Author: Cate Lineberry
How Acquired: From publisher, contacted by author
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication Date: May 7, 2013
The Secret Rescue by Cate Lineberry is one of those great combinations of compelling narrative and historical record. Lineberry brings to life the complete story of a group of Americans whose plane crash-landed in Nazi-occupied Albania in 1943 and spent the next months trying to escape. It wouldn’t be until March the following year that the last of the stranded party was rescued, three nurses who were separated from the main party and lived in hiding in Berat, Albania for months.
Through meticulous research and wonderful attention to detail, Lineberry tells the story of a side of War that too often we forget. The story of ordinary people who find themselves in a place they never thought they would be, and who do extraordinary things they never thought they could. As Lineberry discloses very early in the book, these men and women were not trained in combat, evasion, or rescue. These were medics and nurses who signed up to travel and see the world and instead saw a side of life and humanity most of us could never imagine.