The Girl in the Blue Beret

The Girl in the Blue Beret Inspired by the wartime experiences of her late father in law award winning author Bobbie Ann Mason has written an unforgettable novel about an American World War II pilot shot down in Occupied Europ

  • Title: The Girl in the Blue Beret
  • Author: Bobbie Ann Mason
  • ISBN: 9781400067183
  • Page: 422
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Inspired by the wartime experiences of her late father in law, award winning author Bobbie Ann Mason has written an unforgettable novel about an American World War II pilot shot down in Occupied Europe.When Marshall Stone returns to his crash site decades later, he finds himself drawn back in time to the brave people who helped him escape from the Nazis He especially recaInspired by the wartime experiences of her late father in law, award winning author Bobbie Ann Mason has written an unforgettable novel about an American World War II pilot shot down in Occupied Europe.When Marshall Stone returns to his crash site decades later, he finds himself drawn back in time to the brave people who helped him escape from the Nazis He especially recalls one intrepid girl guide who risked her life to help him the girl in the blue beret.At twenty three, Marshall Stone was a U.S flyboy stationed in England Headstrong and cocksure, he had nine exhilarating bombing raids under his belt when enemy fighters forced his B 17 to crash land in a Belgian field near the border of France The memories of what happened next the frantic moments right after the fiery crash, the guilt of leaving his wounded crewmates and fleeing into the woods to escape German troops, the terror of being alone in a foreign country all come rushing back when Marshall sets foot on that Belgian field again.Marshall was saved only by the kindness of ordinary citizens who, as part of the Resistance, moved downed Allied airmen through clandestine, often outrageous routes over the Pyrenees to Spain to get them back to their bases in England Even though Marshall shared a close bond with several of the Resistance members who risked their lives for him, after the war he did not look back But now he wants to find them again to thank them and renew their ties Most of all, Marshall wants to find the courageous woman who guided him through Paris She was a mere teenager at the time, one link in the underground line to freedom.Marshall s search becomes a wrenching odyssey of discovery that threatens to break his heart and also sets him on a new course for the rest of his life In his journey, he finds astonishing revelations about the people he knew during the war none electrifying and inspiring than the story of the girl in the blue beret.Intimate and haunting, The Girl in the Blue Beret is a beautiful and affecting story of love and courage, war and redemption, and the startling promise of second chances.

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    1. Forced into retirement by his beloved airline, Marshall Stone has lost his purpose in life. His thoughts turn to long suppressed memories of World War II and his experiences after crashing a plane behind enemy lines. He remembers with gratitude the people who aided his escape from the Nazis and decides to retrace his steps through Belgium and France. According to the review, "Marshall’s search becomes a wrenching odyssey of discovery that threatens to break his heart—and also sets him on a [...]

    2. I thought this book had an interesting premise. I think the French Resistance is a fascinating time in history, especially the role women played in the exploits--however, while I'm sure very factual, this book did not do it justice. There was a lot of people relaying what happened, instead of putting the reader in the moment. So, in the words of my creative writing professor, all tell, no show. Which was a real shame, because this story had potential. Marshall is the main character, a veteran av [...]

    3. I didn't like the main character Marshall and could not relate to his aviation career or involvement in war. The writing was good and that is what kept me interested plus I wanted to know what was so special about the girl in the blue beret. Marshall's wife was dead and at the age of 60 he was retiring from flying. Flying was his passion and his life so he felt "like a caged bird." He left his adult children in charge of watching the house while he left for France to hopefully meet up with peopl [...]

    4. A bit fluffy not my typical historical fiction Good for those readers who like a love story along with a light smattering of facts

    5. Marshall Stone is turning 60 and his life is in a state of upheaval. Forced to retire from being a pilot, a job he loves, he is also still dealing with the loss of his wife. With his two children grown, he feels that this is the time to return to the place where his B-17 crash-landed during World War II. He is particularly motivated to find some of the brave individuals who helped him along the way.When I heard of this book, I was very excited to read it. I love historical fiction, particularly [...]

    6. There are lots of novels about WWII from lots of viewpoints. I was engrossed with this book because it took the seldom explored viewpoint of the airmen who were shot down in Nazi occupied Europe. During the course of the story you also get the story of a band of French Resistance that fought back by hiding and moving these downed airmen at great risk to themselves. This is a fictional story based on the true events in the life of the authors father-in-law. The ghosts of the main character, Marsh [...]

