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    The Fortunate ones

    I enjoyed this book. Anything that has to do with the 2nd World War fascinates me. My grandfather fought against Germany so this gives me some insight at what the soldier's might have gone through. I'm amazed that he lived through it and later told me some of them. Of course they changed with each telling. He told me what life was like on a ship and I'll never forget that story for it the way he told it made me giggle. God had a reason for him to survive. This is a new to me author. I liked her immediately because this story just swept me away. This I believe is a story that will leave you thinking about it long after it's done. It sure did me. In fact, I was left speechless at the atrocities that were done to the Jews. . I felt Felix's pain and I really really wanted to hug him as he turned out to be my hero. Here's a man who's faced many challenges and lived to tell about them. Some I'm sure weren't easy. In fact, I know they weren't. I just can't imagine what it's like to lose your whole family all at once just wow!! Such cruelty from the Nazi's and years later the Nazi's ( any who are still alive) are facing all those charges. I'd think just living with what they've done is punishment enough. It's them who had to live with it the rest of their lives. Karma may not come when you want it to but justice will prevail. There are some places in the story that will make you cry and some that will make you rejoice depending where you are in the book. I do recommend a box of tissues or whatever you have handy at the time. This book will have you turning the pages to see what happens to Felix and his family and friends go through the trials of their lives. My thanks to Netgalley. NO compensations were received and all opinions are my own.
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    Historical Fiction at its best!

    This story begins in Berlin in 1941 where Felix, a mischling and a printer's apprentice lives with his parents. Inge is wealthy and is about to enter into an arranged marriage to a wealthy, older physician. Shortly before the wedding, Inge's best friend, Liesl talks her into going to a dance for one last chance to have some fun. At the dance, Felix and Inge meet, dance and share a few kisses and they both fall madly in love with each other. They meet one more time before she marries and Felix and his father are deported to a work camp. The book toggles between Felix's struggles in the prison camp and his life after the liberation and Inge's life as a Nazi physician's wife. The story spans from 1941 to 1956 in Berlin. This was a very emotional and heartbreaking read at times and it was hard to put down. Thank you NetGalley and Bookouture for the ARC of this fantastic book in exchange for an honest review. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves WWII Historical Fiction books.
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    A story that will leave you breathless!

    "The soldiers moved quickly, separating mothers and children, the old from the young, the able from the not." "There’s no emotion. There’s no anger. We’re nothing to them. Their indifference is more dangerous than hatred." They find each other amidst a world in flux.  She knows it can't happen, he knows nothing about her except that he loves her.   Inevitably, their paths lead them to their vastly different destinies.   Irrevocably lost to each other.   Yet always in each other's hearts. I had to keep reminding myself that this is fiction.   But it is fiction with a huge dollop of truth, of facts, and of history.   But the scarier part, the part that fills me with foreboding, is that this historical fiction could very well be an account of the world we live in right now.   There are parallels to be drawn from every chapter. "I do know what revenge looks like, and it looks like more of the same. I don’t know what justice is. Unless it lies in keeping the memory of what was done alive so that it never happens again." The inexorable trajectory their separate lives take as they each battle the demons of both their past and present lives, is an absorbing tale for all times. Masterfully written, this book is a must read! [Many thanks to NetGalley / Bookouture and the author for an Advance Reader Copy of this book.   The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own. ]
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    The fortunate ones

    The internal struggles of the main character's journeys, and the author's insights into the horror of the Nazi camps are so thought provoking.... and to think that a couple of brief meetings could make their will to survive and to live and get justice and some revenge.
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    The Fortunate ones

    I enjoyed the story. So cruel how people were treated and tormented. A good read.
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