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The Girl from Munich

(The Girl from Munich #1)

3.39  ·  Rating details ·  600 Ratings  ·  93 Reviews
Germany, 1943. The choices she makes will change her life forever.

Growing up in Hitler’s Germany, Charlotte von Klein has big dreams for the future. Her mind is full of plans for a sumptuous wedding to her childhood sweetheart Heinrich while working for the Luftwaffe, proudly giving her all for the Fatherland.

But in 1943, the tide of the war is turning against Germany, and
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Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 1st 2017 by Simon & Schuster AU
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Brenda
Charlotte von Klein lived in relative luxury with her Mutti and Vati in Munchen, Germany in 1943. The war was all around them with Lotte’s eldest brother having already been killed which had devastated the family. They hoped desperately that Willi would return to them unscathed. Lotte was engaged to her childhood sweetheart Heinrich, and she knew his training to become a doctor would take him far. But when Heinrich was sent to the Front, Lotte was beside herself…

When Lotte’s father managed to ge
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Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-books
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4.5 stars
World War II based historical fiction remains one of my favourite genres. It was a welcome experience to read The Girl from Munich, by debut Australian author Tania Blanchard. Rarely do we hear tales of the ordinary German people’s experience of war, especially in the dying stages as they conceded defeat. Blanchard comprehensively explores the war from the German civilian point of view from during the war, in 1943, through to after the war as the Al
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PattyMacDotComma
Did not finish - no rating

This may appeal to fans of historical fiction and romance for a YA audience. I don't know that this was written for young people, but it reads that way to me. After reading only five chapters, I certainly can’t offer a fair opinion of the book or give it a rating.

The story focuses on ‘the girl’, of course, and how her family (what’s left of it) is managing in Munich during WW2. I have no doubt there's a strong story line, judging by what I read and what other reviewers
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Carolyn
Aug 12, 2017 rated it liked it
I very much enjoyed being immersed in 1943 WW2 Munich and seeing events through the eyes of everyday Germans who up then had believed that their revered leader Adolf Hitler was winning the war. Now as the tide starts to turn they discover what it is like to be on the losing side, to be subjected to nightly bombings, hearing rumours of what has happened to so many of their Jewish friends and neighbours and to have so many of their sons, brothers and husbands dying and missing.

The story is told th
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Kerri
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: aussie-author
I enjoy reading Historical fiction, especially World War II fiction, but this is not what I expected it to be, and had I known more I probably would never have picked it up. I'm not a fan of Young Adult or Romance as I do not enjoy reading about immature characters, soppy storylines or love triangles so I'm probably not the best person to review this book, I just wish I wasn't the first one to do so. I did enjoy reading the parts of the book that described what was going on in Germany at that ti ...more
Jo - *✽*•.★Reading Is My Bliss★.•*✽*
I have read several books set during the second World War but never from a German civilian perspective. Once again, I had my mind and eyes opened by this telling on what it was like for the people living in these war torn countries and the struggles they went through.

Lotte has dreams of pursuing a career in photography and marrying her sweet fiance Heinrich. He is a doctor and can offer her a secure future where she will want for nothing. Unfortunately he gets called up as a medic to serve his c
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Kathryn
Aug 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Girl From Munich is set in Germany during WW11 and post war. It shows the lives of the ordinary people as they too coped with the war that their "beloved" Fuhrer had led them into. Lotte was one young woman who believed in the cause and wanted to help where she could and escape the confines surrounding her from her mother and others. She is a keen photographer, however that has all to fall by the wayside as war sets limits on film. She is expected to marry Heinrich, a young doctor and life l ...more
Carolynne
Oct 01, 2017 rated it did not like it
To describe this as a "sweeping tale" is an exaggeration. Although set in WWII Germany the reader never feels transported. Characters are 2 dimensional with no real personal growth demonstrated by either Lotte, Erich or Heinrich. Genuinely interesting ideas aren't explored in depth ( the brain washed generation; German civilian expectation of being "liberated" by the Americans and shock at being treated as the guilty vanquished; national shame; women's rights). The persistent love triangle is al ...more
Kirsty Dummin
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Actual 3.5*

I found this a difficult genre to pinpoint. It's obviously historical fiction but there are strong elements of romance with a hint of being aimed at a younger audience.

