Book Review: White Rose Black Forest by Eoin Dempsey

What the book is about:

Franka Gerber finds an unconscious airman in a Luftwaffe uniform in December of 1943 in Nazi Germany. As a trained nurse, she takes him to her family’s isolated cabin in the Black Forest. When he wakes, they struggle to trust each other with truth that could endanger their own lives and try to stay one step ahead of the always suspicious Gestapo.

What I liked:

  • Characters: All the characters are developed appropriately, even the small snippets from the POVs of the influential minor characters. I felt myself slipping into Franka’s mind, feeling her emotions, experiencing what she is
  • The storyline: To be honest, I’m struggling a bit with this one because I don’t want to give much away – the story is SO good. Each character introduced, each sub-plot line, amps up the tension as you work toward the final page. I kept trying to sneak in time to read a few pages here and there over the three or so days it took me to read the book.
  • Realism: Oh, the realism! I felt all gross inside as I slipped into being Franka trying to live in an impossible time against such a great threat. It’s a great reminder that those who do not know history are destined to repeat it.

What I didn’t like:

  • Honestly, the book was too short. I think that several lines could have been developed just a bit more, but I’m sure that would have slowed down the pacing. I simply enjoyed it so much that having more story to read would have made me happy.
  • The ending: The last chapter was a bit disappointing because I had to reorient myself in an unexpected way. A think an in-between chapter would have done nicely.

Overall thoughts and opinions:

I got this as a free e-book because we have Amazon Prime. I am VERY late to the e-book game because I just prefer paper and I wasn’t crazy about the description or the idea of the book, but it was the one that appealed to me the most of all my choices. I share that so that I can appropriately describe my delight when I loved the book from the first pages.

I’m pretty heavily into reading fantasy right now and so reading a historical fiction wasn’t really on my radar and I had a hard time reconciling that what I am reading and trying to learn about writing fantasy.

This book, though, was absolutely terrific. I was hooked from the first pages and couldn’t wait to see how things played out throughout the story. I read faster as the tension built, shouted in my head to do certain things and to not do others – just so good. I heartily give five stars.

5 star rating

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