Book: The Betrayal (The Guernsey Novels Book 6) by Anne Allencategories: Book, Dual-Time History, German Occupation WWII, Mysterious Death, Family Drama, Romance, Suspense, Mystery Fiction
Anne Allenabout this book: The Betrayal was inspired by two historical events. The first was the artist Renoir's visit to Guernsey in 1883 when he painted numerous views of particular bays, mainly Muelin Huet on the south coast. They are quite famous and at least one is in an American museum.
The second event was rather darker. The Germans occupied Guernsey from 1940 - 1945 and they behaved particularly harshly to the few Jews on the island. Eventually, in 1942, three known Jews were deported to concentration camps and did not return.
Leo Bichard was a local businessman whose maternal grandmother was a French Jew, although this was a family secret. He inherited a valuable art collection from her, including a Renoir, and was betrayed to the Germans as someone with a Jewish heritage and was deported in 1942, never to return.
More than 60 years later a painting that looks suspiciously like a Renoir turns up in the basement of an antiques shop in Guernsey and the new owners of the business, twins Fiona and Nigel, want to verify its authenticity and trace the owner. However, a short time after, Nigel is found dead and Fiona has the added task of finding out how he died - and why.
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