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White Rose, Black Forest by [Dempsey, Eoin]
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From the Editor

Trust, like so many things, was a bygone notion in World War II–era Germany. The bonds that united friends—or even family—were tested by unimaginable atrocities and a government that demanded unwavering loyalty, stripping citizens of any sense of security in an already fraught time. Who or what was safe to trust, if anyone or anything?

That’s a question Franka Gerber, the woman at the center of Eoin Dempsey’s riveting historical novel, has to ask repeatedly in day-to-day life—which makes her decision to rescue an injured airman she knows nothing about all the more remarkable. Broken by the deaths of her family and boyfriend and recently released from jail for affiliating with the White Rose resistance, Franka is adrift when she discovers the unconscious pilot in the Black Forest. She resolves to take him in, the nurse in her unable to dismiss his grievous wounds, her conscience unable to ignore its moral duty. Even so, it’s not without a great deal of reluctance and fear that she drags him to her cabin. Just who is this mysterious man in uniform? Why is he here, in the middle of the mountains?

As he recovers, Franka learns there is more to him than appearances would suggest, and her ability to trust is put to the ultimate test as they embark on a covert mission that builds to a breathless conclusion. Few characters may embody the unease and isolation of living in wartime Germany as vividly as Franka, but it’s her perseverance, and especially her humanity, that make her truly unforgettable.

- Chris Werner, Editor

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White Rose, Black Forest is partly a lyrical poem, an uncomfortable history lesson, and a page-turning thriller that will keep the reader engaged from the beginning to the end.” —Flora J. Solomon, author of A Pledge of Silence

“There is much to praise in Eoin Dempsey’s White Rose, Black Forest, but for me it stands out from the glut of war fiction because of its poetic simplicity. The novel does not span a massive cast of characters, various continents, and the entire duration of the conflict. It is the tale of one young man, one young woman, and the courage to change the tide of a war. Emotional, taut, and deftly drawn, White Rose, Black Forest is a stunning tale of bravery, compassion, and love.” —Aimie K. Runyan, bestselling author of Daughters of the Night Sky

“Dempsey’s World War II thriller is a haunting page-turner. The settings are detailed and the characters leap off the page. I couldn’t put this book down. An instant bestseller.” —James D. Shipman, bestselling author of It Is Well and A Bitter Rain

“A gripping story of heroism and redemption, White Rose, Black Forest glows with delicate yet vivid writing. I enjoyed it tremendously.” —Olivia Hawker, author of The Ragged Edge of Night

“Tense, taut, and tightly focused, White Rose, Black Forest is a haunting novel about courage and compassion that will keep you gripped from the very first page.” —Colin Falconer, bestselling author of The Unkillable Kitty O'Kane

About the Author

Eoin Dempsey was born in Dublin, Ireland. He moved to Philadelphia in 2008, where he works as a teacher and lives with his wonderful wife and two boys. His critically acclaimed first novel, Finding Rebecca, was an Amazon Top Ten Overall bestseller, and he is also the author of The Bogside Boys. Follow him on Twitter @EoinDempsey1 or visit his website

Product details

  • File Size: 7545 KB
  • Print Length: 266 pages
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (March 1, 2018)
  • Publication Date: March 1, 2018
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B07416NFHL
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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