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People Like Us: a heartbreaking historical fiction romance Kindle Edition
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'Part romance, part character study, part call to arms. The subject matter – racial hate – is sensitive but we are in safe hands with Fein who writes with great passion and urgency. The minor characters are living, breathing, three-dimensional people, each with their own motivations and dark secrets' -- Lizzie Page, author of When I Was Yours
'[People Like Us] spins childhood innocence shattered, the tendency for society to carry us along in wrong directions, and the importance of standing up against tyranny in ways small and large into an absorbing, heart-wrenching story of love and letting go – and a lesson for us all' -- Meg Waite Clayton, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Train to London
'I adored this book because not only is is beautifully written, it also tells a familiar story from a very unfamiliar perspective: that of a naïve German teenager caught up in the rise of Nazism,and her gradual realisation of the inhumanity driven by Aryan fanaticism. Louise Fein's characters help us understand how so many people were taken in by Nazi propaganda, and the terrible, heartbreaking dilemmas they faced trying to protect the people they loved. This is historical fiction at its absolute best' -- Liz Trenow, author of The Forgotten Seamstress
'A powerful, unforgettable love story' -- Gill Paul, author of The Secret Wife
Moving and extremely powerful' ― Woman's Weekly
'A nerve-wracking and gripping read ... Louise's cherished goal is to remind us all that we are all the same, and she encourages us all to cherish freedom of speech, debate and the acceptance of difference' ― Family Tree Magazine
'Powerful and poignant, moving and provocative, this beautifully eloquent novel is set before and during the Second World War. People Like Us highlights love, humanity and kindness in the terrifying face of intolerance and hate ... This is one to climb the rooftops and shout about' ― LoveReading
'A compelling tale of forbidden love set in 1930's Leipzig' ― Independent.
'Terrifying, yet tender. I loved it' ― Irish Examiner.
'A spellbinding story of impossible love set against the backdrop of the Nazi regime' ― Irish Times Weekend
'A love story with deep resonance as it tackles the contemporary issue of rising popularism and antisemitism' ― Mslexia
'This heart-breaking, thought-provoking story about forbidden love and racial hate reminds us that even in the bleakest of times love, decency and humanity will triumph' ― Platinum
'The ending packs a considerable punch' ― Tablet
'An emotionally compelling and skilfully crafted debut novel ... People Like Us is a book of brutal truths, uplifting bravery and both a condemnation of inhumanity and a joyful celebration of mankind's innate capacity for good ... With a little help from love' ― Lancashire Times --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B07PW7LJCH
- Publisher : Head of Zeus (7 May 2020)
- Language : English
- File size : 1624 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 417 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 125,627 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Hetty attends school at the local gymnasium, here she’s taught what every teenage German girl needs to know, the curriculum has been changed and it’s all about making Germany great again and they're being brainwashed.
Hetty starts to have doubts, she maybe a spoiled teenage girl, but she can’t understand why Jewish people are being treated so badly and she knows some nice Jewish families. Hetty almost drowned when she was eight her brother’s best friend Walter saved her and he is Jewish. But Karl, cuts all ties with Walter, his childhood friend is shunned and he’s no longer welcome at their house. Hetty also learns the shocking truth about her father’s job he’s working for the SS and how he obtained the house the family is living in.
The brown shirts start targeting innocent Jewish people, including children and older people. Their property is taken from them, they are bashed in the street, publicly humiliated, charged a fortune to try to get a passport and to leave the country.
It’s very interesting to read about the German perspective as they head towards fighting in another world war, its scary what they think is necessary and right.
Hitler had a plan for human progression, it’s not just Jewish people he wanted to eliminate, he wanted to create a super race, of pure Aryan blood, he believed this will stop crime, hereditary diseases, insanity and create scientific advancement. Hetty is horrified to discover her father also believes this, he thinks Hetty should marry a German man and produce perfect blond haired blue eyed pure Aryan babies.
Hetty has major issues with what her father wants her to do, she hopes to finish school and dreams of being a doctor, she doesn’t want to be used as a German brood mare and she has fallen in love with Walter, he is of course Jewish and every time they meet they risk being arrested.
I couldn’t stop reading People Like Us, the book is very different to other WW II historical fiction I have read and I really liked it. The story is about two young people trying to go against the Nazi tide, finding the courage to keep going as they fight to survive and try desperately to be together. I gave the book five big stars.
This book takes a different approach to the usual second world war scenario and focuses on the life of Hetty Heinrich, the daughter of a high ranking SS officer.
Hetty is brainwashed into believing that Hilter is a saviour of the German people, but as she grows up she starts to see another side to the Hitler movement and the persecution of the Jewish people.
When she falls in love with Walter, an old family friend who is Jewish, Hettys life takes her on a course of heartbreak and torment.
Hettys character is so well constructed and she finds some wonderfully supportive friends who stand by her in such difficult circumstances.
I really enjoyed this book and found it gripping from the onset.
I would highly recommend it.
Top reviews from other countries
Herta (Hetty) Heinrich is a good German girl, member of the BDM and daughter of an SS officer. Walter, her brother's childhood friend, is blond, blue-eyed, and a Jew. As their illicit friendship deepens and blossoms, Walter challenges Hetty's beliefs in the world they are living in.
"Why does love end in pain?" (p. 388)
This is a love story that will stay with me for a long time: it's beautiful, devastating, horrific and heartwarming. Highly recommend.