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There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Verified Purchase. Oh my! This was such a good book. I did not want to put it down. Such a heart wrenching story. I was going to give it 5 stars, but the book ended so abruptly. In two paragraphs it just ended. It was like the author was told to write so many pages and she got to that page and just had to finish.
I was so puzzled as to why Ms Costeloe finished it like she did. I even looked around to see if it all downloaded onto my kindle. From reviews of her other books, she has ended them very abruptly. I wanted to read more of her books,because I really like her writing. But, I don't like to be frustrated with endings like that. So sad, I really liked the book. German characters with British accents?? I picked up a copy of The Runaway Family and am enjoying it.
One problem though. I notice in The Runaway Family the author who is British uses a lot of British slang even though the characters are German. There are many other examples thoughout the book. Cant figure out why she would have her German characters talk like they are British.
It was sorta annoying but other than that I like the book. Update: Finished the book, had a really good story, that is until the ending. Like others have said, it ended abruptly with a very unsatisfying ending. If youre gonna write a book at least stay interested in the project and finish it off with wrap-up ending that leaves the reader with no questions as to what happens next.
This leaves room for a follow-up book but I doubt the author has any further interest with this story. Too bad. I really enjoyed this book. The story of a Jewish mother, Ruth, whose husband has been arrested by the Gestapo, and whose home has been burned out by the same, is riveting. She has 4 children to care for and must use all her courage and resourcefulness to keep them safe, fed, and sheltered.
Ruth is a great character and the reader cannot help but like her and root for her to succeed. The family's journey to outrun the Nazis takes many twists and turns and makes for a fascinating story. My only issue for not giving this book 5 stars was the very abrupt ending.
I noticed the same kind of ending in a previous book of Ms. Costeloe's - "The Girl with No Name. It's as if the author got tired of writing the stories and just decided to end it. A more detailed epilogue as to what happened to the various characters would have been appreciated, at least by me.
This book is a puzzle: totally intriguing and engrossing until the very end at which point it absolutely falls apart. I don't think I have ever read such a disappointing ending. Why did you do that Ms Costeloe, did you become bored with your novel? It needs two more chapters at least: one showing how the 4 year old twins got to England unaccompanied on the kindertransport and one showing how Ruth got out.
And Helga deserved more than a sentence merely telling the reader she died. Who took care of the twins afterward? How did Edith arrange things afterward? The detail in the rest of the book was precise and convincing and then you simply let your novel fall apart.
I would have developed the German character Peter as a vehicle for helping the twins and Ruth get out. But-you needed something! I gave the book three stars but would have given it five if you had written an ending with the same energy and detail as the rest of the book. Taking a little bit of a different turn than most Holocaust stories, this one takes place in the late 30s. Set in Nazi Germany, Runaway Family follows the troubled life of a Jewish family trying to survive after being displaced.
The father is arrested during a Hitler Jugend rampage, leaving his family adrift. Struggling to survive, Ruth and her four children live in a very troubled harsh world. Cold, hungry, and homeless, the family treks from place to place trying to find refuge from the virulent antiSemitism plaguing their every step. As the noose tightens for Jews in Germany, the family finds themselves betrayed and trapped. Fleeing to Austria, the family finds a respite but the Germans are not far behind.
Living in a nightmarish reality that never ebbs, Ruth learns how to find inner strength and courage to take care of her family. Using the ghettoization of the Jews within Germany and Austria, this story sheds light on the day to day effort to survive. The horrors of the camps which often serve as the setting for Holocaust novels prove a very heart rendering narrative.
But trying to survive the nightmare years before then was a daunting task and broke the spirit of many. Costeloe does a good job of weaving a realistic narrative of the day to day effort of ordinary people and their struggles to find basic staples of daily life. As money, jobs, and freedoms ebb away, Jews lived in the shadows of their former lives.
Neighbors turn on their once Jewish friends; family members disappear; and strangers unleash their virulent hatred on the most innocent. Costeloe sheds a very harsh light on this part of the Holocaust that often is overlooked. Ruth and her four children provide worthy protagonists to provide the novel with a tender overtone.
One daughter even begins to lose touch with reality as the cruelties mount. But with a touch of clever plotting, Ruth and her brood endure. Easy to read, well written, Runaway Family offers the reader a good steady read. I do not understand why this author stops her books mid-story with no ending.
I loved this story and was convinced it was going to be one of my new favorites until it just stopped. No resolution. No ending. Just stopped. I doubled check my ebook, yep that's the end. The Sister of St. Croix was the same way. Only at least she tacked on a future moment.
But it felt too tacked on. I was prepared to give this 5 stars until I realized the book isn't finished. See all reviews. Top reviews from other countries. The story of Ruth and Kurt Friedman and their for children living Nazi Germany and facing the growing persecution of their Jewish lives. With Kurt arrested and imprisoned in Dachau the rest of the family struggles and are soon homeless as rampaging mobs attack and burn Jewish businesses. Their small grocers shop is burned and badly damaged.
