THE RUNDOWN: SYNOPSIS & MEDIA REVIEWS
Across Europe, on what history will call D-Day, five unforgettable women from all walks of life strive to survive the most terrifying night of their lives.
The world was forever changed on the fateful day of June 6, 1944. All the Lights Above Us takes readers on an immersive journey through the tumultuous 24 hours of D-Day, as seen through the eyes of five remarkable women from different walks of life. Set in England, France, and Germany, the novel delves into the complex lives of these women.
From the American expatriate Axis Sally, whose conscience is haunted by her thriving career as a Nazi propagandist, to the iron-willed Emilia, who has climbed the ranks of the Gestapo only to betray them, these women will stop at nothing to fight for themselves, their countries, and their way of life.
The stakes are higher than ever before as the war reaches its tipping point. Young medical volunteer Theda is pushed to her limit as she tends to shiploads of casualties in Portsmouth. At the same time, intrepid Flora aids the French resistance and searches for her missing parents. Adelaide’s faith is tested as she is forced to quarter German soldiers. Each woman must confront heartbreak, treacherous family secrets, and the ability to trust themselves in the face of unimaginable danger.
With their inner strength as their only hope, these five women will push themselves to their limits to survive one of the most pivotal days in history. How far will they go for the things they believe in? Find out in this gripping and unforgettable tale of courage, survival, and the power of the human spirit.
With vivid details and unsparing descriptions, author M. B. Henry immerses readers in the physical and emotional challenges these women face as individuals and as members of their respective communities.
The characters’ stories showcase a multifaceted portrait of World War II, highlighting the complexities of good versus evil. Henry paints a believable picture of how even well-intentioned individuals can succumb to temptation as Adelaide and Emilia struggle to come to terms with their actions. Meanwhile, Theda and Flora are symbols of bravery and idealism in the face of adversity.
All the Lights Above Us is a captivating debut novel that offers a unique perspective on one of the most pivotal moments in history, reminding readers of the human cost of war.
“Well-researched and gripping . . . Fans of WWII fiction and women’s fiction won’t want to miss these inspiring stories of courage and survival.”—Historical Novel Society
“The talent and skills M.B. has shown in her debut novel rate her as an author to follow. Her ability to express different voices of women, under different circumstances, at the same period in history is extraordinary. Telling the story of D-Day through the lives of five women, genius. History will be remembered – inclusive of the military and civilians, as it should be. Embrace these five amazing women who represent the millions of unknown. Do not judge them. This novel should be required reading for young students to remember that day – D-Day. I highly recommend it to readers of all ages and genders.”—Heather Morris, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Tattooist of Auschwitz
“Everyone’s going to read All the Lights Above Us. People are going to fall in love with it exactly the way I did. Character by character. I mean there’s such emotion in this book. And it’s WWII like you’ve never thought of it before. And D-Day like you’ve never thought of it before. And I think M.B. chose one of the most haunting days in American history to write about. But she did it with these five women. Each one different. Different facets of this whole conflict.”— Adriana Trigiani.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
M.B. Henry is a lifelong student of history, especially military history, having visited battlefields and historical sites all over the world. She has a degree in Cinema and Comparative Literature, and has served as a historical consultant and researcher on films and television in Los Angeles.
I’ve been crazy about History since my Ancient Egypt phase in the sixth grade. WWII and Military History took me over in high school, and I combined my writing endeavors with my historical ones to bring history to life. My debut Historical-Fiction Novel, “All the Lights Above Us,” following five different women from different backgrounds as they struggle to survive D-Day.
Representation – Lindsay Guzzardo at Martin Literary Management
“Well-researched and gripping . . . Fans of WWII fiction and women’s fiction won’t want to miss these inspiring stories of courage and survival.”
— Historical Novel Society
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