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  1. 4 out of 5

    Suzi

    Simple, yet complex, humbling and poignant—a no spoiler review I have read every book by this author and each one outshines the previous one. Mr. Colley weaves a spell with his descriptions, conversations and characters with depth. This book came out today and downloaded itself into my library; I love the preorder option! As I have written in previous reviews, do not expect a synopsis within this review. One good thing about a new book is the suspense created by not knowing what will happen, righ Simple, yet complex, humbling and poignant—a no spoiler review I have read every book by this author and each one outshines the previous one. Mr. Colley weaves a spell with his descriptions, conversations and characters with depth. This book came out today and downloaded itself into my library; I love the preorder option! As I have written in previous reviews, do not expect a synopsis within this review. One good thing about a new book is the suspense created by not knowing what will happen, right? So, if you need a hint, check out the blurb above. One thing is for sure in Colley’s books; reading them is an emotional journey within the tension of living during WWII anywhere in Europe. This book is set in England and Germany during the later years of the war and the tension seeps through throughout the story. If you enjoy historical fiction which is written as if it were true, this is a surefire pick for you. Add to that an appreciation of a well-written book and you will be well-pleased when it’s ending is revealed. I recommend this newest offering from R.P. Colley without any reservation!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sandy Korom

    I enjoyed the suspense in the search for the truth. There are very few books about the Lebensborn program to produce more "Aryan" babies for the Nazi Third Reich. I enjoyed the suspense in the search for the truth. There are very few books about the Lebensborn program to produce more "Aryan" babies for the Nazi Third Reich.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Margarita Morris

    The Lost Daughter is a wonderfully moving novel about the Lebensborn programme in Nazi Germany, one of the more bizarre social experiments carried out during that horrific time. Rupert Colley has a particular gift for creating warm and interesting characters that you feel invested in. This book is skilfully plotted with three time periods (the latter years of the war, the 1950s, and the present day) which helps to create a real sense of suspense. Highly recommended.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Mel Richmond

    I saw this on my daily @bookbub emails with heavily discounted E-books (saviours) and I’m an absolute sucker for WW2 historical fiction. The good thing about the Kindle is that I don’t really take much notice of the book cover and focus more on the synopsis because in all honesty, if I saw this book cover in a shop I probably wouldn’t buy it... The story itself explores the latter years of WW2, focusing in particular on the Lebensborn programme: an extreme idea product of Himmler in order to ‘cre I saw this on my daily @bookbub emails with heavily discounted E-books (saviours) and I’m an absolute sucker for WW2 historical fiction. The good thing about the Kindle is that I don’t really take much notice of the book cover and focus more on the synopsis because in all honesty, if I saw this book cover in a shop I probably wouldn’t buy it... The story itself explores the latter years of WW2, focusing in particular on the Lebensborn programme: an extreme idea product of Himmler in order to ‘create a strong Aryan race’. This story is split into three different time periods and has different narratives, but the main protagonist is Elizabeth who we follow through her childhood in the 1950’s and her adult life between 2001 and 2002. There is also the story of Hannah during the Second World War which ties importantly to Elizabeth’s story. This was a very easy read, not as informative as I would have liked in regard to the actual history factor of it all but nevertheless an interesting and lovely story. I’m so bias when it comes to historical fiction because it’s one of my favourite genres and I haven’t yet found a book within this genre that I don’t like. This story is part of a set series set in the war which I am definitely going to look into!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Annemarie Hannaberry

    It was a wonderful story about two women in the WW2 which talks about the Lebensborn homes. Doctors and nurses illegally adopted out to deserving Nazi couples without the mother's permission which is heartbreaking. I thought Heinrich Himmler was a sick and sociopathic man. I felt sorry for the young mother Hannah. In 1950 there is a family secret evolving the adoptive mom and her daughter Elizabeth even the father is left in the dark. She has a loving relationship with her adoptive father growin It was a wonderful story about two women in the WW2 which talks about the Lebensborn homes. Doctors and nurses illegally adopted out to deserving Nazi couples without the mother's permission which is heartbreaking. I thought Heinrich Himmler was a sick and sociopathic man. I felt sorry for the young mother Hannah. In 1950 there is a family secret evolving the adoptive mom and her daughter Elizabeth even the father is left in the dark. She has a loving relationship with her adoptive father growing up in Waverly, England. Elizabeth moves onto a marriage with Barry than has a daughter Tessa. As times goes on Elizabeth has put Mrs Marsh in a seniors home. She has to get the house ready for sale. Elizabeth goes on a journey of discovering who she is. This new finding takes her to Germany. Secrets and lies hurt Elizabeth because Mrs Marsh refused to tell her the truth due to selfishness and shame. The past finally leads happy new beginnings for Elizabeth and her family.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Amy Bright

    Thank you, Rupert! Thank you, Rupert, for opening my eyes to other sides of the Nazi Regime, and the different types of relationships involved back then. I really enjoyed the novel, because it showed how one family dealt with its issues, and may help other families deal with theirs. I appreciate the time and research it must've taken you to put this together, and it's a very interesting book. I hope you'll read this too, other readers, and leave a review as well. Reviews not only assist the prosp Thank you, Rupert! Thank you, Rupert, for opening my eyes to other sides of the Nazi Regime, and the different types of relationships involved back then. I really enjoyed the novel, because it showed how one family dealt with its issues, and may help other families deal with theirs. I appreciate the time and research it must've taken you to put this together, and it's a very interesting book. I hope you'll read this too, other readers, and leave a review as well. Reviews not only assist the prospective readers, but they also assist the authors because it helps them get their words out. Thank you for taking the time to read my review.☺

