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The Berlin Girl

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The Berlin Girl was engaging from page 1. Beautifully written and impeccably researched, I was captivated as we followed Georgie’s journey to Berlin, as she blossomed from a young reporter in a glamourous city, to a hardened and daring journalist in a developing war zone. She engaged with the locals and colleagues at her newspaper bureau, learning first hand of the plight of the Jewish community and developing life-long friendships as she endeavoured to use her position and contacts to assist the Jewish family she grew so fond of. More than once I found myself holding my breath, dreading that something would befall her as time and again she took risks, mingling with German officers and hoping to glean information to assist her downtrodden Jewish friends. Her daring as she tries to help her Jewish friends gain release from Sachsenhausen, one of many concentration camps, brought to life the plight suffered by so many at this awful time. I loved this book, cannot recommend it highly enough.
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This was a book that I struggled to get in to. It was one of those reads where I was constantly interrupted and this definitely did not help me with my concentration. However, once I was settled into the narrative, I found it really interesting and enjoyable.

Despite having read several books set in the Second World War, this is the first book I have read that is set in Berlin, in the eighteen months before war begins. This was an usual twist for me because it is so unique from my other readings. It certainly made it more interesting and reinforced my interest in the period.

The horrors that take place as a result of Nazi Germany are well-documented. This setting added a fresher perspective and a new slant to stories I have read. Meeting Georgie, a female journalist who has constantly been put down as a result of her gender, I felt admiration towards her struggle and also pride because she was sent out to Berlin as a foreign correspondent.

Landing in Berlin with another correspondent, Max, the two journalists soon establish themselves with other global reporters. Over the course of the story, the tension subtly increases as Hitler’s plans become more evident. I loved how Robotham gradually shifted the pressure in the book and the symbolism of the red flags became more dominant as the start of the war draws closer.

It was difficult not to read this without a sense of dread. Hindsight and knowing more than Georgie played a significant role in this. Her relationship with a German officer was particularly uncomfortable for me, particularly as the danger towards Georgie increased. The risks that she undertakes for a story and also to protect her friends really demonstrated her strength and represented the challenges that women and journalists of that time had faced.

The writer not only details Georgie’s challenges, but also from the Jewish perspective, enlightening readers of their restrictions and fears. I found this added another depth to the narrative and increased the tension that runs through the pages. On the other hand, I would liked to have seen more detail on Georgie’s French flatmates, especially as so much is implied about their identities. It was refreshing that the story was not dominated by romance and a love interest, because it forced me to focus on the significant political changes that were occurring in Berlin.

This was a really interesting book and very different to stories I have read recently. I think this is a novel I am going to have to re-visit to get a true appreciation of Robotham’s narrative. However, because this is based on fact makes the story more poignant and the danger more palpable.

With thanks to Avon books and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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I am in the minority on this one.  The Berlin Girl by Mandy Robotham  was just not for me. I did finish it by skimming through, but now that I am done I wish I would have given up. For me it did not get better and there are too many books I am looking forward to reading  on my to be read list. 

The Berlin Girl takes place pre WWll  in Berlin. The story is more about the relationship and camaraderie between war correspondents  from different countries and different newspapers than it is about anything else. There was nothing in the story that I hadn’t read about in other WWll books. There really wasn’t any real plot that kept me wanting to forge ahead. 

The two main characters,  Georgie,The Berlin Girl and Max, try and save a Jewish family from being taken by the Nazis. I don’t feel like the Jewish family was developed enough. All the sudden their children were being sent to London on The Kindersport and I didn’t even know they had children. The end was a little Bonnie and Clyde like and too far fetched for me. 

There was so much missing in this book for me. Being that I am in the minority if the description sounds good to you give it a try. If your thirty percent in and you aren’t enjoying it, STOP and move on to the next book on your list.

Thank you NetGalkey and Avon Books for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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The story starts in Berlin in 1938, Germany isn’t at war yet but it’s not far off. Georgie Young a reporter is sent to Berlin from London along with Max Spender. Upon arrival they noticed right away that horrible things were already happening. The deeper Georgie digs the worse things get. 

