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!Free Kindle ♡ The Love That I Have ⚇ Margot Baumann Has Left School To Take Up Her Sister S Job In The Mailroom Of A Large Prison But This Is Germany In , And The Prison Is Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Near BerlinMargot Is Shielded From The Camp S Brutality As She Has No Contact With Prisoners But She Does Handle Their Mail And, When Given A Cigarette Lighter And Told To Burn The Letters, She Is Horrified By The Callous Act She Must Carry Out With Her Own Hands This Is Especially Painful Since Her Brother Was Taken Prisoner At Stalingrad And Her Family Have Had No Letters From Him So Margot Steals A Few Letters, Intending To Send Them In Secret, Only To Find Herself Drawn To Their Heart Rending Words Of Hope, Of Despair, And Of LoveThis Is How Margot Comes To Know Dieter Kleinschmidt Through The Beauty And The Passion Of His Letters To His GirlfriendAnd Since His Girlfriend Is Also Named Margot, It Is Like Reading Love Letters Written For HerFrom Award Winning Australian Author James Moloney, Comes A Fresh And Compelling Story About Love, Loss And Profound Bravery For Fans Of The Book Thief, This Powerful And Heartbreaking Story Set During WW Stays With You Long After The Final Page Is Read Whew As is often the case with books set in WW2, this is a hearbreaking story with just enough touching moments to restore your faith in humanity I couldn t put it down. Apart from my usual preferred genre of mystery suspense, I have a weakness for historical novels set during WW2 and can never resist a new angle on this dark chapter in human history When I saw that James Moloney s new novel, The Love That I Have, was being compared with The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, which is one of my all time favourite novels, I knew I had to read it It is perhaps no surprise that Moloney, a successful children s author, would choose a sweet and naive sixteen year old girl as his main protagonist in a story of hope and love Don t we all remember that turbulent time in our teens, on the cusp of adulthood, when all of life still lay ahead of us and anything was possible Even in the darkest of times, teenage girls will still swoon over handsome young men and dream of meeting their one true love, their happily ever after, even if the world around them is rapidly disintegrating At sixteen, Margot Baumann is an innocent when it comes to love, and with youthful optimism she believes that it will always triumph over adversity I really enjoyed seeing how the foundations of the political views she has been indoctrinated with under Hitler s reign slowly crumble when she is being confronted with those purest of human emotions the will to survive and love Love expressed in the words of Konzentrationslager prisoners, whose letters she secretly reads in the camp s mail room Letters that will never make it to their intended recipients, because Margot, the camp s new mail clerk, has been tasked with burning them Her moral dilemma is very well explored here on one hand she has been told that Jews are not really human, but on the other hand she can see that their letters prove otherwise These are people just like her brother, who is imprisoned in a POW camp in Russia, writing home to their loved ones, voicing their hope of seeing them again One of the letters that fall into Margot s hands is from a political prisoner called Dieter Kleinschmidt, expressing his love and longing for his girlfriend, whose name coincidentally is also Margot I could easily imagine that a young naive girl could fall in love with a person s letters and that she would act impulsively to save the young man who has captured her heart with his writing I really liked Margot she was sweet and innocent and courageous.My own sixteen year old self would have been totally enamoured by this story and the idea of pure love through the written word, the meeting of two souls at a time when death was only ever a heartbeat away However, my old cynical self was not so easily swayed, pointing out the plot holes and the implausibility of some of Margot s actions I was reading this book like a split personality, the little angel on one shoulder whispering How sweet, how beautiful Whilst the little devil on the other sneered disdainfully This would never work this could never happen This novel is not marketed as a YA novel, although I thought that it would probably work better for a less cynical, younger audience than the seen it all jaded reader that I am Perhaps there is a reason I prefer dark and sinister murder mysteries So, whilst parts of the story captured my heart and offered a fresh new angle to an episode in history that has featured in thousands of books, there was a lot of suspension of disbelief necessary for me to go along with parts of the plot.In summary, The Love That I Have offers a unique angle to one of the darkest chapters of human history, with a courageous and innocent heroine that reinforces the message that love can indeed triumph over hate and adversity With a young teenage cast and a rich historical setting, it will appeal to a younger audience or