Wonderfully written and the cover was amazing.