This Terrible Beauty PDF/EPUB À This Terrible

This Terrible Beauty PDF/EPUB À This Terrible


This Terrible Beauty ☄ [PDF / Epub] ☃ This Terrible Beauty By Katrin Schumann ✓ – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk From the bestselling author of The Forgotten Hours comes an unforgettable story of one woman s journey to reclaim what she lost in a country torn apart by the devastating legacy of WWIIOn the windswep From the bestselling author of The Forgotten Hours comes an unforgettable story of one woman s journey to reclaim what she lost in a country torn apart by the devastating legacy of WWIIOn the windswept shores of an East German island, Bettina Heilstrom struggles to build a life from the ashes World War II has ended, and her country is torn apart Longing for a family, she marries Werner, an older bureaucrat who adores her This Terrible PDF/EPUB or But after joining the fledgling secret police, he is drawn deep into its dark mission and becomes a dangerous manWhen Bettina falls in love with an idealistic young renegade, Werner discovers her infidelity and forces her to make a terrible choice spend her life in prison or leave her home forever Either way she loses both her lover and childTen years later, Bettina has reinvented herself as a celebrated photographer in Chicago, but she s never stopped yearning for the baby she left behind Surprised by an unexpected visitor from her past, she resolves to return to her ravaged homeland to reclaim her daughter and uncover her beloved s fate, whatever the cost.


10 thoughts on “This Terrible Beauty

  1. Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader says:

    This book What a unique story about post World War II Bettina Heilstrom lives on an East German island She marries Werner who later joins the secret police This makes things unsafe for Bettina.Bettina then falls in love with a man with opposing ideals from Werner He s a rebel Ultimately, Werner finds out about Bettina s relationship, and she must choose between going to prison or leaving her love and her child.Bettina finds her way to the United States working as photographe This book What a unique story about post World War II Bettina Heilstrom lives on an East German island She marries Werner who later joins the secret police This makes things unsafe for Bettina.Bettina then falls in love with a man with opposing ideals from Werner He s a rebel Ultimately, Werner finds out about Bettina s relationship, and she must choose between going to prison or leaving her love and her child.Bettina finds her way to the United States working as photographer, and after several years, she resolves to return to Germany to find her daughter.There were two timelines, and I loved them both I m not sure if I ll ever forget this story It s beautifully told and so heartfelt I felt implanted in post WWII German alongside these characters Overall, this is exactly how I like my historical fiction beautiful storytelling, emotional, and with formidable characters.I received a gifted copy All opinions are my own Many of my reviews can also be found on my blog www.jennifertarheelreader.com and instagram www.instagram.com tarheelreader


  2. Kate Quinn Kate Quinn says:

    A beautiful, lyrically written book Technically, yes, it s a love triangle an East German housewife coming of age at the end of WWII, her bureaucrat husband who is mesmerized into the secret police of USSR controlled Berlin, and the firebrand soldier turned writer who comes between thembut it s so muchIt s about how personal decisions become desperate and rash when your emotions are the only things you can control in a Soviet state It s about how guilt resonates as a nation, with t A beautiful, lyrically written book Technically, yes, it s a love triangle an East German housewife coming of age at the end of WWII, her bureaucrat husband who is mesmerized into the secret police of USSR controlled Berlin, and the firebrand soldier turned writer who comes between thembut it s so muchIt s about how personal decisions become desperate and rash when your emotions are the only things you can control in a Soviet state It s about how guilt resonates as a nation, with the German people struggling to come to atone for their terrible war time legacy and as human beings, when one act of cruelty between husband and wife ripples profoundly through the next decade It s about forgiveness, as three people who have all made mistakes struggle to do what is right in the end for the innocent This book will stay with me a long time


