Thankyou to NetGalley, BooksGoSocial and the author, Annette Oppenheimer, for the opportunity to read a digital copy of Surviving The Fatherland in exchange for an honest and unbiased opinion. I thought this book was beautifully written. It was a hauntingly sad, true story on how the war effected the two main characters, their families and the people around them. It is a powerful story that will stay with me for a long time. Well worth a read.
A fantastic insight into a German perspective of WWII. Great story line of the struggles faced by people opposed to hitlers regime. Couldn’t put this book down. Can’t wait to read more from this author!!!
Wow! This book tells an impressive story of two children who are brave, courageous, and have the strength to fight against all odds to survive.
This book tells the true story of two children, Lilly and Günter in the 1940s in Germany during the Hitler era.
From right off the first page, I was emotionally invested in this book – it’s hard not to be.
This story is based on the author’s family and you feel the authenticity and pain just leap off the page.
My heart just broke reading what these children endured and how they just kept going. I don’t know if I personally would have had the strength to keep going. It was inspiring to see their persistence and determination.
The main characters, Lilly and Günter, are true, pure, and genuine. You will develop an instant bond with these characters and find yourself not only pulling for them, but praying for their safety and wellbeing.
I honestly feel somewhat changed after reading this book. Not in a bad way, perhaps by now having a deeper understanding of empathy, insight, and compassion to children of war. As a millennial, I was lucky to have not grown up during war times. Yes, 9/11 was a sad, and forever changing time, but I lived in the U.S. and at no time did I ever feel unsafe or violated or tortured like others have had to endure during other war eras.
This book was such an interesting and intriguing story and I found myself further invested in the characters and storyline than I expected to be or tend to be with other books. That should the definition of a great book – a book that causes you to feel the emotion of the characters and become fully engaged and invested in the characters and the storyline.
I would recommend this book as this is such an important story to read and understand. Anyone that is put through such obscene and difficult obstacles deserves to have their story told and appreciated. Beware that you may need a box of tissues nearby, as this book is filled with so much emotion that will cause your heart to race, your eyes to water, and your body to cringe. I felt every sentence.
**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book and have voluntarily provided an honest, and unbiased review in accordance with FTC regulations.**
*thank you to Netgalley and BooksGoSocial for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
Stories such as this are very emotional reads. I would not recommend this to people who are very sensitive. The horrors of what happened during World War 2, still continues to tear me up inside each and everytime I read a story from people's own experiences during that awful time. Saying this story was enjoyable is not the right word, but I did love it. As heart breaking as it is, the story was very well written and definatley one that I would recommend reading.