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How can love survive a brutal time?In 1946 in North America, a child makes a grisly find in a deserted field—a discovery that opens a shuttered window on a secret dating back to the beginning of the turbulent decade.In 1941 in occupied France, Adele Georges's fruitless attempts to learn the whereabouts of her father, captured by the Nazis, lead her to a lonely young GermanHow can love survive a brutal time?In 1946 in North America, a child makes a grisly find in a deserted field—a discovery that opens a shuttered window on a secret dating back to the beginning of the turbulent decade.In 1941 in occupied France, Adele Georges's fruitless attempts to learn the whereabouts of her father, captured by the Nazis, lead her to a lonely young German soldier far from home. A spark between them becomes a fire—and a dangerous love affair blooms across enemy lines, dooming Adele to a grim postwar existence as a despised outcast, one of the infamous "horizontal collaborators." Ostracized, tortured, tormented, she chooses a desperate escape, accompanying a war-damaged yet optimistic Allied soldier across an ocean to a new land. But there is no refuge from the past, as Adele's broken heart and shameful secret drive her deeper into despair...and toward a shocking outcome.Part mystery and part love story—an unforgettable and beautifully written novel of secrets, passions, and consequences—Transgression is an exceptional work of power and strange beauty....

Title : Transgression
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ISBN : 9780061782312
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 352 Pages
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Transgression Reviews

  • Lorri
    2019-01-18 22:27

    The violation of a law, the violation of a duty, are both definitions of the word “transgression“. In the book, Transgression: A Novel of Love and War, by James Nichol, those prime examples of defining the meaning of the word “transgression” are vividly brush stroked with Nichol’s word paintings.Set during World War II and postwar, the historical aspect of the novel is fascinating, and the story line evokes mystery and intrigue as well. It is a story primarily of war and love, and the confines of such relationships within the framework of search and seizure in the Nazi stronghold in France. Life under seige by the oppressor (and the oppressor is often ourselves), and how an individual’s coping mechanism is put into play is at the forefront of the novel.The dangers of love affairs that cross the lines of political affiliation are explored in depth in this dramatic novel 1941, as Adele Georges tries to find her father who has been captured by the Nazis. While in the process of doing so, she meets a German soldier named Manfred who befriends her, tries to be helpful, and herein begins a romance that dooms her in the eyes of both sides fighting the war.Within this framework there is a mystery lingering, the mystery of a disturbing find in a field. The year is 1946 and the gruesome discovery has been found by a child. Nichols’ writing is beautiful, yet gruesome at times, but each ugly act is pertinent to the story line, and not written for shock value. The historical aspect of Transgression is infused with much data.

  • Megan
    2019-01-08 17:46

    I picked this up at the library with five other books. I get a lot of books at the library, will start, and if it's good will read the whole book. If not, I'll quit 20 pages in. It has two stories - one follows a French girl in 1941 trying to discover if her father was killed fighting the Germans. She meets a German soldier trying to find her father and a relationship begins. The other story follows a detective who is trying to figure out why a finger ends up in a rural farm in Cananda, 1946. The two stories combine in a most fantastic way. This book was a total surprise. It is excellent. From the cover I was wondering if it would be a too sexual. Instead I was totally thrilled. One of the best compliments I can give a book is if it is so good, I don't read the end because I don't want to ruin the enjoyment of the book unfolding. (90% of the books I read I end up reading the end long before I get anywhere near it.) This book I didn't skip to the end. I highly recommend it.

  • Jan
    2019-01-18 22:37

    Loved it

  • Sarah
    2019-01-10 22:34

    Oh this book... I'll admit that for half of this novel, I skimmed most of it. The Jack and crime-solving portion of the book just seemed boring to me. I don't know if it's because I didn't become emotionally involved with this portion or what. Even the actual crime-solving stuff just made me sigh and try to move along to the Adele portions faster.The Adele parts, however, were packed with emotion. Seeing what this woman went through because of her choice of love just made my eyes tear up and my heart go out to her. It was an interesting perspective for a story, from the eyes of what some would call a "collaborator" and "traitor". And not only seeing Adele go through these trials but her fellow German soldier women and seeing their fates... Just heart-breaking. I'm glad Adele was able to build something for herself and find some sort of a peace in a different land.I enjoyed the romance-y stuff with both Manfred and Alex for Adele. Both relationships felt very real and down to Earth. I don't know if it was the times and surroundings or what, but each had a unique feel to them. The threads of the romances were interwoven with the narrative to create two very different men, relationships, and circumstances.Overall, this was a very middle of the road novel. I enjoyed the characters, emotions, and relationships in the Adele portion. Yet, the Jack portion left me cold. And when half the book does that, let's just say the book doesn't shoot to the top of the pile of awesome. So a solid 3. Would I recommend it? Eh... Maybe to see the trials of a French woman in love with a German soldier but to enjoy a novel in its entirety? No.

  • Shawn
    2019-01-08 00:21

    At first when I started this novel about a young French woman who is living during the occupation of France during WWII, I was annoyed, as every other chapter it started telling a story about a man that is found murdered in Canada 3 years later. The two conflicting stories were hard to wrap your brain around at first, as there was so much going on in each story and I wanted to remember each detail, as I knew they must come together at some point.... That said, as I got used to it, both stories blew me away, as the heroine falls in love with a German soldier, and then misses meeting him at one point and they are separated, and he is no where to be found. And the inspector of the murder case goes to great lengths to find the murderer, as he is on a personal vendetta since he lost his son to the war.As both stories get closer and closer, I found I couldn't stop reading and ended up finishing late into the nite, when I usually only read for a half hour each nite.Excellent writing, absorbing stories, with a lot of history about both places during this troubled time. A great book portraying the strength of the human spirit, and the consequences of the choices that these characters made in their lives. I would highly recommend this!

