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  • Absolutely Loved this Incredible Book!

    Poignant, warm, gut wrenching and hopeful, this book is just beautiful. I stayed riveted the entire time and could not put it down, oblivious to anything going on around me. Though fiction, stories like this were undoubtedly commonplace during WWII. It was moving and descriptive, so much so it was easy to visualize and empathize with the characters. Viola Baxter is a young woman in England with a wondrous future ahead, including marrying the man she deeply loves. But a lot can change in a matter of hours. Her life goes from hope and joy to crushing defeat and trials. Her father disagrees to the marriage, much to their shock, reasoning that since Fred is half German it wouldn't work, especially with the impending WWII. But that is merely the beginning. Annie Scholz is Fred's sister and in Germany caring for their ailing grandmother. Fred departs for Germany to rescue his sister but they both find themselves unable to leave and get caught up in one horror after the other. As dual citizens they are in a precarious position as they cannot show favour to the Allies. Understandably, Fred's departure from England also throws his fiance, Viola, into a downward spiral, a despairing tunnel she just can't see her way through. Brother and sister are both caught up in living double lives out of necessity as the war rages on all around them; Viola moves to London where she has no memories with Fred. The dark hideousness of war is depicted very well here. Believable and horrific yet with glimpses of light and hope even under the worst imaginable circumstances. We are also introduced to other characters, some despicable, others tender and compassionate. War changes everything. But we see the inspiring steadfastness of these women who will not give up. Historical Fiction readers, this is a brilliant and immersive read. I loved it. My sincere thank you to Aria & Aries and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of this moving and courageous book. Much appreciated.

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  • War Discrimination/Hope & Trust

    WWII is about to erupt an Viola Baxter has found her soulmate, Fred Scholz. He is not only a fellow college mate, but unfortunately he is half-German and her father is not allowing them to announce their engagement. Annie Sholz is returning to Germany because her grandmother is seriously ill and now Fred feels he must try and retrieve his sister no matter what happens to him over in Germany. How do the women maintain their opinions of war when they are in different countries? Viola is missing Fred. and worried about his safety. The author digs down into the deeper emotional state of mind of sentiments of people who were against those who were not involved with a group, but guilt by blood. The book is full of fervor and the characters grow from beginning to end! I could not put the book down! I definitely would recommend this book! I received a free advanced copy from NetGalley and these are my willingly given thoughts and opinions.

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  • A story that shows the love & hardships of two wom

    An easy read that gives an incite to two interlinked family's struggle during WW 2. One being in England one in Germany. A good read.

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  • Women at war

    A different take on the situations people faced in the war

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