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Finding Rebecca

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  14,076 ratings  ·  960 reviews
Nothing could keep Christopher and Rebecca apart: not her abusive parents, or even the fiancé she brought home after running away to England. But when World War II finally strikes the island of Jersey, the Nazi invaders ship Rebecca to Europe as part of Hitlers Final Solution against the Jewish population.

After Christopher and his family are deported back to their native
Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 28th 2014 by Lake Union Publishing (first published November 3rd 2012)
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Deborah Gessner I did too. It was an interesting story, but sometimes the wording was somewhat immature. I also thought he didn't develop certain ideas very well,…moreI did too. It was an interesting story, but sometimes the wording was somewhat immature. I also thought he didn't develop certain ideas very well, they just kind of dropped out of nowhere.(less)
Rachel Villarreal There were awkward parts; perhaps the author's grasp of the English language/grammar may be weak. But, because the story is so captivating, we can…moreThere were awkward parts; perhaps the author's grasp of the English language/grammar may be weak. But, because the story is so captivating, we can overlook those parts. You did get the gist of the story, right? That's all that matters.(less)

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Angela M

As it is in most books about the holocaust, there are scenes in this book that are so difficult to read but it is rightly so. Even after so many years, it is still so important that we are reminded of these horrific acts. Mothers are torn from their children; women are herded off the trains and told they would be reunited with their children after their shower which we know was the gas chamber; children are shot at point blank range. We need to remember that even though this is a novel, these
Michele Whitecotton
This book was like a rare gem that you aren't looking for, but just stumble across by mistake. I had never heard of it or the author before and it showed up on the free kindle book list one day. I'm usually not a fan of love stories but I'm facinated by the Holocaust so I decided to give it a shot and it turned into one of the best books I've read in a long time. It wasn't a cheesy-romance kind of love story, it was a beautiful heartbreaking love story that spans several decades. It literally ...more
So, I thought I am doomed to automatically love any WWII book...
In this book I did not feel the connection between the two MCs and I could not feel for them the way I should have.
The story line, of a Jewish girl and a German, childhood friends, that falls in love and what happens to them during WWII, should have captivated me, but it failed to do so.
It got better at around 80% but then it failed, for me again, with an ending that was rushed and not as emotionally right for the story.
Shame :(
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-books
Well a fantastic read if you like reading war stories it's a hard hitting love story.but heartbreaking when Christopher and his family live in Jersey and meets a girl upset on a beach as children he takes her home to hide in his room,his dad finds her and she becomes part of the family.they fall for each other.but Germans take over she must leave as she's a jewish.he ends up looking for her in the worst place Auschwitz,he was shocked what happens there but does he find rebecca.fantastic read ...more
May 18, 2015 rated it liked it
I'll read most anything about World War II and the Holocaust, specifically, because I find it morbidly fascinating. So obviously this book was appealing and with the good reviews, I figured it would be a win.

This book is about Christopher, a German national living on an island that is considered Great Britain's territory, and Rebecca, a Jewish national. They meet as children and develop a close friendship sustained throughout the years, and Christopher's family becomes Rebecca's replacement
I wanted to like this book, I really did. I've read a lot of WWII historical fiction novels, I don't think I've ever rated one a one star before. Until now that is....

This book had such great potential, however, the characters had no depth, no feeling. They read like robotic characters with no emotion. The relationships in the book, whether it be a parent, a love interest, a fiancé, a spouse, an abusive parent, had no emotion. It was like the author was trying to purposely put no emotion in his
Mar 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just finished Finding Rebecca and all I can say is "WOW". It was extremely hard to read some of the scenes, and not because they were overly graphic, but because it left a mental picture, and a feeling of overwhelming sadness to think that this really did happen. And it was just a small glimpse of the horror that took so many innocent lives. I think that everyone should read this book, and never forget what kind of brutality really went on at those concentration camps. Well done Mr. Dempsey!
Ange H
Oct 26, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was an infuriating book. The concept was fascinating; but it contains a central plot hole that is so huge, and bothered me so much, that I forced myself to finish just to see if the author explained it somehow. He did not.

