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  • By: Suzanne Kelman
  • Narrated by: Alan Medcroft
  • Length: 13 hrs and 34 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (90 ratings)
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A View Across the Rooftops

By: Suzanne Kelman
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Summary

Would you risk your life to save just one person?

An incredible story of love, hope, and friendship; and a testament to humanity and courage in history’s darkest days.

1941, Nazi-occupied Amsterdam. Professor Josef Held has never recovered from the loss of his beloved wife - and has no intention of ever letting anyone new into his quiet, safe world. It is a world where the clock ticks steadily in his mathematics classroom, where every equation has a solution. Every day he walks the same route home, past his neighbour Mrs Epstein’s, to a home inhabited only by him and a cat he refuses to even name.

But then the Nazis come for the Jews - and Mrs Epstein is killed. And Josef, in an impulsive act of courage, offers his student Michael Blum a place to hide.

Michael is everything Josef is not: spontaneous, poetic, and unafraid to love. Even though his passionate relationship with a Dutch girl called Elke strictly is forbidden by the Nazis - for he is Jewish, and she is not.

Desperate to give Michael and Elke’s love a chance to survive, Josef gives Michael refuge in his attic: an act of bravery and resistance that will change both of their lives. But as the dark days of war continue, with danger and betrayal at every turn, no-one can be trusted, and no one is safe.

If Michael is going to get back to the woman he loves, it is down to Josef - to find the hero inside himself, and do whatever it takes to keep Michael alive.

A heartbreakingly beautiful story about love, trust, and courage against the odds, perfect for fans of The Tattooist of Auschwitz, Lilac Girls, and The Nightingale.

©2019 Suzanne Kelman (P)2019 Bookouture

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A beautiful and gripping story

Absolutely loved this book and the perfect narration. I got completely drawn into the story and the lives of the main characters. I would say this story is even better than ‘When we were brave’ although I loved that too.

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Excellent book

Loved it. Great plot and good for Work War 2 fans.Never read anything about Netherlands previously.

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Absorbing

This is a brilliant book, really well written and well-performed. The overpoweringly sad subject of the extermination of the Jews in nazi occupied Amsterdam in WWII, was captured with great sincerity and feeling along with the sad naivety of some of the nazi collborators. Overwhelmingly the bravery of those who formed the resistance shone through either through their individual or collective actions. This was a sad but heartening book at the same time and I think it will remain with me for a long while. I throughly recommend it.

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Great story but narrator leaves little to be desired

I love the story, but the narrator is extremely grating. I had to give myself a break every so often because he just annoyed me so much. I would have enjoyed it more if it had been someone else narrating

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Beautifully Written

This is a beautiful book, well written with excellent characterisation. If you want to learn more about the plight of civilians during World War II then this is a good example of a novel that has been well researched. Definitely worth a credit.

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A must read!

This is one of the best books I have read and listened to for a long time. Beautifully written.. and narrated. Powerful, tender and enormously satisfying. Read it! Oh… and you will cry.

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Loved it…

What a dip into others lives during the war stirs inside us who have such a better life. Let us never forget why!
Beautiful written 🌸

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Loved it

A great read I loved the characters loved a different war storyline found the interesting view from Amersterdam I was invested into story Would recommend it

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A little disappointed

I was a little disappointed with this book. The narrator wasn’t convincing but then again some of the dialogue left everyone wanting.

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