White Rose, Black Forest

White Rose, Black Forest

In the shadows of World War II, trust becomes the greatest risk of all for two strangers.December 1943. In the years before the rise of Hitler, the Gerber family’s summer cottage was filled with laughter. Now, as deep drifts of snow blanket the Black Forest, German dissenter Franka Gerber is alone and hopeless. Fervor and brutality have swept through her homeland, taking a...

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Title:White Rose, Black Forest
Author:Eoin Dempsey
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Edition Language:English

White Rose, Black Forest Reviews

  • Joyce A. Wendeln

    This is what my father did during WWII. And yes, this is what it was like, you went in with no one but yourself to depend upon and knowing that America denied knowing you if you got caught. These were the true heroes, but they knew no medals waited in the wings for them no matter how brave and strong they were. After all, they didn't exist!!

  • Marianne

    Another great kindle first book that I found difficult to put down. My only complaint is that I could have done with the conclusion of the book being a little longer as I just wanted to read about these characters a little longer, and it just felt a bit rushed at the end. Not enough to ruin the book, but I think a little more detail at the end would have made it even better.

  • Ellie Midwood

    If you love historical fiction, you’ll definitely enjoy reading this story! It’s a bit on a slower-pace side (a bit like All The Light We Cannot See, if you read that one) so if you’re into a fast-moving plot, you’ll only see some major action in the very end. However, for me personally, it worked in this particular case as it helped me better connect with the characters and get to know them and, what’s more important, their personal stories and secrets behind their actions. I particularly enjoy

    If you love historical fiction, you’ll definitely enjoy reading this story! It’s a bit on a slower-pace side (a bit like All The Light We Cannot See, if you read that one) so if you’re into a fast-moving plot, you’ll only see some major action in the very end. However, for me personally, it worked in this particular case as it helped me better connect with the characters and get to know them and, what’s more important, their personal stories and secrets behind their actions. I particularly enjoyed the author’s decision to make Franka one of the leading members of the doomed White Rose Resistance group, and it was certainly interesting reading about this famous German resistance cell “from inside.” Also, another great thing that many serious historical fiction fans will appreciate I’m sure, is lots of historical information dotted throughout the narration, which shows Hitler’s rise to power in great detail and how the influence of the Nazi Party slowly penetrated every level of society.

    The language is beautiful and descriptive and immediately immerses you into the atmosphere of the German Black Forest, where Franka finds an injured Luftwaffe pilot. However, as Franka is braving the snow trying to help the German, he mutters something in English, and the charade starts unraveling, which will definitely keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end. The novel is meticulously researched; the language, the characters’ actions and motivations are authentic, and the wonderfully-written dialogue only compliments the already engaging plot. And the ending was just perfect, so here’s my separate “thank you” to the author just for that. I loved it, and I would definitely recommend it. A really great story.

  • Cari

    Although World War II is one of my favorite topics to explore in literature, it had been a little while since I'd read a book about it. Maybe I've just not been in the mood for anything overly

    lately, as books about WW-II Europe generally knock the wind right out of me and leave me feeling a mixture of macabre fascination and dumbfounded despair at the cruelties endured during that time.

    While

    Although World War II is one of my favorite topics to explore in literature, it had been a little while since I'd read a book about it. Maybe I've just not been in the mood for anything overly

    lately, as books about WW-II Europe generally knock the wind right out of me and leave me feeling a mixture of macabre fascination and dumbfounded despair at the cruelties endured during that time.

    While

    certainly painted a vivid picture of life under the rule of Hitler's National Socialist Party, it offered a perspective that was more empowering than depressing. This is the first book I think I've read about any type of resistance organization founded by Germans against the Nazi party (of course I've read a lot about the French resistance in Nazi-occupied France). I couldn't help but see that the novel contained a lot of frightening paralells between 1930s-1940s Germany and the political climate today, but I'm not going to delve into any of that in this review.

    This was a great war story about fighting for what's right, being brave in the face of fear, and getting second chances to live and love.

    ☆☆☆☆

  • Dee Arr

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    “White Rose, Black Forest” is billed as a historical fiction, but it has all the makings of a thriller. Author Eoin Dempsey presents Franka Gerber with a dilemma right from the beginning, then continues to turn up the heat as the story progresses. Although Franka understands the danger that could come from her actions, she continues to do what she feels is right.

    The story is told through the eyes of several characters,

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    “White Rose, Black Forest” is billed as a historical fiction, but it has all the makings of a thriller. Author Eoin Dempsey presents Franka Gerber with a dilemma right from the beginning, then continues to turn up the heat as the story progresses. Although Franka understands the danger that could come from her actions, she continues to do what she feels is right.

    The story is told through the eyes of several characters, although Franka is the main focus. While we do learn of some of the motivations of the American John Lynch, it is through Franka’s eyes that readers are swept into a country consumed by conflicting emotions. The author allows her to speak the thoughts that must have been hidden by many German citizens in 1944. Even though her life has led her to her current predicament, everything is still not black and white, and Franka wrestles at times with what she should do.

    Mr. Dempsey offers descriptive passages at the same time, presenting interesting pictures with his use of words. For instance, we are told a used parachute blowing in the wind is “…licking at the snow like a thirsty animal.” The life-threatening description of the bombing of a German city thrusts readers into the action, and it is hard not to be fearful of what may happen to the people exposed to the possibility of instantaneous death. While I wasn’t always happy with the dialogue (at times, it felt a bit stilted), the characters stayed true to their basic motivations.

    As stated above, this historical fiction book turns into a thriller. Her choices place Franka in danger as the Gestapo quickly become a larger threat, which pushes the book to a breakneck pace as it heads toward the conclusion. Four stars.

  • Joy D

    Historical fiction about rescue of an airman by a German resistor. It takes place mostly within Germany’s Black Forest region in 1943-1944. This book was a mixed bag for me. While I found elements to enjoy, such as basing it around resistors in Nazi Germany, there were quite a few inconsistencies in the plot, and I found it a bit contrived. This book purports to be “based on a true story;” however, upon further research, it appears to be mostly fiction. The White Rose organization existed, but t

    Historical fiction about rescue of an airman by a German resistor. It takes place mostly within Germany’s Black Forest region in 1943-1944. This book was a mixed bag for me. While I found elements to enjoy, such as basing it around resistors in Nazi Germany, there were quite a few inconsistencies in the plot, and I found it a bit contrived. This book purports to be “based on a true story;” however, upon further research, it appears to be mostly fiction. The White Rose organization existed, but the protagonist appears to be fabricated, along with the airman she rescues. I wish the author had addressed which parts are historically based. The book also employs terms that are inaccurate for the time and location. The writing was basic, but it was a quick read and I was interested to find out what happened. I obtained this book as a Kindle First free book of the month and have not had much success with them.

  • Xavier (CharlesXplosion)

    Another bland/generic WW2 narrative.

  • Eryn

    This was free for Prime members on Kindle, so why not? Maybe I'll read it one day.

  • Ana

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