Jill said, "I finished a fantastic book about Wales. Not sure if Wales is considered a country for this challenge, but if it is, then I suggest Resistance by Owen Sheers!" (Click the book's title for Jill's review.)
1944. After the fall of Russia and the failed D-Day landings, a German counterattack lands on British soil. Within a month, half of Britain is occupied. The seat of British government has fled to Worcester, Churchill to Canada. A network of British resistance cells is all that is left to defy the German army. Against this backdrop, Resistance opens with Sarah Lewis, a twenty-six-year-old farmer’s wife, waking to find her husband, Tom, has disappeared. She is not alone, as all the other women in the Welsh border valley of Olchon wake to find their husbands gone. With this sudden and unexplained absence, the women regroup as an isolated, all-female community and wait, hoping for news. Later, a German patrol arrives in the valley, the purpose of their mission a mystery. When a severe winter forces the two groups together, a fragile mutual dependency develops. Sarah begins a faltering acquaintance with the patrol’s commanding officer, Albrecht Wolfram, and it is to her that he reveals the purpose of the patrol. But as the pressure of the war beyond presses in on this isolated community, this fragile state of harmony is increasingly threatened. This novel is a hymn to the glorious landscape of the Welsh border territories and a portrait of a community under siege.
Bonnie said, "Sure, Jill, Wales is a country. Thanks for mentioning that the book is an alternate history, asking, what if the German army had invaded England during World War II? I love to explore alternate histories."