VieVie La Fontaine

Fiction - Mystery - Historical
348 Pages
Reviewed on 12/22/2018
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Author Biography

 Award-winning author, Linda Heavner Gerald, recently received acclaim at the FAPA (Florida Authors and Publishers Association) Award Banquet in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Her 2017 publication of The Soldier And The Author brought home the Gold. She also received a silver medal for AnnaPolis Summers and a bronze for the same book. Two of her covers, Sins Of Summer and Till Heaven Then Forever, were awarded the Gold and Silver medals. Finally, the book AnnaPolis Summers also was recognized with another silver medal in the category of Coming of Age. Last year, Mrs. Gerald brought home a silver medal for Confessions Of An Assassin.
   Mrs. Gerald and her husband reside on the Forgotten Coast of Florida, where they love to bike on trails by their home and enjoy walking on the most beautiful beaches in the world.
Linda writes each day. Her goal is to demonstrate that God loves all of us. No one is beyond his redemptive grace. A degree in nursing allows this author to incorporate information into her writing with the hope that a reader, who is suffering from a similar problem, may consult a professional. She also is a world traveler who enjoys transporting readers to distant places from the safety and convenience of their home. Linda feels that a good book should be more than just a good read; it should enlighten readers. This author has seventeen published books.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

VieVie La Fontaine by Linda Heavner Gerald is an amazingly wonderful story set against the backdrop of Hitler's rise in Germany and the fear, terror, and tyranny that existed in the country at that time. The progression of a maniac and the hell he created in Germany with his delusional mind and draconian rule is vital to the actual story, that of VieVie La Fontaine whose actions represented a point of view held by many in France during that period. The story is narrated by Mark Lichter, a young Jewish student who is sent to Paris by his parents after pulling him out of university in Berlin. Mark knew he would never return to Berlin once he went to Paris because he saw Paris as the place where his dreams could come true. The book gives glimpses of the rise to power of Adolf Hitler, the atrocities committed, and the suffering people endured through the war.

The author does a fantastic job of weaving history and fiction together seamlessly, thereby giving a good pace and movement to the plot and igniting the curiosity of readers till the very end. Mark's new life, the Holocaust scenario, Mark and VieVie's relationship, and Mark moving back to Jerusalem make the story exciting and will take readers through a gamut of emotions. All the characters are strongly sketched and they are real, memorable, and tangible to readers. The author's writing style is neat, elegant, and fluid. The narration is expressive and detailed, making the scenes and characters vivid. It is a book for all those readers who love history and the author makes it captivating by giving it a romantic angle.

Deborah Lloyd

Mark Lichter, a Jewish college student at Hamburg University, faced an uncertain future in Berlin in 1933. His parents, Hans and Abigail, arranged for his departure from the country as they saw alarming signs in Adolf Hitler’s rise to power. Mark was studying law to follow in the footsteps of his father and grandfather. However, his true passion was art. His parents had asked old friends in Paris, General and VieVie La Fontaine, to offer him a place in their home until he could return to Germany. They also encouraged him to study art, as it was obvious he was not happy with a career in law. VieVie La Fontaine, written by Linda Heavner Gerald, details the joys and travails of the La Fontaines and Mark during the German occupation and French Resistance.

Through the main characters in this novel, the author has aptly detailed the harrowing experience of life in the City of Lights during World War II. VieVie is a complex and intriguing woman whose need for adoring male attention is a compelling component of this story. How a young Jewish German man, Mark, dealt with the atrocities of the war is gripping. And, how he lived his later years is thought-provoking. Although there is a great deal of factual information included in the tale, the essence of the story revolves around the personal lives, joys and struggles of Mark and other characters. Author Linda Heavner Gerald has crafted a fascinating historical novel in VieVie La Fontaine. This novel is an unforgettable read, enriching the reader’s understanding of this era in history.

Trudi LoPreto

In VieVie La Fontaine by Linda Heavner Gerald, Mark Lichter’s parents send him away to live with friends in Paris in order to escape from the restrictions the up and coming Adolf Hitler is beginning to impose on the Jewish people of Germany. Mark moves in with General La Fontaine and his beautiful wife, VieVie. Mark and VieVie are instantly attracted to one another and become both friends and lovers. As the days and weeks pass, more and more unrest is felt. Mark and VieVie join the French Resistance and work hard and face danger in order to protect the Paris they know and love from the hands of the Germans.

VieVie La Fontaine was an interesting reading experience. It is a great look into history but mixed with a large helping of fictional characters who beautifully tell the story of life in Paris during the period of the post-World War I years and the beginning and ending of World War II. VieVie La Fontaine is not your usual fictional war story; there is a lot of real history, historical dates, famous and/or infamous people that form the main part of the book. Mark, VieVie and the other supporting characters were the minor part of the story. I enjoyed the combination and found it to be a refreshing and different style than I am used to reading. While several parts were mostly history and some parts were strictly fictional characters, Linda Heavner Gerald managed it smoothly and effortlessly, thus making this book well worth reading.