Finding Rebecca by Eoin Dempsey

Finding Rebecca

Nothing could keep Christopher and Rebecca apart: not her abusive parents, or even the fiancé she brought home after running away to England. But when World War II finally strikes the island of Jersey, the Nazi invaders ship Rebecca to Europe as part of Hitler's Final Solution against the Jewish population.After Christopher and his family are deported back to their native Germany, he volunteers for the Nazi SS, desperate to save the woman he lov...


Details Finding Rebecca

TitleFinding Rebecca
Author
Release DateOct 28th, 2014
PublisherLake Union Publishing
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, World War II, Holocaust, War, Romance
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Reviews Finding Rebecca

  • Angela M
    2014-09-22
    As it is in most books about the holocaust, there are scenes in this book that are so difficult to read but it is rightly so. Even after so many years, it is still so important that we are reminded of these horrific acts. Mothers are torn from their children; women are herded off the trains and told they would be reunited with their children after their shower which we know was the gas chamber; children are shot at point blank range. We need to r...
  • Michele Whitecotton
    2013-01-25
    This book was like a rare gem that you aren't looking for, but just stumble across by mistake. I had never heard of it or the author before and it showed up on the free kindle book list one day. I'm usually not a fan of love stories but I'm facinated by the Holocaust so I decided to give it a shot and it turned into one of the best books I've read in a long time. It wasn't a cheesy-romance kind of love story, it was a beautiful heartbreaking love...
  • Alona
    2015-05-31
    So, I thought I am doomed to automatically love any WWII book... In this book I did not feel the connection between the two MCs and I could not feel for them the way I should have.The story line, of a Jewish girl and a German, childhood friends, that falls in love and what happens to them during WWII, should have captivated me, but it failed to do so.It got better at around 80% but then it failed, for me again, with an ending that was rushed and ...
  • Becky
    2015-05-18
    I'll read most anything about World War II and the Holocaust, specifically, because I find it morbidly fascinating. So obviously this book was appealing and with the good reviews, I figured it would be a win.This book is about Christopher, a German national living on an island that is considered Great Britain's territory, and Rebecca, a Jewish national. They meet as children and develop a close friendship sustained throughout the years, and Chris...
  • ❤Marie Gentilcore
    2014-10-28
    I am so glad to have won this from Goodreads First Reads! It was an excellent book that I enjoyed very much even though it was sad to read about the atrocities at the concentration camp. The story starts out harshly with Christopher as an SS officer at Auschwitz. Then, we are taken to the beginning when a young Christopher first meets Rebecca on the isle of Jersey. Theirs is a deep friendship and love, but outside forces strive to keep them apart...
  • Shannon
    2013-03-16
    I just finished Finding Rebecca and all I can say is "WOW". It was extremely hard to read some of the scenes, and not because they were overly graphic, but because it left a mental picture, and a feeling of overwhelming sadness to think that this really did happen. And it was just a small glimpse of the horror that took so many innocent lives. I think that everyone should read this book, and never forget what kind of brutality really went on at t...
  • Nicole Overmoyer
    2014-10-22
    Eoin Dempsey’s historical novel FINDING REBECCA is the sort of book you really want to be real. You want to have some confidence that a real human being somewhere in time did the things that the character he’s created did in the time and place he put them. But even knowing that Dempsey’s creation is fictional, that these things are products of imagination put into a series of real events – this is enough to remind you that life isn’t al...
  • Ange H
    2014-10-26
    THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERSThis was an infuriating book. The concept was fascinating; but it contains a central plot hole that is so huge, and bothered me so much, that I forced myself to finish just to see if the author explained it somehow. He did not.The story focuses on Christopher and Rebecca, who have known each other since their childhood growing up on an island off the coast of England. He is German, she is Jewish. Besides the plot hole...
  • Sarah
    2014-02-25