  3. Sharon Stein Sharon Stein says:

    I found it slow moving


  4. Carla Suto Carla Suto says:

    THIS TERRIBLE BEAUTY by Katrin Schumann is a beautifully written and compelling work of historical fiction that will stay on my mind for a long time Inspired by actual historical events, the story has a past and present timeline that follows the heartbreaking journey of main character, Bettina Heilstrom as she seeks to rebuild her life after a devastating loss The past timeline is set on an island in East Germany after World War II has ended and Germany has been divided East Germany is under THIS TERRIBLE BEAUTY by Katrin Schumann is a beautifully written and compelling work of historical fiction that will stay on my mind for a long time Inspired by actual historical events, the story has a past and present timeline that follows the heartbreaking journey of main character, Bettina Heilstrom as she seeks to rebuild her life after a devastating loss The past timeline is set on an island in East Germany after World War II has ended and Germany has been divided East Germany is under the control of the German Democratic Republic which is becoming increasingly repressive to its own citizens Bettina s husband, Werner is quietly rising in the ranks of the new secret police, a dangerous role which keeps them under constant scrutiny When Werner discovers that Bettina has been unfaithful to him, he punishes her by forcing her to give up her young daughter, Annaliese and leave the country forever in return for sparing her lover, Peter s life Broken hearted and alone, Bettina ends up in Chicago where ten years later she is a reknowned photographer However, she has never given up hope of someday being reunited with her daughter A surprise visit from someone in her past sets Bettina on a path back to her homeland to search for her daughter and learn the fate of her former lover The descriptions of the characters, their relationships and the political climate in both timeframes are vivid and haunting I was on the edge of my seat waiting to see what would happen in the end THIS TERRIBLE BEAUTY is a touching and emotional story of love, loss and the tragedies of war and I recommend it most highly Thank you to the author for providing me an early copy of this outstanding book


  5. Guylou (Two Dogs and a Book) Guylou (Two Dogs and a Book) says:

    I am a total wreck, yet I am elated by this beautiful story of love, loss, and endurance This novel takes place in two timelines and is mostly located in East Germany after WWII On the day she is recognised for her contribution to the world of photography, Bittina finds out that her ex husband is very sick Nine years earlier, she was forced to leave East Germany and leave behind her baby daughter after her husband found out that she was having an affair with a local teacher and threaten all t I am a total wreck, yet I am elated by this beautiful story of love, loss, and endurance This novel takes place in two timelines and is mostly located in East Germany after WWII On the day she is recognised for her contribution to the world of photography, Bittina finds out that her ex husband is very sick Nine years earlier, she was forced to leave East Germany and leave behind her baby daughter after her husband found out that she was having an affair with a local teacher and threaten all their lives She returns to Germany in hope that she will be able to get her daughter back, but Herbert is not done with her and danger is all around.This novel is beautiful and so touching It gives a glimpse of what happened to the German people once Germany was separated into East and West The ending is unexpected and yet makes total sense Thank you, Thomas Allen Son for sending me an ARC of this page turner by Katrin Schumann will be available at your favourite bookstore on March 1st, 2020 poodles poodlestagram poodlesofinstagram furbabies dogsofinstagram bookstagram dogsandbooks bookishlife bookishlove bookstagrammer book books booklover bookish bookaholic reading readersofinstagram instaread ilovebooks bookishcanadians canadianbookstagram bookreviewer bookcommunity bibliophile bookphotography thisterriblebeauty katrinschumann bookreview historicalfiction


