- File Size: 1146 KB
- Print Length: 225 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1983524107
- Publication Date: January 22, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B077P28WDK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #395,235 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Needless to say, I was ecstatic when I was offered the chance to read Searching for Gertrude by D.E. Haggerty. A WWII tale with a little mix of espionage and romance thrown into the mix, and I was sold. This is the first story of hers I’ve read and I was not disappointed!
Rudolf has been in love with a girl he’s known since childhood in Germany. Her name was Gertrude, and now he’s searching high and low through Europe to find her. With tensions growing in Germany with the rise of the Nazi party, as a Jewish girl, Gertrude must emigrate with her family to Turkey before they find themselves in danger.
Vowing to reunite with the love of his life years after she was forced to leave Germany, Rudolf travels and does everything he can to follow Gertrude’s tracks and be with her once more.
When he finds himself at the German Consulate in Istanbul as an associate of sorts, his research unites him, in a roundabout way, to a girl named Rosalyn. An American girl living and working as a nanny for a Jewish family in Turkey, she wants to do what she can to help with the war effort and rescue families in danger. In meeting Rudolf and hearing of his plight, she decides to do a little digging on her end and help him find his long lost love.
This book had everything for me. There was romance, action, drama, sadness, and danger as Rudolf and Rosalyn went about their secret mission to locate Gertrude. As they snooped through neighborhoods, paperwork at the consulate, and asked around, I couldn’t help but have my heart in my throat. I was paranoid that at some point in the story, emotions would take precedence over caution and logic, and the pair would be found out as to their intentions in Istanbul.
I thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated this tale. The only downside I found amongst this text was the lack of Gertrude’s story. I think I might’ve felt more invested and connected to her and Rudolf’s relationship if this story had a sprinkling of flashbacks within the pages. However, as the story progressed and became more about the work and relationship Rosalyn and Rudolf were building together, I guess it made sense that I wasn’t invested in Gertrude’s character. I think either way, the story would’ve worked and been quite the adventure.
If you’re into historical fiction, romance, and drama, do yourself a favor and grab this book. It was quite the journey and I can’t wait to check out what other stories Haggerty has to offer!
The past couple of years I've been lucky to find, (or have they found me?!?), these unassuming little books that I, in no way, could have imagined the impact they would have on me. I love when I'm completely wrapped up in a book and the whole world fades away. That's what happened to me on Sunday when I started this book, I could not put it down. And I didn't, until I devoured every last word. Searching for Gertrude had me completely mesmerized as I journeyed along with Rudolf and Rosalynn in what started as a quest to find Rudolf's long lost love Gertrude, but developed into so much more.
This book, these characters, I was consumed by them! This story is beautiful and heartbreaking and captivating. It's charming and engaging and I didn't want it to end. I loved that we got to be inside both Rosalynn and Rudolf's heads, so we were able to see things from each of their points of view during a very tumultuous time in the world. I appreciate how much research and detail went into this book, as it really brought the characters and story to life. What a truly inspiring, sweet, and endearing book!
Searching for Gertrude is already a top read for 2018!
As a youth, Rudolph, an Arian German, is forcibly separated from the Jewish girl he loves. She and her family flee Germany in 1933 as the Nazi regime is ramping up atrocities against the Jewish community. Left in Germany, Rudolph vows he will go to the ends of the earth to find Gertrude.
Each chapter starts with a quote from one of the characters. These quotations were dull and irrelevant. Without being too pedantic, while I love the setting in Istanbul and the historic association with the holocaust and the beginning of the Second World War, I found the pace a bit slow and the stakes a bit low. As a work of Historical fiction, it hit some of the expected marks, but didn’t succeed in bringing me into the time and place. I never really felt or saw the actual nature of life in Istanbul at that time. There were snapshots, but no emersion. I was left feeling like I’d watched someone’s vacation slide show. The premise of Rudolph spending seven years of his life in search of the girl next door was interesting, but seemed to lack intensity, perhaps because those seven years in which he became a man were reduced to little more than a chapter. When he arrives in Turkey, the espionage triangle was so lacking in intrigue and drama as to be nearly mundane. Even an explosion at a hotel as the result of a suitcase bombing read like a newspaper story rather than the horrific event it must’ve been. The horrors of either the war or the holocaust were in no way depicted. Perhaps the book appeals more to a female reader.
In summary, this is really a Historic Romance set in Istanbul and readers of that genre will love the ending.
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