    Wow! What a diamond of a book! It's powerful in its Holocaust brutality, in its vivid emotions, and characters. If you're going to read any fictional book on the Holocaust, make it this one. To me, it's the epitome of what a Holocaust fictional book should be. Now that mention of Holocaust brutality... Definitely keep that in mind while reading this. This book pulls no punches. It portrays the Holocaust exactly the way it was, with all the violen...
  • Krista
    2017-05-26
    I wanted to like this book, I really did. I've read a lot of WWII historical fiction novels, I don't think I've ever rated one a one star before. Until now that is.... This book had such great potential, however, the characters had no depth, no feeling. They read like robotic characters with no emotion. The relationships in the book, whether it be a parent, a love interest, a fiancé, a spouse, an abusive parent, had no emotion. It was like the a...
  • Wanda
    2013-07-04
    This book really touched me - an insightful account of the dark history of the Holocaust. The cattle trains arrived at the train station in Auschwitz. There were 1200 people on the train, built for cattle transport. The people huddled together on the train, their throats raw from thirst, and clinging to their children who would soon die. The SS went into the train with guns drawn and dead bodies were thrown out of the rail cars. The selection was...
  • Sharon Jones
    2013-04-13
    Lately I have been interested in history/fiction novels and specifically those about WWI and WWII. My education as a young girl was deficient in the history past Christopher Columbus and very deficient regarding European history. I have read a number of books trying to ascertain why the wars began; what brought people to that place, what motivated them and what their lives were. Now that I have read enough to allow me the knowledge of the why, I ...
  • Christina
    2016-02-21
    Stayed up late finishing. I love historical fiction and memoirs. I own many memoirs of true accounts from the Holocaust. I love the cover. And was thrilled for a weekend to read. Unfortunately, I thought it dragged...not because of the subject matter but the pacing, unnecessary details, unfortunate skipping important moments... I really wanted to like this novel and characters. Was disappointed. I didn't even feel connected to Rebecca or Christop...
  • Sarah
    2015-08-25
    I don't often wrote reviews anymore sine i have a toddler and a business, but, i feel i need to with this one. I must admit, i almost stopped reading it- i almost stopped several times, it is so moving, so sad, so terrifying, and so heartbreaking. I am a history major with 2 masters degree's, i have taught the Holocaust to HS and MS students countless times over the last 12 years. I have even gone to the WWII museum in NOLA several times. I KNOW ...
  • Stacey
    2014-12-16
    I found this novel to be your typical holocaust novel in that it was a story had all the elements of novels taking place in this time frame. Lovers torn apart by war, the horrors of the concentration camps, miscommunications, etc. There was nothing that really set this novel apart from other Holocaust stories in my opinion. Overall, a decent story but it's not a Holocaust story I would recommend over others. I would recommend The Lost Wife instea...
  • Laurie
    2013-03-13
    This is lovely love story set against the backdrop of the horrors of WWII. I wanted to rate it higher, but I found the writing stilted at times, and often did not feel the emotions the author was trying to portray. A little more polishing and better editing could make this a great book instead of just a good book.
  • Stephanie
    2014-12-19
    I have to say that I was moved to tears and anguish at the atrocities of the Nazi Camps that are described in this story. The authors does not hold back on the brutality and utter evil of the Nazi SS. This is probably the most profound, emotional historical fiction book on World War II that I have read in a long time. At first I had to take the story in small dosages. Not because it wasn’t written well. Quite the contrary. The story was told so...
  • Stephanie
    2014-12-08
    I have to say that I was moved to tears and anguish at the atrocities of the Nazi Camps that are described in this story. The authors does not hold back on the brutality and utter evil of the Nazi SS. This is probably the most profound, emotional historical fiction book on World War II that I have read in a long time. At first I had to take the story in small dosages. Not because it wasn’t written well. Quite the contrary. The story was told so...
  • Bonnye Reed
    2015-07-21