The story focuses on Christopher and Rebecca, who have known each other since their childhood growing up on an island off the coast of England. He is German, she is Jewish. Besides the plot hole mentioned, the love story between them lacked
❤Marie Gentilcore
Oct 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
I am so glad to have won this from Goodreads First Reads! It was an excellent book that I enjoyed very much even though it was sad to read about the atrocities at the concentration camp. The story starts out harshly with Christopher as an SS officer at Auschwitz. Then, we are taken to the beginning when a young Christopher first meets Rebecca on the isle of Jersey. Theirs is a deep friendship and love, but outside forces strive to keep them apart, first Christopher's father and then World War II ...more
Nov 07, 2016 rated it did not like it
I can handle implausible if it's well written, and I can handle bad writing if there's a good plot. This was completely unbelievable, flat/one-dimensional characters, and painfully cliched, stilted, and disjointed. Really don't know why I finished it, except for my compulsive nature.
Nicole Overmoyer
Oct 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Eoin Dempseys historical novel FINDING REBECCA is the sort of book you really want to be real. You want to have some confidence that a real human being somewhere in time did the things that the character hes created did in the time and place he put them. But even knowing that Dempseys creation is fictional, that these things are products of imagination put into a series of real events this is enough to remind you that life isnt always cut and dry and still, in the end, sometimes the good guys ...more
This book really touched me - an insightful account of the dark history of the Holocaust.

The cattle trains arrived at the train station in Auschwitz. There were 1200 people on the train, built for cattle transport. The people huddled together on the train, their throats raw from thirst, and clinging to their children who would soon die. The SS went into the train with guns drawn and dead bodies were thrown out of the rail cars. The selection was started and two lines were formed, one of
Julie Dalrymple
Feb 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I came across this book by accident and it pulled me in from the beginning. It's a gorgeous, heartbreaking story, difficult to read, but ultimately thoroughly satisfying. It's a story that will stick with you, make you appreciate all you have in life and provide a better understanding of the horrors that took place during the holocaust.
May 01, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody
Recommended to Mirel by: Amazon kindle
Huge disappointment!

As a lover of historical fiction and being the daughter of survivors, I tend to read a lot of Holocaust literature (both fiction and nonfiction). This one certainly did not live up to the hype, and I'm totally clueless as to how it is so highly rated!

Yes, the author did convey some of the horrors of life in a concentration camp, and for that he deserves some credit, but the whole story was just so unbelievable. Don't get me wrong: I'm willing to read lots of unbelievable
Wow! What a diamond of a book! It's powerful in its Holocaust brutality, in its vivid emotions, and characters. If you're going to read any fictional book on the Holocaust, make it this one. To me, it's the epitome of what a Holocaust fictional book should be.

Now that mention of Holocaust brutality... Definitely keep that in mind while reading this. This book pulls no punches. It portrays the Holocaust exactly the way it was, with all the violence and evil that conveys. From gassings,
Sharon Jones
Apr 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lately I have been interested in history/fiction novels and specifically those about WWI and WWII. My education as a young girl was deficient in the history past Christopher Columbus and very deficient regarding European history.

I have read a number of books trying to ascertain why the wars began; what brought people to that place, what motivated them and what their lives were. Now that I have read enough to allow me the knowledge of the why, I now want to read about people and their
Dec 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have to say that I was moved to tears and anguish at the atrocities of the Nazi Camps that are described in this story. The authors does not hold back on the brutality and utter evil of the Nazi SS. This is probably the most profound, emotional historical fiction book on World War II that I have read in a long time. At first I had to take the story in small dosages. Not because it wasnt written well. Quite the contrary. The story was told so well that as I said above, I was moved to tears

Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books
Well. In recent times, I have imbibed myself with war books (especially WWII) learning about genocide and holocaust. So, the other day I came across this book in kindle since it was about WWII I thought to give it a go.

The concept of the book daunting.. a German boy becoming an SS officer for the sole purpose to save the Jewish women he loves. I could never have imagined Rebecca to still be alive after what she did to that ss officer saving her friend's life. On the other hand, in Auschwitz,
Aug 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I don't often wrote reviews anymore sine i have a toddler and a business, but, i feel i need to with this one.

I must admit, i almost stopped reading it- i almost stopped several times, it is so moving, so sad, so terrifying, and so heartbreaking.

