Tag Archive | WWII

#The Soldier’s Girl by Sharon Maas–Review-4 stars-#NetGalley

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The Soldier’s Girl is a captivating, historical fiction novel, which takes place during WWII. I found the book to be a little confusing at first, but after a few chapters, the story fell into place. I was wholly engrossed until the very end.  

Sybil missed her life and her childhood friends, in Alsace, France. And, although, Sybil had been living in England for years, she always considered France to be her home. So after becoming a competent nurse, she sought a position in France, nursing soldiers back to health. Sybil was granted her wish to go to France, not as a nurse, however, but as a British Agent, for the French Resistance, in Alsace. She was recruited because of her unique ability to speak flawless, French, Alsatian, and German; and her talent for staying calm under pressure. 

France was under German occupation, except for Alsace. Germany had annexed Alsace instead. The people of Alsace were forced to become German citizens and were given new identities. Everything written in French was destroyed. No one was even allowed to speak the language. As a result, the French Resistance of Alsace was born. Sybil’s job was to supply weapons, organize, and train the members. She was also the one responsible for setting up a wireless connection to England. 

But shortly after parachuting into France, Sybil met Commander Wolfgang Von Haagan. The man who would frighten her, as well as win her heart. If only the Commander had been cruel to Sybil, it wouldn’t have been so difficult to carry out what her duty demanded of her.  

Thank you, Bookouture and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.

~4 out of 5 stars~

 

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#The Dutch Wife by Ellen Keith–Review-4.5 Stars #NetGalley

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The Dutch Wife is a well-crafted, riveting, and haunting novel. It held me captive from the very first page. There are two stories which run parallel in this book, with different timelines. The first story takes place in Germany during WWII, and involves, a political prisoner, Marijke, and the Schutzhaftagerfuhrer for Buchenwald, Karl Muller. And, the second timeline, is in Argentina, during the Dirty War, involving, a University student, Luciano Wagner.

In Amsterdam, Marijke de Graaf, and her husband, Theo, were arrested for taking part in the resistance against the Third Reich. The two of them were considered political prisoners and sent to different camps. Because Marijke was beautiful, she was given the choice of working in a brothel at Buchenwald, or staying where she was, and possibly not surviving the work camp. She chose the brothel. Initially, she was hoping to see her husband at Buchenwald. But as time went on, Marijke felt more and more ashamed, for prostituting herself, and for her growing attachment to Karl Muller, the Schuzhaftagerfuhrer. 

 The parallel story in this book, takes place in Argentina, during the 1970s. Anyone in Argentina who was discovered, speaking out, against the government, disappeared. Luciano Wagner, a University student, was arrested for attending a resistance rally. He became one of many students who were kidnapped by the military and tortured. I didn’t know much about the Dirty War, so the details shocked me. The torture that took place was hideous, heartbreaking and haunting. 

Although I was totally engrossed in this novel, and highly recommend reading it; switching back and forth, between Germany, 1943, and Argentina, 1977, in my opinion, took away from the book. The two parallel stories do come together, however, in the end. The Dutch Wife is a compelling read, realistically graphic, engrossing, and well-researched.

Thank you, Harlequin and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy. I loved it.

~4.5 out of 5 stars~

 

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

Winner of the HarperCollins/UBC Prize for Best New Fiction, Ellen Keith is a Canadian writer and a recent graduate of the University of British Columbia’s MFA program in creative writing. Her work has appeared in publications such as the New Quarterly and the Globe and Mail. She currently lives in Amsterdam.

 

#Finding Rebecca by Eoin Dempsey–Review–5 stars

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Finding Rebecca is a love story that takes place during WWII. 

Although Christopher was born in Berlin, he wanted nothing to do with the Nazis until, Rebecca, the love of his life, was taken from him. Christopher and Rebecca would have married if it had been allowed. It wasn’t. Rebecca was Jewish. When Rebecca was forced out of her home and sent to a work camp, Christopher became an SS officer. His one focus was to find and save Rebecca.

The story is a beautifully written love story. But because it took place during the Holocaust, it’s raw and graphic at times. Although I’ve read several books about WWII, the atrocities that were carried out by the Nazis never cease to sadden, anger, and horrify me. 

Although this story is emotionally draining and painful to read, it’s a compelling and well-crafted historical fiction novel.

~5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

 

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I was born and raised in Ireland. I lived there until 2008, when I moved to the USA. It was during that time that I came up with the idea for a novel. So I wrote it. That book became FINDING REBECCA. 

My second novel, THE BOGSIDE BOYS, was an amazing experience to both research and write.I visited Germany to research my new novel, WHITE ROSE BLACK FOREST. The Black Forest region was even more beautiful than I could have imagined. 