  6. Linda Zagon Linda Zagon says:

    Linda s Book Obsession Reviews This Terrible Beauty by Katrin Schumann, Lake Union Publishing, March 1, 2020.Katrin Schumann, author of This Terrible Beauty has written a captivating, intriguing, intense and thought provoking novel The Genres for this novel are Historical Fiction and Fiction The timeline for this story is set after World War Two in the 1950s and 1960 s when Germany is divided and goes to the past and future when it pertains to the characters or events The story takes plac Linda s Book Obsession Reviews This Terrible Beauty by Katrin Schumann, Lake Union Publishing, March 1, 2020.Katrin Schumann, author of This Terrible Beauty has written a captivating, intriguing, intense and thought provoking novel The Genres for this novel are Historical Fiction and Fiction The timeline for this story is set after World War Two in the 1950s and 1960 s when Germany is divided and goes to the past and future when it pertains to the characters or events The story takes place in East Germany, Rugen, which is taken over by the Russians It also takes place in Chicago and America The author describes the characters as complex and complicated.History has shown how devasting World War Two has been, and how evil the Nazis were After the war, there were many problems, but people had hope at first When the Russians took over East Germany, many of the people living there had no idea how evil can take different forms One has to wonder what the devastation of war has taught us.Bettina marries Werner, an older man that had come to her father s store He assures Bettina if they marry he will take care of her With the changes after the war and the devastation that exists in the country, Bettina does marry Werner Werner gets involved with the Russian government and is quite busy and becomes a powerful man Bettina and Werner have a baby girl Bettina is lonely and falls in love with a young writer When Werner learns of Bettina s betrayal, he makes her leave without her daughter She will be arrested on sight if she ever returns to her country Is there any way that Bettina will ever see her daughter or lover again Bettina has a special talent in taking pictures and showing reality.I appreciate that the author discusses the tragedy of war and the aftermath can be just as devastating In many ways, this reminds me of the song sung by Peter, Paul and Mary, and others, Where Have All the Flowers Gone This is so well written and vividly describes the characters, country, and landscape I would highly recommend this poignant and thought provoking story


  7. Hannah Hannah says:

    This book had the potential of being five stars, but something about it fell a little flat for me The story follows Bettina Heilstrom who marries young in the aftermath of the Russian invasion of East Germany and falls into an unhappy marriage with her husband Werner who is rising in the ranks of the Russian secret police But then Bettina falls in love with Peter, a local teacher and dreamer who sweeps her off her feet After giving birth to her daughter, Bettina is caught redhanded by her hus This book had the potential of being five stars, but something about it fell a little flat for me The story follows Bettina Heilstrom who marries young in the aftermath of the Russian invasion of East Germany and falls into an unhappy marriage with her husband Werner who is rising in the ranks of the Russian secret police But then Bettina falls in love with Peter, a local teacher and dreamer who sweeps her off her feet After giving birth to her daughter, Bettina is caught redhanded by her husband in adultery and he forces her to leave her daughter and homeland behind Bettina goes to America and her passion for photography becomes a talent and livelihood, but when she receives word that Werner is ill, she sneaks back into East Germany in an attempt to find her child.The good I loved the glimpse that this novel gave into life in East Germany It s not something I ve read a lot about it so I found it fascinating The style of writing as well was lyrical and complex and I really enjoyed it The story is complex and nuanced and I appreciated the lack of black and white morality.The bad I just didn t like the characters I didn t feel bad for Bettina when she was forced to leave, and I didn t feel the deep pain of her separation from her daughter It was a good book that fell flat for me


  8. Zoe Zoe says:

    Captivating, pensive, and absorbing This Terrible Beauty is an intriguing, compelling tale that sweeps you away to East Germany following WWII when the country is still reeling with the aftermaths of war, and the new Soviet rule is causing repression, economic instability, political upheaval, social injustice, and lack of freedom.The prose is evocative and vivid The characters are lonely, complex, and vulnerable And the plot using a past present, back and forth style is a moving tale about war Captivating, pensive, and absorbing This Terrible Beauty is an intriguing, compelling tale that sweeps you away to East Germany following WWII when the country is still reeling with the aftermaths of war, and the new Soviet rule is causing repression, economic instability, political upheaval, social injustice, and lack of freedom.The prose is evocative and vivid The characters are lonely, complex, and vulnerable And the plot using a past present, back and forth style is a moving tale about war, loss, familial relationships, heartbreak, guilt, desperation, betrayal, resilience, courage, hope, forbidden love, and the importance of creative expression.Overall, This Terrible Beauty is a beautifully written, poignant, nostalgic tale that is a lovely blend of historical facts, thought provoking fiction, and intense emotion that reminds us of the enduring power of love and the self sacrificing, unbreakable bonds between a mother and her child.Thank you toPublishing for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review


