War Girl Lotte

War Girl Lotte
Author: Marion Kummerow
Release: 2020-04-30
Editor: Unknown
Pages: 186
ISBN: 3948865035
Language: en
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In this extraordinary book, USA Today Bestselling author Marion Kummerow weaves a story of strength, heartbreak, and coming of age in the Third Reich. 17-year-old Lotte is headstrong and stubborn, impulsive and outspoken, and an avowed enemy to injustice. In Nazi Germany, this can cost you your life. Sent to the countryside by her mother to escape the worst of the war, Lotte longs to return to Berlin. Bored and lonely, she seeks an escape from the tedious daily routine of her remote hamlet. When four Jewish children turn to her for help, she finally finds a purpose: protect the children and help them to escape. Her act of humanity will cost her and those she loves, dearly. Because there are worse things than boredom. There is Ravensbrück. In the notorious concentration camp, girls die. Only women survive. "...a wonderfully engaging tale of resistance and resilience that echoes across the decades." "The truth must be told, and never forgotten." A heart wrenching novel of courage - perfect for readers of The Book Thief, Diary of Anne Frank, and The Boy in the Striped Pajamas.

War Girl Lotte Life in the Third Reich

War Girl Lotte   Life in the Third Reich
Author: Marion Kummerow
Release: 2021
Editor: Marion Kummerow
Pages: 188
ISBN:
Language: en
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In this extraordinary book, USA Today Bestselling author Marion Kummerow weaves a story of strength, heartbreak, and coming of age in the Third Reich. 17-year-old Lotte is headstrong and stubborn, impulsive and outspoken, and an avowed enemy to injustice. In Nazi Germany, this can cost you your life. Sent to the countryside by her mother to escape the worst of the war, Lotte longs to return to Berlin. Bored and lonely, she seeks an escape from the tedious daily routine of her remote hamlet. When four Jewish children turn to her for help, she finally finds a purpose: protect the children and help them to escape. Her act of humanity will cost her and those she loves, dearly. Because there are worse things than boredom. There is Ravensbrück. In the notorious concentration camp, girls die. Only women survive. "...a wonderfully engaging tale of resistance and resilience that echoes across the decades." "The truth must be told, and never forgotten." A heart wrenching novel of courage – perfect for readers of The Book Thief, Diary of Anne Frank, and The Boy in the Striped Pajamas.

War Girl Lotte

War Girl Lotte
Author: Marion Kummerow
Release: 2017-08-16
Editor: Unknown
Pages: 172
ISBN: 1974611884
Language: en
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Lotte Klausen thought she knew it all, when one well-meaning but rash decision turned her entire world upside down. At 17, Lotte thinks her life is boring. Awful even. She has no idea how much worse it can get, when one rash decision sends her world tumbling. She wants fame and glory. She gets hunger, pain, and cold. Is she strong enough to survive the horrors fate has in store for her? In her darkest hours she's completely alone, with nobody left alive to help. Or is she? Get your copy now and start on an amazing adventure. Lotte is the second book in the War Girl series. Accompany one family of three sisters throughout the war. If you enjoyed The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah or The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, you'll love this riveting World War 2 tale.

War Girl Ursula

War Girl Ursula
Author: Marion Kummerow
Release: 2019-09-13
Editor: Marion Kummerow
Pages: 184
ISBN:
Language: en
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From the bestselling author of 'Unrelenting' comes the heartbreaking first-in-series, War Girls: Ursula, a harrowing tale of courage and conscience, love and survival under the Third Reich. In Berlin, 1943, compassion is a crime. Newlywed Ursula Hermann is a simple woman, wanting nothing more than an end to the war and the return of her husband from the Russian front. But some things are not meant to be. The authorities determine that Ursula's contribution to the war effort is to guard a prison for undesirables and political prisoners. Then, the unthinkable happens. A prisoner, Royal Air Force pilot Tom Westlake escapes, and Ursula looks the other way. If her single act of mercy is discovered, her life is forfeit. When the injured airman returns, seeking her help, it is her opportunity to turn over the enemy and save herself from destruction. In a world where right has become wrong, and wrong has become right, Ursula must make a decision: obey the fatherland, or follow her conscience. Inspired by true historical events, War Girl Ursula is the unforgettable story of one young woman's moral courage in the face of unspeakable suffering. Praise for War Girls: Ursula: “A fast-paced ww2 historical fiction novel… with a gut-wrenching moral dilemma.” “From the first to the last page, I found I couldn't put this book down. There were twists and turns in the plotline which had me on the edge of my seat.” “Here is yet another exciting WWII story from Marion Kummerow's fertile imagination mixed with historical research!” If you're a fan of Pam Jenoff, Soraya Lane or Mark Sullivan, you'll devour this story by USA Today Bestselling author Marion Kummerow. Free first in series historical fiction during WW2.

