Searching for Gertrude by D.E. Haggerty
Searching for Gertrude
While growing up in Germany in the 1930s, Rudolf falls in love with the girl next door, Gertrude. He doesn’t care what religion Gertrude practices, but the Nazis do. When the first antisemitic laws are enacted by the Nazi government, Gertrude’s father loses his job at the local university. Unable to find employment in Germany, he accepts a position at Istanbul University and moves the family to Turkey. Rudolf, desperate to follow Gertrude, takes a position as a consulate worker in Istanbul with the very government which caused her exile. With Rudolf finally living in the same city as Gertrude, their reunion should be inevitable, but he can’t find her. During his search for Gertrude, he stumbles upon Rosalyn, an American Jew working as a nanny in the city. Upon hearing his heartbreaking story, she immediately agrees to help him search for his lost love. Willing to do anything in their search for Gertrude, they agree to work for a British intelligence officer who promises his assistance, but his demands endanger Rudolf and Rosalyn. As the danger increases and the search for Gertrude stretches on, Rudolf and Rosalyn grow close, but Rudolf gave his heart away long ago.
Review: I am used to reading light, humorous rom-com/cozy mystery books from this author, which I have always enjoyed. This book is a major deviation from that, and it shows that she has a wide-ranging talent.
This WWII era story, set in Istanbul, is emotional, captivating and amazing. The author has obviously done her research, and she makes actual historical events an integral part of the story. The action is virtually non-stop, and the reader is drawn in from the start, caring deeply for the characters, feeling their pain and their joy.
Rating: Four stars
I grew up reading everything I could get my grubby hands on, from my mom's Harlequin romances,Searching for Gertrude is my twelfth book.
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