  9. Jane Jane says:

    Thanks to Great Thoughts Great Readers FB Page and Lake Union for this ARC.I always enjoy historical novels This one is no exception It goes from the present in Chicago in 1965 to 1935 in Germany with Bettina as it s main character She lived a lonely life with a husband she didn t love but found a teacher who she did love She ends up having an affair with him and has a daughter Who s daughter We never find out When her husband finds out, it s either her leaving Germany w out her daughte Thanks to Great Thoughts Great Readers FB Page and Lake Union for this ARC.I always enjoy historical novels This one is no exception It goes from the present in Chicago in 1965 to 1935 in Germany with Bettina as it s main character She lived a lonely life with a husband she didn t love but found a teacher who she did love She ends up having an affair with him and has a daughter Who s daughter We never find out When her husband finds out, it s either her leaving Germany w out her daughter or maybe get arrested if she comes back What choice would you make Fast forward when she goes back to Germany 11 years later She sees her daughter and has the option of either meeting her and telling her the truth or let it go since she seems to have a happy life living with her father and her new family It broke my heart at the end but yet it ended up happy in another way


  10. Amy Amy says:

    Thank you to the publishing house for providing a review copy of this novel All thoughts and opinions are my own.If you are looking for a historical fiction novel that you can really sink your teeth into, this is the one Set on the shores of an East German Island, Bettina is struggling to figure out her new life, now that World War II has ended.She ends up marrying an older bureaucrat, Werner, who seems to adore her.Shortly after their marriage though, he joins the secret police, a role he nev Thank you to the publishing house for providing a review copy of this novel All thoughts and opinions are my own.If you are looking for a historical fiction novel that you can really sink your teeth into, this is the one Set on the shores of an East German Island, Bettina is struggling to figure out her new life, now that World War II has ended.She ends up marrying an older bureaucrat, Werner, who seems to adore her.Shortly after their marriage though, he joins the secret police, a role he never expected to receive.This task force is on a dark mission though and the power and notoriety quickly go to Werner s head He begins to see Battina as a belonging and is increasingly disappointed that she can t be like other wives Battina s passion for photography and flightiness are things that anger Werner and he becomesunhappy and controlling through the years.This is when Battina finds love, with a pastor s son, and discovers what being truly happy looks like This affair is dangerous though because Werner holds the power in town and isn t afraid to use it.As the two fallandin love, they know that they have to do everything they can to escape Werner.Not only do we get to see what Battina s life is like then, we also see her as celebrated photographer now living in Chicago Despite her success, she can stop thinking about what and who she wants to reclaim back in Germany.This was such a beautiful read with all the right elements mixed in.Usually my historical fiction reading is centered around World War II books so it was incredibly fascinating to read about the time following the war and the realities of what it was like in Germany.Since this one is just 4.99, it is a no brainer to pick it up for your stack I hope you love it as much as me 5 out of 5 Stars If you liked This Terrible Beauty, you might like these titles Those Who Save UsThe Things We Cannot SayAll the Lights We Cannot See


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10 thoughts on “This Terrible Beauty

  1. Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader says:

    This book What a unique story about post World War II Bettina Heilstrom lives on an East German island She marries Werner who later joins the secret police This makes things unsafe for Bettina.Bettina then falls in love with a man with opposing ideals from Werner He s a rebel Ultimately, Werner finds out about Bettina s relationship, and she must choose between going to prison or leaving her love and her child.Bettina finds her way to the United States working as photographe This book What a unique story about post World War II Bettina Heilstrom lives on an East German island She marries Werner who later joins the secret police This makes things unsafe for Bettina.Bettina then falls in love with a man with opposing ideals from Werner He s a rebel Ultimately, Werner finds out about Bettina s relationship, and she must choose between going to prison or leaving her love and her child.Bettina finds her way to the United States working as photographer, and after several years, she resolves to return to Germany to find her daughter.There were two timelines, and I loved them both I m not sure if I ll ever forget this story It s beautifully told and so heartfelt I felt implanted in post WWII German alongside these characters Overall, this is exactly how I like my historical fiction beautiful storytelling, emotional, and with formidable characters.I received a gifted copy All opinions are my own Many of my reviews can also be found on my blog www.jennifertarheelreader.com and instagram www.instagram.com tarheelreader