I loved her book The German Midwife and I had high hopes for this one. I’m sorry to say I was a bit disappointed. The first half was quite slow paced and took awhile to get threw. The second half of the book was much better and I enjoyed that part a lot. It was a unique story and I was impressed by the point of view which she choose to tell the story. Over all it is worth the read and I would recommend it to any one who enjoys historical fiction. 

Thank you to Netgalley and Avon Books UK for an ecopy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. 

Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 
Available: December 1 2020
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Earlier this summer I discovered The German Midwife by Many Robotham at our library, and was very pleasantly surprised by her prose, research and ability to draw the reader into the lives of the characters (both good and evil) and not wanting to leave their tales behind even after the book has ended. Therefore, I was beyond thrilled to receive and advanced copy of Robotham’s latest book, The Berlin Girl. I have no idea where to start with this book, what a powerful, beautiful, emotional and moving story that was so hard to put down, yet I read slowly and savored every word, as I journeyed through the rise of Hitler during pre-WWII.

Berlin, 1938: It’s the height of summer, and Germany is on the brink of war. When fledgling reporter Georgie Young is posted to Berlin, alongside fellow Londoner Max Spender, she knows they are entering the eye of the storm.

Arriving to a city swathed in red flags and crawling with Nazis, Georgie feels helpless, witnessing innocent people being torn from their homes. As tensions rise, she realizes she and Max have to act – even if it means putting their lives on the line.

But when she digs deeper, Georgie begins to uncover the unspeakable truth about Hitler’s Germany – and the pair are pulled into a world darker than she could ever have imagined…

The Berlin Girl takes the reader on a journey through a period of time not often captured and detailed in historical fiction, and this is what drew me into the story.

As I read I found myself becoming more and more attached to each of the characters in Georgie’s life along with Georgie herself. Robotham gives the reader many characters who are appealing and easy to care about, to shed tears for, but also some truly selfish and loathsome characters who are cold and calculating and behave shockingly. I still cannot believe the ambivalence felt towards the actions of Hitler and his men by those in charge of the press and in turn shutting down articles about the real horrors already occurring in Berlin and throughout Germany, because the truth would not be palatable for their readers. Thankfully, this did not deter Georgie as she found a way to use her sarcasm and “read-between-the-lines” writting style to let the world know the truth. This is just one of the Georgie’s character will stay with me, plus she was the light in the story…strong, intelligent and ahead of her time, and I found myself truly admiring her strong spirit.  

For those who love action in their stories, this book has quite a few moments where I found myself holding my breath and gripping my IPad so tight that my knuckles turned white as I hoped and prayed everything would end well for each character I had grown so fond of.

This was an engaging story about a tumultuous time in which a strong woman was willing to stand up, record the facts and stay present to the horrors beginning to engulf Berlin and in turn ended up changing the world forever. If you are a fan of historical fiction, this book is definitely one to pick up! 

Thank you NetGalley and Avon Books UK for this advance reader copy in exchange for my honest review.
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Georgie Young is a budding reporter, sent to Berlin in 1938 to report on  the rise of Hitler.  Meeting Max Spender, her initial reaction is to find him rude and of course, skeptical of a woman writer, rare at the time.  As the plight of Jews and political enemies worsened, Georgie becomes involved with the Amstel family,  Georgie’s personality makes the book what it is, her strength and ability to grow and empathize.  The story line about Sausenhausen, a concentration camp not usually mentioned, added to the depth of the story.  Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC, and I will be looking to read more from this author.  Recommended for the story, characters and plot lines.
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The Berlin Girl by Mandy Robotham is a thrilling historical novel that will have your heart racing as you read. A blend of fact and fiction, the reader will be equally entertained and horrified.
The novel is set in Berlin during 1938 - September 1939 as we follow the fortunes of a group of newspaper reporters from Britain and America. We see the gutsy Georgie, a young woman who does not let her female sex hold her back. She is brave and daring as she sets about uncovering horrors that the Nazis want hidden. She is also kind, compassionate and loyal, doing what she has to in order to help her friends.
Within Berlin in 1938 there is an air of dislike and mistrust as the Nazi regime ramps up its evil. “Maybe your average German doesn’t believe it, but they wouldn’t dare express it.” Fear rules lives meaning many stay silent when they should speak up. It reminds me of the famous quote, “For evil to flourish it just needs good men to do nothing.”
As readers we witness what begins as one off acts of horror become ordinary everyday events – and still the people say nothing.
Jewish persecution rapidly becomes a way of life as we witness the horrors leading up to 9th November, Kristallnacht. As a historian, I knew what was coming in the autumn of 1938 but the horror still hit me like an express train. Man’s inhumanity to man is truly shocking.
The newspaper folk were brave and loyal. They did not fall for Joseph Goebbels spin on news, recognising it for the lies it was. They worked together to help which meant that they too, could become targets for Nazi atrocities.
I found The Berlin Girl a fascinating and horrifying read. Mandy Robotham has perfectly captured the pre-war atmosphere of Berlin as we witnessed the birth of pure evil. May we never forget the 6 million innocents who perished.
I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.
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Berlin, 1938: Germany is on the brink of war. When fledglingreporter Georgie Young is posted to Berlin alsonside fellow Londoner Max Spender, she knows they are entering the eye of the storm. Arriving in a city swathed in red flags and crawling with Nazi, Georgie feels helpless when witnessing innocent people being dragged from their homes. But when Georgie and Max dig deeper, they soon discover the unspeakable truth about Hitler's Germany.

