A Parachute in the Lime Tree
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April 1941, neutral Ireland. Kitty awakes in remote Dunkerin to find a German parachute caught in one of the trees in her garden. When she discovers Oskar, injured and foraging for food, he becomes a rare and exciting secret. But Ireland during the Emergency is an uneasy place, and news of the parachute soon spreads.
ebook, 240 pages
Published March 12th 2012 by The History Press Ireland (first published November 30th 2011)
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Sarah
Annemarie Neary's literary novel takes a pensive look at four young people's intertwined experiences in Ireland during the Emergency - the time during World War II when its government showed its independence by taking an official stance of neutrality.

The emphasis is on day-to-day life rather than political concerns, but readers will get a good sense of how the Irish reacted to the unease of their surroundings. The atmosphere, tense and lean, feels hauntingly real, and undercurrents of deep emoti...more
Annemarie Neary
Sep 13, 2012 Annemarie Neary added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Extracts from third party reviews:

"Neary's work is a delightful read. She plays language like an instrument, lilting Irish brogue singing out in a way that never slips over into parody... a poet's touch.”
The Bookbag (UK)

"…a beautifully written novel which wholly ensnared my attention from the opening sentence...an epic love story which will transport you into another world, engage your emotions and still haunt you long after you have finished it."
Ulster Tatler (Northern Ireland)

"The novel is ut...more
Trudy  Hodkinson
Annemarie Nearys WW2 literary novel is a beautifully written and accomplished book. The story takes the reader to WW2 through the eyes of Oskar a German Luftwaffe airman whose Jewish girlfriend was evacuated from Germany to Ireland to escape the war. Oskar becomes a deserter when he jumps out of a plane over Ireland in an attempt to find Elsa. Kitty an Irish girl finds Oskar and his parachute in her garden in Southern Ireland. The story unwinds as Kitty follows Oskar, Oskar searches for Elsa and...more
Alex Baugh
It is 1941 and after a visit home, Oskar , a young Luftwaffe airman, discovers that the girl he loves, Elsa Frankel, is living in Ireland. Her family is gone from the house next door to his parent's home, rounded up and taken away because they are Jews. Elsa was sent to Ireland on a Kindertransport in 1939 when she was 17.

Oskar decides to betray his country by parachuting into Ireland to find Elsa, loving her far more than he loves the German Reich. And the opportunity to do this daring jump fi...more
JJ Marsh

A lyrical, charming and unpredictable story of what happens at the edges of war. The ripple-effect of what happened in late 1930s Germany reaches as far as Amsterdam and Dunkerin.
German neighbours Oskar and Elsa might have been lovers, but she is Jewish. They are separated in the build-up to war.

Oskar cannot forget her and learns that after a stint in the Netherlands, Elsa was removed to Ireland. He decides to desert from the German army and find his love. One night after a bombing raid, he le...more
Jo at Jaffareadstoo
This beautifully written novel explores the lives of four young people whose stories intertwine during WW2. Oskar is a Luftwaffe conscript who finds his role in the war abhorrent, and as the dreams of his first love, Elsa, overshadows his hope for the future, he makes a dramatic and startling decision. Left behind in Berlin, Elsa faces a bleak future until she is safety moved to Ireland as part of the Kindertransport, where the dream of playing music carries her through the uncertainty of not kn...more
Lindsay (Little Reader Library)
‘He’s got his heart set on something and he’ll not be blown off course.’

This is a beautifully written historical novel set primarily in Ireland at the time of World War II. It follows the lives of four main characters whose lives will intertwine and impact on each other in powerful ways.

Oskar and Elsa were next-door neighbours and sweethearts in Berlin before World War Two, but are now separated by war. Elsa, who is Jewish, escapes from Berlin and manages to reach neutral Ireland via the Kindert...more
Gillian Hamer


What a beautiful ending! *wipes away a tear* This was a super read, with evocative language and well-drawn characters that carried this intelligent story of love and loss during WWII. Have to admit I knew little about Irish history of this period, so found the whole transportation of Jewish people from Germany really informative. I found myself drawn to Oscar and Elsa more so than Kitty and Charles, although I'm not entirely sure why. I felt Kitty was a little blurred as a character, and I never...more
Kathleen Kelly
A wartime love story that takes place mostly in Ireland at the beginning of WWII. A love affair that starts in Berlin between neighbors, Elsa and Oskar but war gets in the way and Oskar is conscripted into the Luftwaffe. Elsa eventually ends up separated from her parents and sent by Kindertransport and relocated to Ireland for her safekeeping. Oskar is disillusioned by the war and just wants to find Elsa after he finds out she is gone from her home.

Other characters include Kitty, a young Irish w...more
Liza Perrat
A beautiful love story that haunts you long after you’ve finished, A Parachute in the Lime Tree drew me in right from the start, with the mystery surrounding the disappearance of a Jewish family in Berlin in 1939 and the discovery of some of their belongings in the attic of the house next door.

Childhood sweethearts, Oskar and Elsa, are separated by war, and Elsa is eventually transported to Ireland with the Kindertransport. When Oskar, now a Luftwaffe airman disillusioned by the war, discovers...more
Meg - A Bookish Affair
All of Europe is in an uproar during World War II. Neutral Ireland is stuck in the middle. Somewhere in Ireland, Kitty looks out her window to see a parachute stuck in a tree outside of her house. What follows will change the her life as well as the lives of everyone else involved.

This is a great story for anyone who likes their historical fiction with a side of romance and a bit of mystery. There is the unrequited love and fascination between Kitty and Oskar. There is the true love between Els...more
Anne
Annemarie Neary was born in Northern Ireland, educated at Trinity College, Dublin and now lives in London. A Parachute in the Lime Tree was published in 2012 by The History Press Ireland, and is her first novel.