The Girl from Munich

The Girl from Munich
Author: Tania Blanchard
Release: 2017-09-01
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Pages: 432
ISBN: 9781925596151
Language: en
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The runaway Australian bestseller about love and loss in wartime Germany, inspired by a true story. 1943 ... The choices she makes will change her life forever. Growing up in Hitler’s Germany, Charlotte von Klein has big dreams for the future. Her mind is full of plans for a sumptuous wedding to her childhood sweetheart Heinrich while working for the Luftwaffe, proudly giving her all for the Fatherland. But in 1943, the tide of the war is turning against Germany, and Lotte’s life of privilege and comfort begins to collapse around her. As Hitler’s Reich abandons Germany and the country falls to the Allied forces, Lotte is forced to flee from the unfolding chaos to the country with the darkly attractive Erich Drescher, her Luftwaffe superior. Amid the danger, pain and heartbreak, Lotte must forge a new life for herself. But as the country struggles to find its future, shadows of the past come rushing back and Lotte finds herself questioning everything she has fought for – love, duty and freedom. Praise for The Girl from Munich ‘Captures the intensity of a brutal and unforgiving war, successfully weaving love, loss, desperation and, finally, hope into a gripping journey of self-discovery.’ The Courier Mail ‘An epic tale, grand in scope. An intimate, emotional portrayal of one woman’s struggle to survive ... Packs an emotional punch that will reverberate far and wide.’ The Weekly Times ‘An intriguing look at when devotion to a political leader turns to disillusion and dismay.’ Sunday Age ‘Stellar debut Aussie fiction combining historical tragedy, romance, and true stories … Superb and enriching.’ Better Reading ‘A hauntingly romantic and gripping read … I couldn’t put it down.’ Style ‘You'll fly through these pages of love, duty and survival and join me in awaiting a sequel.’ Weekend Herald, Auckland (5 stars) ‘Exceptional historical fiction … Beautifully written.’ Amazon review (5 stars) ‘I got completely swept up in this story of love, duty and survival.’ Amazon review (5 stars) ‘A fabulous effort from a debut author.’ Amazon review (5 stars) ‘One of the best historical fiction books I have read.' Amazon review

War Girl Anna

War Girl Anna
Author: Marion Kummerow
Release: 2021-01-12
Editor: Marion Kummerow
Pages: 210
ISBN:
Language: en
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When career ambitions and morals collide… …which way will she choose? Nurse Anna is making the career of her dreams, working for the most renowned medicine professor in Germany. But her happiness is shattered the moment she stumbles upon a ghastly secret the Nazis are hiding from the world. The tuberculosis vaccine everyone is desperate to find is tested on retarded children not mice. Looking away is not an option… …because Anna is ordered to do the ugly bidding. Now she has to choose: - between her ambition or her conscience - between possibly saving millions or the suffering of a few - between following orders or endangering her family Can Anna find a way out or will the suffering of innocents haunt her forever? If you enjoy reading about moral dilemmas, tough decisions, and overcoming great evil, you’ll love this fast-paced book in the War Girls Saga. All books in this series are stand-alone, although characters from previous books make appearances in future books.

Secrets Revealed

Secrets Revealed
Author: Marion Kummerow
Release: 2021-03-09
Editor: Marion Kummerow
Pages: 234
ISBN:
Language: en
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Hiding from the Nazis… … right under their noses. Officially employed as a radio operator for the Wehrmacht, Lotte is, in fact, a spy for the British service, risking her life to defeat the Nazi forces. When her contact in the Norwegian resistance is captured, it's a race against time. The allies are advancing, but if they don't hurry and liberate Norway, the Gestapo is sure to uncover her secret. If she's caught, she'll be tortured and killed. When the tides turn, friends become foes - and enemies become allies. Without their help, Lotte will never see her family again. Follow Lotte on her agonizing flight across Scandinavia, evading both her own people and the enemies who would destroy her. You'll love this fast-paced World War 2 adventure, because everyone loves a woman of courage and valor.

