Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Trapped in East Germany by Carolyn Twede Frank {Blog Tour Review and Giveaway}

Trapped in East Germany by Carolyn Twede Frank
Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published July 1st 2016 by Covenant Communications

WHEN THE DISCUSSION OF ESCAPE FINALLY CAME UP, KARIN WAS READY. It is the autumn of 1943, and Karin Graeber is keenly aware of the uneasy tide of change swirling around her. She is not alone—in wartime Berlin, it seems that everyone has been swept up in the frightening transformation of their city. No more than a child, Karin is far too young to understand the Nazi presence or the drone of air-raid sirens or the absence of her beloved Pappa, a soldier in the German army. But when a bomb destroys their home, Karin is forced to grow up far too soon as her family joins the tens of thousands displaced in the raids on the city. Relying on their faith as Latter-day Saints, Karin and her family begin a journey that will prove the indomitable strength of the human spirit.
What follows is the sweeping narrative of one young girl’s journey through war and beyond—from her childlike observations of World War II in Germany to her changing view of the world as she grows up in a land divided by war. Now, driven by starvation and the perilous existence of refugees, Karin and her family must draw on a deep reservoir of strength and faith to sustain them through the harrowing escape ahead . . .


My Review: 4 Stars

World War II is an interesting time in history for me because my grandpa served in the war. It's also a time of life that is fascinating to me and I've never read a story that went so in depth to the day-to-day life of those in East Germany--especially when that story follows a Mormon family.

The Graeber family is struggling to make ends meet in Berlin with their father serving in the war. When their house becomes inhabitable, due to a bombing, they are forced to go to Dresden. This story is most told through the eyes of young Karin, who is six years old at the time, thus nothing is too graphic, but the implications left me stunned. The creative ways they found to work, eat, hide, and deal with the Russian soldiers is amazing. The things they went through, the fears the experienced, and the losses they endured is just heart-breaking. The violence and crimes committed during this time is just plain sad and the story really helped me realize how awful war is.

I enjoyed reading things from a different prospective and found this book to be educational, in a way. The pacing seems to cover events in a realistic way and the characters are great, although there's not a lot of depth to them. I would have liked to dive deeper into their thoughts and feelings about the events, but as it is mostly through a young child's eyes, that just wasn't possible.

This would be a good read for those who enjoy historical fiction, especially concerning events around World War II, without the graphic violence.

Content: implied rape, death, not too graphic of violence. Fairly clean.

*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*


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About the Author

Carolyn Twede FrankAbout my writing: I don't like to write candy for the brain. But I do like to try to make my books not only fulfilling, but entertaining. Candy is nice, but a meal of meat, potatoes, and veges can leave you more satisfied. My books give the reader a good taste of history and/or science along with a dash of mystery folded into the story.

About me: I've always loved writing, but haven't gotten serious until the past seven years. When I'm not writing, I like to garden, sew, fix up old houses, or anything else creative. My favorite movies are ones about history.


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