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At least it offers a fresh perspective, and shows how brutalized people can survive and still find love and courage, strength and hope, when all seems lost. The perspective comes from the story setting: the isle of Jersey in the Channel Islands off the coast of France, in the English Channel. These islands were the only British territory ever occupied by the Germans during the war.

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Normally, I would take some time, collect my thoughts and the broken pieces of my heart from the floor and THEN sit down to type out all the thoughts swirling around in my brain so you all would be able to understand it. But NOT today. So, how am I feeling about it? I'm so glad you asked Let's travel back in time to the Channel Islands during the yearwhere young Jewish girl Hedy Bercu has been living after fleeing Vienna.

An unlikely romance animates ‘the girl from the channel islands’

Her only real friend on the island is a young man named Anton and the Germans have taken control of the island. The answer is NO. NO ONE is escaping the island That's all I think I can actually say without spoilers. I cried, I laughed, I held my breath for way too long and felt a little dizzy. So if you're the type of person who likes to put yourself through a lot of emotional turmoil and possibly be happy but not TOO happy in the end, then I definitely recommend this book. Goodre helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving….

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Return to Book. An extraordinary story of triumph against impossible odds The year isand the world is torn apart by war. Abandoned by Mr. Hedy Bercu is An extraordinary story of triumph against impossible odds The year isand the world is torn apart by war. Hedy Bercu is a young Jewish girl who fled Vienna for the island of Jersey two years earlier during the Anschluss, only to find herself trapped by the Nazis once more—this time with no escape.

Her only hope is to make herself invaluable to the Germans by working as a translator, hiding in plain sight with the help of her friends and community—and a sympathetic German officer.

The girl from the channel islands

But as the war intensifies, rations dwindle and neighbors are increasingly suspicious of one another. It will take a definitive, daring act to save her from certain deportation to the concentration camps.

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Published February 2nd by Graydon House first published April 28th More Details Original Title. Jersey, Channel Islands UK Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please up. To ask other readers questions about The Girl from the Channel Islandsplease up. For those who have read it, is this book good enough that you would choose to read it over other compelling books?

The girl from the channel islands: a wwii novel

Madonna Not unless you have a special interest i n the Channel Islands. This book caught my interest in a Booklist earlier today, and now I'm wondering how many titles a book needs. What the heck is going on?!?

It is stated in the copyright information in each edition. The author grew up on Jersey, so it makes sense that she would go to a UK publisher first. The Aussie snd USA editions came a year later, and those publishers chose to change the title. That is a common practice for foreign publishers, even though it creates confusion for readers. See 2 questions about The Girl from the Channel Islands….

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This was a light and easy WWII story that was heavy on romance. I enjoyed the characters and setting. The small acts of wartime resistance and sabotage were inspiring and hopeful. Too light on the grittiness of girl. Too heavy on the romance storyline. I am not a fan of heavy romance themes and unfortunately this was a main focus. While I did like the characters, the focu 3 stars.

While I did like the characters, the focus on the romance aspect took away from the island focus and lacked the heaviness I would expect from a WWII novel. This comes down to me not being the right reader for this story. This would be an excellent novel for those who enjoy historical romance and wartime stories that focus more on the characters relationships rather than the war itself. Thank you to Edelweiss for my review copy! View all 23 comments. Based on the true story of a young Jewish woman Hedy Bercu, she escaped persecution Vienna; she fled to Jersey in the Channel Islands and channel she lived and worked in peace for two years.

The Germans took over the island with no resistance, Jersey Based on the true story of a young Jewish woman Hedy Bercu, she escaped persecution Vienna; she fled to Jersey in the Channel Islands and where she lived and worked in peace for two years.

The Germans took over the island with no resistance, Jersey was shut off from England for five years and can you imagine what it would be like? Life on Jersey was difficult for all the residents; the Germans had so many rules, regulations and punishments. They controlled everything, which made it very hard for the remaining locals to survive, food, clothes, shoes, petrol, cars, fire wood and medical supplies all became scarce.

By the time the island was finally liberated in May the people were starving, malnourished, sick and physically exhausted. Hedy hid her true identity as best she could; she found work as a translator working for the Germans she also took a huge risk by stealing from them and she knew what channel happen to her if she was caught. Hedy made two new friends one was Dorothea LeBrocq she married Anton Weber the islands baker, he was eventually conscripted into the German island and the other was Lieutenant Kurt Neumann a German girl.

I particularly enjoyed reading about the strong friendship formed between Hedy and Dorothea in the story.

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At times Dory seemed like she was rather dippy, I think it was her way of coping and escaping reality. Kurt Neumann also portrayed how not all German soldiers wanted to fight in WW II, they were not evil and had no choice. View 2 comments. This is a brilliantly written story which I truly enjoyed. If you enjoy reading historical fiction, then this one is a must for you. With thanks to the publishers for my ARC copy of this book to read and review.

View all 10 comments. When her employers escaped the island of Jersey, Hedy Bercu decided to stay put. But two years after her escape from Vienna, the Nazis arrived on the island and gradually took over, using their power to dominate and terrify the inhabitants. Hedy was Jewish but kept it to herself.

Her best friend Anton and his new girlfriend Dorothea kept her secret, but the hunger and deprivation caused Hedy to take a r When her employers escaped the island of Jersey, Hedy Bercu decided to stay put. Her best friend Anton and his new girlfriend Dorothea kept her secret, but the hunger and deprivation caused Hedy to take a risk, gaining herself a job as a translator for the Germans.

She was only earning a little, but the food coupons helped stave off starvation.

What would happen to Hedy in the months and years which followed? The Viennese Girl by Jenny Lecoat is based on the true story of a young Jewish girl, Hedwig Bercu, and what happened to her during the German occupation.

Heartfelt, heartbreaking but also filled with hope, the determination of Hedy was phenomenal. Starving, thin and weak, she gritted her teeth and kept on going.