The Love That I Have
For fans of The Book Thief, a powerful and heartbreaking story set during WW2 that stays with you long after the final page is read.
Margot Baumann hasleft school to take up her sister's job in the mailroom of a large prison. Butthis is Germany in 1944, and the prison is Sachsenhausen concentration campnear Berlin.
Margot is shielded fromthe camp's brutality as she has no...more
Respected Australian author James Moloney, who has an impressive back catalogue of children’s books makes his adult fiction debut with his new novel, The Love That I Have. This is a powerful story, that takes us to the dying days of World War II Germany, reminding us that love and hope can be found in moments of great despair.
The Love That I Have introduces the principal character of Margot Baumann. Margot is sixteen years old and has recently left school to ...more
It is perhaps no surprise that Moloney, a successful children’s author, would choose a sweet and naive sixteen-year-old ...more
The Love That I Have by James Moloney. (2018).
At 16, Margot has left school to commence work in the mailroom of a concentration camp in Germany in 1944. Margot is shielded from most of the brutality but is shocked when she is told to burn the prisoners' letters instead of sending them. She decides to steal some letters to send on, only to find herself drawn to their words of hope, despair and love. This is how Margot comes to know Dieter when she reads ...more
Upon starting this book my expectations dropped pretty low...I wasn't a fan of the writing style and it didn't hook me as much as I hoped it would. However, I pushed through and sure enough I was sucked into this novel as it took turns I didn't expect it to. The blurb doesn't give away even half of what happens in this book and I loved that. I won't give anything away but if you pick up this book and you're ...more
The plot line was too far fetched so I struggled to buy into this book.
I look many of Maloney's earlier books, but this one wasn't for me.
Thanks to NetGalley and HarperCollins publishers for a copy in return for an honest review.
My only warning would be not to read it in the middle of the night to help go back to sleep. I got so caught up in the story that I read until I’d finished. Luckily holidays allows such luxuries.
Although essentially a holocaust love story, it certainly takes a very different perspective and the power of love in protecting our human ...more
‘The dead should know they are loved. He’s right, and that’s why I can’t destroy these remaining letters. Among them are the most loving I’ve come across, and too much love has been burned, tossed aside, ignored and forgotten for me to treat them so cruelly.’
I loved this book. A story that is so authentically regaled, it is as if you are reading a memoir. Those of us who never tire of diving into this tragic period in history, will find something fresh ...more
I wanted desperately to love this. But I found myself mildly unsettled by the fact that it takes the knowledge that there's a German boy of pure German blood in Sachsenhausen for Margot to see the other prisoners as human beings. Dieter's weren't the first letters she read and yet it took seeing her name on a letter for her to join the dots that these were people. So I appreciated what the story was ...more
A really beautiful, sad and endearing historical fiction..........
Wow this book was incredible! So much happened, I learnt a lot about WWll and more about what happened straight after the war. The Love That I Have is so dear to me, I honestly loved the two main characters and I think their love is beautiful. Some parts at the start were quite slow but the ending of the book was so perfect, it made my heart happy but also break. It was a lovely book to ...more
Contains romance, false identity, concentration camps, love letters
16 year old Margot shows up to her first day of work in the mailroom at a concentration camp in what would later become Poland. She can't help herself but to read some of the letters the prisoners write & she finds herself softening her ideas about the people inside the camp to the point where she starts to look for a ...more
It was the love story I was looking for in The Tattooist of Auschwitz but that was let down by the writing. I ended up wishing James Maloney had written that book.
I do feel this has more of a young adult feel, even though it is promoted as an adult novel. An interesting look into a teen's life during the latter stages of WW2, someone who has proudly believed and supported Hitler and showing the changes. I liked that more ...more
Margot is exquisitely crafted as a young German girl who blindly believed in the Hitler propaganda until she begins working in the concentration camp just outside her town. She innocently believes her job in the mail room is to do what she is charged to do, sort the mail and send it on. When she is told to burn them instead, this horrifies her and she begins 'saving' some from the ...more
When I received book mail this week, I opened my parcel to discover a copy of THE LOVE THAT I HAVE by James Moloney inside. It’s always such a thrill to receive a book, and cracked it open in an excited rush, intending to read the first few pages and then move on to other work. But this novel had other plans for me and by midday I had finished the book and was a sobbing mess in the kitchen.
THE LOVE THAT I HAVE combines two things I particularly love in a book; a love story and correspondence. ...more
This book is for all ages, teens and adults. I couldn’t stop reading it!
'WINTER CALLS FOR A GOOD BOOK, AND WE'VE FOUND ONE TO RIVAL THE BOOK THIEF'
- The Australian Women's Weekly
Margot Baumann has left school to take up her sister's job in the mailroom of a large prison. But this is Germany in 1944, and the prison is Sachsenhausen concentration camp near Berlin.
Margot is shielded from the camp's brutality as she has no contact with prisoners. But she does handle their mail and, when given a cigarette lighter and told to burn the letters, she is ...more
The Love That I Have was such a heartbreakingly beautiful book that was written with such emotion that the character jumped straight from the pages and straight into my heart!
This novel is about Margot Baumann who is a young girl living near Berlin in 1944. We first follow Margot as she is taking over her sister’s job ...more