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The Hidden Village

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  3,318 ratings  ·  244 reviews
Wartime Holland. Who can you trust?

Deep in the Veluwe woods lies a secret that frustrates the Germans. Convinced that Jews are hiding close by they can find no proof.

The secret is Berkenhout, a purpose-built village of huts sheltering dozens of persecuted people.

Young tearaway Jan roams the woods looking for adventure and fallen pilots. His dream comes true when he stumble
Kindle Edition, 362 pages
Published May 19th 2017 by Amsterdam Publishers (first published March 19th 2017)
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Michelle Wainer
Sep 17, 2017 rated it liked it
I was enjoying this book and becoming invested in the characters, then three quarters of the way through it started to peter out, and then suddenly it ended with a major event for which I was left with so many unanswered questions. Next thing, the story popped to twenty years later. It felt like the author lost interest and just wrapped it up with lots of loose ends.
Bev Walkling
The author was inspired to write this WW2 by actual events which did take place but is clear that that was solely the creative spark and the incidents described are fictional. She was also inspired by her own Dutch family tales of their wartime experiences in Holland. The novel comes across as well researched ( there are notes at the end) and is easy enough for young adult readers but intriguing enough for older adults too. I very much enjoyed it until the end which felt rather rushed and contri ...more
Jennifer S. Alderson
This is a compelling story about a village built by rebellious Dutch citizens to help hide their Jewish (or in other way dissident) neighbors and countrymen. Located deep in the Hoge Veluwe National Park, this village really did exist and several huts have been reconstructed in the original location.

The author wrote her book after reading a non-fiction book about this village. However, her novel is not a rehashing of history, but a suspenseful and dramatic glimpse into the lives and inner though
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2018
A wonderful premise for a book and a story that definitely needs to be told : unfortunately though, as a story this book doesn't work well. The writing is poor and the characters under developed.
The Hidden Village, by Imogen Matthews, was a phenomenal read. This book is set in Holland during World War II and it features the work of the Dutch resistance, who hid people from the German army. The Hidden Village, was created by the group and also was hidden deep in the woods. This became very problematic for the Germans because they spent many years trying to discover it. I loved the characters, Sofie and Henk, because they were perfectly written. This book reminded me of how I felt when I ...more
Amie's Book Reviews
Sep 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Set in Holland during Hitler's reign of terror, this book is unlike any I have read before. I expected it to be similar to "The Diary of Anne Frank" in that the entire tale would take place indoors, however, I was thankfully wrong. Don't misunderstand me, I loved reading Anne Frank's diary, it's just that since then I have read numerous accounts of people in similar situations and I am ready for something different, something I have never heard about, or something completely new.

I had never hea
marvin shults
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Hidden Village

An amazing story of survival. The people involved are so strong when they stood up to the Germans and they tried to help the Jews who lived among them as well as strangers who kept coming .

Emily Enfinger
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Interesting read

I had heard that the Dutch population had made significant efforts to protect their Jewish neighbors but this is the first novel I have read to explore this history. Well written and interesting read
Dr. Rebecca Payne
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My father was sent to Europe in 1935

I read all of World War II books as my father was in Europe then. He was sent to England first, then he was sent from there to the Netherlands, and Germany. He gathered espionage information and
Returned to England and submitted it to British military and the U.S. government. He was blonde and had fair skin and was blue eyed, so he did not stand out from the Northern Europeans. I was not born until 1945 , and really heard little about his experience., so it wa
Eileen Holmes-ievers
May 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What an excellent book! So good I couldn't put it down, as you can see I read it in a day. I didn't know anything about the Dutch hidden villages, so not only was the story page-turning but I learnt something new at the same time.

The story revolves around characters in a Dutch village who help hide Jews from the German soldiers during WW2. From the first chapter you are engaged with the characters and I even found myself warning them when they were due to be raided - OUT LOUD! Sensitively writt
Sharon M
Sep 22, 2017 rated it liked it
I've read many historical fiction works and I must say that this is not my favorite. However, I would recommend reading it. The subject matter is unusual and the characters (underdeveloped) were interesting in their bravery and selflessness. I'm glad to know that there actually was such a place for all the helpless people and to learn once again how much suffering was endured by many nations.
Danielle Cannizzo
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Definitely recommend reading this book. A story of survival during WWII of Jews, many separated from there families, and taken in and hidden by the town's peoples. Every well written.
Vicki Murray
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent plot and wonderfully written!

Much more of a story than I anticipated . I was amazed by how many of the Dutch fought the Nazis in their own way. They were willing to make sacrifices for other people at the expense of their own daily needs.
Very inspiring!
Diane Meier
Aug 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book held my interest from page one. I had no idea that people hid out in the forest from the Germans in these huts during WW II. Fascinating. I was really happy with the ending.
Meh. Just okay for me. Felt like I was reading something for a high school kid. The dialogue and writing was very elementary then I got bored. Never finished it.
Fran Oppedisano
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Couldn't put this book down.

