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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Book Blast, Review, & Giveaway for Searching for Gertrude by D.E. Haggerty

Searching for Gertrude 

by D.E. Haggerty


Searching for Gertrude
Historical Romance  
Self Published (January 22, 2018)  
Print Length: 278 pages  
While growing up in Germany in the 1930s, Rudolf falls in love with the girl next door, Gertrude. He doesn’t care what religion Gertrude practices, but the Nazis do. When the first antisemitic laws are enacted by the Nazi government, Gertrude’s father loses his job at the local university. Unable to find employment in Germany, he accepts a position at Istanbul University and moves the family to Turkey. Rudolf, desperate to follow Gertrude, takes a position as a consulate worker in Istanbul with the very government which caused her exile. With Rudolf finally living in the same city as Gertrude, their reunion should be inevitable, but he can’t find her. During his search for Gertrude, he stumbles upon Rosalyn, an American Jew working as a nanny in the city. Upon hearing his heartbreaking story, she immediately agrees to help him search for his lost love. Willing to do anything in their search for Gertrude, they agree to work for a British intelligence officer who promises his assistance, but his demands endanger Rudolf and Rosalyn. As the danger increases and the search for Gertrude stretches on, Rudolf and Rosalyn grow close, but Rudolf gave his heart away long ago.


 I grew up reading everything I could get my grubby hands on, from my mom's Harlequin romances, to Nancy Drew, to Little Women. When I wasn't flipping pages in a library book, I was penning horrendous poems, writing songs no one should ever sing, or drafting stories which have thankfully been destroyed. College and a stint in the U.S. Army came along, robbing me of free time to write and read, although on the odd occasion I did manage to sneak a book into my rucksack between rolled up socks, MRIs, t-shirts, and cold weather gear. After surviving the army experience, I went back to school and got my law degree. I jumped ship and joined the hubby in the Netherlands before the graduation ceremony could even begin. A few years into my legal career, I was exhausted, fed up, and just plain done. I quit my job and sat down to write a manuscript, which I promptly hid in the attic after returning to the law. But being a lawyer really wasn’t my thing, so I quit (again!) and went off to Germany to start a B&B. Turns out being a B&B owner wasn’t my thing either. I polished off that manuscript languishing in the attic before following the husband to Istanbul where I decided to give the whole writer-thing a go. But ten years was too many to stay away from my adopted home. I packed up again and moved to The Hague where I’m currently working on my next book. I hope I’ll always be working on my next book. Searching for Gertrude is my twelfth book.  
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*I received a free copy of this book which I voluntarily chose to write an honest review for.
Well this book sure is different. We get to meet Rudolf who grew up in Germany during the years of Hitler's reign. This allowed him to provide us with valuable insight into life for German citizens at that time with an emphasis on the treatment of the Jews. He fell in love with the neighbor girl who was a Jew and when her family was forced to flee the country he vows to find her no matter what he has to do. On the other side of the story is Rosalyn an American that wishes to help the Jews in their horrible situations so she takes a job as a nanny to a Jewish family that fled to Turkey. This country is where the tow parts of this story meets as the two of them work together to find Rudolf's lost love and Rosalyn helps her family. What the two do not realize is the strange romance going on at the exact same time. This story is just full of historical details that really give the reader a sense of the life that the people in Europe were leading during this dark time in history. It provides an excellent backdrop for this information that keeps the reader wondering what the two characters will discover next. Great for fans of historical romance novels that are slightly different from the norm. I really enjoyed it so it gets 4/5 stars.


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  1. Thanks for the review and information on "Searching for Gertrude" by D.E. Haggerty as well as being part of the book blast!
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  2. Thanks for taking the time to read and review Searching for Gertrude. I'm glad you enjoyed it.