The Plum Tree (NEW)
Ellen Marie Wiseman Ñ 3 summaryRiting the book in my head I had the honor to read the original version of The Plum Tree before my dear riend Ellen even had an agent When I started reading it I could not put it down Although it takes place in war torn Germany during the reign of Hitler the story is about the German people their diversity their strength their conviction and their perseverance I believe that this book will appeal to readers of so many genres including historical and romance It is an absolutely abulous read and especially poignant as many of the details in the story are rom Ellen s amily s experiences While the blurb say masterfully written that is not my overall assessment The Plum Tree is about life Going Under from the other side of the coin in WW2 the life of a German girl and heramily This is a point of view I have not really considered until now Christine is 17 in 1938 and in love or the irst time with Isaac who has Jewish grandparents She is heartbroken when Hitler passes one of his many decrees and Isaac and his amily are erried in the dead of night to places unknown Christine and her Natural Blonde family are appalled at the Fuhrer s new ruling they are opposed to his ideas As the war begins and then progresses Christine samily eel the repercussions all able men are taken away to the army rationing begins and only Nazi radio can be accessed 1939 becomes 1940 1941 1942 The amily s hardship worsens meagrestarvation rations no word Samantha Spinner and the Super Secret Plans from theirather and they are Land of a Thousand Hills: My Life in Rwanda forced to attend ralliesor Hitler When a prisoners work detail is one day marched through the town Christine sees Isaac and remarkably Isaac escapes She happily shelters him in the attic but her life turns into a nightmare when the SS ind Isaac and they are both thrown into DachauEllen Marie Wiseman says that her irst manuscript of 280000 words was rejected so she cut and revised the story But to me this is where the novel Infestation fails iteels abridged I could not If My Love Were a Fire Truck: A Daddy's Love Song feel thoroughly invested because some detailselt like they were skimmed over More detail on the Dachau aspect conditions of prisoners their Write It When I'm Gone: Remarkable Off-The-Record Conversations with Gerald R. Ford food their work treatmentrom the guards etc would have help me Ready for Summer feel connected to the story I do think the author shows promise but the subject matter needed application There are some problems with modern sayings such as in the moment and snuck and the like and also aew English comprehension Cyberselfish A Critical Romp Through The Terribly Libertarian Culture Of High Tech flaws which better editing could have remedied She also constantly refers to the place that Christine lives as a village but then says Christine ran six blocks to Isaac s house six blocks in a village The idea I have of a village does not have six blocks in it At the Nazi rally she say thousands of Nazi soldiersiled into the saure thousands I don t know but that doesn t seem likely to me the Germans using thousands of their soldiers at a rally in a village Maybe Overall an average read and hoping that her next novel What She Left Behind shows Wiseman coming into her own 3 This is the A coerência textual first book I ve read by Ellen Marie Wiseman I ll read this author again Its clear Ellen Marie Wiseman has excellent STORYTELLING talent Her writinglows Its an Historical novel historically accurate about the Holocaust a topic I know much about Write Your Novel!: Tips from a Bestseller fromamily members Dogs Behaving Badly friends being Jewish other books on the Holocaust ongoing education with the intention to remember It might seem atirst anyway that what makes this book uniue is that the narrator is a young GERMAN girland the camp is not staged in Auschwitz Yet I actually don t ind the book all that uniue not
today in 2013 I suppose if I had read this book 40 yearsin 2013 I suppose if I had read this book 40 years I might have ound the German perspective of an awakening But I m 61 I ve read many books Revenge of the Land: A Century of Greed, Tragedy, and Murder on a Saskatchewan Farm from BOTH sides of the Holocaust we ve know that many GOOD German people were victims and heros in the war just as Jews wereI think The Plum Tree s GREATEST GIFT is keeping the HOLOCAUST story ALIVEPERIODwith engaging master storytelling abilitiesorming clear visuals page after page Yes I broke my rule and read this historical iction about a normal
