Ellen Marie Wiseman Í 4 ReadThis book has been for too long on my TBR and it was one that
Really Intrigued Me Admittedly Itintrigued me Admittedly it mostly due to the beautiful cover design The eerie yet colorful image grabbed me and stayed The Villain: The Life of Don Whillans plastered to my subconscious for a very long timeIt is not the best novel about the Holocaust and WWII that I have read but it was a gripping fictional memoir based on a true story As a memoir it was very well done The author has a good narrative style Nothing in the book is new but what made it outstanding was the countererspective it rovided in the collective German experience Since it is based on a true story the events was not over dramatized although the experiences of Christine Bolz and her family had hair raising moments It was just so well described In the end the book made m This is a story of the war of the grave injustices the horrors of the concentration camps It is a story of unmitigated hate but it is also a love story a story of death and survival It s a story that reminds us of the holocaust but also reminds us of the resilience of some of the survivors and that not all Germans were Nazis We ve seen real examples of how Jews were helped by notable eople such as Oskar Schindler but this novel reminds us that there were others ordinary German citizens who were brave and bold enough to leave bread and cheese along the way as risoners marched or tried to hide Jews from the Nazis The author tells us in notes and in a A at th Once in a while I fall rey to recommendations It s usually when I m impatient and stressed and I m looking for the literary euivalent of an After School Special something that hits the right empathic buttons without much mental #Strain The Last Time #The last time did this I ended up with Orphan Train which was bad but mostly hit those marks This book was so ainful that I uit reading about ten ages from the end after forcing myself to keep going long Times of Bede past when I should have abandoned it The writing is competent but the characters are shallow and overwrought Thelot is idiotic coincidences The Catechism of the Council of Trent pile on coincidences andeople behave against human nature in order to force the next development Basic scene setting details are inaccurate People die and live and return from the dead only as it serves the very City for Sale: Ed Koch and the Betrayal of New York predictable storyline Iicked this book without doing the The Runaway Prophet Jonah Study Guide 1998 proper research which now shows me that despite the high ratings no one reputable has reviewed this book I m sorry I ever touched it I was angry at theoor uality most of the time I was reading it but I m happy to reaffirm that real reviews matter so much than algorithms when it comes to the complexity of literature and human taste I had a hard time sticking with Ellen Marie Wiseman s tale of a WW II romance between a Jewish Boy and an German girl in the beginning There was almost too much description of Književna groupie 2: Strovaljivanje place meeting every flower and chicken in the town so to speak and Wiseman kept flinging Germanhrases into the story then immediately translating them in an annoying way The central character Christine is art of a German family that was almost too morally disengaged from National Socialism to be realistic very goody two shoes although I am well aware not all Germans were Nazis Since I had committed to read the book it was a Bookbrowse ARC I stuck with it and ended up immersed in the story which included lots of family trauma for both Christine and her boyfriend and rovides a very realistic depiction of life in the war zone and in the German concentration camps I d also note the undying love between those two seems to develop initially for no discernible reason I felt like time could have been spent on what drew them together since their relationship seems to start as a crush and is suddenly such a deep love they will do anything for each other even after months apart Where did that co. A deeply moving and masterfully written story of human resilience and enduring love The Plum Tree follows a young German woman through the chaos of World War II and its aftermathBloom where you're lanted is the advice Christine Bölz receives from her beloved Oma But seventeen year old domestic Christine knows there is a whole world waiting beyond her small German village It's a world she's begun to glimpse through music books and through Isaac Bauerman the cultured son of the wealthy Jewish family she works for Yet the future she and Isaac dream of sharing faces greater challenges than their difference in stations In the fall of 1938 Germany is changing rapidly under Hitler's regime Anti Jewish osters are everywhere dissenting talk is silenced and a new law. ,
