The Orphans of Berlin by Jina Bacarr

As you know, I love WWII historical fiction. As part of Rachel’s Random Resources, I have a book just at the start of WWII. I enjoyed this story about a part of WWII that I was not aware of.

A heartbreaking World War 2 novel that tells the story of two women’s fight for love, family and hope, as the world crumbles around them. Based on the true story of the Kindertransport rescue from Nazi-occupied Europe.

Berlin, 1936. The Landau family are at the heart of their community, running a music shop in Berlin and just trying to survive. But their lives are unravelling as Hitler's power increases and the treatment of Jewish families deteriorates. Eldest daughter, Rachel, fears for her sisters' future and will do anything she can to keep them safe. Will she find hope in the darkness?

Paris, 1936. As whispers of war travel over from Europe, American debutante Kay escapes her mother's grasp and travels as a reluctant spy from Paris to Berlin. But a chance meeting with the Landau family will change her life forever. Kay is determined to give Rachel and her sisters a fighting chance in a society where the youngest are paying the ultimate price, even if it means making dangerous enemies along the way…

As the world marches toward war, these brave women will find strength in joining forces to save the ones they love. But they will need the support of one another more than they will ever realise in order to survive…


Hitler is in power and rights are starting to be taken from Jewish people. Three sisters and their parents are trying to get out of Germany. On the other side of the ocean an American heiress does not want the life her mother laid out for her. The woman and the family will meet and change each other’s lives.

This book takes place at the very beginning of the war, before many other countries has joined the fight. I really enjoyed Kay’s story and how she forged her own path. She does what she wants despite her mothers protests. I loved how she becomes involved in the chocolate company.

The story is told from Kay and Rachel, the oldest of the German sisters). It is a well written and attention holding story. I’m so glad I had the chance to read it.

Author Bio:

Jina Bacarr is a US-based historical romance author of over 10 previous books. She has been a screenwriter, journalist and news reporter, but now writes full-time and lives in LA. Jina’s novels have been sold in 9 territories. Her first novel with Boldwood is called Her Lost Love.

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  1. Thank you so much for your lovely review of my book, The Orphans of Berlin... I wanted to spotlight a time in history well known... but not everything... through the eyes of a family living it and the amazing Philly deb who risks it all to save them.

    1. Congratulations on pub day today!!! It’s exciting for everyone to be able to read this book!

    2. Thank you, Sheri! Very kind of you.

    3. Oops, I didn't push the right button -- Anon. is me!


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