  2. Kate Quinn Kate Quinn says:

    A beautiful, lyrically written book Technically, yes, it s a love triangle an East German housewife coming of age at the end of WWII, her bureaucrat husband who is mesmerized into the secret police of USSR controlled Berlin, and the firebrand soldier turned writer who comes between thembut it s so muchIt s about how personal decisions become desperate and rash when your emotions are the only things you can control in a Soviet state It s about how guilt resonates as a nation, with t A beautiful, lyrically written book Technically, yes, it s a love triangle an East German housewife coming of age at the end of WWII, her bureaucrat husband who is mesmerized into the secret police of USSR controlled Berlin, and the firebrand soldier turned writer who comes between thembut it s so muchIt s about how personal decisions become desperate and rash when your emotions are the only things you can control in a Soviet state It s about how guilt resonates as a nation, with the German people struggling to come to atone for their terrible war time legacy and as human beings, when one act of cruelty between husband and wife ripples profoundly through the next decade It s about forgiveness, as three people who have all made mistakes struggle to do what is right in the end for the innocent This book will stay with me a long time

  3. Sharon Stein Sharon Stein says:

    I found it slow moving

  4. Carla Suto Carla Suto says:

    THIS TERRIBLE BEAUTY by Katrin Schumann is a beautifully written and compelling work of historical fiction that will stay on my mind for a long time Inspired by actual historical events, the story has a past and present timeline that follows the heartbreaking journey of main character, Bettina Heilstrom as she seeks to rebuild her life after a devastating loss The past timeline is set on an island in East Germany after World War II has ended and Germany has been divided East Germany is under THIS TERRIBLE BEAUTY by Katrin Schumann is a beautifully written and compelling work of historical fiction that will stay on my mind for a long time Inspired by actual historical events, the story has a past and present timeline that follows the heartbreaking journey of main character, Bettina Heilstrom as she seeks to rebuild her life after a devastating loss The past timeline is set on an island in East Germany after World War II has ended and Germany has been divided East Germany is under the control of the German Democratic Republic which is becoming increasingly repressive to its own citizens Bettina s husband, Werner is quietly rising in the ranks of the new secret police, a dangerous role which keeps them under constant scrutiny When Werner discovers that Bettina has been unfaithful to him, he punishes her by forcing her to give up her young daughter, Annaliese and leave the country forever in return for sparing her lover, Peter s life Broken hearted and alone, Bettina ends up in Chicago where ten years later she is a reknowned photographer However, she has never given up hope of someday being reunited with her daughter A surprise visit from someone in her past sets Bettina on a path back to her homeland to search for her daughter and learn the fate of her former lover The descriptions of the characters, their relationships and the political climate in both timeframes are vivid and haunting I was on the edge of my seat waiting to see what would happen in the end THIS TERRIBLE BEAUTY is a touching and emotional story of love, loss and the tragedies of war and I recommend it most highly Thank you to the author for providing me an early copy of this outstanding book

  5. Guylou (Two Dogs and a Book) Guylou (Two Dogs and a Book) says:

    I am a total wreck, yet I am elated by this beautiful story of love, loss, and endurance This novel takes place in two timelines and is mostly located in East Germany after WWII On the day she is recognised for her contribution to the world of photography, Bittina finds out that her ex husband is very sick Nine years earlier, she was forced to leave East Germany and leave behind her baby daughter after her husband found out that she was having an affair with a local teacher and threaten all t I am a total wreck, yet I am elated by this beautiful story of love, loss, and endurance This novel takes place in two timelines and is mostly located in East Germany after WWII On the day she is recognised for her contribution to the world of photography, Bittina finds out that her ex husband is very sick Nine years earlier, she was forced to leave East Germany and leave behind her baby daughter after her husband found out that she was having an affair with a local teacher and threaten all their lives She returns to Germany in hope that she will be able to get her daughter back, but Herbert is not done with her and danger is all around.This novel is beautiful and so touching It gives a glimpse of what happened to the German people once Germany was separated into East and West The ending is unexpected and yet makes total sense Thank you, Thomas Allen Son for sending me an ARC of this page turner by Katrin Schumann will be available at your favourite bookstore on March 1st, 2020 poodles poodlestagram poodlesofinstagram furbabies dogsofinstagram bookstagram dogsandbooks bookishlife bookishlove bookstagrammer book books booklover bookish bookaholic reading readersofinstagram instaread ilovebooks bookishcanadians canadianbookstagram bookreviewer bookcommunity bibliophile bookphotography thisterriblebeauty katrinschumann bookreview historicalfiction

