Monica's War

Fiction - Historical - Personage
379 Pages
Reviewed on 10/13/2021
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Monica’s War is a work of historical fiction based on real life, and was penned by author Jo Horne. Chronicling the life of fierce female protagonist Monica Beresford Wichfeld, based on the facts of her life, this biographical-but-fictionalized account brings us closer to the emotion and excitement of the life of this incredible woman. From her beginnings as the wife of a Danish aristocrat and contemporary to some of the most famous artists and writers of her time, Monica’s life contained salacious affairs and independent thinking until she was put to the ultimate test during the Second World War. Here, her daring actions in Resistance support would prove her worth to the wider world but also, unfortunately, prove to be the cause of her untimely death.

Capturing a whole life in a single novel is a tough task, but author Jo Horne masters it with the fascinating read Monica’s War. There was an extraordinary command of language from Horne that balanced sensitivity with fact, offering a wonderful, accurate, and well-researched account of Monica’s life for us and allowing us to relate deeply to her fierce nature. Time and again, I found myself lost in the wonderful lines of dialogue that captured old attitudes and historical atmosphere, but it was also refreshing to see the modern, independent woman at the center defying and rejecting what she didn’t feel was just. Overall, I would certainly recommend Monica’s War to fans of historical novels who are looking for fictional tales based on true accounts and those seeking more stories of heroic women from history.