For three women in postwar Germany, 1945 is a time of hope—lost and found—in this powerful novel by the bestselling author of The Woman on the Orient Express.
Just weeks after World War II ends, three women from different corners of the world arrive in Germany to run a Displaced Persons camp.
They long to help rebuild shattered lives—including their own…
For Martha, going to Germany provides an opportunity to escape Brooklyn and a violent marriage. Arriving from England is orphaned Kitty. She hopes working at the camp will bring her closer to her parents, last seen before the war began. For Delphine, Paris has been a city of ghosts after her husband and son died in Dachau. Working at the camp is her chance to find meaning again by helping other victims of Hitler’s regime.
Charged with the care of more than two thousand camp residents, Martha, Delphine, and Kitty draw on each other’s strength to endure and to give hope when all seems lost.
Among these strangers and survivors, they might find the love and closure they need to heal their hearts and leave their troubled pasts behind.
Well-Written & Very Informative!
An interesting read focusing on a different aspect of war.
As World War two comes to a close in Europe, the Allies in Germany are struggling to repatriate those from farther east as fighting lingers on. Three women, from different countries, apply to work there in a Displaced Persons Camp, each with reasons of their own. This is their story.
I have read my fair share of wartime dramas set during both world wars, but very little about the aftermath and how it further affected those caught up through no fault of their own. There is such a lot of hitherto unknown information in this one – not all of it easy to digest. All three women have led very different lives, but they share a common wish to help others and the author has written a gripping story with plenty of food for thought. I learned a lot from this one. Well written with lots going on, this is one I’m happy to recommend. 4.5*
I downloaded this ebook as part of Kindle First Reads; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.
Tags: historical women’s fiction, WWII
- Format: ebook, paperback, audiobook
- Size: 345 pages
- Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
- Publication Date: 01 August 2022
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Raised in Wolverhampton, UK, Lindsay Jayne Ashford became the first woman to graduate from Queens’ College, Cambridge in its 550 year history. She gained a degree in Criminology and was employed as a reporter for the BBC before becoming a freelance journalist, writing for a number of national magazines and newspapers.
Lindsay began her career as a novelist with a contemporary crime series featuring forensic psychologist Megan Rhys. She moved into the historical genre with ‘The Mysterious Death of Miss Jane Austen’, and her most recent books, ‘The Color of Secrets’, ‘The Woman on the Orient Express’, ‘Whisper of the Moon Moth’ and ‘The Snow Gypsy’ blend real events with fiction and are set in the first half of the twentieth century.
She has four children and divides her time between a house overlooking the sea on the west coast of Wales and a small farmhouse in Spain’s Sierra de Los Filabres. When she is not writing she enjoys kayaking, body-boarding and walking her dogs, Milly and Pablo.
- Facebook: @LindsayAshfordAuthor