  6. Linda Zagon Linda Zagon says:

    Linda s Book Obsession Reviews This Terrible Beauty by Katrin Schumann, Lake Union Publishing, March 1, 2020.Katrin Schumann, author of This Terrible Beauty has written a captivating, intriguing, intense and thought provoking novel The Genres for this novel are Historical Fiction and Fiction The timeline for this story is set after World War Two in the 1950s and 1960 s when Germany is divided and goes to the past and future when it pertains to the characters or events The story takes plac Linda s Book Obsession Reviews This Terrible Beauty by Katrin Schumann, Lake Union Publishing, March 1, 2020.Katrin Schumann, author of This Terrible Beauty has written a captivating, intriguing, intense and thought provoking novel The Genres for this novel are Historical Fiction and Fiction The timeline for this story is set after World War Two in the 1950s and 1960 s when Germany is divided and goes to the past and future when it pertains to the characters or events The story takes place in East Germany, Rugen, which is taken over by the Russians It also takes place in Chicago and America The author describes the characters as complex and complicated.History has shown how devasting World War Two has been, and how evil the Nazis were After the war, there were many problems, but people had hope at first When the Russians took over East Germany, many of the people living there had no idea how evil can take different forms One has to wonder what the devastation of war has taught us.Bettina marries Werner, an older man that had come to her father s store He assures Bettina if they marry he will take care of her With the changes after the war and the devastation that exists in the country, Bettina does marry Werner Werner gets involved with the Russian government and is quite busy and becomes a powerful man Bettina and Werner have a baby girl Bettina is lonely and falls in love with a young writer When Werner learns of Bettina s betrayal, he makes her leave without her daughter She will be arrested on sight if she ever returns to her country Is there any way that Bettina will ever see her daughter or lover again Bettina has a special talent in taking pictures and showing reality.I appreciate that the author discusses the tragedy of war and the aftermath can be just as devastating In many ways, this reminds me of the song sung by Peter, Paul and Mary, and others, Where Have All the Flowers Gone This is so well written and vividly describes the characters, country, and landscape I would highly recommend this poignant and thought provoking story

  7. Hannah Hannah says:

    This book had the potential of being five stars, but something about it fell a little flat for me The story follows Bettina Heilstrom who marries young in the aftermath of the Russian invasion of East Germany and falls into an unhappy marriage with her husband Werner who is rising in the ranks of the Russian secret police But then Bettina falls in love with Peter, a local teacher and dreamer who sweeps her off her feet After giving birth to her daughter, Bettina is caught redhanded by her hus This book had the potential of being five stars, but something about it fell a little flat for me The story follows Bettina Heilstrom who marries young in the aftermath of the Russian invasion of East Germany and falls into an unhappy marriage with her husband Werner who is rising in the ranks of the Russian secret police But then Bettina falls in love with Peter, a local teacher and dreamer who sweeps her off her feet After giving birth to her daughter, Bettina is caught redhanded by her husband in adultery and he forces her to leave her daughter and homeland behind Bettina goes to America and her passion for photography becomes a talent and livelihood, but when she receives word that Werner is ill, she sneaks back into East Germany in an attempt to find her child.The good I loved the glimpse that this novel gave into life in East Germany It s not something I ve read a lot about it so I found it fascinating The style of writing as well was lyrical and complex and I really enjoyed it The story is complex and nuanced and I appreciated the lack of black and white morality.The bad I just didn t like the characters I didn t feel bad for Bettina when she was forced to leave, and I didn t feel the deep pain of her separation from her daughter It was a good book that fell flat for me

