I couldn't put this book down. I loved the switching from war time Holland to current(ish) New York city. The characters were all believable, some you loved and others you didn't like at all. My only negative thoughts (not enough as to lose a star) are I just wished Jenni had learnt the whole story as we did. I highly recommend this book and thank you for letting me read it.
by Gail Wylde
Stayed up till 3Am last night reading this book The Nazi's Daughter by Tim Murgatroyd. I started reading this book at lunch yesterday, and got home and had to start it back up. I was drawn to the characters right away... and some I really didn't even like. The book was interesting switching back from WW2 till present day. The story was more about the characters and how their lives were effected by the war, and not so much about WW2 itself. I wish the ending would have been a little longer and went into more detail about how the past can effect the families future and felt it ended too quickly.
I really enjoyed the book and would recommend it to someone's reading list!
by Jeanni Cohagan
This novel is about the lives of two women, Elise and her granddaughter Jenni. The story unravels when Elise passes away, and after never being close to her Grandmother, Jenni starts to find out about her life. Set in the 2nd World war and present day New York, it details what happened in the war in Holland and follows the resistance movement. Elise's father was a Nazi and although she does not share his beliefs it highlights that one is easily tarred with the same brush. A thrilling novel, that educates you along the way, sprinkled with a little romance. The ending is great, but tissues will be needed!
by Laura Jay (NetGalley)
The Nazi’s Daughter by Tim Murgtroyd is the story of Elise and Jenni, two women, generations apart inked by blood and history. Jenni is Elise’s granddaughter. The story begins with the death of Elise. Jenni attends a celebration of her grandmother’s life although it is clear from the start that the two didn’t really know each other. However, at this ceremony, she decides to get to know her grandmother. She starts searching for answers and asking questions to find out who she was.
The story is narrated in two timelines. The past is set in 1943 with Elise growing up as the Nazi’s daughter. She suffers an injury and goes off to live at the coast where she meets Peter. Peter is in the resistance. In his house, there are people hiding in the attic including Jews, a man wanted by the Nazi and black pilot. Peter and Elise meet and over time, friendship turns to something more. However, their identities pose a threat to the relationship and to the lives of those around them. If the resistance finds out about Peter’s relationship with Elise, they could eliminate her based on the fear that she will reveal their secrets. If the Nazis find out about the relationship and take a closer look at Peter, they may find the people in his attic and that would mean death to them and Peter. In addition, one of the Nazi officers, Cornelius has an interest in Elise and is determined to marry her. This poses another challenge to the relationship. Although both are hiding secrets and fears about the relationship, Peter and Elise can’t fight the feelings that they had for each other.
I liked the past narrations. The 1943 timeline was interesting. The author developed the setting to reflect the realities of the time. The conflict between the Nazi, resistance and Jews was vividly portrayed through the pages. I know this shouldn’t shock me but I still can’t believe that there are people who were once loyal to Hitler. In the book, the Nazis determination is evident. They believe in Hitler and his ideologies. They are so dedicated to their leader that not even family can deter their commitment. On the other hand, I liked the description of the resistance. These are people who decided not to support the Hitler madness and risked their lives to do so.
Elise stands out in the narrative. She was rebellious, strong and determined. Her family name haunted her wherever she went but in a way, she was determined to establish her own identity. On the other hand, her granddaughter was different. I don’t have much to say about her apart from the fact that I admired her resolve to find answers. However, thinking about her now, I don’t think her character was as well developed as Elise’s. I didn’t connect with her and I actually found myself more interested in her grandmother’s story.
This book is tragic and certain events broke my heart. However, the story was addictive. I especially wanted to know Elise and the events that took place in her life. The writing has an easy flow to it. The only thing that bugged me a little bit was the amount of details. I could skip a paragraph and find out that I hadn’t missed anything. Nevertheless, I think that this book will appeal to lovers of historical fiction.
by Diana Gitau
In all this world there is no such thing as Christian or Bolshevik or Communist or Nazi or Jew. There are no Eternal Jews. Not really. Not at the heart of things. Not when the dyke is broken. There are just people.
The book is divided into two parts - and two stories. One about Elise, ex-ballet dancer and a daughter of a famous Dutch Nazi, and the other one about her granddaughter Jenni, who knows almost nothing about her grandmother. After the lawyer that is responsible for Elise's will lets it slip that Elise was a daughter of a Nazi, her granddaughter embarks on a quest to learn more about her grandmother, who left her an apartment and a sizeable amount of money.
Both stories were interesting to me, maybe Jenni's a bit less but it was not bad. I just had some hard time to skip from one historical period to another, but this is just a mild inconvenience. The book is great and I recommend it to anyone who is interested in history, as I will recommend it to my friends.
by Kaja Korent (NetGalley)
This is a beautifully written, amazing war tragedy and love story rolled into one. Very thought provoking!!! One of the better historical fictions I have read, for sure! I love this book!
by Kathryn Baney (NetGalley)
Books like this one are right up my alley. Historical fiction, World War II era, a bit of suspense thrown in...these are the stories that stick with me.
Elise has a promising career as a ballerina. She lives to dance, allowing herself to escape from the fact that her father is a high-ranking Nazi. She's somewhat of a disappointment to her family as she chooses to immerse herself in her career rather than fall in line with their Nazi beliefs. When an injury forces her to take a break from dancing, she finds refuge on a small island.
