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  • Nazi Occupation of the Channel Isles in WWII

    This is a fictional account of living through the Nazi Occupation of the Channel Island of Jersey. The story addresses all of the hardships that were endured through the eyes of a young woman and her grandmother. The account remains historically accurate while taking literary license in making some Nazi officers, stone-throwers, and camp followers seem more palatable. This is a very good story that I couldn't put down. The reader becomes invested in so many of the characters that you just want it to all turn out alright. I will be checking out other works by this author. I received this ARC book for free from Net Galley and this is my honest review.

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  • Unique Perspective, Beautifully Written...Adored!

    Set mostly on German-occupied Jersey in the 1940s, this superbly-written novel tugged my heart like crazy. The author has such a lovely way with words, reminding me of a beautiful orchestra. As an islander herself she listened to others describe their lives during this time. The historical details fit in so seamlessly, not a word out of place. It is the epitome of the perfect book. Sisters Estelle and Rosie are heartbreakingly separated out of necessity, Rosie to the mainland and Estelle remained at home with her beloved grandmother in Jersey. From the Blitz and fishing bans to queues and rationing, we read about their lives during this horrendous time. Secrets are kept...how well do you know people? There is also a focus on Nazi soldiers' perspectives which is fascinating and unique. We are reminded of the preciousness of life and the capacity of humankind, cruelty and compassion. Don't miss the author's notes and information in the back. One can learn so much from them. Historical Fiction, General Fiction and Women's Fiction readers, do not hesitate to pick this up! Though the subject is difficult, it is important to learn about history and how people survived unbearable conditions. My sincere thank you to HarperCollins UK, One More Chapter and NetGalley for the privilege of reading this incredible book.

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  • Good read

    An Island at War is fiction based on fact. The author grew up on Jersey and had relatives that lived through the German occupation. Ms. Carr does a good job recreating conditions, hardships, fear, horrors, bravery, the unexpected, and especially the emotions of her characters. If you are a fan of WWII stories be sure to add this one to your library. I voluntarily reviewed an advance copy of this book from NetGalley. Highly recommend.

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  • The Occupation

    It all begins with German aircraft bombing the harbor and causing the death of Estelle's father. War had been looming and her younger sister Rosie was sent to London to live with her aunt. Estelle stayed on to help on the farm. With the death of her father that left Estelle and her grandmother to survive the five year occupation of the Channel Island of Jersey. This is the story of how they survived, the German soldier billeted with them on the farm, the rationing , the horrible acts caused by the German's and their fear of them. How they managed to help their friends and a secret that Estelle's grandmother kept from her that could have meant disaster had it been discovered. The story was much more meaningful knowing it was written by someone that was from the island of Jersey and that some of the story was derived from those she knew of on the island that had lived during the time of the occupation. War is a terrible thing and to survive under these circumstances is heroic indeed. I can only hope that something like this never happens again. I enjoyed reading about the beautiful island and the community that stuck together to help each other. I would recommend this book. Thanks to Deborah Carr, Harper Collins U.K., One More Chapter, and NetGalley for allowing me to read a copy of the book for my honest review.

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  • World War II Historical

    An Island at War by Deborah Carr is World War II Historical Fiction. A heartbreaking family story with strong characters set in the channel island of Jersey. It was interesting to read that the first things the Nazi‘s implemented was to disarm the people using various techniques. Typical socialist trademarks of control restricting movement with curfews, taking guns and ammunition and taking custody of anyone who can resist. Various other methods to demoralize and subjugate were also used. I loved this book and hope the author will write more stories about Estelle, Rosie and Hans. I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. I appreciate the opportunity and thank the author and publisher for allowing me to read, enjoy and review this book. 5 Stars

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