The story is set in the lead up to World War II in Berlin as part of the Foregin War Corp. She is accompanied by fellow journalists Max Spender. The story gets dark and intense the more the story progresses. Georgie is a strong and likabke character. She also has a strong bond with Max. This is a beautifully written story that pulled me in quickly and I didnt want to put it down. This is a heartwrencing read. 

I would like to thank #NetGalley,  #AvonBooksUK and the author #MandyRobtham for my ARC in exchange for an honest review l
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Did I devour 90% of this book in one sitting? Yes, yes I did. Would I do it again? Absolutely. 

Our girl Georgie is a journalist, but a fairly new one. She gets sent to pre-war Berlin with an annoying male journalist Max to report the truth, or as much of it as possible. Having previously been to Berlin during the 1936 Olympics, Georgie immediately notices how changed the city has become. Once a seemingly welcoming capital, Berlin is now a pure Nazi propaganda machine. 

Georgie witnesses frequent attacks on the Jew population and her heart aches for them, as she's in no position to help them all. But she's determined to get at least one family safely out of Germany and, although not very thrilled about it, uses whatever means she has at her disposal to accomplish it, including an SS officer, Kasper who climbs the ranks quickly and loses a bit of his humanity with each promotion. 

This is the first book I read by Mandy Robotham and I was amazed by the vivid details and storytelling. It's easy to believe you're really there. 

Kasper was the most interesting character and in a way it's a shame we saw so little of him. I wish it could've turned out differently...if only he was one of the good ones. 

Max was annoying throughout and it was pretty clear in which direction his romantic life was heading from the get go, but at least he got tolerable near the end. 

Georgie was likable and brave, even though she acted more like a spy and less like a journalist, but that was fun. I'm sad she didn't get to uncover a huge operation but it turned out well either way. 

The Ansels were all very sweet and they got their well deserved happy ending. If they hadn't I'd be very upset right now.

The book just kept moving and there wasn't a single dull moment. I don't think I would've minded if it was even longer. The epilogue did mellow out the fast-paced ending though, that was nice. 

I don't think I can say any more without giving things away so go read The Berlin Girl now, you won't regret it. 

*Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for providing me with an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review*
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I was provided with a copy of The Berlin Girl via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. I really enjoyed this book. I love reading about World War II from different perspectives, and The Berlin Girl delivered for me. The story is centered around Georgie, a female correspondent stationed in Berlin in the year before the war. We meet some really interesting members of the press from across the world, most notably Max, with whom Georgie initially has a contentious relationship. We also meet the Ansels, a Jewish family, who have a tragic, but ultimately happy journey. I think the most interesting character is Kasper, a German SS officer who eventually plays a pivotal role in everyone’s lives. The author did a great job of showing Kasper’s growth as an evil, sadistic officer who delighted in destroying people. 

Mandy Robothem really brought pre-war Berlin to life. She so vividly described the sights, sounds, tastes, and smells that it was easy to place oneself in the city. She also conveyed the mood - of the characters and the city - perfectly.  The Berlin Girl has a perfect mix of drama and anxiety. 

