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An utterly heart-wrenching and gripping World War Two historical novel

“I want to be free,” Rosa said quietly. “Even if just for a few minutes. It might be all I have.” 

Berlin, 1936: From her beautiful new home Liesel Scholz barely notices the changes to the city around her. Her life is one of privilege and safety thanks to her father’s job working for the new government. 

But soon a chance encounter with Rosa, the daughter of their Jewish housekeeper, leaves Liesel in no doubt that something isn’t right. That the rules this government are making aren’t fair and that others aren’t as safe as she is. When Rosa begs Liesel to help - pressing her grandfather’s golden pocket watch into Liesel’s hand - Liesel recklessly agrees. She will help hide Rosa and her family, even if it means risking everything.... 

Frankfurt, 1946: An idealistic American captain, Sam Houghton, arrives in Germany to interrogate prominent Nazis on trial and to help rebuild a battered country. He hires an enigmatic and damaged woman named Anna as his interpreter. But, as sparks fly between them, the question of what Anna did in the war raises its head. 

Because Anna has secrets - ones that link her to the Nazi party, the darkest days in Europe’s history, and the story of a golden pocket watch and two girls who became friends even when they were told it was impossible....

A compelling and haunting story about courage, love and betrayal set in war-torn Berlin.

©2021 Kate Hewitt (P)2021 Bookouture, an imprint of Storyfire Ltd.

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  • 07-03-2021

Love the story but hard to listen to

The narrators voice is very irritating. Maybe computerized. The story was good but I could not enjoy with the voice. I listen to several books a week and this is a first.

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  • 01-03-2021

Loved the story, embarrassed for narrator

This is a great book and I loved the story. I rarely write reviews but I had to say something about this one for one reason...if you are going to pay someone to narrate a book with some German words in it, wouldn't you make sure that person knows how to say them? At least minimally? It was MADDENING to hear the narrator say any of the German words - without even an attempt at correct pronunciation. Fortunately, I was able to cringe and carry on but with each instance, I found myself shaking my head in wonder at how that could possibly be ok with the production company.
Aside from that, the rest of the narration was ok, not the best but decent enough to keep listening. I just feel sorry for the wonderful author's story to be nearly ruined in some instances for me as a German speaker. Great, sweet story - loved the book as a whole!

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  • Christineb
  • 13-04-2021

A good WW2 story

Enjoyable story in two parts during the nazi Germany and the the aftermath Im glad the story had different dimensions it made the story more interesting The characters where interesting Overall a good novel

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