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    Historical Fiction WW II

    Natalie Leeman is only sixteen when she arrives in London in 1936, her mother Dora made the difficult choice to send her to England and stay behind with her two other daughters in Vienna. Natalie isn’t completely alone her cousin Leah is working in England, they have organized for Natalie to work as a nanny and her employers the Caplin’s need someone to look after six year old Hugo. Nat really enjoys looking after Hugo, they have fun together, her relationship with Hugo keeps her going when she’s misses her family and she’s not as lonely. In 1938, the German army march into Austria, people naively believed life in Vienna wouldn’t change and some thought it might actually be better of course we know it was the start of the Nazi’s invading countries and wanting to take control. While reading The Wartime Nanny you really understand how difficult it was for Jewish people living in England when WW II began in 1939, how concerned they were for their families living in Europe, they had no idea what was going on and they heard horrible rumors Natalie begins to visit the labor relief agency, she and other Jewish people line up for hours to try and find a way to get their family members to England. They fill out never ending forms, speak to numerous officials and finally Natalie hears about the kinder-transport it might be her only way of getting her little sister Libby to England and she’s tries desperately to get her sister on the list. You also read about an older Natalie wanting to find Hugo, she asks her daughter to help her, and she needs to find closure and see him for one last time. I really enjoyed reading The Wartime Nanny, Lizzie Page has done a brilliant job of writing a unique historical fiction story, and it’s emotional and heartbreaking. I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for writing an honest review and gave The Wartime Nanny five stars.
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    A Young Girl and World War II

    The Wartime Nanny by Lizzie Page is a novel based on events that occurred during Workd War II. The main character, Natalie, is a Jewish girl from Vienna who moves to England to be a nanny. Natalie does this to improve her English skills and hopes to one day be a translator. Her family stays behind in Vienna. As the plot progresses one get to know the characters on a very personal level. The main character is a very caring and loving individual who has strong connections to the family she has left behind in Vienna. Natalie becomes an excellent nanny to a boy named Hugo who she loves dearly. As time goes on the Nazis in Germany begin to infiltrate Vienna and the life of her Jewish family becomes unbearable. Natalie tries so very hard to find a way to get her family to England and out of the horrible conditions in Vienna. As the story continues Natalie continues her job as a nanny in a family that spends very little time with their son, Hugo. Natalie appears to be the only person who really loves him. Natalie also makes romantic connections while in England with another Jewish man who is also trying to get his family into England. This novel is very realistic and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Thank you to the author Lizzie Page, the publisher Bookouture, and netgalley for allowing me to read this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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    A Jewish Girl in England

    This story is about Natalie, an Austrian Jewish girl that left Austria to become a Nanny in England. Her cousin Leah was already working in England and urged Natalie and her family to leave Austria before Hitler took over. Natalie came to England, her family stayed in Austria. Although the story is about The character Natalie it is also about those that left before Hitler and those that stayed behind. It is about the burden the young people that managed to leave Austria felt to somehow get their families out. The steps they went to, and the failure they felt when they were unable to find help for their families. These young people lived with survivor’s guilt and some would take their lives. The story tells of the anti semantic people in England. Those that pretended to be friends but we're not. How they felt at times being called Nazi's because they spoke German and their struggle to be English to fit it. They are horrified over the events happening to family and friends in Austria and unable to do anything to help them. The lives they lived, their thoughts and feelings, and those they lived them with. The ones they would never see again and those that survived. I loved this book. I loved the characters Natalie, Leah, Alfie, Clifford, Molly, Libby, Erich, Rudi and not to forget Hugo. They were such wonderful realistic characters. I was captured from the beginning and read the book in two days. I had a hard time putting it down. The ending was perfect. I would definitely recommend this book. Thanks to Lizzie Page, Bookouture, and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
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    Great WW2 Story

    I loved the story and the characters, especially Natalie and Hugo. The story begins when Natalie is 16 and leaves Austria to work as a nanny for a rich couple. It doesn't take her long to love her charge - a young boy named Hugo who was largely ignored by his mother and father. Natalie is a natural as a nanny - indulging Hugo's desire for games, sports, and just about everything. She becomes the center of his universe and he loves her. Natalie likes her job a lot ( except for the cleaning part!) but she is increasingly worried about her mother and her two sisters who remained in Austria while Hitler is coming to power in Germany and then Austria and other countries. Natalie realizes that she should have acted sooner in getting her relatives out, and by the time she begins actively seeking assistance there are so many Jews from Austria, Germany and other countries that she is only partially successful. The story - heartbreaking at times- traces Natalie throughout her life - her feelings of guilt, falling in love, raising her family and hoping to reunite with her beloved Hugo at the end of her life. This is the review I have posted on Goodreads. I gave the book 4.5 stars! A very enjoyable read!
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    Great Storyline!

    It is 1936 in Austria and things are heating up politically when Dora Leeman decides to send her almost 16-year-old daughter, Natalie, to England to work as a domestic for a wealthy family, the Caplins. Natalie is met by Mrs. Sanderson who is her cousin Leah's boss. Natalie is taken to the Caplin's estate where she will be a nanny to young Hugo who she immediately bonds with. Mrs, Caplin, Carolyn, is a wannabe actress and Mr. Caplin is either working at home all the time or away working. Natalie and Hugh form a strong bond as his parents pay little attention to him. Over the next 3 years, besides being busy with Hugo, Natalie is also working trying to get her remaining family members out of Austria. I enjoyed all the drama of the various characters in this book very much but I felt there were a few loose ends that were not quite tied up in the end, Thank you NetGalley and Bookouture for the ARC of this very interesting book.
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