I really enjoyed this book, I know I had heard of Lala before, I believe it was in The Kings Speech so it was neat to see this family from her perspecI really enjoyed this book, I know I had heard of Lala before, I believe it was in The Kings Speech so it was neat to see this family from her perspective. Of course we all know who David and Bertie are but there were a few royals I knew nothing about not only Prince John or Johnnie as he was known but I also knew very little about Queen Alexandra and King Edward so this was a very interesting glimpse into their lives and the lives of their family.
Charlotte Bill or Lala as the boys dubbed her came to the household at a very opportune time and was able to save the boys from a nanny that wasn’t good to them at all. She became indispensable to the family and helped David & Bertie immensely in recovering from the trauma. Lala stayed with the family through 3 more children and until the all the children had grown she took special care of Johnnie who had epilepsy and possibly was somewhere on the autism spectrum, and in that day and age that he wasn’t carted away after his first seizure says so much about the wonderful Lala and the care she gave these children.
This was such an interesting look at the Windsor’s home life from 2 kings before Bertie and the mess with David, I found it interesting that David even as a boy had no interest in being King and was a womanizer even during the 1st World War. When he was barely 21. Also since the majority of this book takes place before 1918 there were royal visits from their cousins the Tsar & Tsarina and their beautiful girls and even little Alexey it was sad because of knowing what happens to them.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book from beginning to end and thought the author did a great job of combining the fiction with the real and melding them into a great story. This is my first book by this author and I would definitely read another historical fiction by her.
This book is fabulous and I highly recommend the audio version to truly bring these women to life!
I have read a lot of books on concentration camps an This book is fabulous and I highly recommend the audio version to truly bring these women to life!
I have read a lot of books on concentration camps and have even visited a few but this was a learning experience for me I had never heard of the Ravensbruck Rabbits, you hear so much about Mengele’s experiments on twins but I never knew about the experiments these women went through in Ravenbruck.
As with any book on concentration camps this one is heartbreaking; however there is so much hope in this book because a large part of the book is about the survivors and the after effects that there is hope and hope’s name is Caroline Ferriday. She truly saved these women years of pain by getting them to the US and getting them surgery to fix the atrocious things that were done to them.
I enjoyed the different storylines told by Caroline, Kasia one of the survivors and Herta one of the doctors at the camp which was an interesting storyline because you just couldn’t like her no matter if she felt bad for what she was doing or not. I also enjoyed the addition of Kasia’s sister Suzanna (sp audio) who is a doctor and also a survivor of Ravenbruck.
CAROLINE, read by Cassandra Campbell…KASIA, read by Kathleen Gati….HERTA, read by Kathrin Kana the narration on this book was so fantastic I can’t even come up with enough words to tell you to listen to the audio version of this book. These 3 narrators brought these women to life for me and I believe enhanced my enjoyment of this book.
I could go on and on about this book and I think this will be in my top books of the year this year. So I’ll just say if you enjoy historical fiction or WWII fiction you need to read this book!
This book hooked me right away and I had a very hard time putting it down. This was a different war story as the majority of the book is set after theThis book hooked me right away and I had a very hard time putting it down. This was a different war story as the majority of the book is set after the war is over and it is an English woman who was a prisoner in Dachau, she was not in the camp she was in the commandant’s house but she was a prisoner none the less.
Yes, there were times when Ada’s choices made you want to grab her and shake her but then you think of how young she was when Stanislaus took her to Paris and then what she went through in Dachau, I’m sure stunted her growth. Even after all she went through she was still so naïve. But I truly think she still only wanted someone to love her and that is why she fell for these men that were definitely not good for her. And you have to remember this was a different time for women even though this isn’t that long ago women were still the weaker sex and could still be lied about and to easily by men. And when you are a young girl just out of captivity with nowhere to go and no one to turn to you are an easy mark for these slime balls.
Susan Duerden’s narration was as always wonderful and added to my enjoyment of this book.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the ending gutted me, I would definitely read more from this author.
Wow, just, wow, this book is great! I wasn’t expecting so many holding my breath moments. It always fascinates and horrifies me to learn of the treatmWow, just, wow, this book is great! I wasn’t expecting so many holding my breath moments. It always fascinates and horrifies me to learn of the treatment in some of these so called hospitals and the reasons so many women were put into these places. Poor Clara all she did was fall in love with a man her father didn’t approve of so she was locked up and lied about and left there with no-one to turn to, in 1929 this was okay for a father to do to his child. Clara starts out in a little better place at least she had one nice nurse but when the crash hits and her father can no longer pay the bill Clara ends up in Willard hospital a state run home that is an awful, awful place! In the present day we have Izzie, she is a foster child whose mother is in prison for killing her father her foster parents are doing a project on Willard for the local museum and when Izzie finds Clara’s diary she becomes fascinated with learning more about this woman. Both of these stories are interesting Clara’s more so but there are parts of Izzie’s story that will break your heart too.
This book grabbed me right from the beginning and didn’t let go till the end it was never boring and there were times I was yelling at my ipod because of things that happened to Clara and Bruno. I was surprised at how invested I got in these characters and that there were some really intense scenes I wasn’t expecting.
Tavia Gilbert’s narration was as always fantastic; everyone had a different voice and inflection so you were never confused as to who was talking. All voices from the main characters Izzy & Clara to the side characters were all done to perfection.
Loved the ending …Oh Clara!
If you are a fan of The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox I’d say to give this one a try, you won’t be disappointed.