  7. 5 out of 5

    Monica Mac

    I found this to be a complex story, told from multiple points of view. At times, I got a bit lost as to which one of the characters I was following, but it all came together in the end and the overall story was really well written and quite shocking and poignant as well. There hasn't been a lot written about the program that the author discusses in the book (I don't want to mention the name of it because that will be quite a big spoiler!) but I knew about it because I am a bit of a WWII nerd. I r I found this to be a complex story, told from multiple points of view. At times, I got a bit lost as to which one of the characters I was following, but it all came together in the end and the overall story was really well written and quite shocking and poignant as well. There hasn't been a lot written about the program that the author discusses in the book (I don't want to mention the name of it because that will be quite a big spoiler!) but I knew about it because I am a bit of a WWII nerd. I really enjoyed reading this book. I am looking forward to reading the next one.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Gayle

    Tessa is dealing with a mother that has dementia and a husband who has walked out of their marriage for a much younger woman. How does she deal with a daughter who has left for University and feeling alone. Tessa finds a German "birth certificate" in her mother's belongs with a swastika on it. She travels to Germany to piece together her past and to try and understand a mother that was distant to her growing up and find out more about her birth father. Tessa is dealing with a mother that has dementia and a husband who has walked out of their marriage for a much younger woman. How does she deal with a daughter who has left for University and feeling alone. Tessa finds a German "birth certificate" in her mother's belongs with a swastika on it. She travels to Germany to piece together her past and to try and understand a mother that was distant to her growing up and find out more about her birth father.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sherelyn Wade

    Loved this book! This is an emotional book to read but I couldn't put it down! I had heard about the pure Aryan babies but had never read anything about them. So many things wrong with the procreation of these precious babies..thank you for this book and the light you shed on this time in history. Loved this book! This is an emotional book to read but I couldn't put it down! I had heard about the pure Aryan babies but had never read anything about them. So many things wrong with the procreation of these precious babies..thank you for this book and the light you shed on this time in history.

  10. 4 out of 5

    CarolJ

    The Secrets of War This book captivated my interest with the WW2 connection throughout. I loved the way the author wove the story back and forth in time to bring the complete picture. I chuckled trying to figure out some of the words used, words not in the American vocabulary, which only added to the story.😃

  11. 4 out of 5

    Hazel Lewis

    War Being aware of this programme before reading this book, following the storyline somehow made it all more real. Prostitution by any other name. The shame these women felt was highlighted by the mother in the story.While I found the story harrowing I nonetheless enjoyed the book.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    I really enjoy this author’s style. This is the second book I’ve read by him and plan to read more. This (and other books) is described as part of a “series”. My experience with “series” has been continuing stories and characters. The two I’ve read have been stand alone. Nothing to detract from the content as I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Carol Daigle

    I don't want to give anything away ,but it is a great story. I love the way it went from present day back to days during the war. The ending was very special and I had it figured out before the end! A five star rating for sure!! I don't want to give anything away ,but it is a great story. I love the way it went from present day back to days during the war. The ending was very special and I had it figured out before the end! A five star rating for sure!!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Deseree

    An ending worth it I liked this book very much. The characters seemed real and the political background very real. It was quite readable . I will read something else by this author in the future.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Linda A,

    Beautifully balanced between present and WW2 era The characters are so real. The situations relate able. No gory depictions of Nazi torture. No need of that to depict how awful they were. Loved it.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Margaret Wray

    It was an interesting book. The Nazi regime had this policy of breeding the perfect race but this program did have it flaws in lots of ways. Being a fiction novel I did follow up on the historical parts. Would recommend

  17. 4 out of 5

    Darlene Webster

    Germany World War II This is such an interesting and exciting read. I felt I was there, going through the trials that Hannah and others endured, under Hitler. There were many good German people caught up in that mad man's control. Hannah was one who was used and abused. Germany World War II This is such an interesting and exciting read. I felt I was there, going through the trials that Hannah and others endured, under Hitler. There were many good German people caught up in that mad man's control. Hannah was one who was used and abused.

  18. 4 out of 5

    fatima

    The Lost Daughter A wonderful book, every page is so interesting.I was sorry when the story ended. I recommended all my friends to read the it.

  19. 5 out of 5

    ROCKY

    I totally loved this book & can't wait to read the next book!!! I totally loved this book & can't wait to read the next book!!!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Cindy Lynskey

    Excellent book This is a wonderful story based on true events during WWII. I look forward to reading the next book in the series. Great book!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Church

    Great book This is the type of book I enjoy reading and this one is one of the best. I am going to read more books by this author.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sandra Clark

    A fabulous read This book kept me at the edge of my seat. The characters became part of my life. My husband read it before me and enjoyed it too.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jane Ingram

    Colley is an excellent story teller. Each character is well developed. It’s an intriguing story from a different outlook of the Lebensborn program. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every book by thus author.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Howard Sowalsky

  25. 5 out of 5

    Della Astle

  26. 5 out of 5

    Caren N. Frank

  27. 4 out of 5

    Janice Federici

  28. 4 out of 5

    Dianne Simpson

  29. 4 out of 5

    bette block

  30. 5 out of 5

    Carol Diffenderfer

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