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The Love That I Have

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  1,165 ratings  ·  174 reviews

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

Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published May 21st 2018 by HarperCollins
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Margot Baumann was sixteen years of age when she began working in the mailroom of the concentration camp close to her home. Germany 1944 and Margot knew Hitler was great, and the Jews were not. Her parents, two brothers – who were both fighting for the fatherland – and sister Renate along with Margot had no reason to believe otherwise. But in the mailroom, it was her job to burn the letters the Jews wrote to their loved ones, and gradually Margot’s horror at the cruel burning of letters, as well ...more
Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
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
Apart from my usual preferred genre of mystery / suspense, I have a weakness for historical novels set during WW2 and can never resist a new angle on this dark chapter in human history. When I saw that James Moloney’s new novel, The Love That I Have, was being compared with The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, which is one of my all-time favourite novels, I knew I had to read it!

It is perhaps no surprise that Moloney, a successful children’s author, would choose a sweet and naive sixteen-year-old
Sharon Metcalf
Jun 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, netgalley
James Moloney is described as an Australian author with over 50 titles to his name, many of which were written for young people. Though The Love That I Have was historical fiction, to a certain extent it explains the YA feel to this book. This is great for a couple of reasons. First and foremost, as many readers have said before, it's so important that we Never Forget the holocaust. If this books helps a whole new generation of readers learn about the atrocities of Nazi Germany, of the millions ...more
Whew. As is often the case with books set in WW2, this is a hearbreaking story with just enough touching moments to restore your faith in humanity. I couldn't put it down.
Brooke - One Woman's Brief Book Reviews

*4.5 stars*

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
Tilly Booth
Aug 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A historical fiction, war-based romance novel? James Moloney, you know just what I love!

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
I had high hopes for this book as it had been compared to The Book Thief. But it fell far short. This is James Malonoey's first novel for adults and yet to me it still seemed like a book for young teens, especially in terms of how Margot cannot read Dieter's feelings for her.
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.
The first part of this story is told by Margot, a German girl who works in the mailroom at Sachenshausen and reads letters written by the prisoners. She is particularly drawn to the love letters written by Dieter to his girlfriend in Auschwitz, also called Margot, and when she realises there is no chance that this girl will ever receive Dieter's letters, she decides to pretend to be the other Margot and reply to him as a way of keeping his despair at bay. Margot then goes even further and finds ...more
Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Full review to come!
Fran Whiteman
Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even though this book is aimed at young adults I was hooked on the story line & the characters. A lovely story & great as an audiobook
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an absolutely moving love story set in one of the most terrible times and places in history. I found this hard to put down whilst at the same time there were times I didn't want to read any further as my heart was breaking. I think this story and the feelings it has left in me will stay with me for quite a while.

Thanks to NetGalley and HarperCollins publishers for a copy in return for an honest review.
Lyn Hungerford
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have been a fan of James Maloney since I read The Book Of Lies and this book, The Love that I Have, although a completely different genre did not disappoint.
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
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5* https://greatreadsandtealeaves.blogsp...

‘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
Trigger warnings: concentration camps, death, violence, Holocaust, war, gun violence.

3.5 stars.

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
Sophie BookWorm
The dead should know that they are loved
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
Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read if you loved All That I Am, All the Light You Cannot See, the Book Thief... literally any WW2 drama

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
May 25, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Man. This book hit me right in the feels. I read the first half via an ARC a couple of months ago, and only over the past 2 days got around to finishing it. I don’t know if I was just in a different head space for the first half, or if it’s a grower, and gets genuinely more compelling as it hits its stride, but I just finished this on the train on the way home and I’m sitting here in tears. It’s billed as a book in the same vein as The Book Thief and The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, and I’d ...more
Jayne  Downes
Sep 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great love story set in Germany and during the Holocaust of World War 2. I loved the clever twist in the plot which I wasn't expecting. It will be enjoyed by both adults and young adults who enjoy this genre.
Review to follow.
Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very dark period of time in history made very readable by James Moloney.
I finished this in a few hours, but have been thinking about it for days.
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
Debbie Lamb
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
A beautifully written story about the power of love in a desperate and desolate time where all hope seems to be lost.

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
Melissa Sargent
Jun 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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.
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Love That I Have is a delicately written novel that focuses on an almost naively idealistic Margot Baumann, a young German woman working in the mailroom of Sachsenhausen concentration camp near Berlin in 1944. Having had brothers in the war, including one who was captured and held prisoner at Stalingrad, Margot is dismayed by the fact that prisoners’ letters to their loved ones are routinely destroyed by the Germans, a task she is quickly enlisted to perform. Against the rules, Margot ...more
May 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful, heart breaking and powerful novel set in World War II. It was slow to get going but once I was into it, I was so hooked! The detail and raw emotions captured and held you within its grasp. Margot's inner torment of doing what is right and doing what she has always been told to do, love the Fuhrer and trust in him, has such a strong undercurrent in this novel. It is unique in how it portrays the feelings of those in Germany during this tumultuous time, one in which many tried, and ...more
Liz Derouet
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, faves-of-2018
This has to be one of the best books I’ve read this year, probably for many years. It shows a side to the horrors of WW2 in Germany I have not read a lot about before. The characters are real, the setting real, I felt like I was amongst them all.
This book is for all ages, teens and adults. I couldn’t stop reading it!
Jun 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book blurb...
- 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
Rachel Elizabeth
There aren’t many books that really make you feel like you are living in the story like James Moloney has been able to do. I lost all sense of time when I was reading this novel.
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
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We were excited when we heard about this book because Jewish holocaust stories like Once and the Boy in the Striped Pyjamas are very popular at our school. This book is sure to be popular with the girls as it is a love story as much (if not more) as it is a story about the treatment of innocents by the Nazis in WW2 (and the Russians in the aftermath). Hopefully the boys will be happy to read it too! The story is about Margot, a 16 year old German girl who is a true romantic. As most Germans, she ...more
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My full name is James Francis Moloney and I was born in Sydney, Australia on 20 September, 1954. When I was seven years old, my family moved to Brisbane and except for the odd year or two, I have lived in Brisbane ever since. At school, I was into every sport going - cricket, footy, swimming - you name it. It's hard to believe now but in High School, I was a champion Long Jumper! After University ...more