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The Secrets of the Notebook Paperback – 5 Mar 2009

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTrue (5 Mar. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007298501
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007298501
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 317,839 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Eve Haas lives in North London.

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 17 Aug. 2009
Format: Paperback
A fantastic book because it is a true story and an incredible one. Eve Haas inherits a beautiful notebook and a warning to not go back and look for details surrounding it or her heritage. She doesn't do anything about it until the 1970s when the cold war is at it's peak and to find out anything, she has to go back to the Germany that she fled in the 1930s. Being a genealogist myself, I loved her patience and could understand her obsession. It can take years to uncover the truth and one quickly learns that oral tradition often has little truth in it. Slowly, slowly she gets one puzzle piece after the next till she and her husband, that helps her in her quest, finally can see the whole sad, sad picture. I certainly could not put this book down after reading the first page. It starts with Eve's childhood in Nazi Germany. It shows her not understanding what is going on around her or why her family has to leave to save their lives. And how she and her family safe in Britain, have to live with the guilty conscience of having had to leave her grandmother Anna behind. Anna dies in Theresienstadt in 1942 which makes it the more important for Eve to find out "why"? Her research brings her to East Berlin, to closed archives, an offer to become a spy made to her husband, forbidden trips... Her ancestry has been closely buried and hidden from the history books by no other than the King of Prussia himself and one can not be anything but shocked at how much money and power meant in those very unstable years of the 19th Century. A love story unravels and the birth of a baby that was not allowed to be conceived, the parents hiding the baby under a Jewish name to protect it from a King and thereby signing the death warrant for their grandchild. Can it become more sad?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. C. M. Bacon on 19 April 2009
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A good read, and a wonderful insight into the quest for truth within a family of secrets. the only thing that would have been good would be a map to indicate timeline of travel.
A wonderful legacy to the remaining family.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jenny Sutton on 20 Aug. 2010
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The story of four generations of descendants of Prince August would have made more compelling reading if it had been better written. The untertwined parallel plots keep the reader in suspense about whether the author would eventually unravel the mystery at the same time as telling the story of Prince August and his mysterious wife. However the writing style, which is almost child-like, doesn't do justice to the story, and fails to entertain in its own right.

The authors persistence at unravelling the story is to be admired.
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Beautifully written and this book kept me engrossed throughout. I were totally mesmerised with how Eve Hass embarked upon her incredible journey to find out about Price August and his family. I thoroughly recommend this book to anyone interested in social history. I LOVED IT and although very sad in many places, it were indeed an uplifting story.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Karrie on 20 Mar. 2009
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I've enjoyed reading this book, although perhap not the best written. The research takes the author and her husband back across the Iron Curtain to East Germany and East Berlin during the 'Cold War'. Quite a feat as they both escaped Nazi Germany before/during WWII. The story they uncover regarding her family,the links to a Prussian prince and finding new relatives are uplifting and amazing. Worth a read.
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For anyone researching their family history this is a must. She wanted to know if the story of her relative which had been handed down through he generations was true and her research took her back to East Germany (when the wall was still there). And there is a twist at the end which I had not suspected.
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By Looby Loo on 5 Oct. 2014
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A really interesting book which held me spellbound. I felt the emotions of the author and could not wait to find out more. It also broadened my knowledge of history. I would thoroughly recommend this book to anyone interested in family history.
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An intriguing book, it tells of the history of Ms Haas's family, which she investigates after the discovery of an old notebook. It is competently written, and it's an interesting read.
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