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  • The Rainbow

  • Absolutely Heartbreaking World War 2 Historical Fiction Based on a True Story
  • By: Carly Schabowski
  • Narrated by: Tamsin Kennard
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (36 ratings)

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The Rainbow

By: Carly Schabowski
Narrated by: Tamsin Kennard
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Summary

There, on the dusty floorboards, was a piece of paper, folded neatly. A newspaper article, written in German, alongside a faded picture of two men in Nazi uniforms staring at the camera. I was about to place it back in the box of forgotten things when something in the text jumped out at me. My breath caught in my chest. I know that name.

London, present day. Isla has grown up hearing her beloved grandad’s stories about his life as a child in pre-war Poland and as a young soldier bravely fighting the Germans to protect his people. So she is shocked and heartbroken to find, while collecting photos for his 95th birthday celebration, a picture of her dear grandfather wearing a Nazi uniform. Is everything she thought she knew about him a lie?

Unable to question him due to his advanced dementia, Isla wraps herself in her rainbow-coloured scarf, a memento of his from the war, and begins to hunt for the truth behind the photograph. What she uncovers is more shocking than she could have ever anticipated - a tale of childhood sweethearts torn apart by family duty, and how one young man risked his life, his love, and the respect of his own people, to secretly fight for justice from inside the heart of the enemy itself....

A heartbreaking novel of love, betrayal, and a secret passed down through a family. Inspired by an incredible true story. Perfect for fans of The Tattooist of Auschwitz, We Were the Lucky Ones, and The Alice Network.

©2021 Carly Schabowski (P)2021 Bookouture, an imprint of Storyfire Ltd.

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this was a story so well written you could 'live' through the events and even predict some of them

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A captivating story

An interesting perspective of other types of victims of W W2, which influenced outcomes of several generations.

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So Sad

A very different perspective if you enjoy WW2 novels. I’d imagine there were a lot of people who were forced against their will to things for the Nazi’s. Living with their memories after the war must have been horrendous. Such a sad story.

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Boring and tedious

I'm not sure how realistic it is for a professional woman to suddenly decide to investigate her grandfather's life and it was so tedious and predictable I wasn't impressed with the story

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