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Omaha Beach June 6, 1944 When battle-hardened Private Bernie Russell witnesses a fellow soldier shoot a young German boy with his hands up, he’s shaken to his very core. Then, as that same boy is dying, he presses a packet of photographs and letters into Bernie’s hand and utters three words in English. It must end. After having the letters translated, he discovers they were Omaha Beach June 6, 1944 When battle-hardened Private Bernie Russell witnesses a fellow soldier shoot a young German boy with his hands up, he’s shaken to his very core. Then, as that same boy is dying, he presses a packet of photographs and letters into Bernie’s hand and utters three words in English. It must end. After having the letters translated, he discovers they were written by the soldier’s twin sister and the photographs within the packet reveal evidence of Hitler’s plan to wipe out the Jews. Berlin, Germany Margot Raskopf is a young art teacher, forced to conform to the education Hitler has designed. Then, when one of her sources with the underground resistance receives a letter for her from an American soldier, she’s shocked and filled with renewed hope. But Margot has been harboring a secret. In her house she hides a young Jewish woman she’s known since childhood, risking being discovered by the gestapo with each passing day. As they begin a dangerous correspondence, both Margot and Bernie embark on treacherous journeys. One taking Bernie across Europe and right into Germany. Another taking Margot through the gates of Auschwitz … and under the scrutiny of Josef Mengele.


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Omaha Beach June 6, 1944 When battle-hardened Private Bernie Russell witnesses a fellow soldier shoot a young German boy with his hands up, he’s shaken to his very core. Then, as that same boy is dying, he presses a packet of photographs and letters into Bernie’s hand and utters three words in English. It must end. After having the letters translated, he discovers they were Omaha Beach June 6, 1944 When battle-hardened Private Bernie Russell witnesses a fellow soldier shoot a young German boy with his hands up, he’s shaken to his very core. Then, as that same boy is dying, he presses a packet of photographs and letters into Bernie’s hand and utters three words in English. It must end. After having the letters translated, he discovers they were written by the soldier’s twin sister and the photographs within the packet reveal evidence of Hitler’s plan to wipe out the Jews. Berlin, Germany Margot Raskopf is a young art teacher, forced to conform to the education Hitler has designed. Then, when one of her sources with the underground resistance receives a letter for her from an American soldier, she’s shocked and filled with renewed hope. But Margot has been harboring a secret. In her house she hides a young Jewish woman she’s known since childhood, risking being discovered by the gestapo with each passing day. As they begin a dangerous correspondence, both Margot and Bernie embark on treacherous journeys. One taking Bernie across Europe and right into Germany. Another taking Margot through the gates of Auschwitz … and under the scrutiny of Josef Mengele.

30 review for The Good German Girl (A League of Extraordinary Women, #1)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    The Good German Girl by Erica Marie Hogan is a very powerful historical novel that will consume you as you read. The novel is set in 1944 alternating between the voices of an American soldier and a German girl. The reader travels from Omaha beach eastwards and from Berlin to Auschwitz. An invisible thread unites the two main characters. Not all Germans were Nazis and not all Americans were honourable. Berlin was a terrible place to live. It was a place of fear, suspicion and ever decreasing libert The Good German Girl by Erica Marie Hogan is a very powerful historical novel that will consume you as you read. The novel is set in 1944 alternating between the voices of an American soldier and a German girl. The reader travels from Omaha beach eastwards and from Berlin to Auschwitz. An invisible thread unites the two main characters. Not all Germans were Nazis and not all Americans were honourable. Berlin was a terrible place to live. It was a place of fear, suspicion and ever decreasing liberties. The atmosphere of terror was palpable. The Germany of the leading lady’s childhood was gone. They were “drowning in the fear of what Germany has become.” Within the novel there were close friendships. “If you stay, I stay… I will always be with you, as you promised you would always be with me.” This echoes the bond between Ruth and Naomi in the Bible. As Christians we carry the spirit of God within us. Even in Auschwitz we can shine His light in the dark. “God was here, my friend. In you.” Even in Auschwitz there were pockets of goodness. Auschwitz was a pit of hell. The reader ‘sees’ the horrors through the power of Erica Marie Hogan’s descriptions – the reality would have been far worse than we can ever imagine. We all need to have hope to keep going. Hope is always found in a person – sometimes it is in our fellow man, it is always found in Jesus. The Good German Girl was such a powerful read. I have been deeply affected by its content. It is not a pleasant read but it is a necessary one. We need to keep the memory of the six million innocents alive. Thank you Erica Marie Hogan for writing this book. I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kaitlyn S.

