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, World War II

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...
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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!!
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Ellie Midwood
    If you love historical fiction, you’ll definitely enjoy reading this story! It’s a bit on a slower-pace side (a bit like All The Light We Cannot See, if you read that one) so if you’re into a fast-moving plot, you’ll only see some major action in the very end. However, for me personally, it worked in this particular case as it helped me better connect with the characters and get to know them and, what’s more important, their personal st...
  • Staci
    Engaging story about two young adults in WWII Nazi. Franka is in a remote area of Germany and has lost the will to live. She stumbles upon a downed airman which brings purpose back to her life. The final pages of the novel were filled with action. I loved that the story is based upon fact.Some foul language.
  • 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.
  • Nissa
    A fascinating story and an amazing insight into the complexity of what was happening in Germany during WWII. An important story to tell at anytime but maybe more so now. This is definitely worth the read and something that will stick with me in my mind for a long time. This book was my KindleFirst pick of the month and I recommend you pick this one up to read. So good!
  • Jph12
    Historical fiction heavy on the fiction and light on the facts (it seems like the only things that actually happened was the rise and fall of the White Rose resistance group). The book is at it's best when it focuses on life in Germany under the Nazis. My favorites parts were the flashbacks to the White Rose. I also liked the depiction of the ordinary Germans turned informants. It added a nice sense of paranoia.I wasn't so fond of the main charac...
  • 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...
  • PatsyPoo
    A very enjoyable read but I suspect it won't stay with me for long.It's 1943 in Nazi Germany. Franka is in her family's cabin in the Black Forest. She rescues a man in the snow and the story goes from there. The book grabbed my attention from the start and it was great to read about what it was like to be a German citizen at that time.The writing was a little on the nose at times and quite repetitive. There was also one gaping plot hole that thre...
  • Cassandra Sotelo
    Just an amazing story that kept me at the edge of of seat. Franka is the ultimate heroine. She is hardworking, brave, smart, and beautiful inside and out. I have seen several movies with a German WWII point of view, but never a book. It felt very personal and sad to see how little we understood that German citizens suffered as well. Although fictitious, it felt realistic and at times intense. Loved it!
  • Karen Macedo
    I loved this book. A really great read if you enjoy Historical Fiction as I do. This story is about a woman who finds a soldier unconscious in the forest during World War II. She goes to great deal of trouble to save him. They both help each other during this terrible time of the Nazi regime. This is the second book I've read by this author having read Finding Rebecca which I also enjoyed. Looking forward to reading more books by Eoin Dempsey. I ...
  • Dee Mills
    This was a good read. I enjoyed the action which largely takes place in the mountains in the Black Forest region of Germany in the winter. The female character is strong. She can handle herself; living alone in the mountains, chopping wood, skiing miles to get to town. She's also a competent nurse. I liked her.It's not primarily a love story, although that is a side theme. Basically, it's a look at the German war resistance from inside Germany th...
  • 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.
  • Jenee
    LOVED!!! -And totally unexpected, too. I'm not fond of male authors, but I found Mr. Dempsey's brilliant, captivating story delicately written. (This would make such a GREAT movie!) I admired Franka's courage and resilence. I also appreciated how she, or Mr. Dempsey, opened my mind to the thoughts and feelings of the citizens, or vicitms, in Germany during WWII.
  • 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