During World War II, Ireland remained neutral and the war was referred to as the 'Emergency'. The story of A Parachute in the Lime Tree is set during the days after the blitz of Belfast. The four main characters of the story are: Oskar whose parachute becomes caught up in the lime tree; K...more
Conor
I think this is a lovely book. It is both very well written and cleverly put together. Neary has a fantastic sense of time and place and captures the period brilliantly - no doubt partly a result of her extraordinary research (she interviewed a WWII Luftwaffe pilot!). But what I enjoyed most about this book and what really kept me turning the pages were its excellent characters. Oskar, Elsa and Kitty (whose lives we follow) are, each in their own very distinct way, wonderfully endearing and so i...more
The Lit Bitch
This is a gripping war time love story that demonstrates how war and time change people. What you once wanted at one point in your life, may not be what you want now.

I did love how the story and lives of the characters intertwined and came together in the end….very well done and moving. I also really enjoyed learning about Ireland’s involvement in the war. I don’t know much about Irish history, particularly the modern era but this book gave great background information for the reader.

Clearly th...more
Tracy Terry
Have you ever read a book where the emotions of the characters are so raw as to be tangible? Well, A Parachute In The Lime Tree is one such novel.

Beautifully penned and full of poignant moments. Though not a novel that gripped me right from the beginning, I did at first find the numerous change in narratives slightly disturbed the flow of the story but by the end I was so caught up in the hypnotic quality of Oskar and Elsa's stories that I found myself reluctant to put it down for even one momen...more
Humphrey
This is a beautifully written book with unrequited love at its core. The story combines humour, poignancy and suspense and transports us back to wartime Germany and neutral Ireland. There are vivid snapshots of Dublin during the Emergency, including wonderful depictions of the eccentric Aunt Effie and of the genteel musical life of the city. In Berlin, the gradual exclusion of Elsa's Jewish family by neighbours and former colleagues and their desperate attempts to find refuge are heartbreaking....more
Sandra
The characters in this were so very individual and fresh, the language was lovely, fellows described as 'a shower of octopuses' for example. The whole imbued with a sort of dreamy earthiness, and a more life real life ending.
Anna
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Mary
A Parachute in the Lime Tree is about four characters whose lives are deeply affected by WWII: Oskar, Elsa, Charlie, and Kitty. The war stifles love affairs, as any war does. Once again there is a couple who are separated because one is German, Oskar, and the other is Jewish, Elsa. Kitty finds Oskar, the man in a parachute in her lime tree, captivating, but his goal is to locate Elsa, who is in Ireland. He isn’t successful and lives his life without her. Charlie, a medical student, ends up marry...more
Sophie Gonzales
A Parachute in the Lime Tree is a wonderfully crafted story involving culture, history, and romance; set around events that happened in Ireland during World War Two.

I found the novel to be an interesting read, not only from a fictional standpoint but also from a historical one. Prior to reading it I didn't know anything about Ireland during the 2nd world war, so learning about the country's uncertainty during the period in question was eye-opening. I also enjoyed the alternative takes on German...more
Triskele Books
This novel is published by The History Press Ireland – an independent publisher I’d never heard of before.
Fiction is a new outing for this publisher, with just two fiction novels on their list so far. From reading this book, I’d say it’s a clever move.

A Parachute in the Lime Tree is a very good novel. Set in Ireland during the Second World War, it follows the story of four young people – Oskar and Elsa from Germany, and Kitty and Charlie from Ireland.

Oskar and Elsa grew up side by side in Berl...more
Carrie
Apr 13, 2013 Carrie rated it 4 of 5 stars
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The novel follows the stories of four people throughout the war. Kitty is an Irish young woman who is trying to take care of her mother after her father’s death. She is frustrated with being forced to leave Dublin for the country, and yearns for something exciting to happen – leading to her having a pretty atypical reaction to discovering a Nazi in her kitchen. Elsa is Jewish, and was able to escape Germany to Ireland – but is without her family in a strange land. Oskar, who believes he is in lo...more
Sherree Gaskell
I loved this War time love story with its descriptions of Ireland. The complex feelings between the young characters totally grabbed me, and with such force that I found it hard to finally finish the book and leave them behind.
Rachel
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Overall Review:
Set during World War II, A Parachute in the Lime Tree illustrates how war can define a generation. Author Annemarie Neary introduces readers to four young adults whose heart-wrenching experiences mingle and intertwine. I was especially drawn to the tale of piano prodigy Elsa. The plot moves nicely and I loved learning more about Ireland's stance during the war. Neary excels at conveying each character's hopes and dreams -- as well as their d...more
Niamh Gallen
OK this SUCH a great novel. I couldn't stop the tears at the end I'm telling you. It really was the saddest thing I have read in a long time.

A must read for anyone who appreciates a great love story - I was utterly engaged throughout

Krystyn
Pretty much a "typical" WWII era love story. I struggled somewhat to keep up with the characters (and names) throughout. Good thing it was a short book, although one more chapter would have been PERFECT!!!
Bee
Yet another one that made me cry. Great book. Now I'm off to go jump off a roof.
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Annemarie’s short fiction has won awards in the UK, Ireland and the US. A Parachute in the Lime Tree is her first novel. You can find Annemarie on her website:
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http://www.facebook.com/AParachuteInT... Irish-born, Annemarie was educated at Trinity College and King’s Inns, Dublin and the Courtauld Institute, London. She used t...more
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