    This book started out with a gripping scene . . . and continued on in the same vein. This was an amazing book, guys, and one that had me hanging on for the duration of the story. I can easily say that this is one of my favourite World War 2 novels, and I've read a TON of books on this era. The characters in this book were pretty much amazing. You get the story of two different people, in two different places, with two different nationalities, in two different war efforts. Each character could be This book started out with a gripping scene . . . and continued on in the same vein. This was an amazing book, guys, and one that had me hanging on for the duration of the story. I can easily say that this is one of my favourite World War 2 novels, and I've read a TON of books on this era. The characters in this book were pretty much amazing. You get the story of two different people, in two different places, with two different nationalities, in two different war efforts. Each character could be a story and have a book dedicated to themselves -- and both are excellently done! Too often, when you have a book that follows two different characters in this way, one is great and strong and one is weak and you ca't wait to get to the other point of view. But these characters were different. They started out strong, they grew, and each character added to the story in a unique way that pulled you along until you were totally and fully invested emotionally in their stories and in their world. And what a world it is! The book started with a battle scene -- and the author did a pretty good job of being realistic while not being too detailed. Of giving you the feel and the smell and the horror of a battle and killing and death while not making it too dark -- a well struck, and hard-to-find, balance, in my opinion. The hero? An American soldier and his friend and a German soldier, who has a letter. And photographs. A German soldier who insists on the end of the war. This American soldier -- Bernie -- is thought to be crazy. He and his friend have fought in many different battles and fronts of the war, and they are dedicated to seeing it through to the end. The camaraderie is amazing and wonderful. The relationship is so real. Bernie, the soft-hearted individual that he is, writes to this girl who wrote the letter to this German guy, and the underground manages to actually deliver this letter. And he receives a letter back, about extermination camps, and Jews, and details that he'd only heard rumours about. Then you have this German family, who is well-known and well-to-do. You have a mother who is against the regime, but with one act of resistance figures she's done enough and doesn't want to put her children in danger. You have brothers who are fighting and have died for the regime, and you have Margot, who is willing to endanger herself to keep a promise to her friend. And you have the story of a loyal German family, whose daughter ends up getting sent to one of *those* camps. And that, my friends, is why this book is a must-read story. Because of one simple, complex, heart-wrenching twist, that I've never seen in a fictional story ((if there are others like this, PLEASE tell me!!)), I can say that this is a favourite. What is that twist? Well, I'm glad you asked. A German girl is sent to Auschwitz -- where her brother is stationed as a guard. And you have the story of a family divided, of trust betrayed and broken, and a beautiful story of redemption. And if I say anything else, you won't have to read the book, and I'd really like you to read it, so my lips are sealed :D BUT, as much as I'd like you to read this one, this isn't a book for everybody and every age! As great as this story was, it was dark and gritty. It dealt pretty fairly with a gruesome war, a wicked regime, and the sin that went along with it. But it dealt with it in such a way that I wasn't offended by the description in the story, merely by the fact that it actually happened. There were a few pretty disturbing scenes in the book, as well, and those with weak constitutions, who are squeamish, or have an overt sensitivity to violence may want to skip a few scenes. - The battle scenes were well done -- not merely glanced over as some authors tend to do. This was a war, folks, and there are gunshot wounds, "on screen" deaths, and "on screen" injuries. Some of the characters get pretty detailed about their emotions, and it isn't always pretty. - Joseph Mengle was the doctor at Auschwitz during this time. If you don't recognize that name, you need to know that he experimented on children and those considered different. There are several of those experiments hinted at and mentioned, and they were quite gruesome. I'd say that the details were kept to a decent level, but it's a bit overwhelming. - Abortion is mentioned . . . and the reason of why it is required is hinted at. If you know, you know, and that's all. I appreciate that approach in story telling when we KNOW what was going on, but we don't need details, thank you very much. - A soldier stationed at Auschwitz drags a girl to an ally between buildings, and the intent is clear. Again no details, and if you know, you know. - The aforementioned soldier ends up stabbed to death in a pretty gruesome scene. There's a lot of blood, people. - There is an "off-screen" suicide, from a person who has already declared that Auschwitz would be the end. In all, I'd recommend this for those 20 and older -- for the adults who are mature and able to process what they are reading, as this story poses several good questions and deals with several moral issues. I really appreciated the approach to this story that was pretty well written. I am looking forward to reading more of this authors work. I am still pondering over the whole brother/sister relationship, and the fact that you probably did have plenty of families who didn't all agree with the resistance movement or with the regime -- and I had never considered that aspect of the war before. And I'm intrigued, and want to know more about families like that. What did their relationship look like after the war? I received a copy of this book through the Celebrate Lit program and I am SO thankful for the chance to read this book! I was not required to like this book, and all opinions are totally my own!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    The Good German Girl begins Erica Marie Hogan’s series, A League of Extraordinary Women. I adored Margot right from the start. She is a brave and courageous woman for her time. Her and Bernie made quite the duo. I was intrigued with this story that kept me wanting to keep turning the pages. I thought it was so very good. The Good German Girl is getting four and a half stars from me. I recommend it for readers who enjoy reading historical fiction, especially set during the World War II. I look fo The Good German Girl begins Erica Marie Hogan’s series, A League of Extraordinary Women. I adored Margot right from the start. She is a brave and courageous woman for her time. Her and Bernie made quite the duo. I was intrigued with this story that kept me wanting to keep turning the pages. I thought it was so very good. The Good German Girl is getting four and a half stars from me. I recommend it for readers who enjoy reading historical fiction, especially set during the World War II. I look forward to the next installment from A League of Extraordinary Women series, The Red Bird in the Tower. I am curious as to what fascinating historical woman will be like for readers. I received a digital copy of The Good German Girl from the publisher. This review is one hundred percent my own honest opinion.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Deana Dick