Finally, I was really intrigued by and interested in reading about the Nazi propaganda machine. Seeing how obviously false the information from press conferences was, and the reporters knew it, is totally mind-boggling. I think the propaganda machine is one of the most unbelievable things about the war. 

Overall, I would absolutely recommend The Berlin Girl. It is very well-written and interesting to the end.
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A naïve Georgie Young, newly arrived in Berlin from London in 1938, reporter for the Chronicle, joined her colleagues from papers around the world as they reported news from Germany that many wouldn’t believe. Hitler’s wrath was escalating, the Nazis and SS were in full view as well as the Stormtroopers keeping watch on the streets. To Georgie’s horror, Jews were in the line of fire, with her friend and driver Rubin Amsel and his family in dreadful danger. Along with colleague Max Spender, also from London and the rest of the press pack, they always had each other’s backs, staying together, keeping each other safe. But when one of their good friends, a reporter from the US, was kicked out of Germany because of his honest words, Georgie knew war was getting closer, their time was running short – and something needed to be done.

As she and Max put their lives on the line, the tensions escalated, and the race was on. Would these two people, whose only job was reporting the world news, escape the danger of a Germany that was now at war? The Nazis were a smug and determined race and wouldn’t take being bettered by mere reporters…

The Berlin Girl is my first by Mandy Robotham and it won’t be my last! What an excellent historical rendition from a completely different perspective than I’ve read before. On the spot reporters – well written characters – telling of the lead up to the declaration of war, where both charm and rage showed on the changing faces of the fanatics, with the fate of the Jews and other “undesirables” always in the nonchalant hands of Hitler and his Reich. Highly recommended.

With thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my digital ARC to read in exchange for my honest review.
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I am, admittedly, a historical fiction junkie, especially with books surrounding World War 2, so when I saw this on NetGalley, I knew I had to request it. Georgina, aka George, finds herself in Berlin in 1938, right before the onset of war, as a newspaper reporter. This book was the historical fiction book I didn't know I needed. I have read a lot of WW2 books, but never one focused on the lead-up to the war. Georgie and her reporter friends, find themselves in situations that they never anticipated, and you can tell the topic was thoroughly researched by the author. I appreciated the insight into Germany before the war, and found myself enthralled from the beginning, especially by the great cast of characters surrounding Georgie in Berlin.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the e-ARC of this book!
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This beautifully written novel by Mandy Robotham, really peaked my love of historical fiction. Set in 1938 Berlin, as Hitler was establishing a strong presence for war, this story chronicles the heroism of foreign journalists that endangered their lives to bring the news home.
This follows the lives of Georgie and Max, two young British journalists, who along with their counterparts from the US, travel the streets of Berlin in search of the truth of impending war to their home countries. Their association with a Jewish family and their desire to help them, put their lives in jeopardy, many a time.
Mandy Robotham is a very skilled writer and great character development. I appreciate #Avon and #HarperCollinsPublications and #NetGalley for the ARC.
All comments are my own.
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I always enjoy a book with a strong female lead and Berlin Girl by Mandy Robotham is definitely that. From a masculine sounding name and being in a predominantly male profession, Georgie Young takes pre-World War II Berlin by storm. As a journalist, she has a front row seat on the political and social scene and tries to use this to help her readers back home understand the devastation about to take place. As she becomes personally involved with families in Berlin, Georgie takes actions that put her life and those of others at risk. While some aspects of Berlin Girl are typical of World War II fiction, Robotham definitely includes some twists and turns which keep the reader guessing until the very end. I definitely enjoyed the epilogues that portray the character continuing to pursue her career throughout her life. Robotham continues to create characters that have depth, interesting plot lines, and historical accuracy. An excellent addition to World War II fiction.

