Having been brought up in London during the Second World War I found this book absolutely fascinating. Here I was reading about the war from the other side. Civilians who were living through many of the problems we faced.
We are introduced to Charlotte/Lotte a young girl from a high-class family, used to the privileges such a family bestows. She is excitedly making plans for a sumptuous wedding to her best friend and fiancé, Heinrich. But life changes for the pair as in 1943 when the war is being lost by Germany she takes a secretarial job in an administrative supply section. Lotte is immediately attracted to her superior who has lost his wife and children during the war.
We follow Lotte and her superior Erich, as they flee from the chaos and make their difficult way to where her mother is staying in the country with Lotte’s aunt.
Along the way, they realise that they are in love and we follow this pair as they try to make a new life for themselves in a Germany unlike anything either could have imagined.
This is the first novel from a woman in Australia who has a German mother and an Italian father; she has a rich heritage on which to draw.
It is a good read and certainly one I shall recommend to my friends and followers.
Note – I was given this book to read on NetGalley and choose to write a review.