I’m a full time writer now, in Philadelphia, where I live with my wonderful wife, Jill, and sons Robbie and Sam. You can connect with me on my website eoindempseybooks.com or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/eoindempseybooks/ or by email at eoindempseybooks@gmail.com

 

#The German Half-Bloods by Jana Petken–Review-5 stars!

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Don’t Miss Jana Petken’s Latest Outstanding Historical Fiction Novel!

 

The German Half-Bloods is a superbly written, unputdownable historical fiction novel. 

The book begins in Germany, during the early days of WWII, and follows the family of Dieter and Laura Vogel. Dieter is a successful businessman, and fiercely loyal to Germany. Because Dieter married an English woman, he was the only pure blood German in his immediate family. Dieter often invited Nazis into his home for dinner, hoping that his close contact with them, would keep his half-blood children, and English wife, from the Gestapo’s watch list. I quickly became invested in this family; and loved following them into England, Paris, Poland, and Russia. 

Chaos was breaking out in Germany, and the air was thick with fear. Nazis were arresting Jewish families, Jewish sympathizers, and anyone verbalizing thoughts against Hitler. Although Nazi soldiers were often in Dieter Vogel’s home, mingling with his family, Wilmot, Dieter’s youngest son was the only one interested in joining the military.

 Wilmot Vogel couldn’t wait to put on his SS uniform. He was looking forward to serving Hitler. Wilmot was proud to be part of the military until he discovered the horrendous acts that he’d be forced to perform. Max, the oldest son, was constantly on the move. He was an undercover, English spy, gathering intelligence against Germany. Max’s twin, Paul, a psychiatrist, was forced to stay in Germany and work in a Nazi-run hospital. His job was to sterilize disabled, and mentally-ill patients. He also had to witness the gassing of patients deemed unworthy of life. Hannah, the Vogel’s only daughter, was in England, getting married. Although Dieter’s wife Laura despised having Nazis in her home and missing her daughter’s wedding; she stayed in Germany, to support her husband. 

 Jana Petken brings these characters, as well as the atrocities of war to life. The author’s research and writing talent shine brightly in this book. The German Half-Bloods, however, did end, leaving some unanswered questions in my mind. I’ll anxiously wait for the next book in the series. Jana Petken is a brilliant, gem of an author. Highly recommended. 

~5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

Jana Petken is a bestselling historical fiction novelist and screenwriter. 

She is critically acclaimed as a bestselling, gritty, author who produces bold, colourful characters and riveting storylines. She is the recipient of numerous major international awards for her works of historical fiction and is presently in talks with film producers regarding one of her titles. 

Before life as an author, she served in the British Royal Navy. During her service, she studied Naval Law and history. After the Navy, she worked for British Airways and turned to writing after an accident on board an aircraft forced her to retire prematurely.

Titles by Jana Petken. 

Bestseller, Multi Award Winning, The Guardian of Secrets. (2013) 

The bestselling Mercy Carver Series: award-winning, Dark Shadows, book 1, and award-winning Blood Moon, book 2. (2014) 

Multi Award Winning, The Errant Flock: The Flock Trilogy Book 1. (2015)

Multi Award Winning, Swearing Allegiance. (2016)

Award Winning, The Scattered Flock (The Flock Trilogy book 2)

Flock, The Gathering of The Damned (The Flock Trilogy Book 3)

2018, The German Half-Bloods

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#The Lost Family by Jenna Blum–4 stars–#Edelweiss #Harper Collins Pub

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The Lost Family is a bittersweet tale about love, loss, loneliness, and betrayal.

Peter Rashkin couldn’t forgive himself for making the mistake that ended up costing his wife and their three-year-old twin daughters their lives. He didn’t believe the ugly rumors about the Nazi’s, in time. When they started to carry out their atrocities against the Jewish, Peter knew that he should have moved his family sooner. He survived the death camps; his wife and children didn’t. 

Peter Raskin had no interest in getting remarried. But, when June informed him that she was carrying his child, he married her. June felt as if she was constantly competing against the family he lost. Being married to Peter wasn’t easy. He spent long hours at work and was obsessed with his restaurant. June was lonely. She didn’t want to cheat on her husband. It just happened, and once it started, she couldn’t seem to stop herself. She knew that her husband loved her, in his own way, but just not enough to let her fully into his heart. 

This is an emotional and heart-wrenching novel. Peter’s guilt and sadness not only overshadowed everything in his life; it also tore his family apart. The Lost Family is a poignant story well told.

Thank you, HarperCollins Publishing and Edelweiss, for my advanced review copy.