It's here that she meets Pieter. Instantly attracted to him, she resists for as long as possible. But when their chemistry becomes impossible to ignore, she finds herself in a precarious position as the daughter of a Nazi. Pieter, the man she loves, is part of the Resistance. Will it be possible to keep her two worlds separate?
This is, to me, the best and most compelling part of this story. There's more, though. Fast forward to present day New York City. Jenni finds herself the benefactor of her deceased grandmother's estate. Because she didn't know much about her, and because her own life is in shambles, she immerses herself in grandma Elise's past. What secrets will she uncover?
A great story for fans of historical fiction with some romance and a bit of mystery as well.
by Shawna Briseno
A very enjoyable read. The moves between time periods worked well (without making the story disjointed) and there were some thought-provoking aspects to the book. It is rare that the Dutch hunger winter makes an appearance in World War 2 novels, so good to see that incorporated into the storyline.
by Katherine Lang
The Nazi's Daughter is truly an underrated literary masterpiece.
Alternating between two timelines, it weaves a story of loss and heartbreak, trials and eventual triumph. All of it, however, revolves around two women: Elise and her granddaughter, Jenni.
The author's writing is packed with just the right amount of rich, lyrical detail. You could taste the salt and smoke in the air, you could feel Jenni's desperation to uncover the answers, you could empathize with Elise and Peter's conflicted emotions.
For part of the story, the author takes us back to the 20th century-- 1943, to be exact-- during the chaos of the Second World War. Elise grows up consumed by the shadow of her Nazi father, and by either circumstance or a stroke of fate, she happens to meet Peter: a passionate member of the resistance who, like many others during the war, hides the persecuted Jews. I loved observing Peter and Elise become friends and then, eventually, fall in love-- it was such a sweet and wholesome experience, though of course marked by its own tumultuous disputes. But their love is not as easy as it seems: it can get them killed, or worse, it may endanger the loves of all those Peter and Elise have striven to protect.
Elise initially came off as a bit too headstrong-- obnoxious, even-- but I loved how she eventually developed into a strong, compassionate woman capable of doing anything she set her mind to. Though she may never truly leave behind her family's name, she tries all she can to pave a way for herself, free of restraint.
However, I do admit that I did not fall in love with Elise's granddaughter, Jenni. She was frankly more of a flat character, and I suspect this is because she was used mainly just for "unlocking" the secrets of Elise's past.
Overall, everything about this historical timeline captured my attention. I didn't come here looking for action, and I didn't get much, but I did find some wonderful character development. The history-- the setting, the atmosphere, etc- merely served to accentuate the budding relationships between the main characters.
Regardless, this is a beautifully written historical novel filled with both love and tragedy. Heartbreaking, but worth every moment.
by Hannah L
I enjoyed both the story and format of The Nazi's Daughter. The granddaughter is in the present learning about her grandmother's past. The back-and-forth from the present to the past kept me reading. Tim Murgatroyd gives the reader a section long enough to pull you in and lets you forget about the other characters. As you turn the page, eager to find out what happens with Elise, you are taken back to New York and Jenni. Jenni, what she is learning, and Barney's story are woven together and keep your interest when you are with them. In the end, I the reader knows the story of both women, and understands the characters, even if they don't fully know.
I stayed up late finishing the last 1/3 of the book; I didn't want to put it down. Some specifics are left to the reader to fill in the blanks. I liked that. I also keenly felt the sense of loss for a family whose relationships could have been something special.
As an educator, this could be an option for high school students. There are life lessons woven into this story. Don't wait to connect with the older generation. They will not be with us forever. And when they are gone, those memories and stories and history are also. Fighting against evil is sometimes necessary. Remaining neutral is rarely an option. Everyone must make difficult choices and sacrifice; everyone is impacted.
I would love to hear the story of the Bigard family.
by Kathryn Games
Beautifully written, intriguing and captivating. I couldn't put this book down.
by Kyra Becker
Tim Murgatroyd was brought up in Yorkshire. He read English at Hertford College, Oxford University, and now lives with his family in York. Tim became fascinated with Ancient China when he discovered a slim volume of Chinese poetry in a second hand bookshop.
His first novel, Taming Poison Dragons set in 12th Century China, has been described as 'a captivatingly original and unforgettable story of tragedy and enduring love'. The sequel, Breaking Bamboo, is the second instalment of a trilogy charting the trials and adventures of the Yun clan during the Mongol invasion of China. The third part of his trilogy, The Mandate of Heaven, set during the brutal Mongol occupation of China was published in October 2013.
Taming Poison Dragons and Breaking Bamboo have now been translated into Chinese by the prestigious Shanghai Literature and Arts publishing house.
In a new venture, Tim will be publishing a number of new titles in 2017.
The Nazi’s Daughter, a haunting time-shift novel set in World War 2 and contemporary New York.
Dust of the Earth, an epic love story set in troubled 1870s California and its fascinating early wine industry.
Three e-booklets of poetry in a series called ‘Poems for Mobiles’: Lullaby, Drunk and The Stars are Apples.
Please visit Tim's website www.timmurgatroyd.co.uk for further information about the fascinating background to these novels and his poetry.