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July 19, 2021

The Lost Girl of Berlin by Ella Carey ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts

"Nothing could provide her with immunity to the devastation of war.  She would ever be blind to the  horrors the Nazis had wrought during the last years." (loc 120)

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The Lost Girl of Berlin
July 2021; Bookouture; 978-1800192171
audio, ebook, print (324 pages); historical fiction

The Lost Girl of Berlin is a book about the years after World War II  both in Europe and the US.  It touches on the devastation that the war caused in Europe and how Americans compensated for the war years by telling women that their place was at home, taking care of their husbands, and having babies.  The main character after witnessing the war years in Europe vows to get a job as a journalist in the US despite the door being closed to her since she was a woman.

Kate is working as a correspondent in Berlin.  She is one of the only females reporting from Berlin and she is saddened to see the devastation that the war has caused.  When returning to the hotel, she sees a young girl on the steps of a bombed home.  Something in the girl's eyes calls to her and she rescues the mute girl and tries to get her to safety.  Rick, one of the other reporters helps her by taking the girl to a safe place.  Kate leaves Europe hoping that she's be able to find a job as a reporter.  All of her male colleagues go right into fantastic jobs but she is laughed out of editors' offices and told to go home and get married.  She preserved and eventually got some freelance work hoping that it would get her foot in the door.  She even turns down a relationship with Rick knowing that her future is hers to work for.  When Rick is accused of being a communist in the early 50s she knows that she has to help him prove his innocence.

I enjoyed this book especially because of the bravery and tenacity of the main character.  Kate was determined to have a career even though there were very few working women at this time.  She stood up to people to prove her worth and eventually is rewarded.  We also see her caring side in her relationship with the young German girl that she rescued.  Will Kate be able to find peace and happiness in her life?

Ella Carey is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors writing about WWII.  If you haven't read one of her books, it's time to give it a try.  I don't think you'll be disappointed.

Note:  This book is a standalone novel.  There are minimal references to book 1 A New York Secret.

Susan Roberts lives in North Carolina with her husband of over 50 years.  She grew up in Michigan but now calls North Carolina home. Since her travel plans had to be canceled for this year, she is starting to make plans for travel in 2021. She reads almost anything (and the piles of books in her house prove that) but her favorite genres are Southern fiction, women's fiction, and historical fiction. Susan is a top 1% Goodreads Reviewer. You can connect with Susan on FacebookGoodreads, or Twitter.

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