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As the people of Annecy in the French Alps meet the Gestapo's brutality with surprising resistance, a teenaged girl cannot rest until she solves the mystery of a death in her family. Aurelie watches as her father places a shrouded body on the North side of the roof of the family home. It's winter, under a Nazi-declared state of siege, and they must wait until the spring th ...more
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Published March 3rd 2020 by Divinely Inspired Books
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Bonnye Reed
I received a free electronic copy of this ARC from Netgalley, Debra Moffitt, and BooksGoSocial. Thank you all for sharing your hard work with me. I have read this novel of my own volition, and my review reflects my honest personal opinion of this work. An interesting peek into the French resistance and life during the war on the French side of the Alps.

The Girl on the Roof is set in WWII in German-occupied Annecy, France, a small town in the French Alps. It is a story told in the first person b
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Cristie Underwood
Apr 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book for any fan of historical fiction, as there are a lot of historical facts. The storyline is unique with Young Aurelie struggling to understand the reasoning of her father putting a body on their roof to bury once the ground thaws. Who is this person and why is her father keeping them on the roof? Set during WWII, this is a great story about relationships and the choices that need to be made.
Mystica
Mar 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For a couple of pages into this book, I did not quite get the entire gist of what was happening.



Annecey like most French towns under the yoke of Nazi brutality are trying their best to live. To just survive. In this scenario we have an ordinary family - one young daughter working for the Nazis in town - hates them but pretends to be subservient just to get as many secrets as she could to help the resistance. A young brother working for the Resistance and a little sister who gets murdered by a sa
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Missy
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Set during World War 2, in Annecy, France. Young Aurelie is trying to figure out who the covered body is that her father put on the roof due to the ground being too cold to bury. Her family and the locals in the village are crying.

Why is everyone ignoring Aurelie?
She realizes that person on the roof is herself and finds herself struggling to communicate. She wants to protect her sister and best friend Ginny who are in danger from the evil German Nazis.
Very intriguing novel. It took me a bit t
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Em Jackson
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Before I get into today’s review, just a quick disclaimer, I received this book in exchange for a review.

Written in 1st person, with Aurelie as our narrator, everything we experience is through her eyes. From the Nazis, to the way her sister forms a friendship with Aurelie’s best friend, nothing is given until our narrator sees it. There is very little exposition here, with almost everything being shown, but the small details included, and the general world, has been fully realised, and invokes
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Kay Mcleer
Apr 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
this was a really interesting read, the characters were well written and the premise gets you hooked from the start. I really enjoyed reading this book.
Megan Louise
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I could write you an essay of the reasons why I love this book and these characters, but I’ll stick to a few paragraphs. The story jumps right in with a funeral, and I was hooked. Just a few pages in and I was left with a slew of questions: who puts a dead body on a roof? Why is everyone ignoring Aurelie? Who actually died and why doesn’t Aurelie know? Why does Claire feel guilty? Why is Ginny acting so strange? What is up with this Hans guy?

Despite all my questions, there are actually 3 Big qu
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Shirley McAllister

Silent Presence

This book "The Girl on the Roof" was quite a different story for me, not like any I have read before. At first I didn't understand about Aurelie, but after reading for a while it was clear that she was a spirit.

In the cold the dead were put on the roof until the ground thawed and they could be buried, thus the girl on the roof.

Her best friend Ginny and her sister Claire are in danger and although she is no longer living she wants to protect them from the evil German Nazis especial
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Orsolya Toth
Feb 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received an advance reader copy of this book from NetGalley.
This is a book that is hard to categorize. Is it fantasy, mystery, or historical fiction? In a way, it is all three. Set during World War 2, in Annecy, France, the book follows Aurélie, a 16 year old girl. Although at first she doesn't know what happened, it is pretty clear that she is dead and is trying to get a grip on her new existence in the 'in-between'. As she is trying to uncover what happened to her, she is also trying to help
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Kathy
Mar 10, 2020 rated it liked it
This is a paranormal account of events in a German occupied French village during WWII. Aurelia is the girl on the roof and through her eyes we witness many of the atrocities perpetuated by the Gestapo on the French people as well as efforts by some of the French to thwart them. But Aurelia is also consumed by feelings of bothe hatred and affection for Herr Schmid and worried for her sister, Claire, and her friend, Ginny. As a result, she finds herself trying to influence their thoughts and acti ...more
Dianne McMahan
Apr 23, 2020 rated it liked it
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Ashley
Mar 03, 2020 rated it liked it
This was an interesting book for me. I love Supernatural mysteries, but am not as fond of WWII novels. I much prefer WWI novels. The story starts with a funeral and a young girl named Aurelie watching as the body is placed on the roof to await Spring since the ground is too cold to dig a grave. She is confused as to who the body is and also why her family and friends are not speaking to her. It does not take the reader long to figure out what is going on, however since Aurelie is the narrator, t ...more
MCMAHAN
Apr 23, 2020 rated it liked it
This was a WWII fictional novel,but quite a different take,from any I have read before.
A young girl died and since it is winter and there's no way to bury her,she
put on the roof of her home.
Her family is severely agrieved,but the young girl,can not believe she is dead.She thinks it is her grandfather.
She sees thinks happening with her sister and friends and trys to get them to hear and see her,but mostly they do not.
The horrible German who is doing these things,is the same one,who killed her.
H
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Em
Apr 01, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story was very unexpected. I was constantly guessing what would happen next but couldn't predict it. It's historical fiction but with religious and mythological elements weaved in, which makes for an unpredictable story.