Me from especially since he is Jewish in a Nazi managed society and she is not the twist at the end seems a bit contrived and her relationship with an American soldier seems a bit underdeveloped why is he so willing to help It s fine if he s just a nice guy but we don t really understand his motivation For all the things Wiseman has left out the book feels too long mostly because she is so determined to describe the hysical landscape in which the characters find themselves in so much detail I think she needs a lot of editing Christine I want you to understand something War makes Dangerously Placed perpetrators of some criminals of others and victims of everyone Not all of the soldiers on the front are fighting fo Started off as a 4 star and gradually became a 25Oh I so so wanted to like this I d heard so much about it and recognized the home village really a town in the first chapter as the very one in which I spent a lovely meaningful summer The story had suchromise but too often I wanted to throw the book across the room Reasons therefore1 The heavy fisted Defense of the Good German I m actually uite sympathetic but sometimes this felt like a defense in the guise of a novel Our heroine s concerns about the Nazis were often cloaked in a Just Destiny perspectives that didn t at all seem to line up with her station in life and education 2 A lot of telling instead of showing We hear a lot about the hard work of Mutti but we despite the long descriptions we don t see it The central love affair begins in the first chapter but the couple have fallen in love before the book begins We don t see that attraction that cements the book together Why on earth is she friends with Kate 3 The last third of the book reads completely as a Plot Device So That Our Heroine Must Return I think I may have said out loud Really Must we4 The character of Stefan Twiddle your handlebar mustacheBut I did read it all and I do think the author has uite a bit ofotential I agree with Paradise Run previous reviews but was willing to overlook the ber description and gratuitous use of Germanhrases with inconsistent
DEFINITIONS AND IN READING THE AUTHORAnd in reading the Author Note I gather she was trying to include as many anecdotes as ossible in homage to her mother and grandmother but it made for scenes that didn t further the narrative especially in the final third of the book which tried my atience Perhaps a memoir would have been fitting In the meantime I m Help Me, Jacques Cousteau puzzled with the strong reviews wish there had been a much stronger hand as editor and rewriting the book in my head I had the honor to read the original version of The Plum Tree before my dear friend Ellen even had an agent When I started reading it I could notut it down Although it takes Dignity Rising 1: Gefesselte Seelen place in war torn Germany during the reign of Hitler the story is about the Germaneople their diversity their strength their conviction and their The Book of Mordred perseverance I believe that this book will appeal to readers of so many genres including historical and romance It is an absolutely fabulous read and especiallyoignant as many of the details in the story are from Ellen s family s experiences While the blurb say masterfully written that is not my overall assessment The Plum Tree is about life from the other side of the coin in WW2 the life of a German girl and her family This is a Oracle R12 Applications DBA Field Guide point of view I have not really considered until now Christine is 17 in 1938 and in love for the first time with Isaac who has Jewish grandparents She is heartbroken when Hitlerasses one of his many decrees and Isaac and his family are ferried in the dead of night to laces unknown Christine and her family are appalled at the Fuhrer s new ruling they are opposed to his ideas As the war begins and then #Progresses Christine S Family Feel The Repercussions #Christine s family feel the repercussions able men are taken away to the army rationing begins and only Nazi radio. Forbids Christine from returning to her job and from having any relationship with Isaac In the months and years that follow Christine will confront the Gestapo's wrath and the horrors of Dachau desperate to be with the man she loves to survive and finally to speak out Set against the backdrop of the German homefront this is an unforgettable novel of courage and resolve of the inhumanity of war and the heartbreak and hope left in its wake Advance Praise For Ellen Marie Wiseman'sThe Plum Tree The Plum Tree is a touching story of heroism and loss a testament to the strength of the human spirit and the ower of love to transcend the most unthinkable circumstances Deft storytelling and rich characters make this a highly memorable read and a worthy addition to the na. .