I am a history major with 2 masters degree's, i have taught the Holocaust to HS and MS students countless times over the last 12 years. I have even gone to the WWII museum in NOLA several times. I KNOW what happened, i believe that these things
Feb 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommended to Christina by: Amazon
Stayed up late finishing. I love historical fiction and memoirs. I own many memoirs of true accounts from the Holocaust. I love the cover. And was thrilled for a weekend to read. Unfortunately, I thought it dragged...not because of the subject matter but the pacing, unnecessary details, unfortunate skipping important moments... I really wanted to like this novel and characters. Was disappointed. I didn't even feel connected to Rebecca or Christopher in this story--just pity for the actual ...more
Lesley Kay
Apr 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a huge fan of Historical Fiction, particularly any set during WWII. This one wasnt bad, but it fell a bit flat for me. The story itself was intriguing, but I found it a tiny bit slow at times. Shock value is usually abundant with this time period, but I only gasped a few times. I did enjoy the ending, which wrapped everything up in a neat little bow. Fun little light read, nothing too memorable. If youre looking for a memorable WWII novel, I would suggest The Nightingale or The Plum Tree. ...more
Bonnye Reed
Jul 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
GAB This was an excellent book about the inhabitants of the Isle of Jersey from 1924 until the end of WWII, and how WWII divided loyalties and relationships. We follow Christopher and Rebecca from their first meeting at six years old until they meet again in New York in September 1954. The war years are well researched and the protagonists are portrayed sympathetically. The details are intricate and the story flows well. This was a hard book to put down, and is one I will keep, to read again. If ...more
Dec 16, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible
I found this novel to be your typical holocaust novel in that it was a story had all the elements of novels taking place in this time frame. Lovers torn apart by war, the horrors of the concentration camps, miscommunications, etc. There was nothing that really set this novel apart from other Holocaust stories in my opinion. Overall, a decent story but it's not a Holocaust story I would recommend over others. I would recommend The Lost Wife instead.
Linda Harper
Nov 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

One of those books which should be required reading for all Americans over sixteen. We all need to be reminded of the atrocities levied on innocent people simply because of their race. If our younger generation isn't educated about these true events it can happen again. It's a terrible, chilling, achingly difficult book to read but please read it and recommend it to your friends. It's distressing to realize there are people out there who are denying the killing of millions ever happened
Nov 09, 2014 rated it it was ok
Disappointing. For such a promising subject, the writing was flat and didn't evoke much emotion. The love story lacked passion, and the war story lacked excitement. The subject matter is very well know (at least for me), and the author didn't really bring anything new or interesting to it. It felt more like a reporting of events with some dialog thrown in, and it was frankly a slog to finish. I guess I prefer a more literary writing style, where the author shows rather than tells.
Mar 13, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
This is lovely love story set against the backdrop of the horrors of WWII. I wanted to rate it higher, but I found the writing stilted at times, and often did not feel the emotions the author was trying to portray. A little more polishing and better editing could make this a great book instead of just a good book.
Tabitha Acree
Jan 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I will definitely consider this one of my favorites. I didn't want to see this book end. Loved it!
Kara Hansen
3.5 stars. I have always enjoyed historical fiction books over the years, and find that I learn something new each time, most specifically stories that take place during WWII. Finding Rebecca tells the story of Christopher Seeler, German born, but raised on the Island of Jersey in England. Rebecca Cassin is his true love, whom he has known since childhood. After Germany invades Jersey, Rebecca, of Jewish heritage, is eventually forced to leave- an act that she nearly refuses until she is forced. ...more
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It's been a while since I've done a book rant. I guess it is time to rectify that because I just finished a book that has me sadly disappointed. I bought Finding Rebecca on a Kindle Deal. The description looked interesting and I guess I just wanted to be depressed since this is a book is about Auschwitz.

Unfortunately, it did not work for me. I can't say I found a book about the Holocaust to be boring - but this book brought me as close to boredom as I could get under the circumstances. The
Beverly Laude
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have read a lot of books set during the Holocaust and decided to give this one a listen.

A lot of the reviews mention that they don't believe that there were any SS Officers or Nazis that had any redeeming qualities. I find that hard to believe and even though this is fiction, I would like to think that some so-called Nazis had compassion and did what they could to try to save Jews being held in the concentration camps.

Reviewers also mention that the book contains too much graphic detail
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Eoin Dempsey was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1977. He grew up in the beautiful Dublin suburb of Dalkey, where he and his friends would jump into the icy waters of the Irish Sea (during summertime) to prove their manliness. Eoin had a fantastic time attending Blackrock College, where he played rugby (poorly) and did his best to coast his way through. Eoins first ambition was to play rugby for ...more

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