Quickly realising that things will only get worse Ruth decides to her young family to Stuttgart and stay with Kurts brther Herbert in the hope that he can take them in. Herbert is not in when she arrives and Ruth meets Frau Schultz Herberts housekeeper and a a woman that soon shows her cold heart.
Each trip more difficult than the last as more and more restrictions are placed on the Jews. Kurt finds himself released but only because a corrupt SS officer has given him a limited time to retrieve the deeds to his shop and present them as a 'release fee'. But, Kurt wants to find his family. A tense story of determination to survive against a backdrop of increasing cruelty and evil. I couldn't put this book down.
I have reading books over the years and seen many films about the persecution of the Jews but somehow this book made it seem even more real and so hard to believe than one human could do such things to another purely because they practiced a different faith.
I can really understand that the story of the holocaust must never be allowed to be forgotten and the stories of this horrific time must continue to be shared and the German people reminded of exactly what their ancestors did all in the name of Hitler and the SS. A brilliantly written story and the meeting of the children in London with their father made cry. Currently they are studying the last year of High school , So they decided to stop those works for the purpose of finishing s.
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I listened to the new audiobook version of this while on a walk and got way more exercise than I planned because I just couldn't stop listening. I lost an extra pound! There are so many WWII stories coming out lately that it is rare to read something unique, but this really was. This is the story of a Jewish family in Germany and later Austria escaping the Nazi's as the two nations began to be hostile to the Jews but before the official start of the war. I read so little about life in thos I listened to the new audiobook version of this while on a walk and got way more exercise than I planned because I just couldn't stop listening.
I read so little about life in those two countries leading up to the war so this story was really compelling. There is a lot here to spur some research and further reading. I'm excited to dive deeper into a part of history that I know only superficially. Escaping Hitler Heartbreaking and such a sad story. When their store is burned down and her husband is arrested by the Gestapo, Ruth is left to care for her four children.
She now has no home for them, the clothes on their back and little money. Where will she go to keep her children safe and provide for them. She stays at friends and relatives staying one step ahead of the Nazi's not knowing where her husband is or even if he is alive. Just surviving she works until she hears once again the phras Escaping Hitler Heartbreaking and such a sad story.
Just surviving she works until she hears once again the phrase shouted "Jews Out" and knows that she must move once again. Will she ever find a safe place for her family and will she be reunited with her husband. This book shows us how terrorized the Jewish people were by the Nazi's and even by their own friends.
Some that once were good friends now pretended to not know them, or shouted bad things at them. In Germany the Jewish were not allowed to have any of the freedoms as others. They could not own a business, they could not go to Cinema or the parks. They had curfews and long lines at the only shops they were allowed to shop at. Most of the time they were hungry, cold and very frightened.
It was a story of a courageous woman and how she fought to keep her children safe and to once again find her husband. I enjoyed this story and I would recommend it. Thanks to Diney Costeloe for writing a great story, for Billie Fulford-Brown for doing a fine job of narrating the story and to Dreamscape Media and NetGalley for making it available to me. Nov 15, Julia rated it it was amazing. The Runaway Family by Diney Costeloe is a gut wrenching historical read.
It is set in Nazi Germany and follows the fortunes of a Jewish family up to the outbreak of war in September Diney Costeloe always writes stories that educate and inform as well as being compulsive reads. Fact most definitely meets fiction in The Runaway Family. The topic covered, the persecution of the Jewish people means there are some difficult scenes to read as Diney Costeloe has written with remarkable accura The Runaway Family by Diney Costeloe is a gut wrenching historical read.
The topic covered, the persecution of the Jewish people means there are some difficult scenes to read as Diney Costeloe has written with remarkable accuracy. Focusing on the plight of just one family means the reader's attention to the horrors is intensified and not diluted in any way.
The novel raises the subject of God. She thought that maybe God was listening to her after all. But it seemed that God was no longer listening How could God ignore the prayers and pleas of His people? Many German Jews saw themselves as Germans first and foremost.
They had relatives who had fought for Germany in the first World War "He thought of his father, wounded, fighting in the trenches He'd been good enough to be a German then. As the story progresses the persecution and the march of the Nazis intensifies. The reader, with the benefit of hindsight, wants to yell all sorts of helpful suggestions to the family, but is helpless and can only read on. Inspite of its horrendous subject content, the novel offers hope.
The reader witnesses the fierce love of a mother for her children, of a husband for his family. The love just radiates. The children presented in the novel are all uniquely drawn and with their own personalities. I was drawn to the all. There were some very touching scenes particularly towards the end of the book. Not all German people were Nazis and there were glimmers of hope for the future in the novel. It was a tough read through horrific persecution and at the end, I did feel like my emotions had been on a roller coaster ride.
