The Girl from Berlin: Standartenführer's Wife Kindle Edition
|Length: 287 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||
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Heaviness pervades the story until Annalise runs into one of her father’s friends in the German party, Heinrich Friedman. Earlier in the story, on her 11th birthday, she had a crush on him. Now, on the eve of her 18th birthday it is a fortuitous meeting. Their relationship develops throwing the plot into an action packed thriller that doesn’t let up. Without giving away any more of the plot, suffice it to say it is an emotionally driven, well-written, engrossing read that leaves you thinking about it long after the last page is shut. This was a great read and I look forward to more from the very talented Ellie Midwood.
I enjoyed the story, which moves along at a quick pace, although I did, at times, marvel at the heroine’s lack of understanding, and her extreme risk-taking. But her belated awareness of the full extent of Nazi plans to exterminate the Jews mirrors the lack of understanding in real life as those awful events played out.
The writing comes across almost as though the author is not a native English speaker, which, interestingly, tends to make the story sound a little more authentic, including convoluted sentences. But there are also jarring modern expressions that yanked me out of 1940s Berlin, like “Screw it!” and “I owe you one.”
This is the first in a series of books about Annalise during the war, so the ending is the starting point for book 2.
First, the rule of Hitler was the worst period in history for the Jews who lived in Germany. I have read about it in history books, and seen many movies about that period and I wanted to read more about it. The other reason was that I visited Germany in recent times and have seen all the historic places where Hitler left his mark. Berlin is a lovely place now filled with friendly people, but the dark shadow of the Nazi regime still haunts that country in its museums and tourist attractions.
The story of Annalise Meissner, a brave and fearless young German Jew with falsified papers is frightening. She is blessed with a husband who shares her views. Together they risk their lives and own happiness to help the Jews, who were being persecuted needlessly by the Nazi regime.
The author tells the story in a way that draws you in and it is hard to put the book down. Some parts of this story, which are based on true historical events, brought tears to my eyes.
This is a book everyone should read, because history could repeat itself and we could be taken unawares if we are not vigilant.