    The opening page of this book describes in detail the horrors of war. Although hard to read, it is a realistic look at what men and women faced during this time period. I appreciate an author who doesn’t sugar coat the war, but portrays it as a tragic time that no one will ever forget. I knew I needed to prepare myself for an emotional journey that will forever have a profound impact on my life. The story is deep rooted in the war that found the Jewish community in harms way. It is so hard for m The opening page of this book describes in detail the horrors of war. Although hard to read, it is a realistic look at what men and women faced during this time period. I appreciate an author who doesn’t sugar coat the war, but portrays it as a tragic time that no one will ever forget. I knew I needed to prepare myself for an emotional journey that will forever have a profound impact on my life. The story is deep rooted in the war that found the Jewish community in harms way. It is so hard for me to understand how one man could have such hatred for others that destroyed the lives of innocent men, women and children. The ones who survived were left with emotional scars so deep that they had nightmares at times. As we travel to the camp where prisoners are we are faced with stench, rats, sickly people and hopelessness. Margot must fight everyday to stay alive. It was emotional to read how Margot and Bernie began to write to each other. An American soldier and a German woman who should be enemies found comfort in each other’s words. I wanted to scream as the scenes came up on the battlefield. All around was death as Bernie fought to stay alive. The author writes with vividness in a way that I felt as if I was planted on the battle field. The story was so intense at times I wasn’t sure if I could finish it. Yet I had to know if Margot survived. Did she and Bernie finally meet? The details of the war, camp and despair was heartbreaking. I have fallen in love with this author’s words and look forward to more from her. Throughout the story we see hope, forgiveness , survival, trust and God’s protection. This is one story that stirs within you the strong desire to live and make a difference. Margot never gave up even when she stared death in the eyes. I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mikaela Miller

