REVIEW: CUCKOO CLOCK NEW YORK Esther’s Story (Unbroken Bonds) by Elisabeth Marrion
Kristallnacht 9 November 1938. Doctor Esther Rosenthal’s husband has just enough time to whisper to her before the SA pulls him out of the door and slams it shut behind him.
Esther has to leave Germany in a hurry and embarks on a journey taking her through Holland, England, and ultimately to the USA.
In Holland she meets a group of children from a Berlin orphanage, the first children to go to England on the Kindertransport. Together with her father Mordechai she joins them on their crossing and accompanies them to Harwich.
The Kindertransport comes to an abrupt end on the outbreak of World War II. What will happen to the children still in Harwich without a new permanent or foster home?
‘Cuckoo Clock – New York: Esther’s Story‘, is the third book in the Unbroken Bonds series.
I immensely enjoyed the first two in this series and as much as I was looking forward to this, I worried that it wouldn’t live up to my high expectations. It excelled easily. Elisabeth Marrion is a gifted story-teller who really touches your heart with her amazingly drawn characters and storylines.
There are quite a few of those people and sub-plots as teh novel transports us through several European countries and the US.
I’m a big fan of WW2 fiction, although a lot of it can be repetitive and simplistic. Marrion is a master at bringing the human aspect of history alive, personalising the big political picture and weaving it together with skill in her cleverly plotted story.
Esther Rosenthal and her father Modechai’s escape left me at the edge of my seat, yet Marrion never takes it too far, allowing enough space for characterisation and emotional dept.
The Kindertransports are a fascinating subject as is Annie’s story. I cannot recommend this highly enough. Well worth a read.
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What other reviewers said:
It will move your heart-strings until the last thread of plot is tied up in the epilogue. A heart-felt and amazing piece of historical literature, all the more powerful knowing that much of this (if not all) is based on true people and their lives.
If you are interested in the era this will not disappoint. I’m still thinking of those characters and their amazing lives.
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