White Rose, Black Forest

White Rose, Black Forest

by Eoin Dempsey

Overview: In the shadows of World War II, trust becomes the greatest risk of all for two strangers.

December 1943. In the years before the rise of Hitler, the Gerber familyís summer cottage was filled with laughter. Now, as deep drifts of snow blanket the Black Forest, German dissenter Franka Gerber is alone and hopeless. Fervor and brutality have swept through her homeland, taking away both her father and her brother and leaving her with no reason to live.

That is, until she discovers an unconscious airman lying in the snow wearing a Luftwaffe uniform, his parachute flapping in the wind. Unwilling to let him die, Franka takes him to her familyís isolated cabin despite her hatred for the regime he represents. But when it turns out that he is not who he seems, Franka begins a race against time to unravel the mystery of the airmanís true identity. Their tenuous bond becomes as inseparable as it is dangerous. Hunted by the Gestapo, can they trust each other enough to join forces on a mission that could change the face of the war and their own lives forever?

Debbie Weiss (04/18/18): Franka Gerba is a young adult living in Germany during WWII and despondent due to the loss of all whom she loved. With little will to live, she is ready to end her own life. Then one snowy evening when she is ready to end it all, she comes upon a man in German uniform near her family's cabin who is unconscious. He appears to have 2 broken legs. Franka's nursing background impels her to help the man. Once she gets him back to the family cabin and he begins to recover from his injuries, Franka slowly begins to learn his true identity. The book follows their complicated relationship and the reader sees how each of these individuals saves the other's life, but in different ways. The book is beautifully written and I enjoyed it very much.
Rating: ****+

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