The Winter Garden

The Winter Garden

Jane Thynne / Jun 03, 2020

The Winter Garden Berlin The city radiates glamour and ambition But danger lurks in every shadow Anna Hansen a bride to be is a pupil at one of Hitler s notorious Nazi Bride Schools where young women are schoo

  • Title: The Winter Garden
  • Author: Jane Thynne
  • ISBN: 9781849839891
  • Page: 271
  • Format: Paperback
  • Berlin, 1937 The city radiates glamour and ambition But danger lurks in every shadow Anna Hansen, a bride to be, is a pupil at one of Hitler s notorious Nazi Bride Schools, where young women are schooled on the art of being an SS officer s wife Then, one night, she is brutally murdered and left in the gardens of the school Her death will be hushed up and her life forgoBerlin, 1937 The city radiates glamour and ambition But danger lurks in every shadow Anna Hansen, a bride to be, is a pupil at one of Hitler s notorious Nazi Bride Schools, where young women are schooled on the art of being an SS officer s wife Then, one night, she is brutally murdered and left in the gardens of the school Her death will be hushed up and her life forgotten.Clara Vine is an actress at Berlin s famous Ufa studios by day and an undercover British Intelligence agent by night She knew Anna and is disturbed by news of her death She cannot understand why someone would want to cover it up, but she soon discovers that Anna s murder is linked to a far ominous secret.With the newly abdicated Edward VIII and his wife Wallis set to arrive in Berlin, and the Mitford sisters dazzling on the social scene, Clara must work in the darkness to find the truth and send it back to London It is a dangerous path she treads, and it will take everything she has to survive

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      • Jane Thynne

        Jane Thynne was born in Venezuela and educated in London She graduated from Oxford University with a degree in English and joined the BBC as a journalist She has also worked at The Sunday Times, The Daily Telegraph and The Independent, as well as for numerous British magazines She appears as a broadcaster on Radio 4 Jane is married with three children and lives in London.


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    1. Δείτε επίσης και στο Chill and readΒερολίνο 1937. Οι Ναζί είναι στην εξουσία. Οι Εβραίοι έχουν αρχίσει ήδη να χάνουν προνόμια, σπίτια, περιουσίες, οικονομίες μιας ζωής. Κάποιοι επιλέγουν να αδράξουν τις βίζες που τους προσφέρουν οι Βρετανοί και οι άλλοι Ευρωπαίοι σαν σανίδες σωτηρί [...]



    2. This is the second novel featuring actress/spy Clara Vine, who first appeared in “Black Roses.” The first novel was set in 1933, but it is now 1937 and Clara, daughter of British politician and Nazi sympathiser, Sir Ronald Vine, whose mother was German and whose grandmother was Jewish, has now made a life for herself in Berlin. Clara’s Jewish ancestry is almost a great a secret as her work for British Intelligence and both must be guarded closely, for Berlin has changed for the worse since [...]


    3. Complex mystery in dangerous times.A gripping and edgy story of intelligence gathering right under the noses of elite of the Third Reich. Born in Britain, half-German actress and movie star Clara Vine, is a British contact in the dangerous days of pre war Berlin of 1937, gathering relevant information on the movements and interests of the major German players. The names mentioned, the circles Clara has access to are the who's who of the upper echelons in the Nazi party.Two incidences appear to c [...]


    4. Thank you for the advance copy! This is the first Jane Thynne novel I've read, so I hadn't read the first book in this series, but I don't think I missed anything essential. I've had the Clara Vine series on my To-Read list for quite sometime because I love a good WWII spy novel, so I was excited to give this a try. As many other reviewers point out, this novel is full of interesting information about bride schools, Goering, Goebbels, and other key figures in Nazi Germany, but it was a bit of a [...]


    5. Η άποψή μου για το βιβλίο στο site "Book City" και τον παρακάτω σύνδεσμο: Άνθη του χειμώνα


    6. The Winter Garden is a spy thriller set in 1937 Berlin. It mixes fact and fiction quite successfully with real-life people like Goebbels and the wives of various top ranking Nazis interacting with figments of the author's imagination.Pre-war Berlin is nicely recreated and there is a good feel for the menace of the police state. A air of mystery is successfully sustained throughout and the climax well-handled. My chief concern, reflecting on the novel after I'd finished reading it, is that the ma [...]


