White Rose, Black Forest by Eoin Dempsey

White Rose, Black Forest

In the shadows of World War II, trust becomes the greatest risk of all for two strangers. December 1943. In the years before the rise of Hitler, the Gerber family’s summer cottage was filled with laughter. Now, as deep drifts of snow blanket the Black Forest, German dissenter Franka Gerber is alone and hopeless. Fervor and brutality have swept through her homeland, taking away both her father and her brother and leaving her with no reason to li...

Details White Rose, Black Forest

TitleWhite Rose, Black Forest
Release DateMar 1st, 2018
PublisherLake Union Publishing
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, War, Thriller, World War II, Cultural, Germany, Adult Fiction, Business, Amazon, Mystery Thriller

Reviews White Rose, Black Forest

  • Dee Arr
    “White Rose, Black Forest” is billed as a historical fiction, but it has all the makings of a thriller. Author Eoin Dempsey presents Franka Gerber with a dilemma right from the beginning, then continues to turn up the heat as the story progresses. Although Franka understands the danger that could come from her actions, she continues to do what she feels is right.The story is told through the eyes of several characters, although Franka is the ...
  • Cari
    White Rose, Black Forest was my Kindle First selection for February 2018. Although World War II is one of my favorite topics to explore in literature, it had been a little while since I'd read a book about it. Maybe I've just not been in the mood for anything overly heavy lately, as books about WW-II Europe generally knock the wind right out of me and leave me feeling a mixture of macabre fascination and dumbfounded despair at the cruelties endur...
  • Kathy Miller
    Well done historical fiction about WWIIGood concept and great characters. The novel was extensively researched and the story was engaging. I highly recommend this excellent book
  • Marianne
    Another great kindle first book that I found difficult to put down. My only complaint is that I could have done with the conclusion of the book being a little longer as I just wanted to read about these characters a little longer, and it just felt a bit rushed at the end. Not enough to ruin the book, but I think a little more detail at the end would have made it even better.
  • Amanda Anger
    I got this as a free Kindle book since I am an Amazon Prime member. I am not usually a fiction reader, and had already guessed the ending by the time I read the book summary, but read it nonetheless. Even having a pretty solid guess at how the book would end did not deter me from finishing the book in merely 2 days! The trust-building between two strangers in a short amount of time was written in a believable manner, and I loved all the twists an...
  • Joy D
    Historical fiction about rescue of an airman by a German resistor. It takes place mostly within Germany’s Black Forest region in 1943-1944. This book was a mixed bag for me. While I found elements to enjoy, such as basing it around resistors in Nazi Germany, there were quite a few inconsistencies in the plot, and I found it a bit contrived. This book purports to be “based on a true story;” however, upon further research, it appears to be mo...
  • Lisa
    The story of a German woman with anti-Nazi sentiments and and the American spy posing as a German soldier that she finds wounded in the snow and cares for in her secluded cabin. Would make a decent movie. The story moves along pretty well and the settings and characters are rounded out pretty well, but the dialogue is stilted and the romance contrived.
  • Kayla
    I received this book through Kindle Firsts in February 2018. I'll be honest; I've been in a book rut. I start books and then lose interest quickly. I thought I was done reading about WWII until this book came along. What an adventure! From the first few pages onward this book does not let up on the tension. There were many times I could feel the anxiousness and fear of the characters. It was a true historical fiction thriller. While there are man...
  • Gail Lewis
    White Rose, Black ForestWow! Loved this WWII book so much. Franka, a German Nurse, and John, an Allied Spy, had quite the adventure. I went with my husband on a Viking Rhine River Cruise last June and this story ends up in the Black Forest and Basel Switzerland which we were lucky to experience on our trip.
  • Joyce A. Wendeln
    Shadows of My FatherThis is what my father did during WWII. And yes, this is what it was like, you went in with no one but yourself to depend upon and knowing that America denied knowing you if you got caught. These were the true heroes, but they knew no medals waited in the wings for them no matter how brave and strong they were. After all, they didn't exist!!
  • Molly
    Different anglePretty darn good. At times, I didn’t want to put it down. I definitely recommend this book, especially for those who are interested in the history of the holocaust.
  • Chris
    This was a Kindle first book that I picked and I’m glad I did. The description fit it well and it was indeed a good read. After about 1/2 way I didn’t want to put it down. I have read many books on this subject and this gave a bit of a different perspective.
  • Roy Bovingdon
    RealityHow far away this now appeared until I too started to feel the fear. This stays with you till the very last paragraph!
  • Marci Miller
    Good fast readA different twist to WW2 historical fiction. Love this time period and this was a nice easy read. Highly recommend
  • Marilyn Wagner
    Quick and interesting story. It presents the problems faced by Germans who did not support the Nazis well.
  • David
    Sorry - didn't really get on with this. It's fine as a pulp adventure - but action was predicable, characters two dimensional and the ending very unsatisfactory. Don't know if this is how the book was written or edited but I really don't like weird Americanisms in a book where the characters and action are European (The Girl from Krakow - I'm looking at you) and analogies such as when the author talks about the principle character removing some t...
  • Lavern Winters
    I really enjoyed the book. The first few pages did get me interested but it wasn't until further in that it captured me and sucked me in until the very end. Well written, good character development, realistic plot that elicits a number of emotions from the reader throughout the book. If it had captured me as fulling in the first two chapters as it did in the rest of the book I would have given this on a 5 star.
  • Suze
    White Rose of GermanyHistorical fiction, suspense, thriller, a little romance -and a whole lot more. This book is a page turner, it seems to be very realistic for the time (WWII) and the place (Germany), also the group- White Rose. Franka saves John's life, but it becomes a question of whether he can trust her and she can trust him. I will not put spoilers in my review, but suffice it to say - this is an exciting, at times nail chewing read with ...
  • Diana
    Another kindle book. I enjoyed this book about a German girl during the reign of Hitler and the Gestapo. A very different look at what went on during that time. Some of it is very harsh but I think the times were harsh
  • Annamay Gambino
    I liked itThis is one of these tales you hope are true. All my life I have known of the horrors of the Nazis. I had friends whose parents were survivors of the camps. This is a story of two people. It's worth reading because we can not ever forget.
  • Betsy Renzetti
    Really, really good book. Kept you on the edge. So much interest in WW 2 books. If thats your interest, this is a book for you.
  • John Cozad
    Very interesting and I could feel the emotion and suspense of this story-
  • Glenda Winter
    Loved it!Fortunately, I didn't have to go anywhere today. I read this book in four hours. There were no superfluous parts. I devoured each page like they were a spoonful of Mom's home cooking.
  • Lynn Gainey
    Great story of survivalThis story shows what the will of a small group of people can have on the worldIt also shows what man can endure
  • Crystal Butler
    Excellent bookI love this story. I felt like I was right there in the story. So sad when the story ended.
  • Betty Hattan
    GreAt readI am not giving the plot away. It was a book I would not put down. I am only saying....read it.....enjoy it....and. the author needs many bravos
  • Nancy Devlin
    Loved this book! I read this in one sitting! Awesome story and history combined! I am sad it is over... Great great book!
  • Ann Cooper
    This was a Kindle monthly free giveaway, and it was worth the price. It read like a first draft. The characters were unconvincing, the plot unbelievable, and the execution indifferent. I felt zero emotional attachment or commitment to the work.