This uplifting and positive book — now a New York Times best seller — encourages kids to promise that tomorrow, they will try new things, do their best, and be brave. Journey through a world filled with positive and beautifully hand-lettered words of widsom, inspiration, and motivation.
As this book reminds readers, tomorrow is another day, full of endless opportunities—all you have to do is decide to make the day yours. This is a joyous burst of color. Jessica Hische grew up in Pennsylvania.
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To ask other readers questions about Tomorrow to be Brave , please sign up. Lists with This Book. When I first picked up this book and read its flyleaf, what it described seemed too incredible to be true. Susan Travers, born in England from a materially comfortable albeit not affluent background, with parents of Victorian sensibilities not well-matched for each other, went to live in France with them in the early s. There, after finishing school, she learned to live life to the full, feeling more French than British. She was an accomplished tennis player on the amateur level and an avid skier.
There she learned the rudiments of nursing and in early , was sent with her unit to Finland, where she spent several months helping wounded Finnish soldiers from the recently concluded Russo-Finnish War to recuperate and convalesce. Determined as ever to make a meaningful contribution to the war effort, she offered her services with the Free French then being formed under the leadership of General de Gaulle from various elements of the French military who rallied to his call to continue the fight against the Germans.
Thus began her relationship with the French Foreign Legion, which took her to Dakar where Free French forces suffered a bloody repulse later in after trying to establish a toehold in Equatorial Africa against the Vichy French , East Africa, and the Levant where the Free French won their first battles in Syria and Lebanon, assisting the Allies in wresting both protectorates from Vichy control in It was also in the Levant while Susan was recovering from jaundice that she found love with one of the high-ranking Free French officers.
A man who would play a pivotal part in her life throughout the war. Later, after the Foreign Legion was sent to North Africa to assist the British and Commonwealth forces in holding the line against Rommel's Afrika Korps and Italian forces, Susan earned herself a special place in the Legion for staying at Bir Hakeim, a vital strongpoint in Libya, which Rommel needed to capture in order to push forward to Egypt and control of the Suez Canal, without which the Allies could not expect to maintain its precarious hold over North Africa, and by extension, the Middle East.
At this time, she was the official driver for this officer, K, promoted to General , who commanded the French forces at Bir Hakeim. Rather than stay safe in the rear area far from the front, Susan opted to return to Bir Hakeim, where German and Italian forces outnumbered the Legion by 10 to 1. Despite a personal ultimatum from Rommel himself requesting that all French forces surrender Bir Hakeim or face annihilation, General K resolved on a plan to breakout with his troops under cover of darkness after having received approval from his British superiors to do so.
It was a bold gamble as Susan bravely drove the General and one of his junior officers through a minefield and 3 lines of defense firmly held by the enemy. Several hours later, when it seemed that all hope was lost, they found safety upon reaching a British forward position. Gradually, those troops who survived the mines and vicious attacks from Italo-German forces, were able to reassemble in British controlled territory.
This battle helped to further bolster De Gaulle's claim to be the "real leader" of Free France, and lend credibility to the Free French military. For a variety of reasons, Susan had to sever her ties with General K who later came to occupy one of the highest positions in the French military, earning De Gaulle's deepest respect and trust , and continued to serve with the Legion in Italy and France, seldom far from the frontlines.
With war's end in May , Susan was a bit of a loss as to what to do with her life. With the help of some officers she had known in the Legion, Susan was able to be officially admitted into the Legion as an officer. Service in Indochina followed, where she found love and marriage with a fellow Legionnaire. Susan Travers went on to live with France with her husband and 2 sons. Her husband predeceased her in Oct 03, Anna rated it really liked it Shelves: What an amazing lady.
Susan Travers was and has been the only woman to be allowed to join the French Foreign Legion. A lot of people asked to write her memoir, but she chose to wait until she was over 90, and her husband and all previous lovers that have their part in the memoir were dead. She was on active duty during the WW II, but tells about her life also before the war. War, fights even though she wasn't on the frontline but a driver and sometimes a nurse , exotic locations in war-t What an amazing lady.
War, fights even though she wasn't on the frontline but a driver and sometimes a nurse , exotic locations in war-time Africa, so accommodations more like tents and sleeping in a hole on the ground than anything even remotely resembling resorts , love yes, that too. She doesn't spare the details. Definitely not your typical WW II book. I hugely admire this lady.
