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  • Brilliant story, fascinating setting!

    An interesting story covering an aspect of American life that is very rarely spoken of, preceeding the Second World War. It is the 1950s and Peggy's adoptive mother has died. When going through her things Peggy finds a photograph which sets her onto a journey to find out more about her natural mother. Encompassing Hollywood as well as the film industry of 1930s Berlin, this is a fascinating story. I discovered so much about the American Bundt, supporters of Nazism during the 1930s. The author writes incredibly convincingly and I could picture the intensity and horror of the situations that Peggy's mother found herself in. A great read, particularly if you are interested in this period. I learnt a lot and the story kept me gripped. Thoroughly recommended reading!

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  • The Lost Mother

    2 stories intertwined. The story of Anna, an actress in pre-WWII Germany, her resistance of the upcoming regime, betrayal, how she was left behind in Germany by her best friend and her boyfriend. Being stripped of everything, her career, work, life, but also her family, Anna gives birth to a daughter, and gives her up. We follow Anna to New York to find her daughter as she was adopted by an American couple, what it was like to be a German in USA at that time, her struggle, the Bundt (something I never knew) and the Internment camps …. The story of Peggy, a newly graduate journalist, after the death of her mom embarks on the search for her mother. A different look on WWII, the power of the movies, the grip Goebbels had on the movie industry in Germany. And the “German American Bund" an, of only German born, group formed to promote a favorable view of Nazi Germany in several large US cities. Thankful to NetGalley and Bookouture for the chance to read this book. I highly recommend reading it, it had me on the edge of my seat, and I learned which is always a plus.

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  • In Search of a Dream

    This is a dual timeline story which stretches across years. It all begins in Berlin, Germany at the onset of the Nazi control. Anna and Marika are best friends and Eddy is Anna's boyfriend. They are both actresses, Anna in theatre and Marika in movies. Eddy is the movie photographer. After Goebbels, Hitler's right hand man, takes over the movies Marika gets involved and Anna and Marika find themselves in a bad situation. Anna saves the day but incurs the wrath of Goebbels. Marika is desperate to leave the country because of her fear of Goebbels. Eddy is going to America to work on a film. He is allowed to take an actress with him. He was going to take Anna, but Marika sets it up so that only she goes and Anna stays behind. Eddy does not know that Anna is carrying his child. What happens to Anna next is a huge part of the story as she faces death in Germany and makes it to America searching for the child she unwillingly gave up for adoption to an American Couple. The dual timeline comes in when Peggy (Anna's child that has been adopted) loses her mother Joan and at the end is given a picture and told it is her real mother. Joan dies before she can give Peggy details. From the picture Peggy recognizes Marika who is now going as Louise Baker in Hollywood and is a famous star. She tracks her down thinking she is her mother. This is where the story starts to bring the two timelines together as Peggy searches for her mother. The story is heartbreaking. It is very sad what happened to the Jewish population in Germany during the war. Although this touches on it the book is mostly about the Nazi hate group in America and the personal story between Anna, Marika, Eddy and Peggy. I learned much about the Nazi socialist hate group in America right before the second world war. I never really knew about this group. I researched some and found it was really a group called "German American Bund" or "German American Federation" established in 1936. It Consisted of only German born and was an unpatriotic group formed to promote a favorable view of Nazi Germany, it was a pro Nazi group. It sprang up in several cities like New York and Chicago. The member wore white shirts, black pants or skirts and the men wore black hats with a red symbol on them. It is sad that even though some escaped Germany to the U.S. they faced so much discrimination in the U.S. because of the war . I never knew about the German immigrants being put in internment camps during the war. This is a part of history that I had just never heard about. It was interesting to read about it. This is a fiction book but after reading this I looked it up and found that they were interned and many were deported to Germany even some that were born in the U.S. and never lived in Germany. Mothers and children as well as the male members of the family were treated as spies. Although many were associated with the hate group the Bund most were not. I enjoyed reading this book and learning so much about history that I did not know before. Many books have the German history of this time period but this is the first with so much information on the U.S. history during this time period. I would definitely recommend this book. Thanks to Catherin Hokin, Bookouture, and NetGalley for allowing me to read a copy for an honest review.

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  • Great Historical Fiction

    This book is so, so, so good it was hard to put down. This is another great Catherine Hokin book that begins in Rhode Island where new college graduate Peggy Bailey is spending time with her very ill adoptive mother, Joan. Just before Joan passes away, she gives Peggy a picture of two women with arms linked that was obviously taken in Berlin. Peggy recognizes a pin one of the women is wearing and discovers the woman is motion picture star Louise Baker. This makes Peggy wonder if Louise Baker is her real mother, or if it is the other woman who she has no idea of her identity. There are multiple narrators in this nonlinear timeline book which takes us to people and places both in Germany and the United States spanning from 1935 to 1959. Thank you NetGalley and Bookouture for the ARC of this very interesting book that I really enjoyed in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Love this emotional and inspiring ride!

    This book was the epitome of the heartbreaks and suffering people had during the worst time of humankind... I am obsessed with World War stories as it lets you see a glimpse of the true nature of human, how some can be strong, remain good and go through so much suffering and other go through such length to hurt other. Author Hokin has created an amazing world-building to a world we can now only imagine the agony of the characters, their separation from their loved ones... Peggy...one of our main Protagonist had just lost her mother when a secret reveals itself which turn her whole life into a lie....the unknown identity of her true mother. She embarks on an adventure in search of her but the blows of shocks keep coming till the end. Although this was a personal story between Anna, Marika, Eddy, and Peggy in a dual time sense....it was full of history unknown to me till now. I learned about the German immigrants and the discriminations they faced and kinda blamed them too. How there were inside the war in the germans too for the resistance of the Nazis. I shed tears upon tears for Peggy and Anna, they had a touch of reality and it was hard to make me understand that they were just fiction...DONT CRY!... I would definitely recommend this book to readers who like me are interested in the World war 2 friction trope...

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