Friday, July 30, 2021



Isla grew up hearing pre-war stories about her grandfather and how he fought the Germans to protect his people as a young soldier.  But while staying at her grandparents house, she is in the attic rummaging through old photos to collect for his 95th birthday celebration.  Isla finds a photo of her grandfather wearing a Nazi uniform.  Because her grandfather has dementia, he is unable to answer Isla’s questions about the photo.  So, Isla sets out tho find the truth behind the photograph.  

I found this book to be so intriguing, the plot twists and turns of this story make it a rapid page turner.  I absolutely could not wait to discover the truth in the story. This book is filled with love, betrayal and family, but when I found out that this was based on a true story, it surpassed extraordinary.  Phenomenal doesn’t describe it enough, it is truly a must read.  I enjoyed this book from beginning to end, it is an amazing, unputdownable must read. I wish I could give it more than five stars.

Thank you Carly Schabowski for such a wonderfully well written story.  This heartbreaking historical fiction is both engaging and entertaining.  It hits all the emotions and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The characters were relatable and I highly recommend this book.  I look forward to reading more books from this author.


Rating: 5 out of 5.


Author: Carly Schabowski
Publisher:  Bookouture 
Publication Date: July 28, 2021 
Pages: 294 
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There, on the dusty floorboards, was a piece of paper, folded neatly. A newspaper article from 1941, written in German, alongside a faded picture of two men in Nazi uniforms staring at the camera. I was about to place it back in the box of forgotten things when something in the text jumped out at me. My breath caught in my chest. I know that name.

London, present day. Isla has grown up hearing her beloved grandad’s stories about his life as a child in pre-war Poland and as a young soldier bravely fighting the Germans to protect his people. So she is shocked and heartbroken to find, while collecting photos for his 95th birthday celebration, a picture of her dear grandfather wearing a Nazi uniform. Is everything she thought she knew about him a lie?

Unable to question him due to his advanced dementia, Isla wraps herself in her rainbow-coloured scarf, a memento of his from the war, and begins to hunt for the truth behind the photograph. What she uncovers is more shocking than she could have ever anticipated – a tale of childhood sweethearts torn apart by family duty, and how one young man risked his life, his love and the respect of his own people, to secretly fight for justice from inside the heart of the enemy itself…


Carly Schabowski worked as a journalist in both North   Cyprus and Australia before returning to Oxford, where she studied for an MA and then a PhD in creative writing at Oxford Brookes University. Carly now teaches at Oxford Brookes University as an associate lecturer in Creative Writing for first and second-year English literature students.

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