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Under Darkening Skies

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  1,133 ratings  ·  79 reviews
In the shadow of World War II, one young woman must make an unthinkable sacrifice for those she loves.

Norway, 1940. Nazis pour into Oslo, a shroud of dread looms over the city, and eighteen-year-old Ingrid Solberg fears the worst. Under German rule, harsh rationing and the exorbitant cost of medicine threaten the lives of many, including Ingrid’s mother. And when Ingrid me
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Published January 14th 2020 by Lake Union Publishing
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In Norway of 1940, Ingrid Solberg lived a quiet life with her mother after the death of her Pappa when his fishing trawler was destroyed by the Germans. It wasn’t long before rationing was a way of life and bartering a way to make things a little easier for themselves. Olav, a nearby neighbour, had had his parents taken by the Nazis and he was distraught with his guilt uppermost in his mind. Olav did his best to help Ingrid and her mother with firewood and any repairs they needed. But one day In ...more
Karren  Sandercock
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Thanks so much to NetGalley, Amazon Publishing UK and Ray Kingfisher for giving me the chance to read his new book: Under Darkening Skies.

Oslo Norway 1940, Ingrid Solberg is eighteen, she lives with her parents, her father Anders is a fisherman and her mother Helga is a housewife. Of course they're concerned after the Germans invade Poland but like most Norwegians they didn't think WW II will effect them and why worry about it?
One day Ingrid notices that something is happening in the town square
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
I'm sad to say that this is just not a book for me. I thought the blurb sounded very intriguing, but alas I struggled both with the very predictable story and the flat characters. I really wanted to like the book. However, I felt I didn't even have enough willpower to plow through the book to even finish it.

Buddy read with Erin!
Nov 24, 2019 rated it liked it
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Under Darkening Skies showcases Ray Kingfisher’s eye for intrigue and subject matter, but I’m not sure I’m the best audience for his style of storytelling.

Historically, this novel has a lot going for it. WWII fiction is riding high, but Norway is not a venue many authors have used and I appreciated the fresh perspective the setting afforded. Ingrid proved an interesting enough heroine, but I was fascinated by the men in her
Tammy Jones
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

What a great read, one you don't want to end. There was never a boring part to this story.
I had not read of the horrific clinics before I read this book. What a tragic event to go through.
Linda McCutcheon
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
I am a huge World War II era historical fiction fan. Under Darkening Skies hits all the marks I enjoy reading about in this genre. I think one of the things that fascinates me in these type of stories is the heroism of everyday people. Citizens who just want to lead a quiet life and are thrust into unimaginable circumstances and can't help but do the right thing for their families, their country and sometimes complete strangers. I think Ingrid and Olav in this book are such heroes though their h ...more
Shirley McAllister
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Desperate times call for desperate measures
This book takes place during the Nazi occupation of Norway. It is about how the Norwegian people were mistreated by the Germans during the occupation.

It is about the Lebensborn program started by the Nazis to breed a superior white race. The story is about a woman named Ingrid that was recruited to the program by Frank an SS Officer. She resisted but finally agreed to save the life of her mother that was very ill and medicine and treatment was not withi
I enjoyed listening to this book on audible. Every time I read a book about the happenings during WW2 I always seem to learn something I didn't know before. This book deals with the horrible program of the Lebensborn that the Germans used to repopulate society with the best of the best: a new crop of racially pure Aryan children.
Norway, 1940. Nazis pour into Oslo, a shroud of dread looms over the city, and eighteen-year-old Ingrid Solberg fears the worst. Under German rule, harsh rationing and t
Christina Mann
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another revealing story of the atrocities committed by the Hitler regime. A well written fictional account based on fact.

Readers of World War II fiction based on fact would enjoy this book. Norway was not alone in their horrible treatment of women used by the Nazis.
Charles m smith jr
Keep you reading.

Only a fiction read. Actually bought the book by mistake. Once I get into the book I found it hard to put down. Being a world war two history but I found that this story could have true. The way the German public fellow Hitler and the military believe it their right the dirty is very believe. Nice job Mr Kijngfisher.
Susie Seeber
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Mar 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Under Darkening Skies by Ray Kingfisher is a story about the Nazi occupation of Norway during World War II and one family's struggle to survive. I am often taken aback, even after reading countless books about the war and the atrocities committed by the Third Reich. I had heard about a program during the war that involved genetically trying to create the "perfect human". This program was known as the Lebensborn program. The Germans would find women with what they deemed to be the correct traits ...more
Sally Galvan
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book

Well written. Very Inc. It gives you a different perspective to the Nazis. We all know what they did during the war but never thought about what happened afterwards
Martin Hauer-Jensen
Great book!

