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A Kind of Woman

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  140 ratings  ·  13 reviews
He is married to the Devil, but can he be her advocate?

Jacob Barder, a successful New York attorney, returns home to New York after being trapped in Europe during the Second World War and miraculously surviving the Holocaust. Barder does not return alone: with him is his new wife, Rachel, a beautiful blonde woman whom he met in Warsaw shortly after the war - a Jewish su

Kindle Edition, 277 pages
Published January 17th 2017
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Privy Trifles
Mar 06, 2017 rated it liked it
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I really enjoyed reading this book. The subject of the book is so raw and intense that you cannot help by admire the author's writing skills along with her idea behind the whole plot. The book is engaging from the first word itself and she has brought alive the whole plethora of emotions ranging from love, treachery, disgust, cheating to hatred so beautifully.

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Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
".the magnitude of the tragedy o war."
A Kind of Woman, is a strange book, a combination of love story and war story, a psychological and courtroom drama, and political polemic. Certainly it raises questions for the reader to attempt to answer. It is also a book of two parts.

The first section is set against the chaos, memories and fears of post world war two central Europe where the dispossessed and refugees were trying to find their way back home after having been forcibly removed to distant pr
Tony Parsons
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Jacob Barder (39, Jewish) awoke by the train track but it was long gone by then.
Later he boarded a cargo train.
He passed by Kiev, Ukraine.
The KGB were checking Jacob & Rachel baggage.
They both had jumped off the train & got separated rather than being deported back to Russia.

The Lvov-Warsaw train was at the next station.
The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee was taking care of Jacob (39) & Rachel Barder (wife, nee Kimmelman) & many/many others.
NYC. The Europa (ship) was approachin
Trisha Smith
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book greatly! I loved the topic. It was one that I wasn't expecting, really, and then left me wondering what I would do if I were in the same situation. Would I defend my spouse or would I be angered and hurt by them? Would I believe the accusations or would I trust they were innocent?

Though the beginning was a bit slow for me, I had faith it would pick up, and sure enough it did. And when it did pick up, I had a hard time putting it down. I wanted to know what would happen next i
Skye Blue ☆*~゚ლ(´ڡ`ლ)~*☆
It was an unusual story, about two people who meet directly after world war II .

Both refugees, but with a twist. One an American Jew who was trapped in Europe when the war started. Suffered in Russian camps., lost both wife and child. The other a beautiful girl claiming to be Jewish and a camp survivor. They join forces to flee from Russian controlled lands. They marry and return to America. They do not live happily ever after. She is accused of being a Nazi spy and there is a trail and he defe
Apr 25, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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I expected to love this and get really involved in the story, but I can't remember when I've disliked a main character so much. She was an obnoxious, flighty, manipulative, oversexed slut, just all around unpleasant. I don't think I'm giving anything away by saying that it was clear very early on that she had to be either a Nazi herself or a sympathizer. And if a husband could be more willfully clueless, I can't remember when I've encountered one. I'm only sorry it's too late to get my money bac ...more
May 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Last half is powerful

The last half raises so many philosophical questions about war and who is the responsible party. It is almost like two different books but I understand the necessity for providing an essential background.
Elizabeth Maher
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic book!

This is a must read! It is a book that takes you to depths of thinking regarding the Holacaust , Nazis and forgiveness! Great 👍story makes you think and feel. Love is fleeting,as youth but there are insurmountable odds that people face in desperate circumstances.
Donna Whitley
Jul 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read

Little slow at first but the but it builds into on of the best stories I have read on world war two.
Jay Williams
Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book brings together all the good and evil of WWII in a remarkable story of an escape from Russian territories that leads to a most unusual marriage. The actions of people in both war and peace time are captured to provide a powerful reflection of the relativity involved in judging good and evil. the book establishes a platform for determination of culpability for the horrid excesses of the Nazis. The characters are developed in depth with a substantial amount of realism. The relationships ...more
Namrata Ganti
Feb 19, 2017 rated it liked it
A Kind of Woman is set in post WWII Europe, following the aftermath of the Holocaust. An American lawyer, Jacob, having traveled to Europe with his wife and child for a vacation, ends up a prisoner in one of the camps and manages to emerge alive. He however loses his family to the war and while trying to find his way back to America, he encounters Rachel, a beautiful woman with an intriguing mind. They are drawn to each other and become inseparable. As the story unfolds, the author holds off on ...more
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In A Kind of Woman, Jacob Barder is a successful New York attorney who has returned home after being trapped in Europe during World War II, and miraculously surviving the Holocaust. With him is his new wife, Rachel, a beautiful woman he met in Warsaw shortly after the war, a Jewish survivor who lost her entire family.

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