lovers of the genre who are looking for a different approach to your typical holocaust novel in which the good and the bad are clearly defined However, readers who find it difficult to suspend disbelief may struggle with certain parts of this story Thank you to Netgalley and HarperCollins Australia for the free electronic copy of this novel and for giving me the opportunity to provide an honest review. blog facebook instagram James Moloney is described as an Australian author with over 50 titles to his name, many of which were written for young people Though The Love That I Have was historical fiction, to a certain extent it explains the YA feel to this book This is great for a couple of reasons First and foremost, as many readers have said before, it s so important that we Never Forget the holocaust If this books helps a whole new generation of readers learn about the atrocities of Nazi Germany, of the millions of lives heartlessly stolen and I feel sure it will then this is an important read The second reason isselfish I m definitely partial to the YA genre and I was quite taken by this story which gave me yet another perspective on this period.With a great opening sentence Moloney instantly made me sit up and listen and I kept listening view spoiler For as long as I can remember, I ve loved three things the long summer holidays, my brother Walther and Adolf Hitler hide spoiler A historical fiction, war based romance novel James Moloney, you know just what I love Upon starting this book my expectations dropped pretty lowI wasn t a fan of the writing style and it didn t hook me as much as I hoped it would However, I pushed through and sure enough I was sucked into this novel as it took turns I didn t expect it to The blurb doesn t give away even half of what happens in this book and I loved that I won t give anything away but if you pick up this book and you re not feelingkeep going I didn t feel much depth to the characters but there was still an array of them and they were all so different from one another Family members, friends and others al stood out against each other and having Margot as the main character was wonderful Her innocence and naivety was portrayed really well She was a flawed character who was trying her damned hardest I really felt for her at times I was hooked on this because because her character is described as loving Hitler I think that s why I stuck with this book for so long because I haven t read a book from the perspective before set during WWII I did feel like there was a blanket kind of put over the entire story which is why I m giving it a 4 stars but it s was still an enjoyable read that featured the heartbreak and ache of war, losing loved ones and overcoming or learning to live with the trauma and damage that was caused If you re a fan of historical fiction romances, GET IT www.facebook.com onewomansbbr 4.5 stars The Love That I Have by James Moloney 2018 At 16, Margot has left school to commence work in the mailroom of a concentration camp in Germany in 1944 Margot is shielded from most of the brutality but is shocked when she is told to burn the prisoners letters instead of sending them She decides to steal some letters to send on, only to find herself drawn to their words of hope, despair and love This is how Margot comes to know Dieter when she reads his beautiful and passionate letters to his girlfriend, coincidentally also named Margot so it s like the love letters are for her I tend to mainly avoid holocaust books these days, purely because I ve read quite a few and I sometimes feel overdone with it But, the blurb of this book stood out to me and I couldn t not pick it up I m glad I did because it was a haunting yet beautiful story We get to experience Margot s viewpoint for the majority of the book with a section devoted to Dieter s point of view The book is well written and I could picture the events happening as I read them as a female who was 16 once I could easily relate to Margot I imagine readers from young adult upwards who enjoy historical fiction with a touch of romance will greatly appreciate this moving story. I had high hopes for this book as it had been compared to The Book Thief But it fell far short This is James Malonoey s first novel for adults and yet to me it still seemed like a book for young teens, especially in terms of how Margot cannot read Dieter s feelings for her.The plot line was too far fetched so I struggled to buy into this book I look many of Maloney s earlier books, but this one wasn t for me. The first part of this story is told by Margot, a German girl who works in the mailroom at Sachenshausen and reads letters written by the prisoners She is particularly drawn to the love letters written by Dieter to his girlfriend in Auschwitz, also called Margot, and when she realises there is no chance that this girl will ever receive Dieter s letters, she decides to pretend to be the other Margot and reply to him as a way of keeping his despair at bay Margot then goes even further and finds a way to help keep him alive The second part of the book is written by Dieter in the immediate aftermath of the German defeat and I