    7. Evocative of a dangerous, fascinating time in history. These books make me feel like I'm making my way through German high society with Clara Vine, teasing out secrets & risking all to spy for Britain. Suspenseful, character-driven story.


    8. I enjoyed this WWII spy book and liked that it portrays aspects of the war not normally shown. I just have to say I find it terrible that the book changes names depending on if it was published in the US or in the UK. This is very confusing and terrible for readers.


    9. This is the second book in the Clara Vine series. It takes place in 1937, when the Nazi Party has become fully entrenched in every part of German society yet still in the early days before its ultimate mission is clearly revealed to the rest of the world. Clara’s career is advancing and she is portraying her first leading lady role, opposite a WW1 Luftwaffe hero-turned-actor, Ernst Udet.The mystery part of the story involves a former dancer named Anna Hansen who Clara met when Anna was modelin [...]


    10. This is indeed a mixed bag of an historical fiction series featuring Clara Vine, an Anglo-German actress living in Berlin in the ominous and violent early years of the Third Reich. Despite the fact that Clara is received warmly into the heart of Nazi Europe, as warmly as anyone could be by its vicious regime and by the various twisted characters running the show---Goebbels,his long suffering but enabling wife Magda, Goering and the Furher himself all make appearances--she takes it upon herself t [...]


    11. The adventures of Clara Vine, and Englishwoman and film actress in pre-World War II Germany, continue in this second volume of the series. Clara is still deeply involved in listening to the gossip of the Nazi wives and reporting what she learns back to London. But she now gets involved with Ralph Sommers who is a sort of free lance operative and through him, she is drawn ever deeper into spying on the Nazis. When a young woman she had previously known, Anna Hansen, is mysteriously killed and one [...]


    12. 3 1/2 maybe. I got this ARC from Simon and Schuster and was really looking forward to it. The plot sounded like something I'd enjoy, and all in all, I did, but for some clunky writing now and then. (Where were the editors? At one stage the same thought is paraphrased about 5 times in the space of about 5 pages.) I must admit I didn't realise Winter Garden was the second part of a trilogy, and I have to wonder if I would have enjoyed it more had I read the first book (Black Roses). Our heroine, C [...]


    13. I requested this book from NetGalley thinking it might be rather like a Susan Elia MacNeal book. Unfortunately, it was rather more of a trudge (a combination of clunky writing and bad editing as well as a plot moppet whose charms I couldn't quite see). It may have helped to have read the first book (I did not). There was some recapping but I felt like there was some character exposition that I missed. I did like the character portraits (especially that of Magda Goebells, pointing out the drawbac [...]


    14. My fascination with undercover work during WWII continues. This novel, set in Nazi Germany prior to the war, was well laced with suspense as well as reality. The sinister bride schools, brainchild of Heinrich Himmler, head of the SS, were an intriguing element. And woven through the fast moving plot were other famous personages from that era – Goering, Goebbels, Hitler and their women, Charles Lindbergh, and German aviators Ernst Udet and Freiherr von Richthofen, the Red Baron of WWI. At the c [...]


    15. 2.5 starsI'll be honest - this book was way too easy for me to put down and took me much longer than my usual amount of time to finish. I cannot put my finger on the problem, though. Perhaps, since this is the second book in the series and I have not read the first book, I was not familiar enough with the characters. But, for the most part Thynne provides plenty of background information to keep me up to speed. Perhaps I just feel like it sometimes got bogged down in the details. I expected a hi [...]


    16. I picked this up not realising that it followed on from Black Roses, oops, and for the most part that wasn't a problem, but there were occasions when I just felt like I was missing out on a little bit of her personality and background etc. And while I definitely wouldn't describe it as a fast paced read, I did still find it quite enjoyable in a subtle way. It wasn't in your face. The characters all intrigued me, particularly Strauss, and I couldn't for the life of me work out how all these seemi [...]