Tania Blanchard Collection

Tania Blanchard Collection
Author: Tania Blanchard
Release: 2021-12-01
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Pages: 1344
ISBN: 9781761105968
Language: en
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The Tania Blanchard Collection features three blockbuster titles from Tania Blanchard, Australia's bestselling author of The Girl from Munich! For fans of Fiona McIntosh, Heather Morris and Judy Nunn. The Girl From Munich 1943 ... The choices she makes will change her life forever. Growing up in Hitler’s Germany, Charlotte von Klein has big dreams for the future. Her mind is full of plans for a sumptuous wedding to her childhood sweetheart Heinrich while working for the Luftwaffe, proudly giving her all for the Fatherland. But in 1943, the tide of the war is turning against Germany, and Lotte’s life of privilege and comfort begins to collapse around her. As Hitler’s Reich abandons Germany and the country falls to the Allied forces, Lotte is forced to flee from the unfolding chaos to the country with the darkly attractive Erich Drescher, her Luftwaffe superior. Amid the danger, pain and heartbreak, Lotte must forge a new life for herself. But as the country struggles to find its future, shadows of the past come rushing back and Lotte finds herself questioning everything she has fought for – love, duty and freedom. Suitcase of Dreams After enduring the horror of Nazi Germany and the chaos of postwar occupation, Lotte Drescher and her family arrive in Australia in 1956 full of hope for a new life. It’s a land of opportunity, where Lotte and her husband Erich dream of giving their children the future they have always wanted. After years of struggling to find their feet as New Australians, Erich turns his skill as a wood carver into a successful business and Lotte makes a career out of her lifelong passion, photography. The sacrifices they have made finally seem worth it until Erich’s role in the trade union movement threatens to have him branded a communist and endanger their family. Then darker shadows of the past reach out to them from Germany, a world and a lifetime away. As the Vietnam War looms, an unexpected visitor forces Lotte to a turning point. Her decision will change her life forever . . . and will finally show her the true meaning of home. Letters from Berlin Berlin, 1943 As the Allied forces edge closer, the Third Reich tightens its grip on its people. For eighteen-year-old Susanna Göttmann, this means her adopted family including the man she loves, Leo, are at risk. Desperate to protect her loved ones any way she can, Susie accepts the help of an influential Nazi officer. But it comes at a terrible cost – she must abandon any hope of a future with Leo and enter the frightening world of the Nazi elite. Yet all is not lost as her newfound position offers more than she could have hoped for … With critical intelligence at her fingertips, Susie seizes a dangerous opportunity to help the Resistance. The decisions she makes could change the course of the war, but what will they mean for her family and her future?

Four Girls From Berlin

Four Girls From Berlin
Author: Marianne Meyerhoff
Release: 2007-08-03
Editor: John Wiley & Sons
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9780471224051
Language: en
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Enriched with a collection of photographs, letters, mementos, and other artifacts, an inspirational story of the Holocaust describes how Lotte Meyerhoff's three best friends, none of whom were Jewish, risked their lives under the Nazis to preserve her family legacy and to send them to her after the war, after Lotte, the sole survivor of her family, escaped an internment camp to seek refuge in the U.S.

Unrelenting

Unrelenting
Author: Marion Kummerow
Release: 2021
Editor: Marion Kummerow
Pages: 329
ISBN:
Language: en
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Berlin, Germany 1932. In a time of political unrest and strife, one man finds the courage to fight back... Dr. Wilhelm "Q" Quedlin, chemical engineer and inventor, lives for his science. A woman is not in his plans—nor is it to be accused of industrial espionage. But things get worse from there. Watching Hitler's rise to power spurns his desire to avoid yet another war that will completely destroy his beloved country. Q makes the conscious decision to fight against what he knows is wrong, even if working against the Nazis could mean certain death for him— and anyone he loves. Hilde Dremmer has vowed to never love again. But after encountering Q, she wants to give love a second chance. When Q discloses his resistance plan, it’s up to Hilde to choose between her protected life without him or the constant threat of torture if she supports him in his fight against injustice. She has witnessed enough of the Nazi government's violent acts to be appalled by the new political power, but will this be enough for an ordinary girl to do the extraordinary and stand beside the man she loves in a time of total desolation? This World War II spy story is based on the true events of one couple's struggle for happiness while battling a war against their own leaders. This book is a must-read for everyone wondering how an entire nation could slide from democracy to totalitarian dictatorship ultimately killing millions of "undesirables" whose only crime was having a different faith, skin color or political opinion.