found this part a bit less convincing andlike a vehicle to move the story along But there is a lot to like about this novel there is plenty about the nature of love and the horrors and reality of war, especially how it affected German families It reminded me a bit of The Boy in the Stripped Pyjamas due to Margot s naivety While the main characters are older teenagers, this book islike a YA crossover Recommended for secondary school libraries both your staff and students will enjoy it. Australian author James Moloney, who has an impressive back catalogue of children s books makes his adult fiction debut with his new novel, The Love That I Have This is a powerful story, that takes us to the dying days of World War II Germany, reminding us that love and hope can be found in moments of great despair.The Love That I Have introduces the principal character of Margot Baumann Margot is sixteen years old and has recently left school to take over the reins of her older sister s job in the mail room of a German prison But what Margot and many members of the German population do not realise is that the prison she is sorting mail for is actually a concentration camp There are many German citizens who work at this prison Most are unaware of the brutality and the awful camp conditions For Margot, her job involves dealing with the mail that comes into the camp She is under strict orders to burn all prisoner letters This is a cruel act that horrifies her So, to save her soul, Margot commits an act of defiance, she manages to save a number of letters Some would call this stealing, but for Margot, the letters provide a sense of hope in the face of utter despair Through the letters Margot becomes acquainted to Dieter Kleinschmidt Dieter s letters to another Margot moves this young woman greatly Dieter s letters have the power to change Margot beyond recognition and they become the catalyst for a huge act of courage.Historical fiction, namely World War II based fiction and stories revolving around the holocaust are always stories I gravitate towards Therefore, it comes as no surprise that as soon as I saw early book buzz around The Love That I Have, I knew I had to get my hands on this book as soon as it released As with many holocaust of World War II themed books it is always problematic to state that you enjoyed the book Rather, I think it is best to say, I appreciated what Moloney offers his readers.The Love That I Have have been compared to some pretty weighty and popular World War II titles that feature the holocaust From The Book Thief, to The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and All the Light I Cannot See I can see the lines of similarity, but The Love That I have provides us with yet another different angle on this regrettable chapter of our world history I would say The Love That I Have is an adult fiction novel, with clear YA tendencies It is also a historical romance, along with a defined coming of age story But what moved me the most about this book was the fact that it brought to the table another chapter of history that we may not have been aware of.I have read many books now on World War II and the holocaust but they tend not to focus on the later stages of the war, especially from the German citizen s perspective Moloney presents us with a unique angle and a fresh take on an overly covered chapter from our history books Moloney exposes the ideologies of the German people, their political mindset and how this all had to come crashing down in the dying stages of the war Margot, the principal character, is a protagonist who comes full circle Margot s world view flips as she witnesses first hand the atrocities committed by her once beloved Nazi party and the figurehead, Adolf Hitler.Margot is a completely agreeable character The audience is meant to love her, and they do We become completely swept up in Margot s own views of romance, compassion and hope Margot is initially presented as quite young and naive, ignorant to the terrible acts of brutality going on around her However, she is forever changed by the job she takes up in the mail room She suddenly transforms, takes risks, summons all the courage she can and challenges the world in which she has lived The secondary character set that feature in this novel compliment Margot I found them surprising in their own special ways Especially when Moloney shows us an alternative presentation of German guards.Moloney s first effort for an adult fiction novel is one that will move you It is delicately written, thoroughly researched and comes with an added extra of an epistolary aspect to the storyline Dividing the perspectives of both leads, Margot and Dieter, draws us carefully into the tale I did observe some plausibility issues in the plot, but I was happy to overlook this myself as I appreciated this novel as a whole.In summary, The Love That I Have is a youthful and tender account of a heartbreaking period in world history Books such as this one serve to bridge the gap, ensuring current generations are aware of the effects of this dark chapter in our shared history Book M of the a z author challenge 2018 4.5 5 Full review to come