This is the story of Charlotte (Lotte), a young woman in Hitler's Germany. Lotte has dreams of being a photographer but her mother has ideas of marrying her off to a wealthy doctor and family friend Heinrich. Lotte instead gets a job as a receptionist for the local Luftwaffe base and meets Erich. This is a story of love
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Michelle Bradley
Jan 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
This was an incredibly superficial narrative which could have been so much better. It certainly did not live up to its blurb. I only finished reading it because I am stubborn and did not want to admit defeat. Lots of melodrama and very simplistic writing. Such a shame as the subject matter is intriguing and could have become a riveting story.
Michelle
Review appears in its entirety at: http://bookgirl.beautyandlace.net/boo...

Tania Blanchard has written an eye opening debut set in WWII. Now, I learned about the war in high school history, I have watched movies about the war and I have read books set in the war but The Girl From Munich was something completely different from anything I have been exposed to, and remember.

The Girl From Munich is set in Germany, during the war and in the aftermath, and centres on German civilians. These are storie
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KerryH
Aug 15, 2018 added it
Shelves: did-not-finish
Yawn. Dnf
Won’t rate it because I read just a few chapters and that was enough, I could not suppress my scepticism that this would improve.
I will just say that Dachau is 30 mins north of Munich by car. If you don’t know about Dachau look it up.
Fantasy.
Trevor
Sep 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, australian
Up front - this is not the usual type of book that I read. Having said that though I did enjoy the story though I do have a couple of gripes:

1) Some of the situations seemed contrived so that particular comments could be made about WWII and the way in which it was conducted and people treated
2) The writing style was at times laboured

The overall story was however enjoyable and in the main well paced. For a debut novel this was a good read.

I was given a copy of this novel by the publisher in excha
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Jennifer (JC-S)
‘Times have changed, Mutti.’

In 1943, Charlotte (Lotte) von Klein is a young woman with grand plans. A proud German, she wants to support the Fatherland as best she can. She and her family are planning for her wedding to her childhood sweetheart Heinrich, but in the meantime Lotte wants to support Hitler’s war effort. Although Lotte’s mother would prefer her not to work, Lotte’s father arranges for her to work for the Luftwaffe. This sets Lotte on a path that will change her life.

Lotte is a young
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Mirelle
Jun 30, 2017 rated it liked it
I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This review was originally submitted to Netgalley.
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I read a lot of historical fiction books centering around Germany in World War 2, and maybe this is why I am quite critical of any books that are set in this period. Maybe it's also because my grandparents lived in Germany throughout this period, and I feel a very personal connection to that time and place. In saying all t
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Lauren Chater
Sep 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful and moving historical fiction set against the backdrop of Germany at the end of WW2. I raced to the end, desperate to know what happened. Great read.
Claire
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 ***** what a great read, an emotional rollercoaster, I never knew what was going to happen. My grandmother lived through the war years in the UK, obviously she went through different things to those in Germany, but she would have gone through many of the same things also, the air raids the not knowing if they were safe. she also experienced one of the challenges Lotte faces further on in the story, it was something she never liked to talk about and from reading lotte's story I wonder at peop ...more
Helen
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
‘It was as if a tiny crack in the very ordered, planned world of mine had appeared, allowing me to look at life around me, at the life I might want to take for myself.’