This was a great read. I most often do not review books, but this one was so good that I had to. It let my attention from the first to the last page. It also provided something new that I had not gotten from other books.
Barry L Waldman
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

A beautifully written story containing both the best and worst parts of our nature. I look forward to reading more of this author's work.
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Heartwrenching yet heartwarming

There's no end to a mother's love and what she would do to protect her child. So much is left out of what we are told re history... Based upon true events ,this story gives so much insight into more sides of WW2 as well as insight into the impossible task is knowing whom exactly a person truly is...
Elizabeth Pachella

I thought this was an excellent read, 5 Star Rating. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in some horrific happenings during WWII that might not be known!
Jul 11, 2020 rated it liked it
I have read all of Ray Kingfisher's historical fiction books as well as some of his other works. I think he's an outstanding writer. The research and accuracy he applies to his historical novels is impeccable and I'm always impressed with his attention to detail. So it is with regret that I'm only able to give his latest work three stars.

After much pondering I think I know what disappointed me about this novel.

Many years ago I took a course in Greek drama - actually I think it was call "tragedy
Niki (nikilovestoread)
Having previously read Beyond the Shadow of Night by Ray Kingfisher, I knew I wanted to read his recent release, Under Darkening Skies. What I enjoy most about his books is that they focus on elements of the war that are largely unexplored by the massive amount of books written about WWII. He highlights areas of the war that I hadn't really read much about before.

In Under the Darkening Skies, Ingrid Solberg is faced with a terrible choice that she must make in order to protect the man she loves
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When I say ‘I’ve finished this book!’, I don’t mean that I’ve completed it. I’m just finished with it. I just have to honor my preferences, and perhaps the most particular of those preferences is that not only does the story need to be compelling, but the narration and dialogue need to be sparkling and exceptional. I’m a stickler for believable conversation. I spent too much time trying to look past leaden interactions in this novel. Ultimately, I know this much: Nazis are bad. They probably did ...more
Lana Anderson
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent Story

This story captured my attention during Ⅰ chapter. This is Ⅰ book I have read about the Nazis in Norway and the Lebensborn program. Fascinating!
Teresa A. Corbitt

I had not thought of all the steps the Nazis took to establish the perfect Aryan race. Establishing a breeding program where they would choose the perfect woman to have their children. The cruelty of people towards the women and their children. To have a normal life they would have to move.
Deborah Weir
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Could not stop reading. Although fictional the story rang true.
Would definitely recommend.
A great read which I really enjoyed.
Lucy Meeker
This book was outstanding and I couldn’t praise it enough. The author has produced a quite brilliant novel that personally I could not put down. I was completely absorbed, would highly recommend.
Julie Achilles
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautifully written story giving the reader an insight into a part of history I don't think many people probably know about or really understand. It shows you how strong the love of two people can be even under the most abhorrent circumstances. The story takes you on a journey between the occupation of Norway by Germany in the 1940 and 2011. Dipping from past and present throughout giving a clear picture of how this event in history affected the dependents of this period. ...more
David Canford
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book certainly has an original storyline. I didn't know much about the Lebensborn program other than that Anni-Frid of ABBA and her mother had to leave Norway for Sweden after the war because of her father being a German soldier. I was shocked at how badly the babies remaining in Norway were treated after the defeat of the Nazis, but then we are lucky enough to be looking through the lense of many decades and haven't had to experience a brutal occupation of our country.
At times, I knew wha
Hannelore Cheney
Nov 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
Thank you NetGalley and Amazon Publishing UK for the eARC.
I tried hard to get into this book, but for some reason I didn't like it. A bit was the writing which seemed simplistic, but none of the characters spoke to me either; they felt flat and I couldn't get invested in them. Too bad, because I was looking forward to reading the story; usually I like WWII novels and novels set in Canada, but this one just wasn't for me. Sorry!
Jenni DaVinCat
Jul 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Ever since reading The Sugar Men a few years ago (which is a fantastic read), I've tried to keep up with Kingfisher and read what he puts out there. Rosa's Gold was also an excellent book. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres to read about, and I always enjoy to learn about aspects of history that I have been previously unfamiliar with.

I had no knowledge of these breeding programs before going into this book, although I probably should have known about it. It was fascinating to learn
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