Rising From The Ruins
The German Messenger by M J Hollows is a mesmerizing historical novel that gripped me from the start.
The story is set in Liverpool 1940-1941 at the height of the blitz. M J Hollows writes of the horrors facing the brave people of the city. As the city burns, we witness brave firefighters running towards the flames. Comprehensive descriptions bring the landscape to life as we see a landscape right out of Dante’s inferno.
Ordinary citizens with German roots were viewed with suspicion. Some were interred in camps. It is heartbreaking to see the elderly wrenched from their homes to spend their last days incarcerated simply because of their roots.
There is a question of trust. Some, surprisingly, placed their loyalty with Hitler. These evil characters would prey on the vulnerable, using leverage to get classified information.
War throws people together. Neighbours help each other. Homes are opened to those in need of shelter and care.
We witness the rescues on bomb sites, seeing amazing miracles of survival.
All the characters were well drawn, likable and realistic.
I thoroughly enjoyed The German Messenger. I always love M J Hollow’s books that educate and entertain. This tale is simply marvelous.
I received a free copy via Net Galley. A favourable review was not required. All opinions are my own.