• Title: The Good at Heart
  • Author: Ursula Werner
  • ISBN: 9781501147579
  • Page: 132
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Good at Heart Based on the author s discoveries about her great grandfather this stunning debut novel takes place over three days when World War II comes to the doorstep of an ordinary German family living in an i
    Based on the author s discoveries about her great grandfather, this stunning debut novel takes place over three days when World War II comes to the doorstep of an ordinary German family living in an idyllic, rural village near the Swiss border.When World War II breaks out, Edith and Oskar Eberhardt move their family their daughter, Marina son in law, Franz and their granBased on the author s discoveries about her great grandfather, this stunning debut novel takes place over three days when World War II comes to the doorstep of an ordinary German family living in an idyllic, rural village near the Swiss border.When World War II breaks out, Edith and Oskar Eberhardt move their family their daughter, Marina son in law, Franz and their granddaughters out of Berlin and into a small house in the quiet town of Blumental, near Switzerland A member of Hitler s cabinet, Oskar is gone most of the time, and Franz begins fighting in the war, so the women of the house are left to their quiet lives in the picturesque village.But life in Blumental isn t as idyllic as it appears An egotistical Nazi captain terrorizes the citizens he s assigned to protect Neighbors spy on each other Some mysteriously disappear Marina has a lover who also has close ties to her family and the government Thinking none of them share her hatred of the Reich, she joins a Protestant priest smuggling Jewish refugees over the nearby Swiss border The latest package is two Polish girls who ve lost the rest of their family, and against her better judgment, Marina finds she must hide them in the Eberhardt s cellar Everything is set to go smoothly until Oskar comes home with the news that the F hrer will be visiting the area for a concert, and he will be making a house call on the Eberhardts.Based on the author s discoveries about her great grandfather, this extraordinary debut, full of love, tragedy, and suspense, is a sensitive portrait of a family torn between doing their duty for their country and doing what s right for their country, and especially for those they love.

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    1. I love historical fiction set during World War II, and this one was a bit different since it focused on a German family whose patriarch is a member of Hitler’s cabinet. Oskar Eberhardt has moved his family – wife, daughter, and granddaughters – to a small village close to the Swiss border called Blumental. Here they’ll be protected from most of the horrors of the war, or so it seems. Within the town, there are people who support the Führer or seem apathetic, and those who oppose the Naz [...]

    2. I was quite taken with the stunning cover and the blurb intrigued me. Escpailly the fact that the book was based on her discovery about her great-grandfather. I found the start of the book great with the introduction of the characters that live in Blumental. I especially loved the viewpoint of little Rosie, the youngest daughter of Mariana. I'm used to reading books about WW2 from the Allies side of the story, so reading a book set in Germany was a nice change. As I wrote before did I find the s [...]

    3. Growing up, Ursula Werner did not know much about her great-grandfather, except that he was a member of Hitler's Cabinet. This gorgeous debut novel is inspired by her own family history, and we are so proud to publish it.

    4. At the start of World War II, the Eberhardt family moved from tense Berlin to a quiet village near the Swiss border. The patriarch, Oskar, is a busy member of Hitler’s cabinet and his son-in-law, Franz, is away fighting for the Third Reich, leaving Oskar’s wife Edith, his daughter Marina, and three granddaughters to carry on life at home. The Eberhardts seem to be a loyal family doing their duty for country and Fuhrer, but they are all keeping secrets, even from each other. Marina has a love [...]

    5. The Good at Heart: A Novel by Ursula Werner This piece of historical-fiction is based on the author’s discoveries about her great-grandfather and his family during WW II, which takes place over a three day period, in the small town of Blumental, near the Swiss border. When WW II breaks out, Oskar Eberhardt, a member of Hitler’s cabinet, moves his family from Berlin to Blumental, wife Edith, daughter Marina, son in law Franz, and his three granddaughters. He is hardly ever there and his son i [...]

    6. I received this book in a giveaway. This story revolves around three days in 1944, A during World War II in a small town in Germany near Switzerland. The father of the family is a member of the Fuhrer's cabinet which causes tension in the family. A great read. If you like Historical Fiction about World War II I would recommend this

    7. I am a lover of all things history, so when I was asked to review The Good at Heart, I immediately jumped at the opportunity. The story follows a family as they fight to do what is best for their family while attempting to obey the rules of their country as well. "Attempting" is the key word here folks. Some of the family members become involved in smuggling refugees across the border and the entire family is put at risk. I loved the characters and truly enjoyed each of their personalities. The [...]

    8. Historical fiction has been my favorite genre since a teen. This book did not disappoint. It is right up there with The Book Thief and Sarah's Key.The characters were beautifully developed. It was easy to visualize the three young sisters as they made their way around Blumental during the three days of July, 1944. It is the end of WWII and the family of women: Oma (Edith), Mutti (Marina) and her three young daughters are getting ready for a visit from The Fuhrer. Opa, Oskar, works in Berlin and [...]

    9. Thanks Touchstone and netgalley for this ARC.We can all say what we would have maybe done in a horrible situation but I think this novel comes close to the real life feelings of a family. A microcosm of a village and family in the Nazi era makes us think hard about the past and present. I don't want to say what I would do because its too hard to put myself there. this novel is the perfect springboard for this kind of discussion.