and good German amily during WW2All I can say is it reminds me of agood German amily during WW2All I can say is it reminds me of a I took through German cities in 2002 I took many tours and was shocked to listen over and over again to German Guides telling an American audience with Naval Academy alumni present about how wretchedly the Allies had destroyed civilians and cities with bombing Several of us continued to walk out when this happenedSo I read this story where historical acts and dates are changed to suit the authors Mindful Living with Aspergers Syndrome fictional plot of cliche events and cliche characters The good Germans populace didn t know anything about what was happening the mainamily was comprised of all good people who loved their Jewish employers the mean girl in the village is the one who loved and married the mean SS officer and on and on and on ad nauseum Just when you think it s inally over a silly plot twist happens which make the lovers one Jewish and one good German heroes Once again I will say There are thousands of books out there which are non iction accounts both personal and historical of the people who lived through the war Fiction could never compete with these. Rratives of the Holocaust and Second World War Pam Jenoff author of The Ambassador's DaughterA haunting and beautiful debut novel Anna Jean Mayhew author of The Dry Grass of AugustIn The Plum Tree Ellen Marie Wiseman boldly explores the complexities of the Holocaust This novel is at times painful but it is also a satisfying love story set against the backdrop of one of the most difficult times in human history T Greenwood author of Two RiversAn unusual point of view on the Holocaust The Plum Tree is a story of star crossed lovers in a time of genocideThe details are exuisite and very thorough Young adult readers will The Habitat Guide to Birding find it refreshing to read a different perspective toward WWII Germany The terrors of the war will ignite compassion and disbelief – VOYA Magazi. N a Nazi managed society and she is not the twist at the end seems a bit contrived and her relationship with an American soldier seems a bit underdeveloped why is he so willing to help It sine if he s just a nice guy but we don t really understand his motivation For all the things Wiseman has left out the book Space Kid feels too long mostly because she is so determined to describe the physical landscape in which the charactersind themselves in so much detail I think she needs a lot of editing Christine I want you to understand something War makes perpetrators of some criminals of others and victims of everyone Not all of the soldiers on the Circumstantial Evidence: Death, Life, and Justice in a Southern Town front areighting or Hitler and his ideals Just because a soldier is in the battle doesn t mean that he believes in the war The Plum Tree is a story of a young girl Christine and her amily during WWII and the Nazi occupation of Germany Beyond that it is a tale of love and survival of loss and strength and a tale of hope It is historical Every Drop for Sale: Our Desperate Battle Over Water fiction woven with a tale of romance between a young German girl and a young German Jew at the height of the terror in Nazi occupied Germany We have all learned about WWII Nazi Germany the concentration camps and the horrors that befell Jews in Eastern Europe during Hitler s reign however this book brought this rich and terrifying history to life through the eyes of a young German girl and heramily in ways that I had not experienced before This is the Down We Go: Living Into the Wild Ways of Jesus first book that I have readrom a German viewpoint rather than that of a concentration camp or German Jew s perspective And the story was chillingChristine is a sympathetic protagonist who was easy to identify with When the book opens she is only 17 and is in love with a young Jewish boy Reach for the Rainbow: Advanced Healing for Survivors of Sexual Abuse from a well to doamily Predictably although I don t mean this as a slight their world changes when the war begins and Jewish Troubled Waters families are targeted by Hitler and his men Weollow Christine through the changes in her hometown including air raids bombings rationing of The Allergy-Fighting Garden: Stop Asthma and Allergies with Smart Landscaping food destruction Jewishamilies being whisked away in the night to work campus street shootings and unspeakable violence We often are not sure what has come of Christine s ather who was sent off to ight in the army or Isaac Christine s love who is likely sent away or being JewishEllen Marie Wiseman writes this novel rom personal experience as a Shadower first generation German American Ellen Marie spent much of her life between Germany and America and heard many talesrom Owls: Birds of the Night family members who lived during this time and experienced these unspeakable horrors This gives the novel areshness and a truthfulness that is easy to seeTo say you loved this book Bon Bon Voyage (A Carolyn Blue Culinary Mystery, feels wrong it is haunting and heartbreaking and horrific but it is also a lovely tale of young love and the heroism and spirit of a young German girl living in an unspeakably cruel world in a horrible period in Germany s history That being said this book is certainly a newavorite of mine and will be cherished orever Although I thought