Some of the religious elements of the story were very clever in the way they were put into the story but others I liked less. There were certain small moments that I would have taken out of the book or worded another way, purely based on how I interpreted them to be problema
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Alison
Apr 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book starts off very confusingly. The first few chapters dragged for me and I pondered giving the book up, but I'm glad I stuck with it.

Set in France on the Swiss/French border in World War Two, this book moves between the physical world and the spiritual world. Trapped in the world between life and death, Aurelie, has to finish some task she left undone on Earth before being allowed to continue. Through her eyes we see how and why she died, but we are also exposed to the horrors of the war
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Sarah
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was ok
From very early on in this book I knew exactly what had happened and it was so thinly veiled it wasn't even a mystery. Which was a bit disappointing. Not only that but the way it was narrated by the girl is so unreliable. She's already denying everything that happens even when it's plainly said to her ears not just once but over and over and over again and she's so adamant it's not true. I think the best part was her sister Claire's storyline with the French resistance, even if it was through Au ...more
Molly
Jan 30, 2020 rated it liked it
I was initially drawn to this book because I enjoy reading historical fiction, but this is not your typical WWII novel. Set in German occupied France, the story follows a small town's resistance to German occupiers. The more unique aspect of the storytelling here, is that it primarily focuses on the spiritual realms and their influence on the physical world (there is a lot of mentioning of energies, the after life, spirits, etc.). A lot of thought is given to the inner and spiritual struggles of ...more
Hidden Bookshelves
May 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
The book is a good book for someone who is into historical fiction as it is set in WWII

It is well written, while it is not something I would normally pick up I am glad that I did choose this book to read.

I found it a little confusing at first with the main character but as I dove deeper into the novel it became quite clear what was going on (no I am not going to say as there is spoilers) The book does go over the horrors of the war which had once plagued the world.

I think that Debra did a great
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Sandra Vdplaats
May 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Thank you Netgalley for an ARC in return for my honest review.

I was drawn to the beautiful cover of the book.

Loved the setting, - WWII occupied France - , but was a bit disappointed once the point of view from which the story was told, was out in the open.
Heart warming war time story at times, which for me were the best parts, but since I am not a very spiritual person, I found that part of the novel - although certainly unconventional, a bit awkward at times.
Overall a satisfying read, but no
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Kathy
This book is a paranormal tale of the French resistance during WWII. It is told from the viewpoint of a 16 year old girl who is enamoured by an SS officer. Not only does it exlopre the horrors of war, but sexual assault as well.
I found the paranormal aspects of the book interesting but would have liked more focus on the history of the time period itself. The reason I wanted to read the book was to learn more about the French Resistance and their efforts against the Germans.
Monika
Apr 06, 2020 rated it liked it
The Girl on the roof is a story about a teen aged girl, Aurelie! The story starts off strong.. keeps you interested.. but the story flow was kinda bumpy and I could hardly relate to characters other than Aurelie.. which made the interest fade.. its took me longer than I expected to finish this one.. may be appealing if you’re looking for deep, heavy storyline!
Thank you NetGalley, Debra Moffitt and BooksGoSocial for the ARC. This review is my own and is not influenced in any way!
Laura
Apr 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Interesting tale set in France near the border during WWII.

The idea of departed souls lingering and seeing what happens in our lives is not new. Having mention of the darkness in the souls of Nazi officers is unsurprising. But, the merging of this with the idea of souls being reincarnated and consistently seeking out the same souls is something that is less common.

Overall an interesting read.
Anne
Apr 14, 2020 rated it liked it
The Girl on the Roof is not your typical WWII story. The narrator is a deceased teenage girl who has to accept her fate and complete a mission before she can move on. The story is a bit predictable and moves slow in some areas. However, I enjoyed reading about the resistance and life in France during the war. It is an area that is often overlooked by historical fiction authors.

Thank you Debra Moffitt, NetGalley, and BooksGoSocial for the opportunity to review this book.
Paul
Feb 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is quite good. It starts in a compelling way, and kept me mostly engaged. Well formed characters along with an interesting plot, and good dialog made this a good pick. The author must have done some research due to the setting, which helped keep it interesting. While hard to categorize, it might be best for historical fiction fans.

Thanks very much for the ARC for review!!
Amy
Jun 11, 2020 rated it did not like it
Netgalley ♥️The women are full of sorrow. Aurelie is sixteen far from a baby but they won't say what happened. A small figure is prepared for a later funeral. I may have liked the book without the added paranormal touch. ...more
Yolanda
Apr 08, 2020 rated it liked it
This was an okay read for me I didn’t like the paranormal aspect but overall a good historical fiction read
Nicole Bannister
Apr 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I Enjoyed everything about this book there was nothing I didn't like about the book. I would gladly reread it again. I Would recommend this book to anyone. ...more
Amber
Jan 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Want to thank Net Galley for the Advance copy of Girl on the Roof by Debra Moffitt
Rating 3.3
Set in Annecy in the French Alps during World War 2. Young Auralie is trying to figure out who the covered body is that her father put on the roof due to the ground being too cold to bury. During this time Auralie is frustrated because it seems her family and friends are ignoring her.
I was extremely intrigued by the concept of this story. The blend of the after life and reality being interwoven througho
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Debra Moffitt's rare psychic abilities open up a world of unexpected insight into the subjects she explores. Her first novel, "The Girl on the Roof", set in WWII Annecy in the French Alps, touches on the French Resistance, life beyond death, and reincarnation and invites readers into a world that bridges time and dimensions. Her award-winning non-fiction books explore themes of intuition, creativi ...more

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