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Last Train to London
Last Train to London | Meg Waite Clayton
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The New York Times bestselling author of Beautiful Exiles conjures her best novel yet, a pre-World War II-era story with the emotional resonance of Orphan Train and All the Light We Cannot See, centering on the Kindertransports that carried thousands of children out of Nazi-occupied Europe--and one brave woman who helped them escape to safety.In 1936, the Nazi are little more than loud, brutish bores to fifteen-year old Stephan Neuman, the son of a wealthy and influential Jewish family and budding playwright whose playground extends from Vienna's streets to its intricate underground tunnels. Stephan's best friend and companion is the brilliant Zofie-Helene, a Christian girl whose mother edits a progressive, anti-Nazi newspaper. But the two adolescents' carefree innocence is shattered when the Nazis' take control. There is hope in the darkness, though. Truus Wijsmuller, a member of the Dutch resistance, risks her life smuggling Jewish children out of Nazi Germany to the nations that will take them. It is a mission that becomes even more dangerous after the Anschluss--Hitler's annexation of Austria--as, across Europe, countries close their borders to the growing number of refugees desperate to escape. Tante Truus, as she is known, is determined to save as many children as she can. After Britain passes a measure to take in at-risk child refugees from the German Reich, she dares to approach Adolf Eichmann, the man who would later help devise the "Final Solution to the Jewish Question," in a race against time to bring children like Stephan, his young brother Walter, and Zofie-Helene on a perilous journey to an uncertain future abroad.
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Booknerd2
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It took me over 100 pages before this book grabbed me, I almost gave up on it. I‘m so very glad I didn‘t!!!💜💜💜 Such a heart wrenching story!!! I read a lot of WWII fiction and didn‘t know much about the Kindertransport!!!

Insightsintobooks This sounds good. I stacked it. 1w
Booknerd2 @Insightsintobooks It was soooo good!!! Very short chapters and the second half I couldn‘t stop reading. 1w
ReadingSusan I gave up to this like 20 pages in. Wish I had stuck with it. 1w
Crazeedi I gave up on this one too... 1w
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margreads
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Started listening to the on the basis that a Facebook friend said it made her cry in public

Enjoying it so far although I find the short choppy chapters a bit distracting on audio

#currentlisten #audiobook

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bookishkris
Last Train to London | Meg Waite Clayton
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I was needing a break from Elton John, and picked this at random from my kindle app.

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MelindaOtt
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ WWII novels are a big thing and, honestly, I can get burned out on them. This one, however, really worked for me. The characters are fascinating and the world seemed fresh (even though I‘ve read probably a dozen novels set in the same time period just this year!). This is definitely one I would recommend the next time someone asks for a good historical novel.

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Nitpickyabouttrains
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Historical fiction about the kinder transport. Following children and also the woman who helped save them.

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GirlWellRead
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This is a slow burn with a lot of characters and ultimately readers may find themselves disconnected. Written in short chapters, the story doesn't gain traction until about two thirds of the way through.

What is most moving is that this book is about the profoundness of kindness, and for standing up for what you believe in—for the good and for what's right. This is a timely message as the world needs more empathy, love, and goodness right now.

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📖 𝐆𝐈𝐕𝐄𝐀𝗪𝐀𝐘 📖⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣

𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐋𝐚𝐬𝐭 𝐓𝐫𝐚𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐨 𝐋𝐨𝐧𝐝𝐨𝐧 is 𝐌𝐞𝐠 𝗪𝐚𝐢𝐭𝐞 𝐂𝐥𝐚𝐲𝐭𝐨𝐧'𝐬 beautiful homage to the Kindertransports - thousands of innocent children were secreted out of Nazi-occupied Europe by a brave woman who helped them escape. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⁣

Harper Collins has provided 2 copies. Enter until 𝐦𝐢𝐝𝐧𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐏𝐃𝐓, 𝗪𝐞𝐝., 𝐒𝐞𝐩𝐭. 𝟐𝟓, 𝟐𝟎𝟏𝟗 (U.S. residents):
⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣https://tinyurl.com/y27t8wov

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Erynecki
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I generally avoid WWII fiction,but I was so smitten with Meg‘s presentation at a bookstore near my home that I had to read it.This book has a bit of everything—a wealthy Jewish family,a Christian girl whose mother edits a progressive anti-Nazi paper, a Dutch woman determined to save children,Eichmann and his intimidating German shepherd,a chocolate factory, a sewer system offering a bit of safety, Kristallnacht, hate and hope, and even looted art.

Zelma This was one of the books the publishers pushed in their Book Buzz panel at the last conference attended. I grabbed a copy but used it for a summer reading prize before I have a chance to read it. Really looking forward to it. 2mo
Erynecki @Zelma It‘s a quick read. Hope you enjoy it! 2mo
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I'm here to help you were the words the children longed to hear and words they trusted belonged to Tante Truus who is an actual woman named Truus Wijsmuller-Meijer who saved thousands of Jewish children.

Ms. Waite Clayon‘s writing and the cover are definitely pull-you-in.

A marvelous, heartbreaking, and well-researched book you won't want to miss. 5/5

https://tinyurl.com/yy7eag2j

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Reading on quiet weekend mornings is the best, isn't it? Doors & windows are open, & I'm enjoying the chill in the air. My backyard is again covered in leaves, even though the gardener just raked on Friday. 🍃🍂🍁 Forecast is for lovely days ahead . . . right up until I leave on vacation. Hopefully, when I return, autumn will be fully upon us & I will miss any last 100+ degree days. 😎

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Be sure to add this book to your fall reading.

Ms. Waite Clayton‘s writing and the cover are definitely pull-you-in.

This book is marvelous, heartbreaking, and a well-researched book you won‘t want to miss.

FULL REVIEW ON SEPTEMBER 11.

Crazeedi Will definitely look for this! 3mo
SilversReviews Yes. It is good. A little confusing at first until you get the time period and characters straight, but excellent book. 3mo
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Courtesy of the author, Meg Wait Clayton.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=cBs36iySBD4&feature=youtu.be