    7. Bobbie Ann Mason has long been considered one of the finest writers of regional fiction — Kentucky is her home and inspiration — but her affecting new novel takes place in France, and she’s just as comfortable and insightful there. Based on the experiences of her late father-in-law, “The Girl in the Blue Beret” describes the tense adventures of a U.S. airman shot down over Nazi-occupied Europe in 1944. What distinguishes the novel, though, is how tenderly Mason nests that World War II [...]

    8. Three and a half stars will represent my opinion better than just three stars. We listened to the novel on CD in the car and the somewhat breathless reading of the actor seemed over-the-top and has affected my rating. The story of a WWII aviator whose plane was shot down over Belgium and who was aided by the Resistance to at last return to England is based on the real life experiences of Mason's father-in-law. Mason researched the time very carefully and in my opinion tried to insert far too man [...]

    9. This book would have been better had it been solely about Annette's experiences during WWII. I liked her, she was a fascinating character. She was spunky and brave and feisty and terrified, and always remembered to treasure her humanity. Compare that to Marshall, who spent most of the book whining about how nobody in France wanted to talk to him about the war, which was probably an amazingly traumatic period for most of them. I didn't like Marshall, clearly. I respect that the author tried to ma [...]

    10. History buffs looking for insights into the resistance and readers of literary fiction who like to read about protagonists searching for their emotional centerpiece will enjoy Bobbie Ann Mason's novel "The Girl in the Blue Beret". Ms. Mason spent considerable time and energy trying to bring alive the stepping-on-egg-shells existence of those who helped the allies in a time when resources were scarce, but courage abundant. She did a fine job though the on-page tension lags at times. Marshall peel [...]

    11. The premise is a good one - a retired airline pilot who, as a WWII aviator had landed a B17 in occupied France and had been rescued by the French Resistance has returned to France to reconnect with some of the French citizens who had sheltered him and safely gotten him back to England. The problem is with the character development, or lack thereof. Despite spending at least half of the book relating the thoughts of the protagonist, the author has failed to create the man. I still do not have a c [...]

    12. A recently retired pilot, Marshall, waxes eloquent on the thrills and joys of flying and is also quick to point out that he visited his family and that his now deceased wife held down the fort. Not one for taking things in stride, Marshall recalls the crash landing he had in WWII and those who helped to save him. While on the trail of those he could remember, he recalls details of that time and it changes him, for the better. The author based her story on the stories her father-in-law told about [...]

    13. I really liked that this story is based on the real life experiences of the author's father-in-law. I also liked the idea of an American airman rescued by members of the French Resistance and helped back to safety via the Pyrenees Mountains decided to go back 40 years later and find out what happened to those brave individual who risked their lives to save him. The story is well constructed and engaging.

    14. Couldn't even finish it. I was bored. It also didn't really follow a clear time line, so I was confused when certain events occurred.

    15. On his retirement from commercial aviation, former WWII bomber pilot Marshall Stone visits France in search of some of the people in the French Resistance who, after he crash-landed his B-17 in 1944, helped him avoid the Nazis and escape eventually to England. The girl of the title was, during the war, among a number of schoolgirls who, typically unsuspected by the occupying Germans, helped guide stranded American aviators to hiding places and workable routes out of France.Immediately after the [...]

    16. I am conflicted in my feelings for this book. If I could give it 2 1/2 stars, I probably would, but in lieu of that I shall round it up. Some readers will adore this book, others will dislike it. I am caught in between.I'm not sure what drove me to keep reading. The first half was dull I my opinion, and in the rest, there were instances where it dragged and my attention faltered. In the beginning, I found the descriptions of flying planes interesting, perhaps because aviation is a somewhat forei [...]

    17. I received this book free from First Reads. I'd like to give this book four stars, I really would, but I just can't bring myself to do it. The subject matter is superb-- an American WW II pilot, upon retirement, comes back to France to find the people who bravely hid him and then smuggled him to safety after being shot down. After 40 years, obviously some are easier to find than others. Most intriguing of all, the schoolgirl Annette, whose family sheltered him for weeks in Paris, and Robert, th [...]

    18. The Girl in the Blue Beret by Bobbie Ann Mason is the story of a World War II vet who returns to France to find the people who helped him when his plane was shot down. It's the story of an aspect of the French resistance I knew little about prior to reading this book.I found it interesting that many women who have reviewed The Girl in the Blue Beret, were put off by Marshall Stone, the main character, by the way he seemed to move on quickly after the death of his wife. His lack of mourning disre [...]

    19. Having grown up on WWII war stories this book is very accurate in events and sentiments. My parents and older siblings were in Glasgow during that war and lived through the bombings of the town and the tremendous losses of family and friends. In detail they would tell of the frightening nights of running to the bomb shelters with babies in their arms, of the lack of food and other supplies and of their anger and hate of the Germans. This story of a man returning after forty odd years to France s [...]

