The Point of Light (Historical Fiction Book 1) by John Ellsworth

Reviewed by Allen Hott

In this fictional accounting of the atrocities of World War II Claire Vallant lives through those horrendous days. She was able to not only recount verbally but also by pictures memories of the happenings. Claire was a young French girl who quite by accident began her career in photography by taking some pictures in a hospital. She was then “hired” by many of the visitors at the hospital to take photos of relatives and friends. Little did Claire realize what this beginning would grow into?

She falls in love with Remy whom she had known from grade school and together they join the French Resistance to fight as well as they can against the advancing German Army. Together they made reconnaissance missions where Claire would take pictures of the German soldiers who had been sent ahead of the oncoming army that planned to take over Paris and all of France.

Because Remy’s father was the foreign minister to Paris Remy was forced to join the German army even though in his heart he was a French resistance fighter. As the story goes on he has the parents of a young French girl taken hostage and he secretly hides away the young girl because he doesn’t want her to be killed also. As he fights alongside the Germans he does everything in his power to prevent many of their atrocities and is a true rebel at heart.

At the same time Claire’s younger sister, Esmee, is taken prisoner by the Germans and ends up working as a maid in the quarters of several high ranking officers. One of these, Sigmund Schlosser, is of the highest rank and handles putting French fighters either to death or in prison.

Claire also ends up as a prisoner of the Germans but only after she and Remy hide away the young girl with Claire’s parents who are able to get out of France.

The story goes on and follows Remy’s life as a French resistance fighter and Claire’s life as photo-journalist who is so skilled that she is able to stay out of the depths of the prisons though she does work in them.

She witnesses the death of her younger sister who is pushed to death by Schlosser and her pictures and testimony are later used in the trials of Schlosser and other German soldiers.

A good fictional account that is probably truer to life than we realize as so many of these type things occurred during World War II.