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Monday, August 31, 2015

The Beast's Garden by Kate Forsyth

This is an evocative and fast-paced novel about a beautiful and bravve music student who finds herself falling in love with a handsome Nazi in Berlin before the war.  Ava doesn't understand how Leo can like the poetry of Rilke, seem to be such an honourable person and work for the cruel and bullying Nazis.  She hates everything that they stand for, including arresting her Jewish friend.

However, is he really one of them?  Perhaps, he is hiding a secret.

I liked the sympathetic characters in this tale by the Australian author Kate Forsyth and the atmospheric descriptions of Berlin.  You could almost feel the snow crunching under your feet! I gave the book four stars at Net Galley because of this, but I did think that the story was a bit far-fetched.  However, as Hamlet said: 'There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy'.

I received this ebook from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

Forsyth, Kate.  The Beast's Garden
Random House Australia
Kindle  $9.95

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