As if being an American in Nazi Germany isn’t bad enough Elizabeth “Beth” Bridgewater is also a paperless American in Nazi Germany. Being such a kind and giving person can have its drawbacks, however, as far as her relatives and friends are concerned. Helping a Jewish family out on the street where discovery isn’t quite so ominous isn’t quite the same thing as bringing that family home while hiding and providing for them. But Beth, in her element, cannot be deterred. Before long she has joined forces with her uncle’s new boarder and the son of a Gestapo officer, Dr. Josef Buch. Together they work with the White Rose group, distributing literature that expresses anti-Nazi sentiments. Their work and the fact that they live in the same house often throws Beth ad Josef together and it isn’t long before a future marriage is pending. Providing their work isn’t discovered first. And providing that aren’t ruthlessly killed as many of their compatriots have been. With the uncertain future hanging over their heads Beth and Josef forge ahead for better or for worse.
Anna Schmidt’s All God’s Children is a riveting, action-packed read (not to mention educational). Ms. Schmidt manages to seamlessly weave historical events and facts into the story providing a very realistic setting. Characters are placed in direct contact with real people and organizations of the time. The characters themselves were well-grounded, I thought. I liked how the story started right off; it didn’t take ages for it to get going, at all! The third part of the story was somewhat surprising (I don’t read much World War II fiction – nonfiction yes, fiction no – so I wouldn’t know one way or the other if the particular turn of events featured in All God’s Children was a common technique in stories such as these, but I thought it was very good). You got to say one thing about it – the author didn’t give her character an easy go of it, that’s for certain!
Five out of five stars.
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