    "The Good German Girl" is one of the most amazing World War II era books I've ever read in my life! Not only are the characters incredibly well-written and interesting, but the plot keeps you on the edge of your seat and constantly wanting more. There are several instances when my heart was pounding as I flipped the pages to find out what happened next, and there were plenty of tear-jerking scenes that broke my heart. Buy this book immediately! You will not regret this purchase. I can't wait for "The Good German Girl" is one of the most amazing World War II era books I've ever read in my life! Not only are the characters incredibly well-written and interesting, but the plot keeps you on the edge of your seat and constantly wanting more. There are several instances when my heart was pounding as I flipped the pages to find out what happened next, and there were plenty of tear-jerking scenes that broke my heart. Buy this book immediately! You will not regret this purchase. I can't wait for the rest of this incredible series.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Maureen Timerman

    I found myself quickly put in Margot’s shoes, you grew up in Germany, you love your country, but now the government has gone mad, and you have no control over it! What can you do? Well, you will get to read about the part she plays, and it takes a lot of courage. We also meet Bernie, an American soldier, who also hates senseless killing, yet, he is a sniper. How do these two so different people, and yet of the same heart, have so much in common? The dangerous correspondence, I didn’t even think wa I found myself quickly put in Margot’s shoes, you grew up in Germany, you love your country, but now the government has gone mad, and you have no control over it! What can you do? Well, you will get to read about the part she plays, and it takes a lot of courage. We also meet Bernie, an American soldier, who also hates senseless killing, yet, he is a sniper. How do these two so different people, and yet of the same heart, have so much in common? The dangerous correspondence, I didn’t even think was possible, but it happened. Will these two ever meet? Especially when Margot falls under the scrutiny of the infamous Josef Mengele, even his name gives me the creeps! This story is a good reminder of what we should not forget! I received this book through Celebrate Lit, and was not required to give a positive review.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mary Foust

    It takes a lot to get me to cry over a book. This one did it. This is an incredibly powerful story with a beautiful ending.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lianne Kay

    Wow! What can I say. Erica has such a strong, engaging writing style and the MC is as equally strong. Her strength through so much adversity is admirable. My heart lurched, cried, mourned, and laughed with her. The ending left me teary-eyed and on the edge of my seat. I would tell you more, but you'll have to dive in and see for yourself. "I received an ARC. This review contains my own honest opinions." Wow! What can I say. Erica has such a strong, engaging writing style and the MC is as equally strong. Her strength through so much adversity is admirable. My heart lurched, cried, mourned, and laughed with her. The ending left me teary-eyed and on the edge of my seat. I would tell you more, but you'll have to dive in and see for yourself. "I received an ARC. This review contains my own honest opinions."

  9. 4 out of 5

    Erica

    Tiny excerpt? Why certainly! "She rubbed the tears from her face, taking a calming breath. Looking through the barbed wire, she watched the fiery rays of sunrise lifting over the top of the trees. Watching how the light made the thin layer of snow coating the meadow glisten like a thousand white jewels. Then she looked back at the camp. Staring at the crude buildings, the watchtowers rising above the rooftops, the billowing smoke from the crematoriums in the distance." Tiny excerpt? Why certainly! "She rubbed the tears from her face, taking a calming breath. Looking through the barbed wire, she watched the fiery rays of sunrise lifting over the top of the trees. Watching how the light made the thin layer of snow coating the meadow glisten like a thousand white jewels. Then she looked back at the camp. Staring at the crude buildings, the watchtowers rising above the rooftops, the billowing smoke from the crematoriums in the distance."

