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If you follow my blog, then you already know about my love of historical books – both fiction and nonfiction. The German Girl is a historical fiction novel, but it is based on the true events of the SS St. Louis boat – so basically it is the best of both worlds! I found I learned a lot of the SS St. Louis from this book; something I had no previous knowledge.
Armando Lucas Correa does an amazing job of transporting the reader back to Nazi occupied Germany and heartbreaking story aboard the SS St. Louis. I love how Correa intertwined the past and present with the characters of Hannah and Anna, encompassing both the Holocaust and September 11 by doing this.
One thing I found myself missing was a character that I felt completely invested in and loved (the type of character that walks off the page and into your life – goodness I love those!). This is not to say that the characters in The German Girl are not enjoyable, they are just not loveable…
Nonetheless, I turned the last page with tears in my eyes. This is a definite recommendation to fans of historical fiction.
* I received this book from Simon & Schuster Canada in exchange for an honest review*