Midnight on the Marne: A Novel

Midnight on the Marne: A Novel

by Sarah Adlakha

Narrated by John Pirhalla, Saskia Maarleveld

Sarah Adlakha

Unabridged — 10 hours, 45 minutes

Midnight on the Marne: A Novel

Midnight on the Marne: A Novel

by Sarah Adlakha

Narrated by John Pirhalla, Saskia Maarleveld

Sarah Adlakha

Unabridged — 10 hours, 45 minutes

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Set during the heroism and heartbreak of World War I, and in an occupied France in an alternative timeline, Sarah Adlakha's Midnight on the Marne explores the responsibilities love lays on us and the rippling impact of our choices.

France, 1918. Nurse Marcelle Marchand has important secrets to keep. Her role as a spy has made her both feared and revered, but it has also put her in extreme danger from the approaching German army.

American soldier George Mountcastle feels an instant connection to the young nurse. But in times of war, love must wait. Soon, George and his best friend Philip are fighting for their lives during the Second Battle of the Marne, where George prevents Philip from a daring act that might have won the battle at the cost of his own life.

On the run from a victorious Germany, George and Marcelle begin a new life with Philip and Marcelle's twin sister, Rosalie, in a brutally occupied France. Together, this self-made family navigates oppression, near starvation, and unfathomable loss, finding love and joy in unexpected moments.

Years pass, and tragedy strikes, sending George on a course that could change the past and rewrite history. Playing with time is a tricky thing. If he chooses to alter history, he will surely change his own future-and perhaps not for the better.

A Macmillan Audio production from Forge Books.

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A few crucial choices change the fate of two people in this entrancing speculative love story from Adlakha (She Wouldn’t Change a Thing). In the summer of 1918, WWI rages through France and Marcelle Marchand, both a nurse and a spy for British Intelligence, crosses paths with American soldier George Mountcastle, who is immediately captivated by her beauty. When Marcelle’s assignment goes wrong, history is rewritten, and Germany succeeds in conquering France. George rescues Marcelle with the help of Marcelle’s twin sister, Rosalie, and they escape to Soissons. The price for hiding American soldiers is death, but Marcelle risks it. She and George have fallen in love, and she’ll do anything to protect their life together. But as the war threatens everything they hold dear, George wonders what might have happened if, at various points in their relationship, they had made different choices, and contemplates altering history to end their suffering. Adlakha expertly lays the foundation for this sweeping, tragic romance while never shying away from the merciless bloodshed of war. The mystical element of George playing with time arrives late and a bit abruptly, but this does not detract from its powerful emotional impact. This wistful tale is a winner. (Aug.)

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" Entrancing...Adlakha expertly lays the foundation for this sweeping, tragic romance...This wistful tale is a winner." —Publishers Weekly

“Midnight on the Marne is a well-written and well-researched story centered around one of the most crucial battles of the Great War. I thoroughly enjoyed Sarah's novel and highly recommend it, especially to those who like history with a twist.” —Stephen L. Harris, author of Rock of the Marne: The American Soldiers Who Turned the Tide Against the Kaiser in World War I

"Midnight on the Marne is an extraordinary tale of “what if,” which cleverly explores how both fate and personal choice can change the course of the world. One of the most unique and beautiful pieces of historical fiction I’ve ever read. An emotional, breathtaking, deftly plotted masterpiece." —Kristin Harmel, New York Times bestselling author of The Forest of Vanishing Stars

“A richly imagined journey into the realm of what if, Midnight on the Marne delves into an alternate world of supreme cruelty and loss, yet where love still endures and fate still entwines souls, and courage can conquer all.” —Shana Abe, New York Times bestselling author of The Second Mrs. Astor

"A moving and thought-provoking story of love and loss, highlighting how a single, pivotal moment in time can affect history on a personal and a global level. Midnight on the Marne paints a searing picture of World War 1 that doesn’t shy away from the brutal reality, yet overlays the grimness of war with a beautifully written love story." —Fiona Valpy, bestselling author of The Dressmaker’s Gift

Product Details

BN ID: 2940176473209
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Publication date: 08/09/2022
Edition description: Unabridged

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