  10. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    I love WWII history and this book is no different. While it’s fiction it also gives us some good looks at the history and what it must have been like. Not only what it was like for an American soldier, but also what it was like for a German girl. Both characters are strong and fierce and have quite their own story to tell. You get to read that story and live it through these pages. This is a raw book. It tells a story that too often lately I think we are forgetting. So many lives were lost and s I love WWII history and this book is no different. While it’s fiction it also gives us some good looks at the history and what it must have been like. Not only what it was like for an American soldier, but also what it was like for a German girl. Both characters are strong and fierce and have quite their own story to tell. You get to read that story and live it through these pages. This is a raw book. It tells a story that too often lately I think we are forgetting. So many lives were lost and so much destruction was done. This is not a feel-good book, this is a raw emotion book. That being said, this is a wonderful book. The characters are vibrant and bring you into their world. You are in Germany, you are in Auschwitz. These are not places to be taken lightly during this time. This is not a story for children though. This is a story for adults. There is a lot of information in here that would make this a rated PG-13 or even R book. Several scenes hold things where you know what is happening even if it’s not actually stated. There are battle scenes, suicide, implied rape, blood, and abortion. Plus there is Dr. Mengele. He was an awful Dr who experimented on children in Auschwitz and just knowing that you know a bit of how awful that part of history is. I do recommend reading this book. It’s a great book and though it does have some areas that are sensitive and graphic I really hope you’ll read and enjoy it. I have voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received through Celebrate Lit. All views expressed are only my honest opinion. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC regulations.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kendra Neal

    I really enjoy reading new Authors and Series. The Good German Girl By Erica Marie Hogan is a Historical Romance and is Book 1 in the Extraordinary Women Series. The book is set in 1944 during World War II. Private Bernie Russell is a Solider in the war. He witnesses a fellow solider shoot a young boy and the young boy dies. Bernie is very traumatized by this event, but also has a mission. The boy had given Bernie a pack of letters and photos before dying. Bernie discovers the letters and photos I really enjoy reading new Authors and Series. The Good German Girl By Erica Marie Hogan is a Historical Romance and is Book 1 in the Extraordinary Women Series. The book is set in 1944 during World War II. Private Bernie Russell is a Solider in the war. He witnesses a fellow solider shoot a young boy and the young boy dies. Bernie is very traumatized by this event, but also has a mission. The boy had given Bernie a pack of letters and photos before dying. Bernie discovers the letters and photos are all evidence of Hitler's plan to destroy the Jewish People and their Community. Margot Raskopf is a young art teacher in Berlin, Germany. She is not happy that she is being forced to the standards Hitler has set for teaching. She also has a secret and if found out, she could be in serious danger. She is hiding a Jewish Childhood friend in her house. Margot receives a letter from an American Solider, Bernie, and they begin writing each other back and forth. The correspondence leads both on dangerous journeys. Will Bernie and Margot be found out? Will the escape the dangers of WWII? Will they become more then just "Pen Pals"? I do enjoy a good Historical Romance book. I must admit though, this book took me a few chapters to really get into it. The time period and WWII happenings are very emotional reading. I had to quit reading at times and come back to where I left off to really understand and put the emotions aside. Once I got through the first few chapters, I truly enjoyed the book. The Time period was well researched and the writing style just amazing! GREAT BOOK! I highly recommend it to readers who truly enjoy the WWII Period.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Tews