    10. I love stories that are based on fact, and this one did not let me down, from the first page forward we get an in-depth look at the lives of the Eberhardt family, and the parts they played in WWII over a two-day period.Made me think how I would feel if my father was involved with something that I detested, and then deciding to go him against by helping others. We are in a small village in Germany in 1944 and the family has just found out they are to serve the Furhur or Emperor as he is also know [...]

    11. To read this book you'd never know it was a debut novel Beautifully written with nuanced characters, it explores the lives of one German family and the rest of their town over three days toward the end of WWII. I saw so many parallels, sadly, to what is happening in the United States right now. I can only hope many, many people will read it and look within themselves to determine which of the townspeople they'd like to be. If only there were more people today who were truly good at heart. I'd li [...]

    12. I've been reading many stories set with a WWI and II background but this one is from a different perspective altogether. We hear of the persecuted and the persecutors but this is from a civilian German outlook, forced to live their lives under Hitler and for some members of the family only beginning to realize what was actually happening much later on in the day and then the utter horror of knowing that their men folk knew, understood and followed orders in the persecution of their fellow neighb [...]

    13. My Thoughts:I loved the story taking place over a three day period. By slowing down the timeline of days, the story had a pace I could keep up with, and understand the details of each day.When the story began, I had no idea the attention each character would have in the story. One of Marina’s daughters has a strong role. She is a child, but the full scope of her purpose will become apparent at conclusion.Marina and her father, Oskar, are at enmity. However, Oskar is adored by his wife and gran [...]

    14. Set in three days in July 1944, this novel, based on the author's great-grandfather, explores how good Germans condone, comply, and work against a corrupt regime. Oskar Eberhardt, a key figure in Hitler's cabinet, has moved his family to southern Germany where the war is fairly remote. When the novel opens, Oskar phones his wife to hang French flags in town because he fears the French army is fast approaching. However, an eager young German captain appears and almost hangs the burgermeister befo [...]

    15. For three days during WWII, we are allowed glimpses into the lives of ordinary Germans civilians in the village of Blumental. This village is on the border with Switzerland and, as such, is highly attractive to people who wish to escape Germany. At the same time, the townspeople do not escape notice of the Nazis. "An egotistical Nazi captain terrorizes the citizens he's assigned to protect; neighbors spy on each other; some mysteriously disappear.So, during these three days, we watch the town as [...]

    16. This truly was a beautiful book. Although the scope of the writing covered only 3 days in the life of the Eberhardt family in Germany during World War II, the feelings of the characters for one another and the history behind those feelings filled in the past. The story raised the recurring question of how much the average German actually knew and how many followed because the consequences for not following were unthinkable. It's the story of how a single evil person, or a few evil people, can in [...]

    17. Overall a good book, but the storytelling felt a little flat. The matriach, Edith; her daughter, Marina; and three granddaughters live together in a small German town near Switzerland. Edith's husband, Oskar, is a member of Hilter's cabinet. The tale focuses on three days during which Hitler pays a visit to the family's home. Much intrigue in this small community and the main characters face difficult questions about familial loyalty, betrayal and courage. I liked the main characters and their n [...]

    18. The title of this book comes from a quote of Anne Frank "In spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart. The story takes place over a period of three days in the small German town of Blumenthal. The family patriarch (Oskar Eberhardt) is a member of Hitler's cabinet and this causes very mixed feelings in the family - they adore their father but don't understand why he would be a cohort of Hitler's. Oskar was the great grandfather of the author of the book which is ver [...]

    19. I found this an enjoyable read. The characters were colourfully painted, and the story of this family is slowly, tenderly revealed as the book heads toward an unknown impending event. I found the writing quite lovely, and enjoyed spending time with the characters, and in the house in the mountains with the beautiful garden full of flowers.

    20. Beautifully written - a compelling story of one imagined version of life in Germany toward the end of World War II. I appreciate the sympathetic portrait of Germans who did what they could to resist. It made me curious to learn more about the resistance within Germany. Most of all, I admire Werner's lyric sentences and skillful storytelling.

    21. *suspenseful*well-fleshed out characters*poetic, beautiful writingI could only read this book in bits and pieces knowing full well that some of my favorite characters would lose their lives doing what's right during courageous moments. The author put breath and flesh into the characters so well that I wanted to know them.

    22. Debut novel based on author's discoveries about her great-grandfather's service in Hitler's Cabinet in WWII Germany while his family relocates to the town of Blumenthal near Switzerland. In spite of its idyllic setting, his family's day-to-day life in Blumenthal is never without mystery, suspense and unanswered questions. The War seems far away until an unexpected visit by the Fuhrer.

    23. Good premise, interesting characters, and very good plotting. I just felt like she could have done a lot more with them. (view spoiler)[When you discover that practically all the major characters are more or less on the same side, it waters down the conflict. (hide spoiler)]

    24. Interesting take on what it meant to be German during the third Reich. Book explores how each family member finds their own way to keep true to themselves and their family. Yay Ursula for a great first novel. We ar all looking forward to your next one.

    25. A very tense few days in a small village in the German Alps toward the end of World War II in Europe.

    26. Historical fiction covering three days during WWII Germany and that there are always good people . Heartbreaking.

    27. Good:* Excellent characters.* It's not that often that we have a novel that focuses on an almost ordinary German family during the second world war.Bad:* Too peaceful.

    28. Very much enjoyed this book.I loved the characters.Its a great read and it was over way too soon.

    29. This story really drew me in, with wonderful characters and many surprise turns. It is also timely, as we watch our current political situation in the United States.

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