About the book: Across Great Divides is a timeless, World War II story of the upheavals of war, the power of family, and the resiliency of human spirit. When Hitler comes to power in 1933, one Jewish family refuses to be destroyed and defies the Nazis only to come up against another struggle—confronting Apartheid in South Africa.
Sixteen-year-old Eva and her twin sister, Inge, witness their lives in Berlin change before their eyes. Their best friend, Trudy, betrays them when she becomes a member of the Hitler Youth. A valuable family heirloom, a beautiful emerald and diamond pendant necklace, is confiscated by the Nazis as they harass Jewish families and businesses.
Their younger brother, Max, a member of the underground resistance, sees even greater danger ahead.
Their father, Oskar, refuses to leave his beloved Germany and believes Hitler will eventually fail.
They finally flee Nazi Germany with the help of the underground resistance —a young German man, a nun, a countess conspiring against the Nazis, and a winegrower secretly hiding Jewish children.
War continues to follow them until they arrive in Cape Town, South Africa. The family hires an impoverished colored woman, Zoe, as their maid and shields her and her daughter, Zola, from the dangers they face in the slums and from the horrors of Apartheid, which are all too reminiscent of Nazi Germany.
Across Great Divides illuminates a Jewish family in Germany in WWII caught in significant 20th-century travesties: the Nazi occupation of Europe during World War Two and Apartheid in South Africa.
About the Author: Monique loves writing that twitches her smiling muscles or transports her to another time or place. Her passion for writing began as a young girl while penning stories in a journal. Now she looks forward to deepening her passion by creating many unique stories that do nothing less than intrigue her readers.
Monique was born in Cape Town, South Africa, and her grandparents were European Jews who fled their home as Hitler rose to power. It’s their story that inspired her to write Across Great Divides, her debut, historical fiction novel.
Monique holds a degree in journalism from Southern Methodist University in Dallas and is also the author of a children’s book Once Upon a Time in Venice. In her free time, she loves to travel, play tennis, pursue her passion for writing, and read historical fiction. In 2008, she was chosen by the American Jewish Committee’s ACCESS program to travel to Berlin, Germany, on the 70th anniversary of Kristallnacht, to explore German and Israeli relations along with 20 other Jewish professionals from across the U.S.
My Say: The Great Divides is written by Monique Roy and this is the second book which I have read from the same Author. She has made me fell in love with historical fiction genre. This book is based on the time when Adolf Hitler ruled. Monique has done impeccable research on that era and, she knows how to blend history with fiction quite well.
The characterization is good but, the plot will steal your heart. The bitterness around innocent twins, Eva and Inge will make you emotional and, the book is filled with so many nail-biting moments that you’ll end up turning the pages.
Eva’s bond with her sister, friend, and family, her strong opinions in the classroom, the burning books’ scene and, the hardships of her family during their escape… this book has got all the elements which make a reader glued to the book.
From the beginning to the end, this book will take you to a dark world which changed so many people’s lives and, has given them a memory which they want to forget but they can’t!
In the end, I would like to recommend this book to everyone who loves historical fiction and I can’t wait to read more from Monique Roy ❤
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Have a look at my review of her book ‘A savage Kultur’
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