Can be accessed 1939 becomes 1940 1941 1942 The family s hardship worsens meagrestarvation rations no word from their father and they are forced to attend rallies for Hitler When a risoners work detail is one #day marched through the town Christine sees Isaac and remarkably Isaac escapes She happily shelters him in #marched through the town Christine sees Isaac and remarkably Isaac escapes She happily shelters him in attic but her life turns into a nightmare when the SS find Isaac and they are both thrown into DachauEllen Marie Wiseman says that her first manuscript of 280000 words was rejected so she cut and revised the story But to me this is where the
novel fails it feels abridged I could not feel thoroughly invested becausefails it feels abridged I could not feel thoroughly invested because details felt like they were skimmed over More detail on the Dachau aspect conditions of risoners their food their work treatment from the guards etc would have help me feel connected to the story I do think the author shows romise but the subject matter needed application There are some roblems with modern sayings such as in the moment and snuck and the like and also a few English comprehension flaws which better editing could have remedied She also constantly refers to the Gods Callgirl place that Christine lives as a village but then says Christine ran six blocks to Isaac s house six blocks in a village The idea I have of a village does not have six blocks in it At the Nazi rally she say thousands of Nazi soldiers filed into the saure thousands I don t know but that doesn t seem likely to me the Germans using thousands of their soldiers at a rally in a village Maybe Overall an average read and hoping that her next novel What She Left Behind shows Wiseman coming into her own 3 This is the first book I ve read by Ellen Marie Wiseman I ll read this author again Its clear Ellen Marie Wiseman has excellent STORYTELLING talent Her writing flows Its an Historical novel historically accurate about the Holocaust a topic I know much about from family members friends being Jewish other books on the Holocaust ongoing education with the intention to remember It might seem at first anyway that what makes this book uniue is that the narrator is a young GERMAN girland the camp is not staged in Auschwitz Yet I actually don t find the book all that uniue not today in 2013 I suppose if I had read this book 40 years ago I might have found the Germanerspective of an awakening But I m 61 I ve read many books from BOTH sides of the Holocaust we ve know that many GOOD German Forever I'm Yours people were victims and heros in the war just as Jews wereI think The Plum Tree s GREATEST GIFT is keeping the HOLOCAUST story ALIVEPERIODwith engaging master storytelling abilities forming clear visualsage after age Yes I broke my rule and read this historical fiction about a normal and good German family during WW2All I can say is it reminds me of a trip I took through German cities in 2002 I took many tours and was shocked to listen over and over again to German Guides telling an American audience with Naval Academy alumni resent about how wretchedly the Allies had destroyed civilians and cities with bombing Several of us continued to walk out when this happenedSo I read this story where historical facts and dates are changed to suit the authors fictional lot of cliche events and cliche characters The good Germans opulace didn t know anything about what was happening the main family was comprised of all good Renoir people who loved their Jewish employers the mean girl in the village is the one who loved and married the mean SS officer and on and on and on ad nauseum Just when you think it s finally over a sillylot twist happens which make the lovers one Jewish and one good German heroes Once again I will say There are thousands of books out there which are non fiction accounts both Nebular Sammelband 5 - Galaxis in Panik personal and historical of theeople who lived through the war Fiction could never compete with these. Rratives of the Holocaust and Second World War Pam Jenoff author of The Ambassador's DaughterA haunting and beautiful debut novel Anna Jean Mayhew author of The Dry Grass of AugustIn The Plum Tree beautiful debut novel Anna Jean Mayhew author of The Dry Grass of AugustIn The Plum Tree Marie Wiseman boldly explores the complexities of the Holocaust This novel is at times Nightwing: On the Razor's Edge painful but it is also a satisfying love story set against the backdrop of one of the most difficult times in human history T Greenwood author of Two RiversAn unusualoint of view on the Holocaust The Plum Tree is a story of star crossed lovers in a time of genocideThe details are exuisite and very thorough Young adult readers will find it refreshing to read a different erspective toward WWII Germany The terrors of the war will ignite compassion and disbelief – VOYA Magazi. ,
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