A Light in the Window

A Light in the Window
Author: Marion Kummerow
Release: 2021-07-20
Editor: Bookouture
Pages: 329
ISBN: 9781800192935
Language: en
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Margarete stumbles out of the bombed-out house, the dust settling around her like snow. Mistaking her for the dead officer’s daughter, a guard rushes over to gently ask her if she is all right and whether there’s anything he can do to help her. She glances down at where the hated yellow star had once been, and with barely a pause, she replies “Yes”. Berlin, 1941: Margarete Rosenbaum is working as a housemaid for a senior Nazi officer when his house is bombed, leaving her the only survivor. But when she’s mistaken for his daughter in the aftermath of the blast, Margarete knows she can make a bid for freedom… Issued with temporary papers—and with the freedom of not being seen as Jewish—a few hours are all she needs to escape to relative safety. That is, until her former employer’s son, SS officer Wilhelm Huber, tracks her down. But strangely he doesn’t reveal her true identity right away. Instead he insists she comes and lives with him in Paris, and seems determined to keep her hidden. His only condition: she must continue to pretend to be his sister. Because whoever would suspect a Nazi girl of secretly being a Jew? His plan seems impossible, and Margarete is terrified they might be found out, not to mention worried about what Wilhelm might want in return. But as the Nazis start rounding up Jews in Paris and the Résistance steps up its activities, putting everyone who opposes the regime in peril, she realizes staying hidden in plain sight may be her only chance of survival… Can Margarete trust a Nazi officer with the only things she has left though… her safety, her life, even her heart? A totally heartbreaking and unputdownable story about how far someone would go to save one life, that fans of The Tattooist of Auschwitz, The Nightingale and All the Light We Cannot See will adore. Readers are loving A Light in the Window: ‘Wonderful, wonderful… I was blown away by this book. I couldn’t put it down. I ignored everything and everyone until I finished it.” Nicki’s Book Blog, 5 stars “Blew me away… You get engulfed in the storytelling until the end!… Perfect!… I loved this book – I lost my whole day reading – just couldn't bear to put it down!” NetGalley reviewer “I can’t put into words how incredible A Light in the Window is… Extraordinary, well written, beautiful story.” Goodreads reviewer “This story was heartbreaking and riveting. I was up until wee hours of the morning reading it. It couldn’t put it down until I found out what was happening next.” Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars “Emotional… Will pull at your heart strings with each turn of the page.” Spooky’s Maze of Books, 5 stars “A poignant love story… beautifully written and rich with emotion… It is a story about courage and sacrificial love that I found really beautiful and one I highly recommend.” Christian Novel Review, 5 stars “Heartwrenching… A compelling read you won’t want to put down. It draws you in and has you questioning the moral dilemma of whether one human life is worth more than another… A tale that is heartbreaking as well as intriguing.” Confessions of a Bookaholic “I was hooked from the first to the last page, holding my breath… So well written you will feel that you are in France and Berlin… The pages flew by… A read that will stay with me for a long time.” Goodreads reviewer “I love those books that REALLY make you think! It’s not just a story. It’s a moral compass check-in point… I can always count on Marion Kummerow to pen a compelling historical fiction novel that grabs my attention, holds it and rewards me.” Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

The Edelweiss Sisters

The Edelweiss Sisters
Author: Kate Hewitt
Release: 2021-06-08
Editor: Bookouture
Pages: 329
ISBN: 9781800192997
Language: en
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“Heartbreaking… WOW!… Will stick with you long after you have finished… Tugs at the heartstrings… A real tear-jerker with a heart-warming end. But bring tissues!!” Confessions of a Bookaholic 1938, Salzburg. A powerful story of hope, forbidden love, and incredible courage, about three sisters who will risk everything—even their own lives—as part of the resistance movement in Nazi-occupied Austria. Johanna, Birgit and Lotte Eder have always lived quiet lives, working in their father’s clockmaking shop and helping their mother in the house. But like many other Austrians, they find it impossible to ignore the changes in the world around them. At first Johanna finds it hard to believe the Nazis pose a real threat. But then her father hires Franz to help in his shop. He’s kind and soulful, with dark eyes that twinkle with intelligence. But he’s Jewish, and as Johanna falls for him, she realizes that loving him puts them all in danger. Then comes the Anschluss—the reunification of Austria and Germany under Nazi rule. The three sisters’ lives have become ever more separate with Lotte joining the convent at Nonnberg Abbey and Birgit’s secret involvement with the Resistance. But as Johanna realizes how mistaken she was about the level of danger, she begins to see that it may be down to her to protect the man she loves. She knows that she can’t do it alone though. She will have to turn to the people she trusts the most: her sisters. The three of them work together to try to get Franz to the safety of Switzerland, and they soon prove invaluable to the Resistance. But they’re risking everything. Can three women who would die for each other, also be prepared to die for what is right? The sisters’ subsequent journey from Nazi-occupied Salzburg to the devastating concentration camps of Ravensbruck and Mauthausen will show the strength of human spirit like never before. As, out of the darkness, a tiny seed of hope flowers… A totally heartbreaking and impossibly powerful story about love, tragedy, and the power of humanity. Perfect for fans of The Nightingale, The Lilac Girls and The Sound of Music. Readers are loving The Edelweiss Sisters: “Unputdownable and a definite must read… Heart-breaking, tearful and emotional… Words cannot describe how absolutely wonderful this story was… Unbelievably amazing. Read it with Kleenex nearby… Sure to stay with me for a long, long time. I absolutely loved it and I can’t recommend it enough!! WOW!” Page Turners ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “A heart-breaking, tear-jerking and emotional book... I was so hooked… I felt I was living with these sisters during that time!! The ending was so sad … I felt like I wanted to cry… I stayed up all night reading… and didn’t want to let this book go!” Tropical Girl Reads Books ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Soooo hauntingly raw & captivating, it was so hard to put it down. Reading this, I felt instantly transported… It will completely move you and pull at your heart strings.” Kate J Renee Book Reviews ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Sobbed my eyes out… it should have come with a hankie-needed warning. Felt so much for each of the characters it was like they were also my family… Worth more than a five-star rating.” NetGalley reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “The best WW2 historical fiction tale I’ve ever read… Hewitt not only shows the emotion, you feel it… A MUST read.” Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “So amazing… I was speechless… The intertwining love stories drew me in instantly… I was heartbroken… I could picture everything as I read… I highly recommend it!” Vola Book Club ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Not Without My Sister

Not Without My Sister
Author: Marion Kummerow
Release: 2021-03-25
Editor: Bookouture
Pages: 350
ISBN: 9781800192300
Language: en
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1944, Germany. Two sisters seek to overcome impossible odds to be reunited, in this utterly devastating and unforgettable novel about sisterhood, courage and survival. All they had left was each other. Until the Nazis tore them apart. After years of hiding from the Nazis, Rachel Epstein and her little sister Mindel are captured by the Gestapo and sent to the concentration camp at Bergen-Belsen. The only ray of light for either girl is that they are together. But on arrival they are separated. As she’s seventeen and deemed an adult, Rachel is sent to work in a brutal factory whilst four-year-old Mindel is sent into the so-called “star” camp for Jewish prisoners. All on her own, Rachel knows her sister will have no chance of survival—unless she can find someone to take care of her. Working in the windowless, airless factory—filling munitions casings with chemicals that burn her fingers and make her eyes sting—the only thing that keeps Rachel going is the thought of her little sister. Because if there’s even a chance Mindel is alive, Rachel knows she must try to save her. But, separated by barbed wire, and treated brutally by SS guards who do not even see them as human beings, can either of the orphaned sisters ever dare to hope that they’ll find their way back to each other? And to freedom? A completely heartbreaking, utterly gripping tale of courage, loss and overcoming impossible odds, perfect for fans of The Tattooist of Auschwitz, The Ragged Edge of Night and The Orphan’s Tale. Readers are loving Not Without My Sister: “Incredible… I couldn’t stop reading… It would be a great movie… [It] made me cry.” Rachel Wesson ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “So emotional, heartbreaking… I couldn’t even put this book down and I got so engrossed into the book that I didn’t even realize until I came to the end!… Grab your tissues because this book will make you cry… Unputdownable historical fiction!” Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “It made me weep… a roller coaster of emotions.” Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “[A] beautiful, heart-breaking story… a poignant story that will tug at even the most hardened heart strings, with beautifully drawn characters, and filled with raw emotion, it’s a book that will stay with you long after you’ve reached the last page.” The Book Review Café “By the end of the story I was crying… gripping… A must read!” jasminegalsreadinglog ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “A heartbreaking read that brought tears to my eyes… Both beautiful and harrowing.” Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Heart-wrenching… such an emotional read, have your tissues ready.” Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Beautifully told and heart wrenching… inspirational—one that you will not be able to put down and that will stay with you for a long time.” Christian Novel Review ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “A story that will both break your heart and also have you hoping.” Goodreads reviewer “A fresh and thought provoking story… heartbreaking… This will tug your heart strings… Historical fiction lovers, this is a must read.” Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “An emotional read… 5*” NetGalley reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “5 star read… Such a heartwarming, emotional read! HIGHLY RECOMMEND.” Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Heart -wrenching… heart-breaking… This book brought tears to my eyes… I recommend this one to all historical fiction fans… You will love this one.” Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Suitcase of Dreams

Suitcase of Dreams
Author: Tania Blanchard
Release: 2018-10-23
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Pages: 400
ISBN: 9781925596175
Language: en
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From the bestselling author of The Girl from Munich, a sweeping, dramatic tale of love and identity, inspired by a true story After enduring the horror of Nazi Germany and the chaos of postwar occupation, Lotte Drescher and her family arrive in Australia in 1956 full of hope for a new life. It’s a land of opportunity, where Lotte and her husband Erich dream of giving their children the future they have always wanted. After years of struggling to find their feet as New Australians, Erich turns his skill as a wood carver into a successful business and Lotte makes a career out of her lifelong passion, photography. The sacrifices they have made finally seem worth it until Erich’s role in the trade union movement threatens to have him branded a communist and endanger their family. Then darker shadows of the past reach out to them from Germany, a world and a lifetime away. As the Vietnam War looms, an unexpected visitor forces Lotte to a turning point. Her decision will change her life forever . . . and will finally show her the true meaning of home. PRAISE FOR THE GIRL FROM MUNICH ‘Captures the intensity of a brutal and unforgiving war, successfully weaving love, loss, desperation and, finally, hope into a gripping journey of self-discovery.’ The Courier Mail ‘An epic tale, grand in scope … Packs an emotional punch that will reverberate far and wide.’ The Weekly Times ‘A tumultuous journey from order to bedlam, and from naive acceptance of the status quo to the gradual getting of political wisdom.’ Sunday Age ‘Stellar debut Aussie fiction combining historical tragedy, romance, and true stories … Superb and enriching’ Better Reading

The Twins

The Twins
Author: Tessa de Loo
Release: 2014-05-14
Editor: Arcadia Books
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9781908129253
Language: en
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Two elderly women, one Dutch and one German, meet by chance at the famous health resort of Spa. They recognize in the other their twin sister they believed to be lost. They begin to tell each other their life stories - the last chance to bridge a gulf of almost seventy years. In this monumental novel, Tessa de Loo compellingly weaves the story of two twin sisters separated in childhood with that of two countries opposed in war, and depicts, in a simple yet harrowing prose the effects of nature and nurture on the individual.

Fatal Encounter

Fatal Encounter
Author: Marion Kummerow
Release: 2021
Editor: Marion Kummerow
Pages: 268
ISBN:
Language: en
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What would you chose: family or fatherland? Lotte Klausen and her Polish brother-in-law Piotr Zdanek are both in Warsaw at the eve of the Uprising — on opposing sides. When they meet during the heat of the battle will they be able to save each other’s lives or does the war between their countries tear the family apart? After emerging from the darkest period of her life, Lotte is now working for the Wehrmacht in Warsaw, which is the perfect disguise to spy for the British. But her secret mission is threatened when she falls in love with the one man she should not: a Nazi soldier. A relationship with him will endanger the lives of everyone involved should he ever find out where her true allegiances lie. Piotr traveled to Warsaw to fight for Poland. He never expected to find his German sister-in-law in the heat of the battle zone, taken prisoner by his own people. Will he place family allegiances ahead of patriotism just to save her? Fate turns for both of them as the Uprising is put down, but once again things don’t work out they way they were intended and Lotte faces a predicament that only leaves one choice… This World War II tale is set during the Warsaw Uprising in summer 1944 and honors the memory of all the courageous Polish insurgents who died fighting for freedom. All books in the War Girls series are written to stand alone. Characters from previous books will appear in later books, so you may enjoy them as part of a bigger series.

What Only We Know

What Only We Know
Author: Catherine Hokin
Release: 2020-05-27
Editor: Bookouture
Pages: 350
ISBN: 9781838881825
Language: en
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‘The best historical fiction book I’ve read this year! I was awake until the early morning hours finishing it, because I could not put it down! The story was heartbreaking… It held me riveted from the first page to the last.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars When Karen Cartwright is unexpectedly called home to nurse her ailing father, she goes with a heavy heart. The house she grew up in feels haunted by the memory of her father’s closely guarded secrets about her beautiful mother Elizabeth’s tragic death years before. As she packs up the house, Karen discovers an old photograph and a stranger’s tattered love letter to her mother postmarked from Germany after the war. During her life, Karen struggled to understand her shy, fearful mother, but now she is realising there was so much more to Elizabeth than she knew. For one thing, her name wasn’t even Elizabeth, and her harrowing story begins long before Karen was born. It’s 1941 in Nazi-occupied Berlin, and a young Jewish woman called Liese is being forced to wear a yellow star… A beautiful and gripping wartime story about family secrets and impossible choices in the face of terrible hardship. Perfect for fans of The Tattooist of Auschwitz, We Were the Lucky Ones and The Alice Network. What readers are saying about Catherine Hokin: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘What an amazing read, well written emotional and very compelling… I was totally absorbed in the story and I would love to give it 10 stars. One of my best reads this year. I can't begin to say how much I loved this book, I couldn't put it down, absolutely brilliant.’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘This is a wonderfully heart-breaking story of life, love and above all survival. A truly emotional book and very hard to put down. 5*.’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘The more I read of this book, the more I had to read! What a fantastic story this is touching just about every emotion there is.’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘This story just swept me away… I was left speechless… just wow!!... I do recommend a box of tissues… This book will have you turning the pages.’ Red Headed Book Lady blog ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘This bittersweet story will grab you from the first page and will keep you up late at night reading chapter after chapter. The characters will stay with you long after you finish the last page. In a bookstore full of World War II novels, this one is a must-read!’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Contained within a richly detailed narrative was a story that spoke of prevalence of the human spirit, both resilient and beatific, bowed but never broken by the unfathomable horrors of war. Captivating. Sobering. Unflinching. 5+ stars.’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘What an extraordinary, engaging story. It moved me to undiscovered heights of understanding and compassion. A novel that will stay in my mind forever.’ Goodreads reviewer

Ravenous Otto Warburg the Nazis and the Search for the Cancer Diet Connection

Ravenous  Otto Warburg  the Nazis  and the Search for the Cancer Diet Connection
Author: Sam Apple
Release: 2021-05-25
Editor: Liveright Publishing
Pages: 416
ISBN: 9781631493164
Language: en
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The extraordinary story of the Nazi-era scientific genius who discovered how cancer cells eat—and what it means for how we should. The Nobel laureate Otto Warburg—a cousin of the famous finance Warburgs—was widely regarded in his day as one of the most important biochemists of the twentieth century, a man whose research was integral to humanity’s understanding of cancer. He was also among the most despised figures in Nazi Germany. As a Jewish homosexual living openly with his male partner, Warburg represented all that the Third Reich abhorred. Yet Hitler and his top advisors dreaded cancer, and protected Warburg in the hope that he could cure it. In Ravenous, Sam Apple reclaims Otto Warburg as a forgotten, morally compromised genius who pursued cancer single-mindedly even as Europe disintegrated around him. While the vast majority of Jewish scientists fled Germany in the anxious years leading up to World War II, Warburg remained in Berlin, working under the watchful eye of the dictatorship. With the Nazis goose-stepping their way across Europe, systematically rounding up and murdering millions of Jews, Warburg awoke each morning in an elegant, antiques-filled home and rode horses with his partner, Jacob Heiss, before delving into his research at the Kaiser Wilhelm Society. Hitler and other Nazi leaders, Apple shows, were deeply troubled by skyrocketing cancer rates across the Western world, viewing cancer as an existential threat akin to Judaism or homosexuality. Ironically, they viewed Warburg as Germany’s best chance of survival. Setting Warburg’s work against an absorbing history of cancer science, Apple follows him as he arrives at his central belief that cancer is a problem of metabolism. Though Warburg’s metabolic approach to cancer was considered groundbreaking, his work was soon eclipsed in the early postwar era, after the discovery of the structure of DNA set off a search for the genetic origins of cancer. Remarkably, Warburg’s theory has undergone a resurgence in our own time, as scientists have begun to investigate the dangers of sugar and the link between obesity and cancer, finding that the way we eat can influence how cancer cells take up nutrients and grow. Rooting his revelations in extensive archival research as well as dozens of interviews with today’s leading cancer authorities, Apple demonstrates how Warburg’s midcentury work may well hold the secret to why cancer became so common in the modern world and how we can reverse the trend. A tale of scientific discovery, personal peril, and the race to end a disastrous disease, Ravenous would be the stuff of the most inventive fiction were it not, in fact, true.

From the Ashes

From the Ashes
Author: Marion Kummerow
Release: 2021-07-27
Editor: Unknown
Pages: 244
ISBN: 3948865256
Language: en
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Escaping the Soviet oppression is easier said than done...

The Violin Maker s Daughter

The Violin Maker s Daughter
Author: Sharon Maas
Release: 2019-07-19
Editor: Bookouture
Pages: 329
ISBN: 9781786819789
Language: en
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‘If only I could give this book 100 stars rather than 5!... This book is epic, a mesmerizing book of strength through unimaginable losses… Heartbreaking and beautifully written this is a gripping tale of bravery… One of the best and most memorable historical books I’ve ever read!’ Deanne’s Book Thoughts, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ When the Nazis march onto the cobbled streets of Colmar on November 1st 1940, Josef, a Jewish violin maker, gathers his wife and daughters closely to him and tells them everything will be alright. But one year later, three sharp knocks on the door at midnight turn his seventeen year old daughter Sarah’s world upside down. As the oldest child, Sarah must be the first to leave her family, to make her escape in a perilous journey across France via Paris to Poitiers. And she must hide who she is and take a new name for her own safety. For now, bilingual Sarah is no longer a French Jew but a German girl. As she bids farewell to her beloved father and family, Sarah has hope, against all odds, that she will see them again when the war is over. But, travelling through the mountains she finds herself in terrible danger and meets Ralf, a German deserter, who risks his own life to save her. Ralf and Sarah continue their journey together, keeping their identities secret at all cost. But when Ralf is captured, will Sarah pay the ultimate price for sharing who she really is? A gripping and heart-breaking account of love, bravery and sacrifice during the terror of war. A story of standing up for what you believe in; even if it’s going to break your heart. Perfect for fans of The Tattooist of Auschwitz and The Ragged Edge of Night. Readers have fallen in love with The Violin Maker’s Daughter : ‘From the minute I opened this book I was completely enthralled. I couldn’t put it down. It was well thought out and expertly written… Really a great read and I can’t wait to look into other books by this author!’ Being Perry, 5 stars ‘This is the first book I have read by Sharon Maas and from the moment I started reading it I just could not wait to continue reading it. It’s sad, its poignant, its uplifting and it tells the wonderful story of Sarah, the violin makers daughter and her journey as she flees her home country, to escape Nazi's …Beautifully written and a memorable read.’ Netgalley Reviewer, 5 stars ‘Sharon Maas never disappoints! She is one of my favourite authors and with this wonderful, harrowing, heart breaking tale of courage and love in the face of unimaginable danger, she has cemented her place as one of the best historical fiction writes of today, right up there with Antony Doerr and Kristin Hannah. I SO loved this beautiful story… so stunningly realised. …I would very highly recommend this book and give it ten stars if I could. If you're going to read one war book this year which marks the 75th anniversary of D-day, make it this one!’ Renita D’Silva, 5 stars ‘A gripping, heartbreaking, but yet heartwarming historical fiction (that is based on real facts concerning Colmar, Alsace and Lorraine as well as French and German Resistance)... It is raw and emotional, yet a necessary story to tell … A great read. 5/5 stars’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars ‘I loved it! Once I started reading, I could not stop... I was on the edge of my seat… This is the first book I have read by this writer, I am eager for more!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars ‘A heart wrenching story of bravery, love and sacrifice.’ For the Love of Books ‘I’m a huge fan of historical fiction and this one didn’t disappoint. I felt it was a good book about the horrors of wartime France.’Goodreads Reviewer