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"You are privileged to read these words so many are barred from. And why are they barred? Because the Nazis know that their real enemy is the independent thinker."
from White Rose, Black Forest by Eoin Dempsey
I don't read on Kindle as much as I read print, but a few weeks ago, a friend recommended White Rose, Black Forest by Eoin Dempsey to me, and when I went looking for it, Amazon First Reads seemed liked the best way to get it. I don't know if I'll stick with the program, but I thought I'd give it a try. If anyone has had any experience with the service, tell me what you've thought.
White Rose, Black Forest was an entertaining read. At first I wasn't sure I was going to stick with it, because it begins with a girl contemplating suicide, and I just wasn't sure I was up for that kind of book. Turns out, it's pretty much the opposite of that kind of book. Here are some key elements:
- a remote cabin in a snowy wood in the Black Forest in 1943
- a strong female protagonist who happens to be a Nazi dissident
- the daring rescue of an enemy spy by said protagonist
- the enemy and the dissident snowed in alone for weeks
- the dissident's ex-boyfriend, now a Gestapo officer
- an escape attempt through the snowy woods with a stay in a cave (I love a cave)
What will happen? Read it and find out. While much of the plot defies belief, it is an entertaining, escapist story, and if you're like me, a break from reality will be much welcomed. Also if you're like me, you will have to try your best to ignore how quickly and underhandedly Hitler's Fascists took over Germany in the 1930s. Scary stuff.