  • Chrissy
    2019-01-11 23:49

    What a fabulous novel! I purchased this 2nd hand from an online auction and what a find. The novel is two stories in one - that of Jack, a small town police chief in 1946 Canada who is called to investigate a finger found in a field, and of Adele, a young french girl in a war torn French village who meets and falls in love with a young German clerk. The two stories weave and dance together before coming to a crescendo at the final pages of the book. I could completely empathize with Adele and my heart broke for her as she found and lost all the people she loved and cared for - her parents, her brother, the Jewish children, her best friend, and her identity.When she finally reaches Canada and freedom, the last thing she expects is for her new life to crash down as well.I loved this book so much and I was holding my breath at the end when the two stories merged.

  • Bree
    2019-01-18 23:40

    A compelling story of young love and war. I'm not usually a fan of men writing in the voice of women, but Nichol creates a rich character in Adele. He weaves two complex plots in disparate times and places, and brings them to a crescendo. This book stayed on my mind the 3 days it took me to read it. My two critiques are that the choppiness of Jack's segments, while they convey his frame of mind, also lead to a distancing of the reader from his character. This particularly noticeable because of how strong Adele's segments are. Also, the final wrap-up of the plots, as told through the newspaper story, is a distancing letdown after living in the richness of these characters for the whole book.

  • Karen
    2018-12-21 21:40

    Unusual StoryI really enjoyed this book. It began with two seemingly unrelated story lines that were four years apart; one in France and one in Canada. As we become acquainted with the characters the interval between the two story shortens. Near the end of the book, the time line as well as the story line merge.I thoroughly enjoyed this unusual treatment of a murder mystery combined with two love stories.;

  • Srinivas
    2019-01-05 23:34

    Loved reading Adele's story. It was written really well, and kept me hooked all the way to the end.Was really really bored with Jack's story...skimmed through most of it, actually skipping through some parts.The ending was managed well though, and brought both the stories together, to a fitting conclusion.

  • Jaime
    2019-01-02 16:32

    I really enjoyed this book and read it in just about 2 days. It is a romance, but not unbelievably so. The chapters alternate between focusing on characters in France (early 40s) and characters in Canada (mid 40s). It was pretty easy to see how the two were going to come together, but the end took me slightly by surprise. It was very enjoyable seeing how the two stories ended up working together.

  • Deborah Denny
    2018-12-23 21:36

    I loved this book, an older one that should be featured again on the bookshelves! It brings a different slant to the horrors of war, including a love story that ends back in Canada with a local murder.

  • Sas
    2018-12-27 23:33

    I seem to be on a roll with books depicting the horrors of World War II, While I like "Those Who Save Us better, this definitely held my attention. A love story set in Nazi occupied France between a young french girl and a German soldier. Yes, doomed from the start.

  • Mandy
    2019-01-07 18:24

    What a beautiful love story in such an ugly time. This book brings you right into the lives of it's characters and shows you what it was like to be in the time of war. Cover to cover I read this and passed it on to all my favorite readers who also loved it.

  • Marietjie Steyn
    2018-12-30 16:43

    Sjoe, dit was 'n goeie storie! Ek kan nie glo dat so min mense die boek gelees het nie. Regtig die moeite werd. Die Tweede Wêreld Oorlog en nadraai daarvan was baie interessant: Wat gebeur as vyande vriende en selfs geliefdes raak...

  • Kelli
    2018-12-27 22:32

    This is my second book of 2014 and it was a good one. Crime and mystery are not usually my favorite genre, but this book had me hooked from the start. A forbidden love in France and a murder in Canada collide but its not until the end of the book that the reader finds out how and why.

  • Benjamin baschinsky
    2019-01-12 18:29

    Outstanding book, captures war torn France, and love between a German soldier and a woman from Rouen.Also brings skillfully a murder in Canada in 1946, I am awaiting to see how the author binds them together.

  • Katrina Evangelista
    2019-01-19 17:45

    I've always liked how the author narrated Adele's perspective.A very strong yet innocent portrayal of the main character. The storyline makes you feel nostalgic and warm inside.

  • Andy Felt
    2019-01-07 19:38

    Great historical fiction about WWII. I was drawn in and couldn't put it down.

  • Catherine
    2018-12-28 22:34

    I really enjoyed this book. It was sad and hopeful and tragic at times. In the end I realized that all the characters lives were affected by the war, yet in very different ways. Definite recommend.

  • Barbara Schrenk
    2018-12-22 21:36

    Spannend waren die historischen Hintergründe, die Geschichte selber eher nicht so umwerfend.

  • Noelle Mikkelsen
    2019-01-20 22:39

    Thought this book was terrific. Historical fiction, mystery, love story....well-written.

  • Joyce Findlay
    2019-01-01 22:32

    I think it was a great read. Once I got into it, I couldn't put it down.

  • Jill
    2019-01-02 20:46

    Excellent - very complex and moving plot!

  • Jodi
    2018-12-21 16:25

    Really enjoyed this one! Skillfully written and quite suspenseful. I couldn't put it down - finished it in 3 sittings.

  • Nathalie Melvin
    2018-12-22 20:46

    Excellent story!

  • Anne Walbridge
    2019-01-19 16:37


  • Lucia
    2018-12-28 20:46

    Stunning - from the first page to the last - READ IT!

  • Amy
    2019-01-01 21:39

    I really wanted to like this book, but it bounced around too much and I couldn't get a sense of anyone because the time jumps happened too quickly.