One of my favorite parts of HF are the author notes to discover the real-life sources from which the amalgam of characters/settings are derived. Unputdownable
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Another one for lovers of historical fiction. This book focuses on a whole other side to WWII and the holocaust: the women left behind by the revolutionaries/rebels to the Nazi party. Well-researched with sympathetic characters and vivid descriptions.
And I'm on my way, I still remember
This old country lanes
When we did not know the answers
And I miss the way you make me feel, it's real
We watched the sunset over the castle on the hill🎶
“Her dearest friends were like dreams she had woken from. How had she missed so much?”
#thecastleonthehill #wanderingJune @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB
Wow I am getting a history lesson from this audiobook. Told from the perspective of 3 women in post world war 2 Germany. Very well written. How lucky we are we didn‘t live through this time.
I listened to it as I walked to a far corner of our farm where a small creek usually runs. Previously when in drought it has always had waterholes but this drought has dried it out completely😟 #audiowalk #climatechange
This takes place right at the end of WWII, and is about 3 widows & their children who end up living & surviving together. There are quite a few flashbacks to their lives before & during the war, and even a few dramatic turns I didn‘t see coming. Reading about the war from female perspectives is always interesting but from German female perspectives was fascinating, and all three of them had very different views & responses to what was happening.
Stop 3 on today‘s home-library tour!
Do you own or have you read any of these books?!
(Current tune on the player from the ‘80s Hits list “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” 😆😎🕺)
Yes @Cinfhen my TBR is quite accurate, and is almost needless to say - I really looking forward to read them all♥️ and that I always read with burning candle, taking notes. Thank you, thank you, thank you❣️ I was overwhelmed when I received your package, and now seeing all this bookish goodies, I‘m beyond overwhelmed. You are truly exceptional generous, warm and thoughtful Litten, and I really hope to meet you IRL someday. 🙏
For so long Marianne and Albrecht and many of their friends had known Hitler was a lunatic, a leader whose lowbrow appeal to people's most selfish, self-pitying emotions and ignorance was an embarrassment for their country. They had watched him make a masterwork of scapegoating Jews for Germany's fall from power and persuade his followers that enlightenment, humanity, and tolerance were weaknesses -- "Jewish" ideas that led to defeat.
Another epic round of #lmpbc !! @Johanna414 I‘m mailing yours back to you today! So hopefully you‘ll get it by midweek 💙. Love reading everyone‘s comments! Thanks for a fun round!! @kellyann28 @ConfessionofaBookaholic
This was a so-so for me! I felt the story dragged in the beginning, started to pick up steam as they regrouped their lives and then lost some momentum at the end. This shows unique perspectives from the Nazi era that you dont often read about, which I enjoyed. Another great round of #LMPBC ! Thanks ladies for the good reads! @TheBookKeepers @johanna414 @ConfessionofaBookaholic
4.5 ☆ A riveting story of 3 widowed German women who‘s resister husband‘s were killed for an assassination attempt on Hitler. Through their experiences we get to know them-their past, secrets + hopes for a better life as they struggle to survive war horrors w/their children after seeking refuge in Marianne‘s battered castle. It also shed light on how Ger. civilians fooled themselves as to what was really going on. Heartbreaking + warming both.
I was a little nervous going into this, and wasn‘t sure if I was going to like it. I ended up absolutely loving it, and found myself thinking about the characters even when I wasn‘t reading. It‘s a beautiful story. #lmpbc @TheBookKeepers @kellyann28 @ConfessionofaBookaholic
Kara, I‘ll put it in the mail to you sometime this week!
Doing some #audiocrochet and trying to finish up Christmas gifts while plugging away at my #25infive readathon. This is more than I‘ve read in weeks, so I think I‘m finally getting over the dreaded slump I‘ve been in.
Everyone in our house is sick this weekend, but I‘m stealing a few minutes to relax while the kids nap. I think Tony and Lane are going to get a Christmas tree this afternoon, but I‘d rather stay home and read... I actually downloaded the audiobook of this so I could got back and forth between the two. Really enjoying it so far!
It‘s been kind of a crazy week with both kids sick, but Nina and I managed to venture out and mail both my #lmpbc book and #blinddatewithabookswap package this morning! Of course I forgot to take a picture, so here‘s Nina with my next read! @ConfessionofaBookaholic @TheBookKeepers @kellyann28 @TheReadingMermaid
I enjoyed reading this historical novel. I really found the characters fascinating. I liked the fashion in which the author slowly gave us details of these characters. By the way the bookmark shown in the picture is from the bookstore, called Novel, in Memphis where I purchased this book. I was on a road trip and had to visit a bookstore. It‘s a nice well organized bookstore not as quaint as some independent bookstore. But has a killer restaurant.
Soo my book slump has ended!! I finally started appreciating this book towards the end. I think I just wasn‘t in the right head space when I started it & was craving more of a page turner. This one isn‘t action packed, but has excellent character development & will leave you contemplating the themes. Happy & surprised that it was a pick! @Johanna414 I‘ll be mailing it to you this week! #lmpbc #groupb @kellyann28 @ConfessionofaBookaholic
When I was in university back in the late 80s, I took a job calling alumni and asking them to pledge money. During one of the conversations I had, the woman on the phone said that her and her husband did not believe in a higher education for their daughters and would not be pledging. I thought she was joking to get out of pledging but, during an extended conversation, I found this to be their take on life now. To this day I‘m utterly disturbed.
I really enjoyed this. It gives a different perspective of a situation that seems so clear, but clearly wasn‘t. It was quietly and well told; the story of 3 women who come together in a remote German castle as WWII ends. It tells of the horror of war, having to flee, families being parted, but also of looking the other way or not seeing, both in terms of Hitler‘s actions, and also in the nuances of their own lives and the mistakes they make.
"Years later, as a professor, Martin would try to find the words to articulate the power of togetherness in a world where togetherness had been corrupted - and to explore the effect of the music, the surprising lengths the people had gone to hear it and to play it, as evidence that music, and art in general, are basic requirements of the human soul."
Oh man Audible has another $5.95 sale! I love these sales and it‘s hard to resist. I managed to only get three books.
I enjoyed the idea of this historical novel and the exploration of the idea of forgiveness...but I felt that it was trying to tell too many stories. I found myself wishing that it had a more narrow focus and found that I was done with the novel before it ended. Good solid novel about post war Germany if you have not done a lot of reading about that time and place. 3 🌟
Wow, this book was riveting! The author‘s writing drew you in and I found myself on page 100 without realizing it. It was interesting to get a post WWII in Germany view; very fascinating! Word of advice, it‘s definitely a book that you need to be in the right mindset for
An unexpected pipe/drain issue at our house has the hubs and I bunking at his parents for the night. Hopefully it‘s a quick and inexpensive fix. Until we find out tomorrow though, I‘ll enjoy their backyard with my wine and my book 😁🍷📚
My latest haul from the Waterloo Public Library in Waterloo, Iowa. The Book Nook inside the library is seriously the best kept secret 😇 4 hardcovers for $4!!! And the latest issue of BookPage
I really loved this book and found it so relevant to current events even though it is historical fiction.