Sep 24, Kelly marked it as to-read Shelves: This woman sounds absolutely amazing: The modern military member will probably be doing a lot of head-shaking while reading this autobiography. This is definitely not your typical war story as it is written by the only woman to enlist in the Foreign Legion. For much of her time in Africa Travers lived in relative luxury as the The modern military member will probably be doing a lot of head-shaking while reading this autobiography.
For much of her time in Africa Travers lived in relative luxury as the General's paramour, a situation that would call for courts-martial all round in this day and age. Stiil, full points to Travers for honesty as she didn't try to gloss over her involvement in this and several other affairs of the heart. Full points to her for answering the Legion's call for troops you cannot say her country's call as France was ruled by the Vichy regime at this time , and for turning out a war story that manages to be interesting in spite of the mushy stuff.
Definitely a book worth spending time and attention to for its unique historical value! I was gripped by the story of this lady's life, from her self confessed frivolity of the 's and 30s to her entrance into the war and the French Foreign legion. Her honesty in describing her life, love and war experiences is very obvious and the fact she waited until no one could be affected by this candid portrayal of her life shows dignity, tact and sensitivity.
Highly recommend reading this and finding Definitely a book worth spending time and attention to for its unique historical value! Highly recommend reading this and finding inspiration from her. Oct 06, Ria rated it it was amazing.
A totally absorbing and moving book, I read this in one read through until the early hours of the morning. This book was educational, inspirational and a heartbreaking love story. Sep 24, Carrie rated it really liked it Shelves: This was an amazing read. Susan Travers lived an amazing life, and the story is fascinating. It was a surprise that noted and excellent chick-lit author Wendy Holden was the co-author on this book, and the book was eminently readable and well-paced. This would be a great choice for a reader during women's history month. Oct 04, Jon Wort rated it it was amazing. A remarkable account of a remarkable woman.
Serving with the French Foreign Legion and surviving the battle of Bir Hakeim she capture both the hardship, her love for General Koenig and life on the front line. It is a moving book in parts with some very emotional chapters tinged with sadness. However, throughout it shines with her zest for life, her bravery and her enduring I love for the Legion and General Koenig.
As a book it is easy to read and I had no tr A remarkable account of a remarkable woman. As a book it is easy to read and I had no trouble in reading it in a very short time. Jul 29, Jo rated it it was amazing. An easy and enjoyable read about an unconventional women in less permissive and extraordinary times. She doesn't make herself out be a hero, despite her obvious courage and provides a rare level of insight into the mindset and emotional states of both herself and her fellow soldiers in the midst of battle. I found it thoroughly enjoyable and quite relatable.
Jul 13, Strivetoengage rated it liked it. I posted my review on my blog: Jun 11, Anne Marie Sweeney rated it it was amazing. Nov 22, Liz Neale rated it really liked it. Mar 03, Femke rated it liked it. Dit is zeker geen boek dat ik zelf zou kiezen in een bibliotheek of boekenwinkel. Maar wanneer enkel de beperkte selectie boeken beschikbaar is van mijn vader, dan grijp ik al snel naar de enige niet-thriller in heel de stapel. Een boek met vergeelde bladeren en een oude, gestoffeerde groene kaft, met op de eerste pagina de krullende lettertjes van de initialen van mijn grootvader.
Op zich prikkelde dat genoeg mijn nieuwsgierigheid om dit boek open te slaan. Over hoe een kokette rijkeluisdame zich losrukt van haar ouders, beslist om alle luxe op te geven en zich aan te melden om ten strijde te gaan met het legioen, tijdens WO II in Afrika. Een boeiend verhaal over een moedige vrouw. I bought this book in Cheap Book Warehouse as I was looking for engaging story to read.
And I didn't reagret that. Great story of a brave woman, who didn't fear anything. She served in one of the best and the toughest military formation in whole world. The ony woman that was enlisted as French Foreign Legion soldier and in a rank of officer. First legionaire that married a legionnaire and gave a birth to a child. Aug 16, Bruce rated it it was amazing Shelves: As time passes it seems more works on women during World War Two are appearing. This is an exciting, easily read memoir by the only woman to become a member of the French Foreign Legion.
Much of the book is about her time "attached" to the legion as an "ambulance" driver as the legion saw action in the Middle East and North Africa. She recounts her parts in some of the battles and in the resistance of and then breakout from Bir Hakeim. This is one of the best war-time biographies I've ever read.