  8. Zoe Zoe says:

    Captivating, pensive, and absorbing This Terrible Beauty is an intriguing, compelling tale that sweeps you away to East Germany following WWII when the country is still reeling with the aftermaths of war, and the new Soviet rule is causing repression, economic instability, political upheaval, social injustice, and lack of freedom.The prose is evocative and vivid The characters are lonely, complex, and vulnerable And the plot using a past present, back and forth style is a moving tale about war Captivating, pensive, and absorbing This Terrible Beauty is an intriguing, compelling tale that sweeps you away to East Germany following WWII when the country is still reeling with the aftermaths of war, and the new Soviet rule is causing repression, economic instability, political upheaval, social injustice, and lack of freedom.The prose is evocative and vivid The characters are lonely, complex, and vulnerable And the plot using a past present, back and forth style is a moving tale about war, loss, familial relationships, heartbreak, guilt, desperation, betrayal, resilience, courage, hope, forbidden love, and the importance of creative expression.Overall, This Terrible Beauty is a beautifully written, poignant, nostalgic tale that is a lovely blend of historical facts, thought provoking fiction, and intense emotion that reminds us of the enduring power of love and the self sacrificing, unbreakable bonds between a mother and her child.Thank you toPublishing for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review

  9. Jane Jane says:

    Thanks to Great Thoughts Great Readers FB Page and Lake Union for this ARC.I always enjoy historical novels This one is no exception It goes from the present in Chicago in 1965 to 1935 in Germany with Bettina as it s main character She lived a lonely life with a husband she didn t love but found a teacher who she did love She ends up having an affair with him and has a daughter Who s daughter We never find out When her husband finds out, it s either her leaving Germany w out her daughte Thanks to Great Thoughts Great Readers FB Page and Lake Union for this ARC.I always enjoy historical novels This one is no exception It goes from the present in Chicago in 1965 to 1935 in Germany with Bettina as it s main character She lived a lonely life with a husband she didn t love but found a teacher who she did love She ends up having an affair with him and has a daughter Who s daughter We never find out When her husband finds out, it s either her leaving Germany w out her daughter or maybe get arrested if she comes back What choice would you make Fast forward when she goes back to Germany 11 years later She sees her daughter and has the option of either meeting her and telling her the truth or let it go since she seems to have a happy life living with her father and her new family It broke my heart at the end but yet it ended up happy in another way

  10. Amy Amy says:

    Thank you to the publishing house for providing a review copy of this novel All thoughts and opinions are my own.If you are looking for a historical fiction novel that you can really sink your teeth into, this is the one Set on the shores of an East German Island, Bettina is struggling to figure out her new life, now that World War II has ended.She ends up marrying an older bureaucrat, Werner, who seems to adore her.Shortly after their marriage though, he joins the secret police, a role he nev Thank you to the publishing house for providing a review copy of this novel All thoughts and opinions are my own.If you are looking for a historical fiction novel that you can really sink your teeth into, this is the one Set on the shores of an East German Island, Bettina is struggling to figure out her new life, now that World War II has ended.She ends up marrying an older bureaucrat, Werner, who seems to adore her.Shortly after their marriage though, he joins the secret police, a role he never expected to receive.This task force is on a dark mission though and the power and notoriety quickly go to Werner s head He begins to see Battina as a belonging and is increasingly disappointed that she can t be like other wives Battina s passion for photography and flightiness are things that anger Werner and he becomesunhappy and controlling through the years.This is when Battina finds love, with a pastor s son, and discovers what being truly happy looks like This affair is dangerous though because Werner holds the power in town and isn t afraid to use it.As the two fallandin love, they know that they have to do everything they can to escape Werner.Not only do we get to see what Battina s life is like then, we also see her as celebrated photographer now living in Chicago Despite her success, she can stop thinking about what and who she wants to reclaim back in Germany.This was such a beautiful read with all the right elements mixed in.Usually my historical fiction reading is centered around World War II books so it was incredibly fascinating to read about the time following the war and the realities of what it was like in Germany.Since this one is just 4.99, it is a no brainer to pick it up for your stack I hope you love it as much as me 5 out of 5 Stars If you liked This Terrible Beauty, you might like these titles Those Who Save UsThe Things We Cannot SayAll the Lights We Cannot See

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