    I have read a lot of WWII fiction. It is one of my favorite genres. So when I read the plotline for The Good German Girl, I had to sign up for the blog tour. And Erica Marie Hogan did not disappoint. Hogan did not sugarcoat the suffering people endured during this time. The fear, the pain, the terror…Hogan presented it all in its ugly glory. The minute I met Bernie I was drawn into the story. I fought with the characters, trembled with them, cried with them, breathed with them. I know I could neve I have read a lot of WWII fiction. It is one of my favorite genres. So when I read the plotline for The Good German Girl, I had to sign up for the blog tour. And Erica Marie Hogan did not disappoint. Hogan did not sugarcoat the suffering people endured during this time. The fear, the pain, the terror…Hogan presented it all in its ugly glory. The minute I met Bernie I was drawn into the story. I fought with the characters, trembled with them, cried with them, breathed with them. I know I could never fully grasp what happened in the concentration camps, what the people there had to suffer through. But through reading this story, I was able to understand it just a little bit more. Both Bernie and Marie are strong characters, fighting for what they believe in. I loved how each clung to the hope that they would one day meet, that Bernie would save Marie from her circumstances. My only problem with the book is the ending. I won't get too into it due to spoilers, but I felt like it ended abruptly. I also wish that there was more about Josef Mengele, although I do understand that with the horrors of the war, having him have a bigger part to the story might be too hard to write and too difficult to read. Overall, though, I did really like this book. I would highly recommend it to any fans of Word War II fiction. I hope to read more from Hogan in the future. I had received a copy of this book as part of the Celebrate Lit Blogging Team and was required to give an honest review.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Randi Sampson

    The Good German Girl is not for the faint of heart! From the very first pages, I knew that this wasn't going to be the typical WWII story that I typically prefer to read most. While I read many books from this timeframe, they are generally a little more removed from the most intense of the action. Right from page one in this book, we are brought into the frontline from the perspective of an American soldier. I must admit- I wasn't sure how I would like this story once I realized that. Still, I r The Good German Girl is not for the faint of heart! From the very first pages, I knew that this wasn't going to be the typical WWII story that I typically prefer to read most. While I read many books from this timeframe, they are generally a little more removed from the most intense of the action. Right from page one in this book, we are brought into the frontline from the perspective of an American soldier. I must admit- I wasn't sure how I would like this story once I realized that. Still, I read on. While I would say it wasn't TOO horribly graphic... it didn't shy away from grittiness of the frontline or the terrors within Auschwitz either--- it was not short on mentions of fighting or blood and while no major details were shared there was certainly references to sexual abuse among the many other horrors that those in concentration camps experienced. It was absolutely heartbreaking and certainly not an easy read... but quite the powerful one! Despite the heaviness that filled it's pages, there was also a lot of hope and strength that shined through. I felt so deeply for these beautifully written characters and held onto that hope for them through to the end. This is a story that will stick with you long after reading without a doubt. Fans of historical fiction/WWII are not going to want to miss this emotional story. I will be looking forward to more in this series and from this new to me author in the future! **I received a complimentary copy of this book for consideration. All thoughts are my own.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Connie Carpenter

    The Good German Girl By Erica Marie Hogan is a Historical Romance. This is the first book that I have read by this author. This is also book one in the extraordinary women series. Be prepared to go on an emotional journey on this book. I think one of my favorite things about this author is how she writes what those involved in the war would have gone through. World War II was such a brutal war. This book is set in 1944. Soldiers saw things that would affect them the rest of their lives. Bernie s The Good German Girl By Erica Marie Hogan is a Historical Romance. This is the first book that I have read by this author. This is also book one in the extraordinary women series. Be prepared to go on an emotional journey on this book. I think one of my favorite things about this author is how she writes what those involved in the war would have gone through. World War II was such a brutal war. This book is set in 1944. Soldiers saw things that would affect them the rest of their lives. Bernie sees a fellow soldier shoot a German boy. While he tries to help him, the boy dies. Before his death he gives Bernie a pack of photographs and letters. Margot is a teacher. She is not thrilled with what Hitler has done to education. She has a huge secret. She has been hiding a Jewish woman. Bernie is trying to find Margo to give her the packet from her brother. He goes right into Germany as an American Solider. Margot also finds herself in unsafe conditions. I loved how the author wrote their stories. You are going to feel your heart beating fast throughout the entire book. Well written characters, historically accurate scenes and such an emotional story. Well done! I received a copy of this book through the Celebrate Lit blogging program - all thoughts are my own.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Betti

