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The Berlin Zookeeper: An utterly gripping and heart-breaking World War 2 historical novel, based on a true story Kindle Edition
Berlin Zoo, 1943: Ten-year-old Adelaide and her newborn sister are orphaned after a devastating night of bombing. Heartbroken and frightened, Adelaide runs to her mother’s closest friend, Katharina Heinroth, and the kind zookeeper takes the two little girls under her protection. As the bombing intensifies, Adelaide tries to shut out the horrors of war by caring for her tiny sister and playing with the adorable baby monkeys. But when Katharina organises a dangerous operation to enable children and animals to escape the battle-scarred city, something goes wrong. And Adelaide has to promise her adopted mother to keep a shocking secret. A secret that will change Adelaide’s life forever.
Berlin Zoo, 2019: Bethan Taylor notices the elderly lady sitting on the bench next to her seems confused, her thoughts flitting between past and present. Ada talks of her childhood, played out in an underground bunker beneath the animal enclosures during the war. As Ada’s story unfolds, Bethan is surprised to hear a name she recognises…
Katharina Heinroth is at the top of a list of German names Bethan found in a hidden compartment of her late mother’s jewellery box. Bethan’s father couldn’t tell her anything about the crumpled piece of paper and she’s been searching for the meaning ever since.
As the two women are brought together by the pain of the past can they help each other to heal? And after decades of silence, can Ada help Bethan to uncover a long-buried family mystery?
An unforgettable and heart-wrenching novel of a brave orphan girl and a shocking wartime secret. Inspired by a true WW2 story and perfect for fans of Orphan Train, The Tattooist of Auschwitz and The Alice Network.
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- ASIN : B08WH6QLQ4
- Publisher : Bookouture (4 May 2021)
- Language : English
- File size : 1705 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 356 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 4,410 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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A well-executed, quite stunning novel
I have long been a fan of Anna Stuart’s work, particularly when writing her fabulous historical novels under the Joanna Courtney pen name. With the Berlin Zoo keeper, she has totally excelled herself. The research into WW2 Berlin, and the zoo itself, is exemplary and shows Stuart as the intelligent writer she is as she weaves this magical story from present day back to the war time city. Telling this story from the dual perspective of Katharina, the zookeeper and Bethany, her vet granddaughter, we learn how the people of Berlin and the animals in the zoo suffered under the onslaught of the Russian army.
I knew absolutely nothing about Berlin and how its people – and animals in the zoo – suffered, but Courtney gives a fascinating and educated historical insight into a major city when the fortunes of war go wrong for a country.
A stunning novel and highly recommended.
The research that was done is amazing and really brought the story to life. I felt that I was there in the enclosures with the animals and went through each terrible moment with them.
In the story one also feels for the citizens of Berlin, who suffered terribly from the deprivation caused by the bombing of their city from a madman who wouldn’t surrender.
A great story, thank you.