REVIEW: MANDY ROBOTHAM – THE BERLIN GIRL

REVIEW: MANDY ROBOTHAM – THE BERLIN GIRLThe Berlin Girl by Many Robotham
Published by Avon on December 8, 2020
Genres: Historical Fiction
Tropes: World War II
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley, Avon
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Narrator: Kristin Atherton
Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
Cliffhanger: No

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Berlin, 1938: It’s the height of summer, and Germany is on the brink of war. When fledgling reporter Georgie Young is posted to Berlin, alongside fellow Londoner Max Spender, she knows they are entering the eye of the storm.

Arriving to a city swathed in red flags and crawling with Nazis, Georgie feels helpless, witnessing innocent people being torn from their homes. As tensions rise, she realises she and Max have to act – even if it means putting their lives on the line.

But when she digs deeper, Georgie begins to uncover the unspeakable truth about Hitler’s Germany – and the pair are pulled into a world darker than she could ever have imagined…

WW II fiction and stories about the war’s unsung heroes have become my favorites. The gripping tales how people like you and me put their lives on the line to help those persecuted by Hitler and his followers are so inspiring.

In THE BERLIN GIRL we meet young, courageous journalist Georgina Young who writes under George Young because sexism. Being sent to Berlin as a correspondent in pre-war times is her biggest accomplishment so far. While in Nazi-Germany we watch her grow, from the bright-eyed, fresh-faced, talented, spunky young woman, in love with Berlin and its people to a brave young woman who loses her naivety and gains some cynicism when she witnesses the Kristallnacht and the beginnings of the large-scale anti-Jewish pogroms and escalating violence.

In a nondescript town, in the middle of a largely unseen land, away from the world’s gaze, she’d witnessed an atrocity. In how many more places had it already happened, and would do so again?

But she’s a survivor so she learns the game of deception and uses it to her own advantage. She also learns a painful lesson that there isn’t a good Nazi. She also gains a ragtag group of journalist from around the world as friends. One in particular, a man she didn’t get along with, becomes her closest confidante.

Mandy Robotham perfectly captures the danger people were in when they resisted the propaganda. It was people like Georgie and her friends who we have to thank for that we don’t live in a permanent Nazi-Germany. I loved to see a completely different point of view of the war from a journalist’s perspective. It gives you an idea how fast reporters could lose their lives if they dug too deeply into the perfidious secrets and horrific, detailed plans Hitler and his cronies cooked up. How fast they had to leave the country f they wrote about the persecution, the injustice, the utter devastation Nazi-Germany brought.

They both stared into their drinks, at the disappointment of facing a stark reality and the limitations of their job. A profession that might not change the world after all.

World War II books never get old. The dichotomy between the complete disdain and disregard for life on one side and the heroic acts of people on the other keeps fascinating me. And in a time where there are only few contemporary witnesses are left these books become even more important and poignant. THE BERLIN GIRL has a little bit of everything – suspense, action, lots of friendship and a little bit of romance. I’m definitely going to read more by this author.

Do we relish war? No. Do we fear it? Maybe. Can we win it? The verdict here is uncertain.
The conviction, however, is that we can only go forward, to push back a tyranny that is purely and simply wrong, that bullies can never to be allowed to triumph. If truth be told, we are certain only that the enemy we face is one worthy of our efforts, and that the time is ripe for us as allied nations to stand tall and fight for freedom.

five-stars

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