    I hope you feel as keenly as I do, the miracle of our words spanning these many miles to find each other. What starts out as a note to inform her of the death of her twin brother becomes a lifeline for two on opposite sides of the strife...or are they? As an art teacher, Margot works with students of different abilities. Depending on the child, this can lead to danger in Berlin in 1944. Too many who disappear are never heard from again - words sent to her brother who is fighting in France. Is it I hope you feel as keenly as I do, the miracle of our words spanning these many miles to find each other. What starts out as a note to inform her of the death of her twin brother becomes a lifeline for two on opposite sides of the strife...or are they? As an art teacher, Margot works with students of different abilities. Depending on the child, this can lead to danger in Berlin in 1944. Too many who disappear are never heard from again - words sent to her brother who is fighting in France. Is it possible to make a difference and survive to tell the story? Bernie Russel, an American, has seen a number of different fronts in this war that doesn’t seem to end. Letters and pictures from the sister of the young German who was killed are the only bright spots in this desolate world. Can he survive and even find this lovely girl? The horror continues and Margot is no longer safe. Encouraged by those finding themselves in the same dire situation, the motto becomes — We will survive. We must. God was there with them, even when they felt so alone! An ARC of this ebook was received through Elk Lake Publishing and CelebrateLit. THe impressions and comments are my own and were in no way solicited.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    I was surprised when this story opened as the American forces landed on Omaha Beach in World War II rather than with the German girl of the title. We are dumped into the horrors of war, but, thankfully, without an overload of graphic detail. In the midst of the battle, we are introduced to the German girl through her letters. The novel continues alternating between the American soldiers, particularly Bernie Russell, and Margot Raskopf, a German art teacher who hates what is happening in her coun I was surprised when this story opened as the American forces landed on Omaha Beach in World War II rather than with the German girl of the title. We are dumped into the horrors of war, but, thankfully, without an overload of graphic detail. In the midst of the battle, we are introduced to the German girl through her letters. The novel continues alternating between the American soldiers, particularly Bernie Russell, and Margot Raskopf, a German art teacher who hates what is happening in her country. Through their eyes we witness the atrocities of this horrible time in history and what people are forced to do. The complicated plot weaves the strands together with suspense and intrigue. Because of the experiences they faced, I found it harder to relate to the characters, but I did want everything to turn out well for them. I think the author did a good job portraying the reality of the situations. If you like WWII tales, you won’t want to miss this one. I received a copy from Celebrate Lit. All opinions are my own.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Patti Pierce

    The title of this book grabbed my attention, and when I began reading the story kept my attention. Set during World War II primarily in Germany and Poland, this book explores the life of a German young woman who teaches art and attempts to keep a Jewish friend safe. Margot, a twin, demonstrates the strength of character throughout this book. The author masterfully weaves together the storylines of the Jewish characters with those of an American unit of soldiers. This book contains scenes dealing The title of this book grabbed my attention, and when I began reading the story kept my attention. Set during World War II primarily in Germany and Poland, this book explores the life of a German young woman who teaches art and attempts to keep a Jewish friend safe. Margot, a twin, demonstrates the strength of character throughout this book. The author masterfully weaves together the storylines of the Jewish characters with those of an American unit of soldiers. This book contains scenes dealing with concentration camps and the experiences of individuals living under those conditions. The author skillfully addresses these circumstances while showing how faith and hope arise even under the darkest of circumstances. So if you want to read historical fiction set during the time of World War II, check out this book for yourself. I received a complimentary copy of this book, but this in no way influenced my review. All opinions are my own.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Dawn

