The Girl from the Mountains by Chrystyna Lucyk-Berger

The Girl from the Mountains by Chrystyna Lucyk-Berger

Chrystyna Lucyk-Berger comes to the blog with a story of survival, resistance and determination with  

The Girl from the Mountains 

I’m a huge fan of resistance stories, particularly those focused on world war two era: and I had never heard great mention of stories set in the slavic areas beyond and aside from Russia.  Here we meet Magda, youngest child and only daughter of a farmer living in a small village when the threat of war comes to their door. Sent away amidst many tears, she heads to the nearest bigger town and is directed to the home of the Taubers – he a physician of renown, with a wife and young daughter. To this point, the Tauber’s being Jews has not proven to be detrimental, although the family stays quiet and removed in their beautiful villa.   

There Magda meets others who, like herself, are furious with the changes the Germans have brought, although she’s more confused and unaware of the quiet movement from others in the house to protect and resist the occupiers.  When the worst happens, and the household she lives in is again torn apart, she faces uncountable obstacles, dangers and it is simply her own belief and determination to find her own home and protect a child that moves her forward. 

Throughout the story, we see her determination, her resilience and her courage as Magda grows up and faces circumstances that no child, no person should be made to face. Heartbreaking and reaffirming in equal measure, this story brings the beauty and harshness of the Czech mountains and topography to light, all while showing the strength, determination and resilience of her people, and the changes they can make with a bit of determination, plenty of courage and the knowledge of a young girl’s belief in her own dream of one day returning to her home.  

The Girl from the Mountains by Chrystyna Lucyk-Berger

Title: The Girl from the Mountains
Author: Chrystyna Lucyk-Berger
Genre: European History, Friendship, Historic Elements, Historic Woman's Fiction, Romantic Elements, Second Chance, Setting: Europe, Sociological Relevancy, World War II
Published by: Bookouture
ISBN: 1800191618
Published on: 3 February, 2021
Format:eARC
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Pages: 316
Audio Length: 10 Hours: 52 minutes
Rated: four-stars
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The story of one young woman’s exceptional courage in the darkest of times, set in the stunningly atmospheric mountains of Czechoslovakia during the Second World War.

1938: Magda has led a sheltered life in her small village until the day she is forced from her home by the invading Nazi army. Torn away from her family and the only place she has ever known, she is offered refuge in an alpine villa owned by brilliant Dr Tauber and his talented, beautiful wife.

But despite having friends in high places, the Jewish Taubers are living on borrowed time. When the Gestapo come to arrest them, Magda is asked to protect something more precious than the silver and jewels they leave behind. Their newborn son Samuel.

Magda turns to the local Resistance, who hide Samuel nearby. Determined to help them and save her country, Magda remains in the house to serve the Nazi commander, passing messages and supplies to the secret network. But when she is caught, Magda is forced to flee into the high mountains with a price on her head.

With the Nazis in pursuit, and nothing left to lose, Magda takes up arms with a band of partisan fighters in the hope of rescuing the Taubers and reuniting them with Samuel. Even if it might mean laying down her life to win the freedom of those she loves…

This heartbreaking wartime epic of love, bravery and survival will stay with you long after you have turned the final page. Perfect for fans of My Name is Eva, The Alice Network and The German Midwife.

Previously published as Magda’s Mark, this edition has substantial editorial changes.

A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

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