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  • Thought-provoking and Captivating

    To be honest, not what I was expecting. Still quite a good read and provides food for thought about life under the German occupation. Raises question about someone's orders versus their moral conscience and about how much can we sacrifice or risk for survival. My only previous knowledge of Guernsey was The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (which I love), and so I was surprisingly excited by the setting and learning more about the island throughout the course of the occupation. That said I thought the German nurse, Johanna, was going to have a larger part in the story, or at least that we would have insights into her mind and actions, but rather the main character is Jack, a British police officer on the island. The predicament of the nurse a German who is Jewish does influence the story and the protagonist, but there is not much about her work in the hospital or her conflicts. So if you're looking for a female protagonist, I wouldn't go with this one, but if you are looking for an interesting story set during the German occupation, I was hooked and couldn't stop reading to find out what was going to happen. Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are all my own.

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  • Historical Fiction WW II Guernsey

    The whole island of Guernsey is panicking, the British army are evacuating and women and children are trying to board one of the ships returning to England. Watching the chaos at St Peter Port is Jack Godwin, he’s a member of the local police force, and he lives on the Island with his mum and frail grandparents. An invasion is imminent, it happens on the 30th of June 1940 the Germans arrive and they bomb the island first. The remaining citizens are left totally defenseless, German army didn’t face any resistance and easily take over. Jack is one of around 50 policemen working on the island; he’s in a very difficult position as his job is to keep law and order. He’s not a soldier, he hadn’t been trained to be one, what could he do to stop the Germans invading the island and some of the locals think he should have tried. Jack's very concerned about his grandparents, his mum and his girlfriend Johanna and she’s a Jewish nurse from Germany. The German Nurse is a story about living in Guernsey during WW II; as the war years drag on life becomes extremely difficult, due to shortages of everything and the frustrated locals attempt small acts of rebellion. Jack always seems to be torn; he really struggles between upholding the law, looking after his family, friends, colleagues, and keeping Johanna safe. Relationships are the main basis of the story, always complicated and especially for policeman Jack in German occupied Guernsey. I enjoyed The German Nurse and four stars from me.

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  • Jack, Johanna, and the Nazis'

    This is a story of the Nazi occupation of Geurnsey in the Channel Islands. The romance between Jack, a policeman, Johanna , a nurse, and the German’s occupying the island. Jack , born in England , has lived on the island most of his life. Johanna escaped to the Island from Germany when the Nazi’s came into power after her parents were sent to work camps. Johanna is Jewish posing as a Christian. Through it all the only thing Jack wanted was to keep Johanna safe from the Germans. It was sad and interesting to see Jack and the other policeman struggling under the German’s. They had to arrest fellow islanders and deport them to labor camps. They were unable to help anyone and when they did it led to severe consequences. The interaction and friendship between Henrik and Jack was also a good story. Henrik was a German soldier That didn’t want to be and didn’t believe in Hitler, but had to carry out his orders regardless. I liked the way the story was written to show that there was good and evil in all. It showed the pride the islanders had in their home and the depression they felt during the occupation. It also showed that some had compassion and were willing to help others at the threat of their own lives. I loved the romance between Jack and Johanna. They were both so brave and they were always there for each other. I also liked that the names were easy for me to read. I loved the ending. This was a very good book, it kept me reading. I would recommend it. Thanks to M.J. Hollows, H Q Publishing, and NetGalley for allowing me to read a copy for an honest review.

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  • Good WWII read

    I received a complimentary copy of this book via NetGalley. The opinions in this review are wholly my own. I enjoyed reading The German Nurse because it really made me think: what would I do to survive? Is it easier to go along and follow those in charge, or is dissent always the best choice. The book is about Jack Godwin, a police officer on the Channel Island Guernsey during Nazi occupation. The British abandon the island at the onset of the war, so the Islanders are left to fend for themselves. This was something I did not know about WWII previously. The book follows Jack as he struggles with the choices he makes, whether to fall in line with German orders in order to remain in good standing, or to do what it takes to protect those he loves. We see some of the other peripheral characters struggling with the same. Jack is in love with a Jewish nurse who fled Germany before the war, which the author says is central to the story. I did not really feel like their love story was central at all. In fact, I was confused about why the book was titled The German Nurse. We don’t meet Johanna very often, there is next to no background about her, and the single narrative voice had me questioning whether Jack’s love was one-sided. I also struggled with some loose ends that I did not feel were tied up, such as Jack’s mother’s mental illness, the mystery of his paternal grandparents, Henrik’s fate, and Johanna’s family and escape from Germany. Overall, I did enjoy The German Nurse, but I found the internal struggle of Jack to be more central than the actual German Nurse. The fate of the Channel Islands during the war was not something I was familiar with prior to reading, and I’m glad I’m more informed now.

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  • The German Nurse

    Excellent read! Couldn’t put it down ! I could feel the pain of the people!

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