In 1930s Berlin, choked by the tightening of Hitler's fist, the Klein family are gradually losing everything that is precious to them. Their 15-year-old daughter, Rosa, slips out of Germany on a Kindertransport train to begin a new life in England. Charged with the task of securing a safe passage for her family, she vows that she will not rest until they are safe. But as war breaks out and she loses contact with her parents, Rosa finds herself wondering if there are some vows that can't be kept....
A sweeping tale of love and loss, with the poignant story of the Kindertransport at its heart, this is an exceptional accomplishment from one of Britain's bravest and most vibrant young writers.
©2011 Jake Wallis Simons (P)2011 W F Howes Ltd
Interesting, informative, shocking, heartbreaking, moving. Skillfully read. I thoroughly recommend this book, I cannot fault it.
This is a simple and touching story exploring the sadness endured when a family is torn apart and the great strength of will a young women must call on. I simply couldn’t put it down. I love to hear more from this author.
This book kept me VERY ENGAGED! It took you on several journeys and really made you understand what some had to endure during WWII. The lack of trust as well as the faithful friendship of those they were close to prior to Nazi rule. I lived this book very much.
I haven't read the book, but I feel like I have. Teal puts in all the voices and you get lost in the story and imagining the scenes.
This book is so well written it can be compared to the classics
I love the way the story weaves together and German words are sprinkled throughout. I got lost in this book and was thrilled it was long, but wished it were longer.
"A sad but rewarding tale"
This is a story of those percecuted by the Nazis and the strength and will of them to survive. A historically accurate story of one Jewish German family's strong bond and strength amidst the increasing cruelty of the regime and the hope and strength of a young girl who is sent to England alone. The narration is superb and the writing detailed. The reader soon feels the peril and hope to survive. It is a personal view of the times. It is not a story of the camps. I would not hesitate to rank it as a wartime story similar to The Diary of Anne Frank.
"Not just another WWII/Nazi story"
Not that there's anything wrong with that. A love story of a very unusual kind, intriguing to the last page.
"Atmospheric, captivating, wonderful!"
The English German Girl was a book I picked up on a whim, and I am glad I did!
The book begins in 1933 Berlin, with flashes forward in time, quietly showing the difficulty of living as a Jew in Germany, the trip on the Kindertransport, and life in England for Rosa.
I won't spoil it, but I did think the last chapter could have been cut out of the book entirely - the coincidence was strictly unnecessary, and made it seem like the author just needed a few extra pages. This is why I could only give the story 4 stars. Beyond that, the author and narrator were pitch-perfect, and I would recommend this book to anyone!
"Exciting, gripping, absorbing"
Very descriptive, imaginative, suspenseful. Lost quite a few hours sleep as storyline sucks you in, paces you, let's you have hope then grips you not letting you go to sleep. Exhausting...
"Very captivating with twists and turns"
I bought this book as I like the narrator, Julie Teal, from "The Milliner's Secret". This book was a great read/listen for those who love historical fiction. At some parts, I was definitely holding back tears. From leaving Nazi Germany to find safety in England, Rosa tries to find her family safe passage before total war breaks out. The anticipation is palpable and you cant help but hope for the best for her and her family. I recommend this book to anyone who likes WWII/Historical Fiction.
"Good Book From Every Aspect"
I loved every minute of this book. Julie Teel is a very tallented narrator. The last chapter gave a reall end to the story, a very realistic end. I have so much more to say about this book, but I don't want to spoil it. I highly recommend it.
It is a wonderful story. Makes you feel as if you have jumped into her life.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It give an insight into what it might have been like for the children.
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