    17. Wish this had been better written as it disappoints as a chilled and/or mystery. I find women authors in this genre all too often feel compelled to give us long passages on how the hero or heroine feels emotionally during or after every event. Enough already. We want action, not long descriptions of the anguish, ecstasy, or heartbreak they feel at the time. I believe I speak for many in my half of the gender pool.is is catering to only 50% of your of your readers. I did like the historical refer [...]


    18. openbooksociety/article/woWoman in the ShadowsClara Vine, Book #2By Jane ThynneISBN#9780553394405Author Website: JanethynneBrought to you by OBS Reviewer DanieleSynopsis:Berlin, 1937. The city radiates glamour and ambition. But danger lurks in every shadow….Anna Hansen, a bride-to-be, is a pupil at one of Hitler’s notorious Nazi Bride Schools, where young women are schooled on the art of being an SS officer’s wife. Then, one night, she is brutally murdered and left in the gardens of the sc [...]


    19. I really expected to like this book a lot. I am very interested in historical fiction of the WWII period. A half-British, half-German actress living in Berlin in the late 30s who had a secret Jewish grandmother; what could go wrong?! I was intrigued. The writing is clear and the parts of the book that deal with little-known aspects of the pre-war era in Germany are fascinating. For example, I am certain few people know of the Bride School that existed to train fiancées of SS officers in how to [...]


    20. I stumbled on this series by accident and then did something I rarely do--I started reading them out of order. Eek, the horror, right? But the library didn't have the first book in the series and I didn't realize it until I was locked into the second book in the series and unable to put it down. This is ostensibly a mystery series, but not that much time is spent on the mystery. More time is spent exploring the worsening tensions between Germany and the rest of the world, and the rise of Hitler [...]


    21. An easy informative story-read. A gripe on this particular story-line though is when authors do their thorough! Detailed research on fascism in Britain they mention the horrific battles between the fascists and 'the organised opposition' comprisinf Jewish groups and ordinary people. However it seems the detailed research doesn't throw up the names and organisations sufficiently to rate historical footnotes the likes of AJEX and the academic and later Major, Lionel Rose and many others who wrote [...]


    22. This is the third book in the Clara Vine series to be published in the United States, but falls as the second in the series chronologically. (I really hate this--I feel as if I've been introduced to Clara and her world completely backwards.)What I most love about this series is the "insider's" glimpse of Nazi society. As Thynne notes, there has been so little published on the women who were part of Hitler's inner circle. Reading these books has certainly provided me with a different perspective [...]


    23. Another good Clara Vine story. This involved Clara’s spying on the Nazi’s build up to war with air superiority and filming of Britain before the war. Clara befriends two men, a German test pilot haunted by his past and his realization of how evil the Hitler regime was and his part in it. And she befriends a fellow spy who is a supposedly an aviation specialist helping the Nazi’s. The addition of the historical information on the “bride schools” for the SS and other historical informati [...]


    24. I agree with several of the reviews that this is a better read than BLACK ROSES. I had read several of this series out of order, so have gone back to the beginning of Clara Vine’s adventures in pre-War Berlin. I am enjoying each book as a stand alone. However, the evolution of Nazi Germany’s politics, culture & war machine, which are a critical background to Clara’s experiences, are better appreciated if read in order. I do truly recommend this series for readers of HF!!


    25. I have been wanting to read this series for awhile, however I can't seem to locate the first book Black Roses in Canada so I started with book 2. The author did a great job introducing Clara Vine and I don't feel like I missed anything by not reading the first book. This story was interesting and engaging and the author must have done a ton of research. I also really liked the attention to detail, definitely going to read the next in the series.


    26. I tried to get into this, but just couldn't, despite the interesting historical setting. But the mystery was the least interesting thing about the book, & I just couldn't do it. So I skim read the rest, & that was enough.


    27. A good solid read and once again I have learnt something new. I did not know that potential wives of SS men had to attend a Brides' School to learn how to be good German wives. Urgh! I look forward to reading the next one in the series.


    28. I'm ready for the next Clara Vine book.These take place in Berlin just before the beginning of WWII. One if my favorite historical ​periods. And the study of the players beside Hitler in very interesting.


    29. I am impressed with the research the author did. She weaved in actual people and details from the time. That’s not easy. The story gave me a glimpse into how and why some people willingly accept fascism. It got me wondering about our world today.


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