~4 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover 

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JENNA BLUM is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of novels THOSE WHO SAVE US and THE STORMCHASERS and the novella “The Lucky One” in the postwar collection GRAND CENTRAL. Jenna is also one of Oprah’s Top 30 Women Writers. Jenna’s third novel, THE LOST FAMILY, will be published June 5, 2018 by Harper Collins.

Jenna’s debut novel THOSE WHO SAVE US was a New York Times bestseller; a Boston Globe bestseller; the winner of the 2005 Ribalow Prize, adjudged by Elie Wiesel; a BORDERS book club pick, a perennial book club favorite, and the # 1 bestselling novel in Holland. Jenna’s second novel, THE STORMCHASERS, is a Boston Globe bestseller, a Target Emerging Authors pick, and a bestseller in Holland and France. Jenna’s newest work, her novella “The Lucky One,” was published in anthology GRAND CENTRAL, published by Penguin in July 2014. Jenna’s third novel, THE LOST FAMILY, is forthcoming from Harper Collins in 2018, and Jenna is currently working on her fourth novel. 

 

The Room On Rue Amelie by Kristin Harmel–#Review–5 Shining Stars

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Don’t Miss Kristin Harmel’s Newest Release—The Room on Rue Amelie—Coming 3/27/18. I Absolutely Loved It!

 

The Room on Rue Amelie is an amazing story that takes place during WWII in Paris, France. Ruby, an American woman, was ecstatic when her dream to go to Paris came true. A whirlwind romance with Marcel led to a quick marriage and an apartment in Paris. Although Europe was on the verge of war, Ruby didn’t want to return to America. She had made her new life with her French husband and wanted to stay by his side. Ruby’s blissful honeymoon, however, wouldn’t last long. The man she had loved and thought she knew, changed drastically, seemingly overnight. Instead of being loving and attentive, Marcel became secretive and intense. He was often out late at night and whenever Ruby questioned him as to where he had been or with whom, she was met with an abrupt, harsh attitude and an evasive answer.

While in Paris, Ruby befriended a neighbor, Charlotte, a young Jewish girl, and her parents. They became Ruby’s lifeline especially when she went into labor early, and her husband was nowhere to be found. Ruby became very protective of her Jewish neighbors, and when she saw the Germans coming, Ruby ran to their apartment to warn them.

Charlotte’s life changed forever after her parents were taken by the Germans. Ruby dedicated herself to caring for Charlotte, and to assisting British RAF pilots, to escape German-occupied France. Ruby never thought that she would fall in love again, but after meeting Thomas, a pilot whom she had nursed back to health and then helped to escape, she knew that just wasn’t true.

The Room on Rue Amelie is a superbly written, riveting novel. If you enjoy reading WWII, historical fiction, you’ll love this book. Highly recommended.

Thank you, Gallery Books and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy. I loved it!

~5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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Kristin Harmel is an international bestselling novelist whose books have been translated into numerous languages and are sold all over the world. A former reporter for People magazine, Kristin has also freelanced for many other publications, including American Baby, Men’s Health, Glamour, Woman’s Day, Travel + Leisure, and more.

Her latest novels — The Sweetness of Forgetting, The Life Intended, How to Save a Life (a long novella), and When We Meet Again — are out now from Gallery Books, a division of Simon & Schuster.

Kristin graduated summa cum laude from the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications (Go Gators!). She lives in Orlando, Fla., with her husband and son.

 

 

 

*From Sand and Ash*by Amy Harmon-5 stars*

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Don’t Miss Amy Harmon’s Newest Release!

It is Haunting, Heartwarming and Unforgettable.

From Sand and Ash is a beautifully written, poignant historical fiction novel that touches the soul. The story takes place in Italy, during WWII.
Eva Rosselli was the love of Angelo Bianco’s life. He was sent to Italy as a child after his mother died. Although he was a Catholic, he grew up with a Jewish family, the Rosselli’s. He also fell in love with their daughter, Eva.

It sickened him to see the Jewish people humiliated, robbed and murdered by the Nazi’s. Angelo became a priest to save as many Jews as possible, especially the family he grew up with and loved. Eva’s heart broke, though, when he was ordained. And as much as Angelo wanted to stay faithful to his vows, he had a difficult time resisting Eva’s affections. Her kisses soothed him, but at the same time, tortured his soul.

Amy Harmon’s writing is superb. Her story flows effortlessly from one scene to the next. She uses her talent to shine a bright light on the beautiful acts of love done by courageous souls, in the midst of Hitler’s atrocities. This book is haunting, heartwarming, magnificently written and unforgettable.

Amy Hammond is a gem of an author, and I’m so glad that I discovered her. Many thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for my advanced review copy of this book. I loved it.

~5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover