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Finding Rebecca: A Novel of Love and the Holocaust [Kindle Edition]

Eoin Dempsey
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How far would you go for the one you love?

Christopher would always be there for Rebecca no matter what it took, from the beaches of Jersey to the hell of the holocaust and Auschwitz.

The prisoners in Auschwitz called it Canada, the land of unimaginable riches, where the last possessions of those who perished in the gas chambers were gathered and counted. Christopher is the new head of Canada, the 'Dollar King.' He is the one who controls the river of dirty money flowing through the camp. But Christopher is on a different mission. He is not in Auschwitz to serve the Reich, but to find Rebecca, lost somewhere inside the sprawling system of concentration camps set up to murder the innocent victims of the holocaust.

They were six years old when they meet on the island of Jersey in 1924. Christopher, recently arrived from Germany with his sister, and grieving father, and Rebecca, born and raised on the island, the daughter of an abusive father and alcoholic mother. Their lives would never be the same. When Rebecca runs away as a teenager to England to escape her parents Christopher thinks he has lost her forever, but nothing can keep them apart, not her parents, or the fiancée she brings back with her from England, or even the war clouds gathering over Europe. When World War II comes to Jersey with the Nazi invaders, Christopher tries to hide Rebecca's Jewish roots, but along with millions of other victims of the holocaust, Rebecca is swallowed up by the evils of the Nazi regime.

As Christopher searches for Rebecca he finds the noose around his own neck tightening, as he struggles to not only maintain his cover, but also the grip on his soul amongst the melee of death and corruption that is daily currency in the camp. Christopher knows that one misstep by him will mean not only the end of his own life but surely that of Rebecca's also. But Christopher finds that his position in the camp as the man in charge of the money in the corrupt world of Auschwitz affords him opportunities, and that sometimes the mission, and the life that fate leads us to is not necessarily the one we had in mind.

Meticulously researched, Finding Rebecca is a searing testament to the ultimate bravery in the face of unspeakable evil and the power of love and forgiveness.

Editorial Reviews


"This book had me spellbound."
"This book should be read."
"A gripping story that I could not put down until I finished it."
"When you think you know all about the horrors of the second world war, this offers something different."
"This is simply one of the best books I've ever read."

About the Author

Eoin Dempsey was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland. He moved to the United States in 2008 just in time for the economy to collapse. Embarking on a long period of unemployment and living with his very patient in-laws, he began writing what would become his first published novel, Finding Rebecca. He now teaches computer science to elementary school children in Philadelphia, where he lives with his wife.

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  • File Size: 883 KB
  • Print Length: 322 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1477826106
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  • Publisher: Ulverton books (November 3, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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119 of 123 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Story, Story, Story! November 18, 2012
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This was a wonderful book. Having just finished it, I’m still glowing from the amazing ending.  I was initially a little nervous about the war images on the cover but once I began reading, the storyline captivated me from start to finish. I truly had a hard time putting this down, from Christopher and Rebecca’s love story through the first part, to Christopher’s search for Rebecca and the finale in New York.
The book starts off as we are introduced to Christopher, a new officer in charge of taking care of the money taken from the victims of the gas chambers in Auschwitz, but immediately we figure out that he is different. Then the backstory kicks in to tell us why. We’re then taken back to the island of Jersey (between England and France) in the year 1924 where we’re introduced to Christopher as a 6 year old as he meets Rebecca, the girl who will change his life.
The story of their lives as they grow up in enthralling. I found myself really caring for the characters. So much so that I was almost crying when Rebecca was taken off to a concentration camp in 1943. The action then switches to the camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau. Christopher joins the German forces to try to find Rebecca and we are introduced to day-to-day living in the most horrible place imaginable.
So much more happens during this section than I ever could have imagined and this was the part of the book I found most compelling. Christopher tries to hide his intentions while doing all he can to find Rebecca. He also finds that due to the amount of money he delivers to the Nazis he is able to take some himself to help the other prisoners.
The last section of the book was set in New York, and while I don’t want to give anything away I was very satisfied with the ending.
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80 of 92 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very distracting typos and anachronistic language February 18, 2013
By Carrie
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I am a former history teacher and huge WWII buff. I've read hundreds of historical fiction books and generally have a very forgiving viewpoint on these types of novels. If the author can weave a good story I can forgive lots of editing wrongs! However, there were an unusually high number of grammatical errors in this book, simple things like punctuation, missing words and obvious typos. More frustrating, though, was the author's use of modern, 21st century language in the characters' dialogue and author's descriptions. The story line was good, enough to keep me reading to the end, but the constant appearance of modern day phrases and speaking styles was quite distracting. I love to lose myself in the time period when I read a historical novel, but it was hard to do with many frequent reminders of the present day.
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29 of 38 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Am I missing something? March 17, 2013
By Deegal
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How did this man come from Jersey and instantly became an SS soldier? I don't believe it worked quite that easily. I found this incredibly unbelievable.

First of all he would have had to have connections in Germany, and he didn't know anyone in Germany, just his uncle, a low ranking soldier. He grew up on the island of Jersey. He would not have had a thorough enough grasp of German colloquialisms,(having grown up speaking English) let alone German military language.

SS officer's backgrounds would have been thoroughly checked. Not everyone was able be in the SS. Was Rebecca suppose to have waited in the concentration camp while he finished his training?

The whole book (I did finish the book) went from rather uninteresting (yawn) to incredibly ridiculous. The author rambled on about a lot of insignificant events in Christopher's life and then swished through more important events.

Nope, sorry folks just couldn't believe this story. On top of it all, it was not well written.

That is my humble opinion.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finding Rebecca: A Novel of Love and the Holocaust January 10, 2013
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Loved it One of the best stories I've rea in a long time. Need to make a movie with this one! Finding Rebecca is thumbs up!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A nice weekend read. December 30, 2012
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I read this book over a snowy weekend spent in Bar Harbor, ME. It was an enjoyable read and I was warmed by the love story at the core of this book. The author presents his plot and his characters in a straightforward manner and even though there is no big reveal, the work is still worth a read. Three stars.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice story January 4, 2013
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I liked the story, especially once it got to Christopher's time in the camp. I like how it showed how some Europeans were pulled in different directions during WWII because of nationality/birthright rather than beliefs. The book would have benefited from another round of editing though - there were a surprising number of typos and some parts dragged on.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Flawed but enjoyable November 20, 2012
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I've read better books this year but for the price this book was certainly worth it. The historical detail was good and was obviously well researched but the story verged a little bit on melodrama at times. I could also definitely recommend a new editor for the author of this book. Having said these things I did finish the novel and enjoyed much of it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Story Extrodinaire! March 7, 2013
By Kathy
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Set in the backdrop of WW II, this love story touched my heart. Beautifully written with great character development, realistic scenes and a cast of good and evil.
I'd recommend this book to anyone who loves stories of the Holocaust and undying love.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Heart warming yet sad
A forbidden love story full of passion and sorrow and sadness!
Nazi cruelty and suffering embrace this couple's life. Can he find Rebecca? That is the driven force!
Published 2 days ago by P. Lopez
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good read
This was a touching and heartbreaking read. A wonderful story of love through all challenges. May we never forget those who were lost.
Published 2 days ago by stallion
4.0 out of 5 stars wonderful story
Stories of Hitlers war re always painful but sometimes you find one that involves beautiful reunions.. This us one of them!
Published 7 days ago by Julia Mehl
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
This made me think and remember. It was heart warming and terrifying at they same time. I highly recommend this book.
Published 9 days ago by suzlof
5.0 out of 5 stars This was the most enjoyable book to read. I ...
This was the most enjoyable book to read. I couldn't put it down. Exciiting read in a long. So must history can to mind as I was a young girl at that time. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Carole Dixon
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very interesting read
Published 11 days ago by Joyce Camigliano
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A good read although a bit predictable.
Published 11 days ago by jane huth
4.0 out of 5 stars wow!
A good story on the tragedies and triumph of life during WWII. This historical fiction could be someone's real story - it tugs at nearly every emotion. Powerful conclusion! Read more
Published 13 days ago by Rob D
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely not your typicallove story!
I read a lot of WWII stories and this was by far the best book I have ever read--it is a gripping, sad, happy love story (not much love happening to the Jews during the Nazi... Read more
Published 13 days ago by Dorothy Cline
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book.
This was another book that was very hard to put down. Very well written. This will be one to read again. Well worth the time to read.
Published 14 days ago by William J. Henderson
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More About the Author

As many people I meet seem to wish they could say, I was born and raised in Ireland. I lived there until 2008. The first month living in America was fine, beach, sun, summertime. The second was less so. I think I started looking for a job the day Lehman brothers went under. It wasn't the best of times to be looking for a job in the mortgage industry. It was a time when the phrase 'the land of opportunity', took on a bitterly ironic tone. I was lucky enough that my in-laws took me in.

It was during that time that I came up with the idea for a novel. So I wrote it. I've always been fascinated by history and the juxtaposition of a love story with the horrific events of the holocaust was incredible to write. That was FINDING REBECCA.

I'm a teacher now, in Philadelphia, where I live with my wonderful wife.

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