His Mistake – Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat
“Are you alright?” she said. Her body was shaking. “I’m so sorry, I couldn’t see. You’re not hurt, are you?” She waited for a response. When none came she quickly reached for the door of the car. A hand then came up and squeezed her shoulder. He again spoke in German. His foul breath was like a slap in her face. “I-I don’t speak German,” she stammered. Without a word, he grabbed her and threw her face down against the hood of the car. She felt the motor running beneath her. He then turned her over. Even though she was facing him now, she could not make out the details of his face. He ripped her dress from her body and pushed her harder against the car. She punched at his stomach. When he did not relent, she dug her fingernails into his neck, which prompted him to hit her in the face. She let out a muffled cry as she realized that it was all over. Over for Frances Thompson, formerly Briggs. Her life, from this moment on, was to be forever changed.’
Frances Thompson, originally from London, had met and married Reginald Thompson who worked for The Times as a war correspondent. As World War I began, his profession ended up taking him to Germany where he later took Frances to live. As the war progressed, Frances found “Reggie” away more times than home. This left her doing her best to be the perfect wife for her perfect husband. And she succeeded, until she met Derek Jacobs.
His Mistake has got to be one of the most beautiful love stories I’ve read in a long time. I found myself wanting to hate some of the characters along the way, only to find myself loving them even more as their lives took them through World War I and into the beginning of World War II. Ladies…this is a must read book.
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