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Enemies of the Heart by [Dean, Rebecca]
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• ‘An impressive, epic debut’ Daily Mirror

• ‘An immensely satisfying, sweeping saga …it is one of those engrossing tales that never seems to let up on incident as we belt through four decades full of fascinating detail, skilfully written. A book to curl up with and lose yourself in.’ Sarah Broadhurst

• Fans of Barbara Taylor Bradford will devour this epic as I did’ The Sun

About the Author

Rebecca Dean is a Yorkshire girl of German extraction who now lives in London with her husband and four small dogs. Rebecca is working on her next novel which will be set in Cairo during the first and second world war.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1264 KB
  • Print Length: 611 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (19 Aug. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003Z6QGB8
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 30 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #123,144 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
I bought this on a whim, I had never heard of Rebecca Dean but was tempted when I read the blurb. I love novels that are just that but with an educational twist. We all know the horrific story of the second world war but this was done in such a different way, told from such a different viewpoint, she encompasses the horrors that befall not just the British but the Germans and the Jews as well. You do fall in love with many of the characters and really care about what happens to them. I laughed and I cried and read a lot of it with my heart in my mouth.
I would totally recommend it, for a big book it is a fairly quick read but would not put it in the same category as the Penny Vincenzis and Barbara Taylor Bradfords... it seems deeper than that to me!
Read this book!
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I love this book - it's brilliantly written and is without doubt one of the best that i've read for ages. The characters are loveable and realistic and there is a genuine sense of loss when the book is finished. Based in the early twentieth century, this book does what few do - tells the story of WWII from a German and British viewpoint - we often forget that to be German was definately not the same as being a NAZI. After all, less than half of the German population elected the Nazis and how many would have if they had known the horrors that such a brutally repressive totalitarian regime would bring?
If you enjoy fast-moving, attention gripping novels - this is a must!! I am hoping that there will be more from the excellent Rebecca Dean!
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I read this book and could not put it down when i finished reading this wonderful story I was back into amazon to find out if Rebecca Dean had any more books and was happy that she had can't wait for the postman for my new book
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thank you to all reviewers who recommended this book!!
This is the first book I have read of this author and it will certainly will not be the last. It was fantastic and so full of history. I have read so many books that are based around the years of the first and second world wars.. they all seemed to use the well known parts of history which were well documented. Rebecca Dean had written so much factual history into this book which I had no idea about. the storyline was brilliant and had everything in it from love to hatred to pure feelings of devastation. It showed both sides of the war how the germans suffered to how the british suffered. What really got me how much the Jews went through, other books I had read touched on that part of history but this author really showed how much evil Hitler had in his heart especially towards the Jews, handicapped even those who had a different colour to him. if you had not got blue eyes and blonde hair you were to him an inferior race!! which I found hard to read about but Rebecca Dean was such a great author I wanted to read more and learn more.. the only thing I did not like was when the book ended.. It would make a fantastic film if they kept to the book that is.
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I enjoyed this book very much and found myself abandoning my daily routine to race through the last third of the book. it's a good read, though perhaps with too many characters to be able to realise each of them fully. I would have liked to have seen a bit more of Yorkshire than just the Hall and the station, but overall I would choose one of Rebecca's books again, and I say this as, like her, a Yorkshire lass of German extraction.
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I'm not usually one to write book reviews as I'm not a generally wordy person. However I have to say that I became completely lost in this particular book.Without giving too much away, the characters and the locations were so well portrayed that I was almost there with them in the city of Berlin, or the rolling gardens of their Yorkshire home. I noted that a previous review was based largely on the sense that the facts of the war werent correct, too be honest I wasn't paying attention to that, if you want facts go to a history book, if you want an enrapturing love epic then this is the book for you. It has surprises and will they wont they's and moments where you just wish you were part of the family.

All in all, I will certainly be reading this again.
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I highly recommend this book. Elegant, heartwarming and exciting. I fell in love with the characters and found the drama of the war was very movingly portrayed.
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To sum it up, “wow”. Once I got started in this novel and got to know the characters, I couldn’t put down Enemies of the Heart. Spanning two world wars, this follows how a German-English family is tested through loyalties towards their country versus their own personal beliefs.

The way that author seamlessly moves the narrative away from Vicky and Zelda to their children meant that the pace of the story continued and it really did not feel like a 600-page novel. However, I was never left wondering what was happening to the other characters in different locations. The lengthy chapters covered several areas at once over a small time period and it was fascinating to read how the family’s lives were changing as a result of the Second World War in particular.

The constant fear that a member of their extended family had been injured or killed in the war kept the tension throughout the story. The lack of communication that the characters had with one another had me desperate to find out whether the family would be reunited at all and I was always wanting them to know that their siblings/parents were doing ok. When these small reunions did happen, it was a relief shared by the characters and myself alike and proved a relaxing respite from the terrors of the war.

It was incredible to read how each member of this family’s life became so different to one another. Although so many of the siblings lived in Berlin, their experiences of war were different yet, equally terrifying. Indeed, it made me realise the hardships that Germans suffered and provided an alternative angle to the Second World War, one that I had not previously considered.
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