The Girl With No Name
A heart-wrenching story from the bestselling author of The Throwaway Children.
Thirteen-year-old Lisa has escaped from Nazi Germany on the Kindertransport. She arrives in London unable to speak a word of English, her few belongings crammed into a small suitcase. Among them is one precious photograph of the family she has left behind.
Lonely and homesick, Lisa is adopted by...more
I didn't give up on it but there were times that it was written so simply I became frustrated with the lack of character dimension. Insight into the terrors of the London Bombings was good and was captured well but I would have preferred the author to scratch a little ...more
Diney Costeloe has perfectly captured the traumatic atmosphere of the war years both in London and the countryside. The resolve of the British spirit could not be broken by Hitler. "Offices, factories, churches, homes, all targeted to instil fear and misery, to destroy the morale of the Londoners." The ...more
This book tells the story of Lisa Becker, a young German non-practicing Jewish girl age 13 transported to England to avoid the reach of the Nazi's and their "final solution". From the early pages of the story my interest was fully captured and I didn't want to stop reading. On arrival in England, Lisa is placed with a couple who speak no German and really can't communicate with her. How she learns to speak English and develops a close relationship with them makes for an excellent story. ...more
(Read mostly during Jan. & Feb. 2017)
On 12/29/16, I bought this Kindle edition for 99 cents via BookBub and Amazon. It has turned out to be well worth it. It kept me engaged through-out. As I got into it, I kept going back to it more and more, preferring it over the other books I was reading at the same time.
The characters are well-fleshed out and very likable. The style of writing is straight-forward and very readable. The plot has enough forward ...more
This is a fascinating read about a young German-Jewish girl that is sent to England alone, by her mother. Her father, a doctor, was detained by the Gestapo. Her mother, realizing that their future looked bleak, due to the fact that her husband's mother was Jewish and her son was blind, decided to send Lisa to England, in the hope the child might survive WWII.
This story keeps you on the edge of your seat. The author has the amazing talent to take you on the journey of ...more
However, I've been reading too many of these Nazi-Germany-styled WW2 stories, one after the other, whereas I should have spaced them out.
Once again, five stars for the actual story and Lisa/Charlotte's resilience throughout this ordeal. Overall, I have mixed feelings. In some way, the story was missing depth. Pacing in the story was erratic at times: some parts of the story really captured my attention, while other parts dragged along.
I enjoyed the ...more
Even as people in England were sending their own children to safer places during WWII, England was accepting refugee children from Germany. Lisa's journey is filled with fear, hate, courage, assimilation and tremendous loss.
The author has done a wonderful job of describing life in England, both in the city and the countryside during the German blitz. Her descriptions and the accompanying details of what the English endured and in particular the journey of Lisa's, a 13 year old ...more
However, a few things bothered me. Firstly, the numerous grammatical errors in the text. Secondly, the efforts the author makes to drum up empathy which, alas, didn't always ring true (stock ingredients of "popular fiction"?). And ...more
My wife said that this book was promoted as a 'chick' book, but suggested that as I was around in the Blitz, I might find it interesting. Well, I'm no 'chicken' but I loved this story. At first, I thought it was written in a rather naive fashion; everybody was a goody-goody, even the nasty people weren't really nasty, but then I realised that people were like that during the blitz. Everyone rallied round and helped each other, determined not to be defeated ...more
It was horrifying to read about Mutti's condition at the end, to imagine anyone could survive such a thing let alone the hundreds of people who did is just.... insane. It really does seem like a work of fiction; heartbreaking and impossible to believe.
Lovely ending, poor girl after all her heartache she deserved such a joyful end.
All the characters were ...more
This was one I had trouble putting down. It put to life so many of the challenges faced during world war 2. I loved the story line and got mad enough at the characters! Some of the English words took me a bit to discern as American English is spoken a bit differently. But overall I really enjoyed it and can't wit for the next one that comes out!
Wonderful interesting characters but they never really went anywhere. Kept waiting for something that never really seemed to happen. It was a bit disappointing. Lots of things happen but it all seems a bit random and with no real purpose.
I've never looked back and always have some writing on the go.
To date I have written 10 romantic novels under the name of Diney Delancey (I liked the shape of the name ...more