I have been left with a strong sense of unity through family though. We must never forget the horrors done to six million men, women and children. We owe it to their memory to tell their stories to the subsequent generations and for this I thank Diney Costeloe for telling their story and preserving their memory. View 1 comment. Dec 13, Christine M in Texas rated it really liked it Shelves: netgallery , audio , advanced-copies-arc.
The amazing story of Ruth Friedman and her children. When her husband is arrested by the SS, Ruth must figure out how to survive and care for her four small children. Her courage and resilience during this time in history is remarkable. She must count on help from few others as she tries to keep her children safe and fed among people whom she can no longer trust.
I am holding out for a sequel. The narrator was fantastic. Sep 12, Jenny rated it liked it. Overall I really enjoyed it Diney Costeloe has managed to bring to life the fear and the confusion that those fleeing the Nazi's faced.
While the historical research and facts were well done there were issues with the structure. Some of the characters felt like stock characters, as if the author had a viewpoint or incidence she'd researched and needed to put into the story. The problem with this was that you'd get a short section or two from this character and then they disappeared never to be mentioned again. This brings me to another point: to many narrators. If Costeloe had settled on two or three points - Ruth, Kurt and Laura for example the story would have been more streamline.
Instead, she had multiple minor characters tell small segments. While this helped to showcase the time period it detracted from the story itself. The other major issue I had was with the end of this book. I'm fine with unrealistic or happy endings in historical fiction, its fiction after all.
The Runaway Family doesn't have an unrealistic ending though - because it doesn't end! It honestly felt like the author had hit a page cap and had to suddenly just stop writing. You go from an ongoing scene to a diary entry that jumps six months, which would have been fine save for the fact that I know my history.
This means that Ruth "leaving next weekend" would have been trapped as the war started two days after the diary entry shutting the boarders. So ignoring the fact that Ruth somehow managed to get four of her children onto Kindertransports, means that everyone save for Ruth managed to get to England? Plus, you go from the two girls getting to England to the diary entry telling you the boys just arrived.
Having just finished reading I still feel like the last chapter or two of the book were missing May 15, Justin Neville rated it liked it. On the plus side, it's a moving story touchingly told. And it's important that popular authors keep writing accessible stories about these and similar episodes, so we don't forget what happened - not only during the Nazi era but also during other periods of atrocity - and therefore what is happening and will happen elsewhere.
Unfortunately, the writing is pretty pedestrian and the characterisations far from nuanced. And there is next to no exploration of the background to the environment in which On the plus side, it's a moving story touchingly told. And there is next to no exploration of the background to the environment in which our main characters find themselves.
We're just presented with the hostile atmosphere which has taken hold in Germany and then in Austria. And, although there is a little bit of a balance with the occasional vaguely sympathetic non-Jewish character, there's no real depth here - so it's not as hard-hitting as it could be. And the biggest let-down - as other reviewers have noted - is the abrupt ending, as if the author suddenly went: "Bored now!
It really is shockingly sudden and polished off in a matter of a few words when we're nowhere near ready for it. Plus, although it's comforting to have this 'they all lived happily ever after' ending, for this sizeable family to have all survived and somehow ended up together by the end is fortuitous.
Overall, I was looking for an easy and absorbing read to pass a four-hour flight and this ticked the boxes. And, again, I'm glad this was written and seems to have been read and appreciated pretty widely. Apr 25, Sarah rated it it was amazing. This was both heartbreaking and gripping in equal measure.
I love good historical fiction and this didn't disappoint. An insight into life in Germany for a Jewish woman and her young children in the months leading up to outbreak of WW2. Her anguish and fear as she tries to keep her children safe from the SS is stark throughout, and you can't help but put yourself in her shoes..
What would I do Almost as if the author ran out of time A s This was both heartbreaking and gripping in equal measure. A shame really as the rest of the book was fantastic Mar 01, Margaret Wakeling rated it it was amazing. Heart rending. A German Jewish family caught up in the Nazi cleansing of Jews. Horrific conditions. Set in to As soon as I finished this book, I ran downstairs to find my mum, who was cooking us tea, and then I cried.
Reading this book made me realise once again how horrible it was for Jews in the holocaust. The way they were treated was disgusting and inhumane and I just wanted to say that it is important that we don't forget horrific events, like WWII so we know not to repeat it again, and also in remembrance for all those who lost their lives. This book was just upsetting because the whole time the Jew As soon as I finished this book, I ran downstairs to find my mum, who was cooking us tea, and then I cried.
This book was just upsetting because the whole time the Jewish family was just being mistreated and it just made me so upset, especially the whole thing with the ending, and it makes it worse because I know that things like this actually happened. To real people. To real families.