    GAB This was an excellent book about the inhabitants of the Isle of Jersey from 1924 until the end of WWII, and how WWII divided loyalties and relationships. We follow Christopher and Rebecca from their first meeting at six years old until they meet again in New York in September 1954. The war years are well researched and the protagonists are portrayed sympathetically. The details are intricate and the story flows well. This was a hard book to p...
  • Linda Harper
    2014-11-16
    ChillingOne of those books which should be required reading for all Americans over sixteen. We all need to be reminded of the atrocities levied on innocent people simply because of their race. If our younger generation isn't educated about these true events it can happen again. It's a terrible, chilling, achingly difficult book to read but please read it and recommend it to your friends. It's distressing to realize there are people out there who ...
  • Cindy
    2014-11-09
    Disappointing. For such a promising subject, the writing was flat and didn't evoke much emotion. The love story lacked passion, and the war story lacked excitement. The subject matter is very well know (at least for me), and the author didn't really bring anything new or interesting to it. It felt more like a reporting of events with some dialog thrown in, and it was frankly a slog to finish. I guess I prefer a more literary writing style, where ...
  • Julie Dalrymple
    2013-02-05
    I came across this book by accident and it pulled me in from the beginning. It's a gorgeous, heartbreaking story, difficult to read, but ultimately thoroughly satisfying. It's a story that will stick with you, make you appreciate all you have in life and provide a better understanding of the horrors that took place during the holocaust.
  • Tabitha Acree
    2015-01-16
    I will definitely consider this one of my favorites. I didn't want to see this book end. Loved it!
  • Cinthia
    2018-04-08
    A love that endure the test of time. I love and hate war stories, I love learning about history and how some people made it out regardless of the evil hiding about. Rebecca and Christopher’s story was different from what I’ve read, sure I’ve read about auschwitz and Jewish people being abused and love making it through it all but I never had read about a German putting it all up on the line even his life for his love, a Jewish girl. I loved...
  • Rachel Levy
    2018-03-23
    After reading the reviews, I expected to like this book more than I did. I did like how it personalized the war with the characters and their love story. Christopher becoming an SS officer to look for Rebecca certainly gave it a different perspective, but it also gave it an unbelievable aspect as well. How did he become a SS officer when he was from English speaking island of Jersey? While his family was from Germany, they left after the first wa...
  • Twobchelm
    2018-03-17
    Life was easy before the Nazi’s invasion, this is a story of survival while pretending to be an SS officer.Christopher found many ways to deceive his fellow officers saving hundreds of children from the gas chambers and helping many prisoners to make it out alive. All the while searching for his lost love who was a Jew. Many lives were lost but many saved by one man’s bravery.
  • Betsy Skomal
    2017-02-09
    good read until the very endthis story took me in within minutes of starting. The writer made me feel a part of the story, the pain of the characters' suffering. Though a bit vague about how Christopher rose to the ranks of the SS, once there I could empathize with the fear and hopelessness of the prisoners. The end wasnt predictable; though it was inevitable.
  • Lauri Yanis
    2018-04-05
    Powerful and poignantSome historical nove!s simply take you on a journey in time. This wonderful piece of fiction forces the reader to consider multiple sides to some of the biggest questions of right and wrong. A beautifully written story thats hard to put down and difficult to let go of.
  • Catherine
    2017-01-31
    Ohhh this book. I don't even know how to review it because even though I "loved" it (I just cringed saying that!), it was probably the most emotionally scarring book I've ever read to completion. Yes, it's about the Holocaust (and Auschwitz at that), and I've read several other books with that setting/subject matter, but this one was the hardest for me to push through. *However*, the story was incredible, the characters felt very tangible and rea...
  • Ladyantima
    2018-02-28
    It's been a while since I've done a book rant. I guess it is time to rectify that because I just finished a book that has me sadly disappointed. I bought Finding Rebecca on a Kindle Deal. The description looked interesting and I guess I just wanted to be depressed since this is a book is about Auschwitz.Unfortunately, it did not work for me. I can't say I found a book about the Holocaust to be boring - but this book brought me as close to boredom...