    20. --FirstReads Giveaway--Okay, two important points: I received this book via a giveaway ages ago. Like, several years ago. When I received it, I was thrilled: the title was evocative and the description seemed promising. I love me some historical romance, so I had a lot of high hopes about 'The Girl in the Blue Beret.' Unfortunately, I was so put off by Mason's writing style that I could not get past the first 100 pages. I didn't finish it, and though I hope to one day tackle it again, I'm not s [...]

    21. This book tells the story of Marshall Stone, an American pilot whose plane was shot down over Belgium during World War II. He has just been forced to retire from as an airline pilot and decides to go back to the scene of the crash and find some of the families and people who helped him escape through France and into Spain.When reading this book, I split it into two parts. The first part I would give three stars and the second four. The first part was so jumbled, it was jarring to read. It jumped [...]

    22. An intriguing use of family history as the basis for a novel, and very interesting in its perspective on the French resistance movement. I enjoyed reading it and found it useful as a book to read in small sections before bed: sufficiently compelling without demanding that I continue. It's difficult to balance careful research (which this work appears to have in abundance) with the emotional dynamics of storytelling. In this case, the narrative feels like a deftly built container to hold an under [...]

    23. In a nutshell this is the story of Marshall, a retired pilot in 1980, who goes back to France to try and find the people who sheltered him during World War 2.The publisher’s summary refers to his search as “a wrenching odyssey of discovery that threatens to break his heart—and also sets him on a new course for the rest of his life”. Huh? Are we talking about the same book??I didn’t like it. I just didn’t “buy in” to the characters - and therefore the story. I could not relate to [...]

    24. The story is about a WW2 pilot who, having been shot down in his B-17 bomber, crashes onto a field in Belgium and is helped by the Resistance movement to work his way through and out of France to Spain. His escape from the Germans was successful and when he returned to civilian life after the war he became a pilot of commercial airliners, eventually flying the Boeing 747's until his forced retirement at the age of 60. Now retired he decides to return to the original crash site to see if he can f [...]

    25. I read an ARC sent by a kind member. I loved reading Bobbie Ann Mason's In Country earlier this year. This novel is somewhat different. She explains in the Afterword how she based the novel, in part, on her father-in-law's wartime experiences. I won't rehash the plot, just to say Marshall Stone, a retired American pilot at age 60, returns to France to hunt up his rescuers from back when his B-17 crash landed during the Second World War. Well, I'm a big sucker for anything re: WW II, and Marshal [...]

    26. This book was SLOW MOVING. The name is "The Girl in the Blue Beret". But what it should have been called was "The Older Ex-Pilot in France" because there was hardly anything about the girl in the blue beret. I feel that more time should have been spent on her; you only really get to hear about her or her story at the end. Hmmmd I struggle with this review because I know the author wanted to kind of make you wonder about her and she dangled a carrot or two here and there to try and keep the reade [...]

    27. Blah.Pros: The subtle nuances of the characters. The way that the author captured how sometimes veterans have a need to revisit their past battlegrounds.Cons: so freakin repetitive. No good story arc, this is just a reminiscence of an older, womanizing selfish man. The French-to-English translations are cringeworthy. It's as though the author asked someone how they would say a phrase in French, and someone said "They would say "Comment ca-va?" Which mean's "How's it going." And the author then w [...]

    28. I enjoyed this gentle, low-key, slow-moving novel. It isn't remarkable in conventional terms--plot, character, setting--but Mason conveys something authentic about survivors of the "Good War," about those in the "Greatest Generation." She gets right the reticence, the sense of honor and chivalry, the innocence. That is no small feat.The main character is not real likeable, but even so, he retains that authenticity of the era. There were a few minor details that seemed deliberately placed to draw [...]

    29. I found this book to be frustrating. I did not like how the author jumped around between time periods and characters. Usually this does not bother me, but this author did it too abruptly. The story was interesting, but I found the main character to be annoying and I didn't like him. I also thought that the way the characters talked seemed forced and unrealistic. The story follows a man who was a fighter pilot during World War II. His plane crashes in Belgium. He is then helped by various French [...]

    30. I read a lot of books about the Holocaust and the Resistance. I liked this book OK but it never really grabbed me. It's told through the experience of an American pilot who was shot down and lands in a farm field near the French border. He is saved by members of the French Resistance and eventually is one of those who is able to cross the Pyrenees to Spain and back to Britain. The main thrust of the book is this pilot is now a retired commercial pilot, widowed, and he returns to France to see if [...]

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