To humans. And the Jews were so brave and my heart went out to all those Jewish families. One thing I found interesting is how the German government basically said 'All Jews are bad' and everyone who was Aryan said 'Okay, I agree' and simply because the government said, the Aryans basically went against human morals and treated Jews so disgustingly.
Now, I do just want to say that I know many Aryans did not agree and didn't want to say as they could have been in massive trouble But on the whole, the people just listened to whatever the government said, and they believed it and put it into practice. But to talk about the actual book, I did enjoy this, I was enjoying it a lot until slightly over halfway when I got a little bored and also there were so many characters I literally forgot who was who and one whole chapter didn't make any sense to me.
I also agree with a lot of the other reviews which say that the ending was too abrupt. It ended way too quickly, almost as if the author hadn't finished the book but just decided to go 'yep. That'll do' However, despite the abrupt ending, I thought this book did a great job at showing the horrors of living as a Jew in Germany. There are so many horrific things that happened to Jews and this book barely covers it but it has such a strong theme of family.
A theme so strong it was upsetting. Anyway, that's all I have to say about this one. Oct 13, Jeanne rated it liked it. Another great work of historical fiction by Diney Costeloe. This is an amazing story of how a family 6 gets separated, the trials they go through as Austria, where part of the family has taken refuge, now becomes part of Germany and ultimately come together in the end. The downfall for me is that the ending was very anti-climatic as the author seems to wrap up everything very quickly and abruptly.
Feb 18, Joyce rated it really liked it. Hard to put down. As others have expressed.. I would still recommend the read. Once again this lady has outdone herself. This right here was a true grit story about hardship love and unfairness. It was a awesome read. Onto the next one. View all 4 comments. Mar 09, joan caryl jewitt rated it it was amazing. Another great read from Diney Costeloe!
The first book that I read by this Writer was "The Throwaway Children" which I enjoyed so much that I went on to buy it in paperback in order that my daughter could read it also having read it myself on my Kindle. I always knew that the Jews were a persecuted race but wasn't aware how difficult things were for them in Germany and Austria prior to World War 2 having to escape the Nazis!
I have found that I am now much more sympathetic towards the present d Another great read from Diney Costeloe! I have found that I am now much more sympathetic towards the present day "refugee crisis" after reading this Book. Nov 30, Andrea rated it it was amazing Shelves: favourite. Brilliant read only started reading it and couldn't put this book down. Was disappointed how it ended wanted to know more it was cut short.
Jan 03, Mark rated it really liked it Shelves: A story to tug at the heart strings. Just when you think it's all going fine bang another setback. I really enjoyed this book but felt a little let down by the ending. A story about a Jewish family's struggle to survive the day to day horrors of the nazis before WW2 had begun.
Well written and although I have read many books on this subject, I'm still amazed by the brutality of man and what these people had to go though. Oct 22, Anne Cook rated it it was amazing. Excellent story and gave me insight into the shocking atrocities the Jews had to endure. Wasn't sure about it at first but quarter way through felt difficult to put down. Lucky it's been raining most of day so could finish without guilt!
Could possibly be classed as historical fiction. Kindle read Excellent story and gave me insight into the shocking atrocities the Jews had to endure. Kindle read Jul 28, Sarah rated it it was amazing. I was sobbing in bed reading the last chapter! This book takes you on the journey of the survival of a Jewish family during the early years of the holocaust during WW2. I felt as though I were there living through the horrors with them.
I can't wait to be absorbed into more of the authors books. Oct 25, Booklover BEV rated it it was amazing. May 19, Nicole Silver rated it did not like it. This book had the worst ending of all time, it's like the author ran out of space or was tired of the story. Good book terrible ending. Sep 28, Hayley rated it really liked it. This book is a gripping incredibly accurate portrayal of life in Germany and Austria during Nazi Occupation.
It was a period obviously thoroughly researched by the author. She reveals the sacrifices righteous gentiles and Jews made for each other, the terrible dilemmas they faced when deciding whether they were willing to help their neighbors. The hostile environment Jews found themselves in as people they had grown up with, lived and worked among turned against them.
The dire circumstances Jews This book is a gripping incredibly accurate portrayal of life in Germany and Austria during Nazi Occupation. The dire circumstances Jews had to survive in both inside and outside of the camps. The humiliation and degradation they experienced. The pain and uncertainty families faced as they were split up and mercilessly kicked out of their homes.
Kristallnacht, when Jews homes and businesses were burned and the men were rounded up and taken off to work camps. The bittersweet kinder transport option that some Jews sent their unaccompanied young children off on in the hopes that they would have a better life, knowing that it could mean they would never see them again. The whole story was utterly believable and I am sure that every situation in the novel happened to a real victim of the holocaust.
The only gripe I have is that the ending was too abrupt. I feel like there should be a second book to continue the story of this family.