I received a complementary copy via NetGalley. I am not obligated to provide a positive review.
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Wow! I could not put this book down! This was a first by this author and loved it.. heartbreaking at times! Filled with hope! Loved it!
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I, the same  as other reviewers could not put “The Berlin Girl” down it was just an overall amazing, page turner.  Once in awhile a book comes along that stays with you for a long time and this is one of those books.  I loved it so much that I have put it forward as a nomination for our book club read.  Thanks for the ARC.
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When I first received an email about The Berlin Girl, from Avon books, I was instantly excited, and knew I had to read it. If you read my blog regularly, you will know that I love historical fiction, especially those set around either of the World Wars. Usually, books set during those times are set in the years during the war, so the fact that The Berlin Girl is set in the build up to WWII, rather than during it, made this book so much more appealing.

With her brilliant writing, Mandy Robotham made it very easy to visualise what it was like in Berlin during that time. There was a perfect mix of fact and fiction to the story, and the inclusion of real life characters, even in the fictional parts, was done particularly well, and truly made this story feel all the more real.

There is a very interesting mix of characters, who I thoroughly enjoyed. Georgie is a great protagonist, and I loved her quick wit, her passion, her bravery and strength, and her constant need to do the right thing, even if it meant putting herself in danger. I was a little unsure on Max to begin with, but his character definitely grew on me as the story continued, and I loved watching his partnership with Georgie grow. The American journalists are a great bunch, and bring some humour to even the darkest of times.

I personally think that the author did a fantastic job of portraying the Nazi officers. She really captured their pure evil, but she also captured their ability to charm, and draw people in. They were clever, they knew how to work people, and to hide what they were really up to, until it wasn’t necessary for them to put on the front any longer. It really is terrifying that they managed to manipulate so many people, and get away with such atrocities for as long as they did.

A lot of the things that the journalists witness are so awful, and completely inhumane. Things that nobody should ever have to experience. What made it worse is the knowledge that these sorts of things really did happen, they were real, and we all know just how horrifying it went on to become.

The Holocaust is one of the most unimaginably horrific events in human history, and I don’t think we will ever truly comprehend what it was like to live through, but it is so important to educate ourselves and others on the subject, in the hope that it will never happen again.

The Berlin Girl is such a powerful, and captivating story, and it had me in tears multiple times (some of which were happy tears). This is one of my favourite historical fiction books that I have ever read, and if it is a genre you enjoy, I would highly recommend giving it a read.

A huge thank you to NetGalley and Avon Books for my copy of the book, in exchange for an honest review.

I give The Berlin Girl a 5 star rating!
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This is my first book by Mandy Robotham and I loved it! Historical fiction set during WWII is very popular, and so finding a storyline or characters that haven’t been played out is hard, but Ms. Robotham seems to have done so with her heroine Georgie Young, a British newspaper reporter stationed in Berlin in the days leading up the WWII. Although Georgie is relatively young and new to the paper, she is pretty much thrown in with the wolves in Berlin and quickly learns how to navigate the press conferences, the hidden meanings of what the Nazi’s are really saying, and the social do’s and don’ts of pre-war Berlin. 

While the story followed the anti-Nazi angle you’d expect, and even Georgie attempting to help her Jewish friends out, the fact that this story has a happy ending was nice. I have to say that as much as I love this genre and this era in particular, there are times that I need a break because there is just so much sadness and misery. 

There is plenty of suspense and twists, there are still evil forces to boo at, and even some romance. I’ve already put her other books on my TBR list! 

Thank you to NetGalley, the publishers, and the author for an ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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I have read all of Mandy Robothams book. She is  one of my favourite authors. I really enjoy WWII novels and she writes them so well. This one did not disappoint and I got through it quickly. Brilliant story and characters that transport you to that time. Brilliant as always from Many Robothams. I can’t wait for her next!

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to preview and review this book.
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Readers will appreciate this latest from Robotham for the way she's able to slowly up the tension felt in Berlin in the lead up to WWII.  Georgie, an ambitious young reporter, is sent to Berlin, along with Max (who was, based on her name, expecting a male colleague).  She's been there before so she feels good about it until the rising tide of National Socialism starts to creep into her life and that of her friends and employees.  She finds herself trying to help others, not always successfully, and engaged in a relationship of sorts with a German. Georgie walks a tightrope between the Nazis, all the while remaining in contact with Sam in the British Embassy. Then Max is arrested.  Can she get him released?  No spoilers.  This has good characters and a big heart so if it seems a bit rushed, go with it.  Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC.  For fans of historical fiction.
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