This was well written and I did like reading a book about the Channel Islands but it seemed like not much happened. 🤷♀️
• Read in May 2022 for Litsy Markup Postal Book Club #LMPBC Round 14 - GroupA
I liked it but, does the world really need another WWII book? Maybe. But perhaps I have just read too many and I am a little bit burned out on them.
Hedy Bercu is a young Jewish girl who fled Vienna with the arrival of the Nazis for the Channel Island of Jersey two years earlier, only to find herself trapped by the Nazis
@suvata I finally sent the book out yesterday. Hopefully the surprisingly quick deliveries at least some of us experienced in the last round will continue this time. I hope you enjoy it as much as @Jerdencon have. I‘m really looking to forward to reading The Personal Librarian next. It‘s been on my TBR for a while. 🤩 @IndoorDame #markuppostalswap #groupA #Round14
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Jerdencon @suvata @IndoorDame I was finally able to get back into my own Litsy account today! Feeling quite silly about the hissy fit I had, when the issue was just that I was using the wrong email address to sign in 🤦♀️ Anyway, I also finished The Girl From the Channel Islands today, and should be ready to send it off to @suvata early next week 😊
@Jerdencon I cheated a bit and flipped through the book to read your comments. They‘ve got me hooked way more than the summary I‘ve read of the story. Can‘t wait to “meet” Hedy, Kurt, and all of the other characters in this story. Thank you 😊 #markuppostalswap #groupA #round14
I‘ve been a bit MIA here because life has gotten so busy (all good things thankfully) but just been so tired at night and busy on weekends and then work so haven‘t hardly read anything but I am halfway through with this for #lmpbc and will hope to get it into the mail by next week! @suvata @smalldogs_bigbooks2419 @IndoorDame #groupa
Set during WWII, Hedy ran from Vienna to escape, ends up hiding in Jersey, in the Channel Islands, which become the only British territory ever occupied by the Germans.
Not really sure why I read this bc I don‘t like war set books, but this book was good for being what it was, very well written.
Hedy escaped Austria ahead of the Nazis only to find herself imprisoned with them on the island of Jersey. This would be bad enough but Hedy is Jewish, everyday of the occupation is filled with terror.
Kurt just wanted a quiet life of being an engineer in Germany when he was conscripted and sent to Jersey.
Hedy and Kurt find comfort and love while doing what they can to undermine the occupiers and keep Hedy safe from command‘s attention.
I have read many WWII books and this one stood out in its own way. It is based on real people and was very well researched before it was written. Hedy, Kurt, Dorothea, and Anton...friendship, love, and war. I do believe I will look for other books from Jenny Lecoat in the future.
I would not have typically read this novel, as I don't read many World War II novels (and I've already read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, which is a similar story during the same German occupation of British islands) but there are a few reasons this surfaced:↘️
#Edelweiss published 2/2/2021
Thanks to #GraydonHouse for the opportunity to read and review this book. I was captured by the story of Hedy, a Jewess who escaped Austria only to be stranded on the island when the Germans captured it. She spoke German so she was given a job translating papers. She caught Kurt's eye while she was working.Her relationship with Kurt, a German officer unfolded in a beautiful way. ⬇️
I'm 80% through this book and my heart is palpitating. Did you ever have to keep putting a book down to catch your breath? I want to finish and I want to stop right here....
Review is up on my blog. Check it out. Love the setting on this one.
♥️HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY!! ♥️
Hedy left Vienna for the Channel Islands to escape German Occupation during WWII, but her safety is in jeopardy since the Germans are now occupying this British territory.
A beautifully written, well-researched read. 5/5
FULL REVIEW: https://tinyurl.com/y45xmp75
The book is well-written and interesting. However, having read so many books on WWII, I was expecting more depth to the story. While based on the true story of Hedy Bercu, a young Jewish woman from Austria trapped on Jersey in the Channel Islands, the book is predominantly a romance, set during extremely difficult times. Not a lot has been written about life in the German-occupied Channel Islands during WWII, so I did find that interesting.
So I signed up for a #bookblogtour last year for this title and then found I also got it from my job as an audiobook! I don't want to knock it for its genre but for a #historicalfiction novel it was good. More #romance than I expected, which I couldn't help but compare to Paris Never Leaves You, which ended more tragically than this one. Easy read #worldwar2