White Rose, Black Forest

White Rose, Black Forest

In thе darkness οf World War II, trust becomes thе greatest risk οf аƖƖ fοr two strangers.

December 1943. In thе years before thе rise οf Hitler, thе Gerber family’s summer cottage wаѕ filled wіth laughter. Now, аѕ deep drifts οf snow blanket thе Black Forest, German dissenter Franka Gerber іѕ alone аnԁ hopeless. Fervor аnԁ brutality hаνе swept through hеr homeland, compelling away both hеr father аnԁ hеr brother аnԁ leaving hеr wіth nο reason tο live.

Thаt іѕ, until ѕhе discovers аn unconscious airman lying іn thе snow wearing a Luftwaffe standardized, hіѕ parachute flapping іn thе wind. Unwilling tο Ɩеt hіm die, Franka takes hіm tο hеr family’s isolated cabin despite hеr hatred fοr thе regime hе represents. Bυt whеn іt turns out thаt hе іѕ nοt whο hе seems, Franka ѕtаrtѕ a rасе against time tο find аn аnѕwеr thе mystery οf thе airman’s rіɡht identity. Thеіr tenuous bond becomes аѕ inseparable аѕ іt іѕ реrіƖουѕ. Hunted bу thе Gestapo, саn thеу trust each additional enough tο join forces οn a mission thаt сουƖԁ change thе face οf thе war аnԁ thеіr οwn lives forever?

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Dee Arrфевраля 16, 2018 at 9:49
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4.0 out of 5 stars
Descriptive Writing Propels this Historical Novel/Thriller, February 1, 2018
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Dee Arr (Western United States) –

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“White Rose, Black Forest” is billed as a historical fiction, but it has all the makings of a thriller. Author Eoin Dempsey presents Franka Gerber with a dilemma aptly from the commencement, then continues to turn up the heat as the report progresses. Although Franka understands the danger that could come from her events, she continues to do what she feels is aptly.

The report is told through the eyes of several characters, although Franka is the main focus. Even as we do learn of some of the motivations of the American John Lynch, it is through Franka’s eyes that readers are swept into a country consumed by conflicting emotions. The author allows her to speak the thoughts that must have been hidden by many German citizens in 1944. Even though her life has led her to her contemporary quandary, everything is still not black and white, and Franka wrestles at era with what she should do.

Mr. Dempsey offers descriptive passages at the same time, presenting fascinating pictures with his use of words. For instance, we are told a used parachute blowing in the wind is “…licking at the snow like a thirsty animal.” The life-threatening description of the bombing of a German city thrusts readers into the proceedings, and it is hard not to be fearful of what may happen to the people exposed to the possibility of instantaneous death. Even as I wasn’t always pleased with the dialogue (at era, it felt a bit affected), the characters stayed right to their basic motivations.

As stated above, this historical fiction book turns into a thriller. Her choices place Franka in danger as the Gestapo quickly become a larger risk, which pushes the book to a breakneck pace as it heads toward the end. Four stars.

Rob Natiukфевраля 16, 2018 at 10:39
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A GRIPPING PLOT — deep proper dilemmas and dangers — vastly recommend, February 1, 2018
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Rob Natiuk (Battle Ground, Washington) –

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WHAT DO WE HAVE? A psychological thriller? A right war report based on facts with pretended characters? A suspense? Some of all of these. What we have is a mix of raconteur and history teacher with many long expository intrusions, flashbacks and author-voiced settings.

PLOT gripped me immediately. We go deep into Franka’s emotions as she slogs into the Black Forest woods, deep in snow, to end her life. After all, she’s lost all her loved ones to war and the Gestapo. So she trudges to her “farewell place,” carrying her dead father’s revolver. She stumbles upon “a body, crumpled like a bunch of rags in the pristine white.” From his Luftwaffe captain’s jacket and the ruffled parachute, Franka’s knows “he’s one of the monsters who had ruined this country and taken away everyone she had ever loved.”

DILEMMA. The airman is still alive. Franka is a nurse. Her sense of reduction lives causes deep psychological turmoil — let him die, go ahead with her suicide plans — risk her life to save this weirder whom she despises? And then she hears him speak a few words in English!

I’M INTRIGUED. Also, the author’s descriptions make me “see.” They’re sharp lacking being long and add to the depth of the proceedings.

PACE — the first half of the novel is the airman recovering from his limiting injuries and preparation to avoid the intruding Gestapo. It’s a bit slow. Then as the Gestapo closes in, the tension becomes more severe. All the previous historical flashbacks deepen this tension. This book becomes a right proceedings novel with a nourishing ending. .

OVERALL — this report and characters gripped my sympathy, and at era my deeper emotions. This was a wrenching time during World War II, heavy on proper dilemmas, grief, excruciating conflicts within and lacking, and like for both your friends and your enemies. TAKE-AWAY: “Don’t let anyone dictate to you who you are, or what’s in your soul” (Franka’s father.)

RECOMMEND. Even though there were problems arising from the difficulty of the book’s concept, I reckon it still deserves five stars.

I love my Kindleфевраля 16, 2018 at 11:37
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I’m glad I read this, February 4, 2018
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This was a quick read, frequently because I couldn’t place it down. The report drops you into World War II and gives you a sense of what it was like in Germany then from one person’s point of view. I believe it is honest in it’s historical suitability and description of the people and time period. It’s a fantastic romance but the historical part is to me, also fascinating. The report is well written with well developed characters and the report flows smoothly. You can read additional reviews that will give the report away, I’m just here to tell you that if you are looking for something to read where the report will touch you and at the end you will say “I’m glad I read this”, give this book a try.