I knew a great deal about this time period WWII and Nazi Occupiedknew a great deal about this time period WWII and Nazi Occupied I was wrong The perspective and the details rom this story will undoubtedly stay with me orever The copy I read was an ARC which I was ortunate to be able to borrow and I look orward to getting my hands on my own personal copy when The Plum Tree hits the shelves on December 24 Started off as a 4 star and gradually became a 25Oh I so so wanted to like this I d heard so much about it and recognized the home village really a town in the irst chapter as the very one in which I spent a lovely meaningful summer The story had such promise but too often I wanted to throw the book across the room Reasons therefore1 The heavy isted Defense of the Good German I m actually uite sympathetic but sometimes this elt like a defense in the guise of a novel Our heroine s concerns about the Nazis were often cloaked in a perspectives that didn t at all seem to line up with her station in life and education 2 A lot of telling instead of showing We hear a lot about the hard work of Mutti but we despite the long descriptions we don t see it The central love affair begins in the A Look Over My Shoulder: A Life in the Central Intelligence Agency first chapter but the couple haveallen in love before the book begins We don t see that attraction that cements the book together Why on earth is she riends with Kate 3 The last third of the book reads completely as a Plot Device So That Our Heroine Must Return I think I may have said out loud Really Must we4 The character of Stefan Twiddle
"yourhandlebar mustacheBut I did read it all and I do think the author has a bit of potential I agree with previous reviews but was willing to overlook the ber description and gratuitous use of German phrases with inconsistent definitions And in reading the Author s Note I gather she was trying to include as many anecdotes as possible in homage to her mother and grandmother but it made or scenes that didn t Ravishing Ruby further the narrative especially in theinal third of the book which tried my patience Perhaps a memoir would have been itting In the meantime I m puzzled with the strong reviews wish there had been a much stronger hand as editor and rew. Forbids Christine rom returning to her job and Days of Infamy: Military Blunders Of The 20th Century from having any relationship with Isaac In the months and years thatollow Christine will confront the Gestapo's wrath and the horrors of Dachau desperate to be with the man she loves to survive and inally to speak out Set against the backdrop of the German homefront this is an unforgettable novel of courage and resolve of the inhumanity of war and the heartbreak and hope left in its wake Advance Praise For Ellen Marie Wiseman'sThe Plum Tree The Plum Tree is a touching story of heroism and loss a testament to the strength of the human spirit and the power of love to transcend the most unthinkable circumstances Deft storytelling and rich characters make this a highly memorable read and a worthy addition to the na. This book has been or too long on my TBR and it was one that really intrigued me Admittedly it was mostly due to the beautiful cover design The eerie yet colorful image grabbed me and stayed plastered to my subconscious or a very long timeIt is not the best novel about the Holocaust and WWII that I have read but it was a gripping ictional memoir based on a true story As a memoir it was very well done The author has a good narrative style Nothing in the book is new but what made it outstanding was the counter perspective it provided in the collective German experience Since it is based on a true story the events was not over dramatized although the experiences of Christine Bolz and her amily had hair raising moments It was just so well described In the end the book made me cry Literally The On Being Human: Reflections on Life and Living fictional character and protagonist Christine was a headstrong seventeen year old girl who refused to give up on heramily dreams love and Frommers Irreverent Guide to Walt Disney World friends This would lead to unimaginable hardships which they barely survived Rations were in place when the official war broke out houses were stripped of all metal including cutlery and personal items even the heavy church bells were confiscated to serve the German war effort Hunger was common stale bread was a life saver Christine planted the seed of a plum tree to confirm her believe in hope and survival To demonstrate that this devastating experience