I thoroughly enjoyed ‘The Girl from Munich’ by Aussie author Tania Blanchard set in the final years of World War II. It was refreshing to read a book from the perspective of a young German girl during this period and I found it to be excellent historical fiction, especially considering it is her debut. Inspired by tales from her G
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Anita Tymkiw
May 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
I love historical fiction and enjoyed a German experience of WWII presented in this book. Despite this fascinating back drop and relatively interesting story, I was disappointed in the writing which was unsophisticated and full of cliches. All the characters lacked depth. Too often I thought their reactions and dialogue were inauthentic and I found myself rolling my eyes at some points. Lotte, the main character, seemed too think like a modern day woman so it was hard to believe that she was bor ...more
Nicole
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This felt more like an Edwardian bodice ripper than an historical novel set in WWII Germany. I felt like the war was incidental and that, frankly, the heroine could have been anywhere at any time. The actually horrors of WWII were really nowhere in sight in Charlotte’s romantic little world. Be warned, this is not a historical novel, it’s a romance and not a very good one at that.
Dianne
Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have been reading a lot of books this year set around World War One, World War two and the Cold War.
The Girl from Munich begins in 1943 Munich where a young women from a comfortable German home wants to step out from the close watch of her parents and do her 'bit' for Germany. The story follows her life over the next few years as her belief in the moral right of Germany's war is challenged, as is her understanding of where her love truly lies.

The story has given me a greater appreciation for
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Teneille Jade
Jan 13, 2018 rated it liked it
I wanted to love this book, but I just didn’t. I struggled to finish it, but I’m not one to give up on a book unless it’s completely terrible. I love reading about WWII and especially the German history surrounding the war including the horrors of Hitler and the Holocaust, so I thought this book would be right up my alley and it sparked my interest (it was actually an xmas gift and the giver knows how much I love these kinds of books). Unfortunately, I didn’t captivate me or transport me into th ...more
Bron
Sep 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
** I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own**

WW2 from a different perspective than I've read before, and inspired by a true story. I felt a bit removed from the 'action' - it felt like the main character was reminiscing about the events after some time had passed, rather than being in the thick of them at the time - bit this was still really moving. I have heard the author is working on a sequel set in 1950s Australia, which I'm looking forwar
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AngelaCipri
Growing up in Hitler’s Germany, Charlotte von Klein has big dreams for the future. Her mind is full of plans for a sumptuous wedding to her childhood sweetheart Heinrich while working for the Luftwaffe, proudly giving her all for the Fatherland.

But in 1943, the tide of the war is turning against Germany, and Lotte’s life of privilege and comfort begins to collapsing around her. As Hitler’s Reich abandons Germany and the country falls to the Allied forces, Lotte is forced to flee from the unfoldi
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Janine
Mar 15, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a good debut novel but at times the characters seemed a bit one dimensional and I would have liked more on what happened in Germany after the war.
Deb
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved it.
Leanne Francis
Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favourite sorts of stories - a beautiful sweeping love story set in the history of time and in an overseas and sometimes exotic location. Loved it
Jacm
Jul 31, 2018 rated it did not like it
Yawn.
I kept hoping for this to reveal the promised drama and tension hinted at in the description... I was still waiting when it ended. If I had've been reading this as a book as opposed to listening to the audiobook it may have taken a decade to get to the end. As it was, I often found myself tuning out the audio (despite the excellent narrator) as I got distracted with other things around me...

Aleasha
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
I'm unsure as to why, given all the top reviews for this novel, I just could not get into it. It was missing something for me and unfortunately I cannot even tell you what it was, but that's just me I guess! On to the next..
Em
Feb 09, 2018 rated it did not like it
I was completely unimpressed with this book. The characterisation is flat and rote, the story is almost entirely told rather than shown, and the emphasis is on the emotional life and romance of Lotte, the POV character, who has all the depth of a puddle.

All of those deficiencies could have been forgiven however, if not for the context in which this story was set. The author doesn't seem to have done any research beyond wikipedia and given the atrocities of the Nazis and the war this is not a sub
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Tania lives in Sydney with her husband and three children. Coming from a family with rich cultural heritage with a German mother and Italian father, stories have always been in her blood. Following a career in physiotherapy, it was only when she had her family that she decided to return to her passion of writing.

Her debut novel is The Girl from Munich, the story she has always wanted to write, in
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