The Star and the Cross

Evelyn M. Turner
The Star and the Cross
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The Wild Rose Press
Release Date
January 2017

Genre: Non Romance

Born into a loving, wealthy German family, Katarina Von Rahmel, protected and cherished, becomes a prima ballerina but finds her career destroyed by the horrors of war. Betrayed by the Nazi officer she has married, she escapes a prison camp and joins her brother and others as they fight back against Hitler's regime.

In the aftermath of WWII, they continue their battle against oppression as Berlin teeters on the brink of a Stalinist takeover. Becoming estranged from her family, except for her Catholic priest brother, Katarina abandons her daughter and marries again to escape the difficult post-war living conditions in the bombed-out city.

Her new husband objects to her continued anti-Communist activities and eventually is able to take her home with him to Hawaii to begin a new life, but Katarina's terrible memories from the war and her fierce independence cause her unwitting betrayal of the children she would fight to keep.

Book Review by Rachel's Willful Thoughts (reviewer)
Jun 16, 2017   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
96 people found the following review helpful
Creating a book of fiction based on a true story can be somewhat tricky, especially when the true story features an up-close look at the events of World War II.

Author Evelyn Turner tells the story of a strong German Catholic family in THE STAR AND THE CROSS. It's the kind of story that requires a box of tissues, simply by virtue of the subject matter.

It's a story steeped in history, with key events portrayed, including the Holocaust. There's a strong element of suspense as the Resistance takes hold. It is also a story of love and loss as young lovers find themselves separated by religion.

Katarina instantly captured my attention because of her desire to do her part to help her family, yet the amount of suffering she experienced was truly horrifying. I kept waiting for her to have a happily ever after.

While the ending was full of drama, it bothered me that there were a significant number of loose ends. Ultimately, I walked away curious about exactly what was truth vs. fiction.
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