Book: Across Great Divides by Monique Roycategories: Book, Nazi Germany, Apartheid, Diamonds, South Africa, Holocaust, Nazis, Nazi Regime, Cape Town, Historical Fiction
Monique Royabout this book: Berlin, 1933. When Hitler comes to power in 1933, Eva’s world is turned upside down, but she is part of a powerful family who refuse to be destroyed and defy the very forces that threaten to harm them.
After the devastation left by Kristallnacht, sixteen-year-old Eva and her family escape from Germany through her brother’s strong connections to the underground resistance, but only after hiding many carats of diamonds. They seek refuge in Belgium. When war comes to the streets of Antwerp, they find themselves in the same danger. From hiking over the rugged foothills of the Pyrenees Mountains to spending days on a ship targeted by a German U-boat, they flee to South Africa, where they hope to build a home.
When South Africa institutes apartheid, they struggle with a regime that violates civil liberties and scathing memories of their persecution as Jews flood back. The family’s home becomes a safe haven for their impoverished maid and her daughter, and in turn, the family lets go of their past and finds happiness.
It’s in South Africa where their past is intertwined with the present; where an old friend from Berlin re-emerges into their lives, and a lost emerald and diamond pendant is found.
Across Great Divides tells the story of the power of family and of unbroken bonds in the time of war and civil unrest.
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