will end and new growth can happen if they all just believe it canShe refused to step back in theace of adversity and stood tall when her amily and riends were captured by the Nazis As a non Jewish citizen in love with a Jewish young man her ate was as destined as his This tale gripped me touched me deeply I know it is a story that will orever linger in my subconscious The hardship of the Who's There on Halloween? family was bad the reading experience very good The Plum Tree is a perfect tribute to the hell and damnation of WWII and why it should never ever happen again It is a superb addition to the historicaliction experience This is a story of the war of the grave injustices the horrors of the concentration camps It is a story of unmitigated hate but it is also a love story a story of death and survival It s a story that reminds us of the holocaust but also reminds us of the resilience of some of the survivors and that not all Germans were Nazis We ve seen real examples of how Jews were helped by notable people such as Oskar Schindler but this novel reminds us that there were others ordinary German citizens who were brave and bold enough to leave bread and cheese along the way as prisoners marched or tried to hide Jews Jurisdiction from the Nazis The author tells us in notes and in a A at the end of the book that her inspiration was the expe Once in a while Iall prey to recommendations It s usually when I m impatient and stressed and I m looking or the literary euivalent of an After School Special something that hits the right empathic buttons without much mental strain The last time I did this I ended up with Orphan Train which was bad but mostly hit those marks This book was so painful that I uitHandlebar MustacheBut I Did ReadmustacheBut I did read all and I do think the author has "
reading about ten pages rom the end afterabout ten pages Mookie: Life, Baseball, and the '86 Mets from the end after myself to keep going long past when I should have abandoned it The writing is competent but the characters are shallow and overwrought The plot is idiotic coincidences pile on coincidences and people behave against human nature in order toorce the next development Basic scene setting details are inaccurate People die and live and return rom the dead only as it serves the very predictable storyline I picked this book without doing the proper research which now shows me that despite the high ratings no one reputable has reviewed this book I m sorry I ever touched it I was angry at the poor uality most of the time I was reading it but I m happy to reaffirm that real reviews matter so much than algorithms when it comes to the complexity of literature and human taste I had a
*hard time sticking *time sticking Ellen Marie Wiseman s tale of a WW II romance between a Jewish Boy and an German girl in the beginning There was almost too much description of place meeting every lower and chicken in the town so to speak and Wiseman kept Clawback flinging German phrases into the story then immediately translating them in an annoying way The central character Christine is part of a Germanamily that was almost too morally disengaged rom National Socialism to be realistic very goody two shoes although I am well aware not all Germans were Nazis Since I had committed to read the book it was a Bookbrowse ARC I stuck with it and ended up immersed in the story which included lots of amily trauma Sugar in the Raw: Voices of Young Black Girls in America for both Christine and her boyfriend and provides a very realistic depiction of life in the war zone and in the German concentration camps I d also note the undying love between those two seems to develop initiallyor no discernible reason I Cooking for Company felt like time could have been spent on what drew them together since their relationship seems to start as a crush and is suddenly such a deep love they will do anythingor each other even after months apart Where did that come Empire of Sin from especially since he is Jewish A deeply moving and masterfully written story of human resilience and enduring love The Plum Treeollows a young German woman through the chaos of World War II and its aftermathBloom where you're planted is the advice Christine Bölz receives rom her beloved Oma But seventeen year old domestic Christine knows there is a whole world waiting beyond her small German village It's a world she's begun to glimpse through music books and through Isaac Bauerman the cultured son of the wealthy Jewish amily she works My Wife's Affair for Yet theuture she and Isaac dream of sharing Chicken, Chicken, Duck! faces greater challenges than their difference in stations In theall of 1938 Germany is changing rapidly under Hitler's regime Anti Jewish posters are everywhere dissenting talk is silenced and a new law.
Ellen Marie Wiseman
Ellen Marie Wiseman