Have read a few historical fictions about WWII but this one was the best. I was transported through time and space and felt as if I was right there.
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing

This is a powerful, inspiring, heart breaking audiobook that you can't stop listening to. It is fiction but is loosely based on the hidden villages in Holland during the war - it was something that I had never learned about and encouraged me to learn more.

Based in WWII, it follows the kindness and bravery of a group of people determine to protect those persecuted from the Germans. They create their own little hidden Village deep in the woods, far from the German's eyes but not so far that they c
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Amazing historical fiction

Absolutely loved this historical fiction. Definitely tugged at your heart strings and told a fantastic story I would definitely recommend it and read it again.
Lee Hollowell
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Hidden Village

It was fascinating to read a book based on true events during WWII that I had never heard about. The fact that this village, that had been built in the forests to hide Jews for over 2 years, was a miracle for those hiding from the Nazis. It brought together people from all over Holland and showed how they worked together with those in the nearby village to be able to survive the horrors that faced them if they were caught and sent to the concentration camps.
The story of the lives
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Hidden Village by Imogen Matthews. This is a fictitious account of a hidden village that was actually created in Veluwe, a national park in Holland. During World War 11, a group of Jews hid from the Germans by living in underground huts in this village. They were helped by a group of men and women and children in the nearby village. This group of rescuers gathered food and other necessities for the hundreds of people who eventually lived in this hidden village. Imogen Matthews used archive m ...more
Janet Mahlum
Jul 25, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: on-my-kindle
If I were a publisher and I received this manuscript, I wouldn't even pass it on to an editor to see if it could be fixed. I'd send a polite note to the author saying, "I think there is a good story in this historical event, but this isn't it. Try again." To me the writing was what you would expect from middle schoolers, trying hard to remember the writing techniques they had been studying. It was written at about a 4th grade reading level. The characters were flat, barely one dimensional. Inste ...more
dotty caminiti
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Care and compassion of fellow human people.

This is a wonderful story about WW2. When the German' s took over Holland. The story go on to tell how the Kampenveld community worked together to save many many Jewish people of their village and Jewish people all over Holland. First they built a hidden village in the middle of the forest. The hidden village was called Berkenhoust. It consisted of huts built underground and some above ground. The people of Kampenveld supplied Berenhoust with food and s
Linda Dickerson
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
And they say it never happened.....

A very eye opening story of survival and hope during WWII for the people of Holland who risked their lives to help the Jewish people. Holland/The Netherlands was a neutral country, and Hitler rolled over them and managed to starve and kill thousands by cutting off supplies, blowing up windmills and flooding fields. The Dutch are a strong people and undermined the Nazis by helping people by a secret underground system that worked very well. I would recommend th
Dec 31, 2018 rated it did not like it
Interesting topic, terribly written. I considered not finishing this, as there are other books in life to read, but I was traveling and didn't bring another book with me. The writing was so clunky and felt so elementary -- like a high-school student took a stab at creative writing. It did nothing for the characters; they came across as vaguely annoying, but nothing else. For such an incredibly difficult and horrific time, everything seemed very flat and dispassionate -- even at the end, when a l ...more
Janet Childers
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Hidden Village

I really enjoyed reading this book. It was a good story and I felt like I was there in Holland with all the characters in the book. I wish the book gave more details of what Jan felt visiting Ohio and also his mother seeing the American in Ohio. That could me a story in itself. Also, what happened to his brother Oscar and also what happened to the father. I would recommend this book to a friend.
Vicki Whittiker
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent and well written. Engaging

What an enjoyable book to read, even with the heartfelt story it captured. It is well written and keeps the reader engaged. The author did a wonderful job of projecting the characters onto the backdrop of a real story set so that the reader could feel what it might have been like living hidden for years. It is well worth the time taken to read this tale of how people lived during such an awful time.
Gary David Reed
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great story

I have read many books on WW2. I knew the Germans were in Holland but I didn't know about the hidden villages. There were so many wonderful human beings that gave their all for others. It would have been nice to know what happened to the other characters.

Betty Burkman
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Hidden in plain sight

Amazing historical fiction. This story needs to be told least we forget. Well developed characters that interact with each other to do the right thing to protect those targeted by the Nazis.
christine woodward
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Hidden Village, Hidden Story

It was wonderful to find out about The Hidden Village as I'd never heard of it before. It's another incredible WW2 story of Nazi resistance by ordinary people at great personal risk. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and the characters within.
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Kept me reading

Good storyline, believable and a good ending. I also learned a lot of history about the war that I never knew before.
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Imogen Matthews lives in Oxford, England, and is the author of two romantic fiction novels. The Hidden Village is her first foray into historical fiction and YA.

She was born in Holland to a Dutch mother and English father and moved to England when she was still a baby.

Imogen has always enjoyed holidays in Holland and since 1990, has gone regularly with her husband and two children to Nunspeet on