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Child of the Ruins: a gripping, heart-breaking and unforgettable World War Two historical thriller

Kate Furnivall

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Historical mysteries, Second World War fiction, Historical romance

Anna and Ingrid have survived the war. Now they they must live through the aftermath.

Evocative and unforgettable, LOVE IN THE RUINS is set during the Berlin air lifts of 1948 and written by one of the most brilliant writers of historical fiction in the UK.

People are disappearing. I spoke to my neighbour yesterday, we laughed at some nonsense, and today he is gone. We only discovered he was missing because the dog wouldn't stop howling and we all knew he would never leave his beloved pet. So I am careful, extremely careful.
I used to live in Berlin, on Prenzlauer Allee.
Now I live in East Berlin, still on Prenzlauer Allee.
To many it may seem a difference scarcely worth mentioning, one small extra word added. But to me it is the difference between night and day, between life and death. In East Berlin no one trusts anybody any more.

Two families divided by war.
A entire city on the edge of disaster.

1948, Berlin. Russian troops have closed all access to the city. Roads, railway lines and waterways are blocked and a city of two million people is trapped, relying on airlifts of food, water and medicine to survive. Anna and Ingrid are very different women resorting to very different ways to survive. But they both need to find those they love and, to do that, find a way to escape from Berlin.

Praise for kate Furnivall's writing:

'Kate Furnivall has a talent for creating places and characters who stay with you long after you have read the final word' JANE CORRY

'Hugely ambitious and atmospheric' KATE MOSSE

'Perfect escapist reading' MARIE CLAIRE

'Fast-paced with a sinister edge' THE TIMES

'Thrilling, compelling, wonderful!' LESLEY PEARSE

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Kate Furnivall

Kate Furnivall didn't set out to be a writer. It sort of grabbed her by the throat when she discovered the story of her grandmother - a White Russian refugee who fled from the Bolsheviks down into China. That extraordinary tale inspired her first book, The Russian Concubine. From then on, she was hooked.

Kate is the author of eight novels, including The Russian Concubine, The White Pearl and The Italian Wife. Her books have been translated into more than twenty languages and have been on the New York Times Bestseller list.

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