White Rose, Black Forest
In the shadows of World War II, trust becomes the greatest risk of all for two strangers.
December 1943. In the years before the rise of Hitler, the Gerber family’s summer cottage was filled with laughter. Now, as deep drifts of snow blanket the Black Forest, German dissenter Franka Gerber is alone and hopeless. Fervor and brutality have swept through her homeland, taki...more
“White Rose, Black Forest” is billed as a historical fiction, but it has all the makings of a thriller. Author Eoin Dempsey presents Franka Gerber with a dilemma right from the beginning, then continues to turn up the heat as the story progresses. Although Franka understands the danger that could come from her actions, she continues to do what she feels is right.
The story is told through the eyes of several characters, ...more
Although World War II is one of my favorite topics to explore in literature, it had been a little while since I'd read a book about it. Maybe I've just not been in the mood for anything overly heavy lately, as books about WW-II Europe generally knock the wind right out of me and leave me feeling a mixture of macabre fascination and dumbfounded despair at the cruelties endured during that time.
While White Rose, Black Fores ...more
This is what my father did during WWII. And yes, this is what it was like, you went in with no one but yourself to depend upon and knowing that America denied knowing you if you got caught. These were the true heroes, but they knew no medals waited in the wings for them no matter how brave and strong they were. After all, they didn't exist!!
I believe it is meant to be based on a true story, but there is little evidence of this.
Franka was a nurse and had been working in Munich when first her brother, then her father were murdered by Nazi extremists. Franka had also lost her boyfriend and his sister; murdered when the White Rose was ...more
This a world war 2 story. Franka Gerber finds a body lying in the snow, the man is injured. Not knowing who he is she takes him to her family cabin which is in an isolated place. Despite the airman uniform he wears she helps him not knowing his actual identity or mission. There is a lack of trust between these two strangers but when they confide in each other and telling each other's stories something builds up between them.
I love how this book started, I ...more
I wanted to like this book. The story was compelling and from a fascinating POV but the dialogue..., oh the dialogue. Jack and Franka's interactions were stilted and without emotion. The dialogue was flat. I never believed the two characters fell in love because their interaction was emotionless. Bizarre.
I wasn't so fond of the main characters, and especially not their love story. They se ...more
This was a good read and a page turner, if you enjoy this gender, then this is for you.
In 1943, In Nazi Germany, MC Franka lives alone in her family's cabin in the Black Forest. While out collecting firewood in the forest, she comes across an unconscious airman lying in the snow. Being a nurse, she isn't willing to leave him to die. She takes him to her isolated cabin despite her hatred of the regime he represents. He is wearing a familiar uniform, but is he who he appears to be?
This was a short read, with all the makings of a thriller. I wanted to like this way more than ...more
Wow! Loved this WWII book so much. Franka, a German Nurse, and John, an Allied Spy, had quite the adventure. I went with my husband on a Viking Rhine River Cruise last June and this story ends up in the Black Forest and Basel Switzerland which we were lucky to experience on our trip.
I absolutely LOVED this book.
First off, the locations have a very personal tie to my life. I live outside of Philadelphia and my family is from 3 miles off the Switzerland boarder in Germany!
Secondly it's details of the emotions of the ...more