    This book was a well written historical fiction book that moved me. Margot was a wonderful character that was in a horrible situation. When Hitler took power, not all Germans were bad and followed his lead. Of course, not all Americans were good. Germany was simply not a good place to be. Bernie was a good character as well and I really enjoyed his and Margot's interactions. The author does a good job with the story and not letting it get bogged down and dry. It is one of those where you want to This book was a well written historical fiction book that moved me. Margot was a wonderful character that was in a horrible situation. When Hitler took power, not all Germans were bad and followed his lead. Of course, not all Americans were good. Germany was simply not a good place to be. Bernie was a good character as well and I really enjoyed his and Margot's interactions. The author does a good job with the story and not letting it get bogged down and dry. It is one of those where you want to keep reading to find out what happens next. Since this is the first in a series, I will absolutely be looking for the next one. It was a 4/5. Thank you to the author/publisher for the review copy of this book via Celebrate Lit. I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    Okay, I will be honest, when I first started reading this book I didn’t think I would be able to get into it. But I kept going and then I couldn’t get out of it. Wow. The picture the author paints is very raw. Even though I have read many books about WWII I never grow tired of a well done book that shows other and more perspectives. This book does this. I was curious to see how and when Margot and Bernie’s paths would cross. The other characters in this book was just as engaging and well developed Okay, I will be honest, when I first started reading this book I didn’t think I would be able to get into it. But I kept going and then I couldn’t get out of it. Wow. The picture the author paints is very raw. Even though I have read many books about WWII I never grow tired of a well done book that shows other and more perspectives. This book does this. I was curious to see how and when Margot and Bernie’s paths would cross. The other characters in this book was just as engaging and well developed at as our two main characters. You will come to care for them all and your heart will break with the heartache they face. A copy of this book was given to me through Celebrate Lit. All opinions are my own.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kelly-Ann ~ Sassy Bookish Mama

    What an engaging story!! Definitely captivating and keeps you wanting more throughout the whole story. You definitely have all your range of emotions touched with this book. The author definitely draws you in into this time in history in an engaging way and has written quite a strong character in Margot. I love how her and Bernie made quite the team. I highly recommend this book if you enjoy historical fiction especially set in World War II. I am looking forward to reading more from this author What an engaging story!! Definitely captivating and keeps you wanting more throughout the whole story. You definitely have all your range of emotions touched with this book. The author definitely draws you in into this time in history in an engaging way and has written quite a strong character in Margot. I love how her and Bernie made quite the team. I highly recommend this book if you enjoy historical fiction especially set in World War II. I am looking forward to reading more from this author especially the next installment to this story. I received a copy of this book through Celebrate Lit. I was not required to post a positive review. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Bridgewater

    The Good German Girl by Erica Marie Hogan showcases the horrors of the concentration camps during World War II alongside the heart of this brave generation in her individual characters who populate the story. The plot centers around Auschwitz II; the camp where Dr. Mengle resided and conducted all his horrific experiments on twins and other innocent subjects. Margot, the heroine, is thrown into the concentration camp because she refused to allow her best friend, Isle, to be taken away from her. The Good German Girl by Erica Marie Hogan showcases the horrors of the concentration camps during World War II alongside the heart of this brave generation in her individual characters who populate the story. The plot centers around Auschwitz II; the camp where Dr. Mengle resided and conducted all his horrific experiments on twins and other innocent subjects. Margot, the heroine, is thrown into the concentration camp because she refused to allow her best friend, Isle, to be taken away from her. The plot is a little different. I really enjoyed how the story started at D-Day at Omaha beach with an American soldier’s perspective, then it moved to the present day story for Margot in the 1944’s. Readers are allowed to see Margot’s heart and her perspective as she moves along before the concentration camp. The ending was a little different than expected, but it tied the story up nicely. On the other hand, Hogan’s writing is nicely handled. She does a wonderful job at balancing the viewpoints and keeping close to the characters. The setting was described well. I had no problem imagining the horrors she wrote about. Overall, The Good German Girl by Hogan is delightful story for fans of World War II historical novel. I would recommend picking up this novel if readers enjoy Sarah Sundin or Melanie Dobson. I received a complimentary copy of The Good German Girl by Erica Marie Hogan through Celebrate Lit tours, but the opinions stated are all my own.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Francisco Leonardo

  23. 5 out of 5

    Gojiem

  24. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

  25. 5 out of 5

    Avi B

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ratesa

  27. 4 out of 5

    Rebekah

  28. 5 out of 5

    Godefr

  29. 4 out of 5

    Pevebe

  30. 5 out of 5

    Fragode

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