THE GIRL FROM MUNICH - TANIA BLANCHARD

 

Title: The Girl From Munich

Author: Tania Blanchard

Published: September 2017

Genres: Historical Fiction, Romance

 

 

SYNOPSIS

Germany, 1943. The choices she makes will change her life forever.

Growing up in Hitler’s Germany, Charlotte von Klein has big dreams for the future. Her mind is full of plans for a sumptuous wedding to her childhood sweetheart Heinrich while working for the Luftwaffe, proudly giving her all for the Fatherland.

But in 1943, the tide of the war is turning against Germany, and Lotte’s life of privilege and comfort begins to collapsing around her. As Hitler’s Reich abandons Germany and the country falls to the Allied forces, Lotte is forced to flee from the unfolding chaos to the country with the darkly attractive Erich Drescher, her Luftwaffe superior.

Amid the danger, pain and heartbreak of a country turning on itself, Lotte must forge a new life for herself. But as the country struggles to find its future, shadows of the past come rushing back and Lotte finds herself questioning everything she has fought for - love, duty and freedom.

 

NICKY'S REVIEW   ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Prior to @turningpagesmm proposing we buddy read this one together, it hadn’t crossed my radar. Subsequently, I went in with no preconceived ideas and SPOILER: I loved it 😍. Charlotte (aka ‘Lotte’) is living the sound life that is set for her, until the war intensifies and along with it, her world begins to change in every way.  What sets this one apart from other WWII books, was that the protagonist supported Hitler, and was then forced to face the carnage that unfolded under his reign. Despite what Tay will TRY to have you believe below, I submit that this novel was very well paced, with a steady balance of depiction of history and an astounding love story. Lotte is an intelligent, strong, family orientated woman, and she swiftly became one of my all-time favourite characters. Amongst some hefty competition and a niche genre, this one is up there with the best for me! #suitcaseofdreamsanyone

 

TAY'S REVIEW   ⭐️⭐️

This book was a bit of a let-down for me. In its defence, I did go in with ‘the Bronze Horseman’ expectations (tough gig), but instead came out with a soap-opera-y melodrama washed down with a tall glass of infidelity, to which I think I have an allergy. Nicky can attest to the many eye-roll and ‘ugh’ sound effects that accompanied my reading experience. I couldn’t comprehend how quickly the romantic storyline progressed, undoubtedly attributed to the modest exposure to, and pockets of missing dialogue between the two characters. I thought the resilience and benevolence of Lotte’s character alone ALMOST made up for it, though. If the writing wasn’t as unsophisticated, and the narrative as superficial, this book might have had a slither of potential for me. Brb, gearing myself up for ‘Suitcase of Dreams’, the sequel which I know Nicky will still force me to read.

 

BONUS CONTENT

Website: Tania Blanchard's Writing Process

Website: Tania Blanchar's Other Books (including the sequel 'Suitcase Of Dreams')

 

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