THE ENGLISH GIRL

Posted: June 21, 2021

MY THOUGHTS

It’s 1989 in Berlin and the Wall is coming down, Tiffany can now freely cross from East Berlin into West Berlin.  She has a letter in her hand is trying to find the address written on the envelope.  She wants to deliver this letter to the rightful owner, a letter from the past.  That will provide some much needed closure.

It’s 1946 in Norfolk, England, World War II has just ended but the remnants of the war is still very much alive in everyone’s heart and mind.  Fran’s brother is killed during the war while on the front lines.   The government creates a camp for the German prisoners of war, they have the prisoners remove the barbed wire and mines from the beach.  Fran lived at home with her sister June and her parents.  June doesn’t like the the Germans and wants nothing to do with them.  Fran, however, is more forgiving and goes to work at the camp in the office as a secretary.  She meets one of the prisoners name Thomas.  But it is completely against the rules to fraternize with the prisoners, and so Fran and Thomas keep their love a secret.  Will their forbidden love stand the test of time?   This time slip novel was so amazing to read.  I loved how the author told the story from just after the war had ended, and brought to light things that happened to the survivors and the families of the ones that didn’t survive.   The effects of the war are still so much apparent even today.   This true story is a must read.  What a phenomenal story, it will truly resonate with me for many, many years.

Thank you Sarah Mitchell for such a fabulous, unputdownable historical fiction.  This story had all the feels of love, family, friendship and the endurance to make it through the hardest times of life.  I highly recommend this book.

Rating: 5 out of 5.


ABOUT THE BOOK


THE ENGLISH GIRLTHE ENGLISH GIRL
Author: Sarah Mitchell
Published by Bookouture
Publication Date: June 18, 2021
Pages: 340
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He is German. She is English. Their countries are enemies. Can love bring them together? Inspired by an incredible true story, this is a sweeping tale about the power of hope in the face of war and the legacy of an impossible choice.

1946, Norfolk, England: Grief and fear spill over in Fran’s small village when German prisoners of war are sent to the nearby camp. After the death of her beloved brother on the front lines, Fran cannot see the new arrivals as anything but his killers.

When one of the mines the Germans are clearing from the beach explodes, Fran is thrown into the path of prisoner Thomas as they rush to help the wounded. Thomas’s kind, artistic nature and his bravery, putting himself in danger to save others, changes everything for Fran. She realises he is a boy just like her brother and was forced to fight in a war he never believed in.

From that day on, there is something powerful and unspoken connecting Fran and Thomas. But as battle lines are drawn across Europe and tensions within the village reach breaking point, they could be about to unleash something neither of them can control…

1989, Berlin: Tiffany arrives in Berlin from London, just as the wall that divided a nation finally falls. With only a few words of German, she celebrates with strangers in the streets, and crosses the border between West and East. In her pocket is a crumpled letter addressed to her grandmother, yellowed with age, that has led her in search of a wartime secret with the power to change her future…

About Sarah Mitchell

Sarah grew up in Norfolk and studied law at Cambridge University which led to a career as a barrister, working mainly in the field of human rights. After nearly twenty years she was tempted off-track by a creative writing course at the Open University and fell in love with making up stories instead of constructing arguments. Three years later she completed, with distinction, an MA in Creative Writing – Prose Fiction at the UEA.

Now she lives in Norfolk again, this time with her husband and three almost-grown-up children, where she combines writing with some legal work – and thanking her enormous number of lucky stars.

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