The Aftermath – Rhidian Brook

Hello everyone, I thought I’d add another little string to my bow and add my love of books to the blog. I have always been absolutely book obsessed, so I thought I’d take some of my Instagram book reviews and put everything in one place for any of you fellow beauty and book lovers that might be looking for something else to read.

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In the bitter winter of 1946, Rachel Morgan arrives in the ruins of Hamburg. Here she is reunited with her husband, Lewis a British colonel charged with rebuilding the shattered city. As they set off for their new home Rachel is stunned to discover that Lewis has made an extraordinary decision: they will be sharing the grand house with its previous owners, a German widower and his troubled daughter. In this charged atmosphere, enmity and grief give way to passion and betrayal.

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I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, it’s a genre that I have read many times before but it took me to a time in history that really I know very little about. I was instantly captured by the characters and the very important history fixed in the storyline, it’s such an important part of history to be written about. It made me feel real empathy for both English and German characters alike in the aftermath of a war as they try to rebuild countries, cities, families and relationships. It was definitely a very thought-provoking read and one I can highly recommend. The only reason this didn’t get a 5/5 was that the ending left me feeling as though it ended a little abruptly and I felt the novel could have been twice the length and contained even more details for me to devour about the characters and their ordeals.

This novel has now just been released into a major motion picture, I haven’t seen it yet but it’s definitely on my list to watch, fingers crossed it does the book justice.

Let me know if you’ve read The Aftermath too and what you thought about it in the comments.

Anni xx

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