The Last Daughter of Prussia by Marina Gottlieb Sarles

The Last Daughter of Prussia

Toward the end of World War II, as Germany’s hold on East Prussia grows increasingly tenuous, a childhood friendship between Manya Von Falken, the daughter of an aristrocratic family, and Joshi Karas, a Romani doctor, blossoms into unlikely love.  But the young lovers are torn apart. Captured by the Nazis and sent to a concentration camp, Joshi fights for survival, while Manya and her family flee and embark on “The Great Trek” out of East ...

Details The Last Daughter of Prussia

TitleThe Last Daughter of Prussia
Release DateApr 2nd, 2013
PublisherWild River Books
GenreRomance, Historical, Historical Fiction, Literature, 20th Century, Fiction, World War II, Holocaust

Reviews The Last Daughter of Prussia

  • Joy Stocke
    In the interest of transparency, I had the privilege of working with Marina during the writing process of "Last Daughter". The story is based on her family's history and I am humbled at the way she took raw material and turned it into a beautiful, historically accurate story of love and survival in East Prussia, an area that many of us know little about.So, read "Last Daughter" and let us know what you think. You may stay up all night turning the...
  • Romina
    Originally published in: Kuatiañe'êSource: Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.I've been reading books on the Holocaust and the Jews since I was in 4th grade, it has always been a topic of extreme interest and horror, but always from the Jewish or Gypsy point of view, never from the German. Marina Goettlieb Sarles reminds us that although the German government committed atrocities during that point of time, they didn't necessarily have ...
  • Patty Mccormick
    I received this book free from the people at Goodreads in a giveaway. This book is a great historical fiction book. What makes this different from many of the holocaust books is that it is told from the German citizens point of view. It is based on the lives of the authors maternal grandparents during World War II in Prussia.This is a powerful and moving story of a young woman called Manya and her family. Manya is 20 years old at the start of the...
  • Raquel
    I truly enjoyed this fast-paced novel. I knew nothing about East Prussia during World War II so I learned a great deal. Manya, an aristocrat's daughter living in East Prussia, finds herself having to flee the impending Russian invasion in the winter of 1944-45. She is in love with Joshi, a Romany man whose clan has always lived on her family's land. The war separates them, and the two find themselves desperately searching for the other on their r...
  • Julie Ferguson
    The Last Daughter of Prussia tells the story of Eastern Prussia as the Russians swept through in the last days of WWII. The novel is based on a true story written by a descendant of a family that fled on "The Great Trek" while the raping, looting, and killing forces chased them relentlessly. It is also the story of the famous Trakehner horses that led them to safety. An unlikely love story between an aristocratic girl and a Romani doctor weaves t...
  • Elizabeth Higginbotham
    I had met the author and was eager to read the book, which is a historical novel that looks at the plight of Prussians at the end of World War II as the Russian army is attacking from the west. These solider are intent on extracting revenge from all Germans, so the family has to flee, but not everyone can do so. We also learn about the plight of Romani, gypsies, who also face death from Russians and Germans, as they are placed in concentration ca...
  • Kathleen
    This book was excellent!!! Well written, poignant, historical. I could not put it down. I was kind of afraid it was going to be graphic, considering the subject matter, which was Germany during the war and what happened in the concentration camps. But it was a somewhat softened version. There were points that brought me to tears...the suffering, the emotion. i may get this book as a keeper. I just got it out of the library
  • Kristin R
    This is a beautifully written book about devastation in East Prussia at the end of World War II. The author wrote this about her grandparents fleeing their home when the Russians invaded Germany. Ultimately it is a love story and made reading about the atrocities committed more tolerable. A major part of the story is the Trakehner horses that helped lead the group from their homeland to safety.
  • Anne Conway
    I had the pleasure and privledge to meet Marina on her first American book tour. The Last Daughter... is a riveting book about the persecution and bravery of the East Prussians, the Romani people and the Trakehner horses during the end of World war II. It was fascinating to hear the heartfelt accounts of Marina's research through the concentrations camps and her grandparents diaries.
  • Patricia Douglas
    I loved this book. I found it enthralling and I could not let it rest. I missed it when I couldn't read it. It moved along at the perfect clip for my taste and I was fascinated by the history. I recommend this book highly.
  • Nicole
    I received a free copy of The Last Daughter of Prussia via a Goodreads Giveaway. This is an amazing book! The story is so heart wrenching but so heart warming at the same time. And I love how personal this book is to the author. Thank-you Goodreads and thank-you Marina Gottlieb Saries.
  • Cimbra Murphy
    good read regarding a part of the holocaust.