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Black Roses (Clara Vine Book 1) by [Thynne, Jane]
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'The perfect fusion of history, suspense and high romance' (The Times on Black Roses)

'A thoughtful but fast-moving novel' (Reader's Digest on Black Roses)

'This well-researched story unfolds with utterly knuckle-whitening suspense, and it was my favourite escapist read of the year' (Saga Magazine on Black Roses)

'Terrific' (Elizabeth Buchan The Sunday Times on Black Roses)

'Jane Thynne's smooth writing, sensitive understanding of the era and sharp observations combine into an excellent historical thriller' (Jessica Mann Literary Review on Black Roses)

'Fast-paced and gripping' (The Sunday Times on The Winter Garden)

'A thoroughly enjoyable read: fast-paced, atmospheric and genuinely suspenseful' (Mail on Sunday on The Winter Garden)

'Both historically fascinating and a proper thriller' (Reader's Digest on The Winter Garden)

'An absolute cracker of a read...Thynne expertly maintains the suspense, while evoking the tension of Berlin as the city gathers its strength for war' (The Times on The Winter Garden)

'A thumpingly good read with a strong denouement' (Mail on Sunday on The Winter Garden)

'So convincing one forgets that it is a piece of fiction' (The Lady on The Winter Garden)

'Pre-war Germany's atmosphere of reprehension, terror and Nazi hubris is vividly evoked in a gripping but sad tale' (Jessica Mann Literary Review on The Winter Garden)

'A tale of suspense and intrigue...Thynne's grasp of the period is first-class, and she has woven in a tender wartime love story' (Mail on Sunday on A War of Flowers)

'Darkly brooding horror hangs over Germany; an irresistible page-turner packed with historical detail and told from a most unusual perspective' (Kirkus Reviews on Faith and Beauty)

‘This is the fourth of the addictive ‘Clara Vine’ novels, set in Berlin on the eve of war. Clara is a half-German British agent with access to the inner circle of Nazi wives. Portraits of women such as Magda Goebbels and Eva Braun are ruthlessly truthful, but drawn with compassion. It is early 1939, and Clara is drawn into investigating the murder of a girl at the League of Faith and Beauty finishing school. Brilliant’ (Saga magazine on Faith and Beauty)

About the Author

Jane Thynne was born in Venezuela and educated in London. She graduated from Oxford University with a degree in English and joined the BBC as a journalist. She has also worked at The Sunday Times, The Daily Telegraph and The Independent, as well as for numerous British magazines. She appears as a broadcaster on Radio 4. Jane is married to the writer Philip Kerr. They have three children and live in London. Find out more at www.janethynne.com connect with her on Facebook or follow her on Twitter @janethynne

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 989 KB
  • Print Length: 481 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (28 Mar. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008J45RBG
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 113 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #40,402 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Black Rose written by Jane Thynne for me was a fantastic read which I thoroughly enjoyed from page one. For me this book was a great insight into pre-war Berlin during the year of 1933 when Hitler is coming into power and his followers were helping him rule Germany with a fist of controlling iron which was constantly laced not only with control but with pure evil.
When we first meet Clara Vine the main character of this brilliant book she is standing over the body of a young woman, and this is when the story begins as we are brought into the life of Clara as she gets to know the real Berlin which is ruled by the Gestapo and the followers of Hitler.
Clara Vine was a wonderful character who from page one you could see how the author made her a girl with great strength which she kept hidden from those around her though when tested she only did what she knew was right. I was soon captivated by Clara as I followed her story as she runs to Germany to fulfill her dream of being an actress not realising she will soon have to use her acting skills to save her own life. Her own father was a well known politician who held Nazi sympathies back in England therefore it was her father's fame which brought Clara straight into the midst of those who led Germany. Their power meant nothing to Clara but she soon realised the true power which they did hold was the power of saying who lived or who died. Throughout the book the action spilled out of the pages and I was entertained from beginning to end.
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I would have given this book 5 stars but I was let down by the ending, I am presuming a sequel is in the offing, and if so I look forward to reading.
I like a great story based on historical fact, and this was , in spades.
Based in Berlin in the early years of the 3 rd Reich there was a lot to be learned about the Nazis attitude to controlling women,and their hideous policies.
During reading I was able to research some of the main characters in Wikipedia which really brought the story to life for me.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction.
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I was already biassed in favour of Black Roses before I even started reading as this is a period of history (including up to the end of World War II) that I find utterly fascinating. I wasn't disappointed and raced through this first volume, enjoying every word of it. As another reviewer has said, it does help if you know something about the background of the rise of the Nazi party in Germany, and also a little about varying British attitudes towards Hitler and his henchmen. Clara Vine is the story's heroine, an upper-class girl who is determined to be an actress. She heads for the Berlin film studios on the recommendation of a friend, and quickly becomes involved with Magda Goebbels. The fact that Clara's aristocratic father back home in England is a well-known Fascist sympathiser gives her some cachet in Nazi Berlin. Clara also meets Leo, a British Intelligence agent, and he immediately recruits her as a spy on learning of her intimacy with Goebbels' wife.
It's difficult setting up the first volume of a series as there are always loose ends and what seems like too many characters (who will presumably become more important in the sequels), but that didn't spoil my enjoyment. The book isn't without its faults, though. For instance, I found Clara's discovery of her true origins a little too pat and frankly unbelievable. But I enjoyed it so much, I'm still giving it five stars.
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A very absorbing "spy story", which brilliantly captures the brooding atmosphere of that dreadful place, the Nazi Berlin of 1933. The author has skilfully woven together fact and fiction to create a veritable "page-turner". Perhaps it's a pity that the readers never found out what happened to Clara's subsequent film career, and her relationships with Muller and Goebbels. And did she and Leo finally tie the knot?
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This book has it all; glamour, sex, intrigue and violence, upper class English snobs, Nazi bullies and historical accuracy. But at the heart of it is a heroine you immediately care about, sparky English actress, Clara Vine. Clara is no Unity Mitford but she manages to make friends with Nazi wives, especially Magda Goebbels, who is charged with setting up a Reich Fashion Bureau, which is intended to promote German, rather than French products. It's about time someone looked at the women behind the Nazi leaders and Jane Thynne, with her intimate knowledge of place and period, takes you right into the heart of the Nazi hierarchy by looking at how some of the women managed to survive their brutal lives - or, of course, ultimately did not.
How many who think they know about Goebbels and his propaganda ministry also know that his wife Magda had a youthful affair with a prominent Zionist, Victor Arlosoroff, who was later murdered on a Tel Aviv beach, as well as a Jewish stepfather who perished in Buchenwald? But Thynne's real achievement, without heavy handedly showing off her research, is to make you feel you are living in terrifying streets of Berlin, taking a drink at the Adlon or a drive through the Tiergarten, but where any minute a Gestapo agent might be following you ready to put a bullet in your brain. I am happy to say that Clara learned enough about espionage to survive as she is going to appear in further adventures. Go Clara!
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