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Cuckoo Clock – New York (Unbroken Bonds Book 3) by Elisabeth Marrion – Review by Jennifer Wolbeck

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Cuckoo Clock New York follows the exodus of Dr. Esther Rosenthal and her father, Mordechai, from their hometown of Hildesheim, Germany. This story is an excellent narrative for humanizing the experiences and events leading up to WWII and the ethnic cleansing which ensued. I have read my fair share of Holocaust novels and every story is tragic in its own way. Cuckoo Clock New York is an easier read because it allows you to witness the journey of a family that was able to get away. Not only is Esther able to flee to America, but she and her father were able to contribute to the relief effort for German refugee children. This is the story of a woman who helped others even when she was on the run and barely able to help herself.

My only critique would be small details about the writing style. This is the first book I’ve read from this author, and sometimes the passages would come off disjointed and the character dialogues felt clunky. The text was also simple to the point of being plain. This made the book feel less immersive and dramatic. Although the events of the book were very important, there were missed opportunities that could have been used to build more tension. There could have been more balance between being a plot-driven and character-driven story. Overall, Cuckoo Clock New York was a pleasant read and a good contribution to the large collection of WWII and Holocaust stories.

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Cuckoo Clock – New York (Unbroken Bonds Book 3) by Elisabeth Marrion – Review by Dawn Daughenbaugh

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 Star
Cuckoo Clock – New York (Unbroken Bonds Book 3) by Elisabeth Marrion

I’m a huge fan of historical fiction and couldn’t wait to dive into this book. The authors attention to detail makes you feel as if you are right there with them. Get ready to be taken on quite the journey with Esther as she embarks on a journey taking her through Holland , England and the USA. Find out what happens next with the children in this must read. I look forward to reading more from this Author.

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Cuckoo Clock – New York (Unbroken Bonds Book 3) by Elisabeth Marrion – Review by Angelina Frazzini

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Cuckoo Clock – New York by Elisabeth Marrion is book three of the Unbroken Bonds series. Though this is book three of the series, this. Ok can be read as a standalone. I hadn’t read the first two books when I read this one and didn’t feel as though I was missing anything. This book was so good though that I am going to go back and read books one and two! I don’t often read books about this time period but I couldn’t put it down! The book is so well written you feel like you are part of the journey, sharing experiences with the characters. You become invested in their feelings and the outcomes. I really enjoyed this book!

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Cuckoo Clock – New York (Unbroken Bonds Book 3) by Elisabeth Marrion – Review By Stacey Baxter

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I am a sucker when it comes to history and this novel was full with it! It was written in a way that made you feel like you were right there which is an extraordinary feeling. I don’t usually read these sort of novels but I’m glad I did I just couldn’t put it down was so wrapped up in the words I was just lost amongst the pages! A brilliant read which I highly recommend.

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Cuckoo Clock – New York (Unbroken Bonds Book 3) by Elisabeth Marrion – Review by Raylene Green

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Historical isn’t my cup of tea. With that being said, this was a bit fascinating to me. While I’m not sure if you need to read the first two books in this series, after following up I was able to keep on track with this one okay. In this story, you follow Esther who is a Jewish doctor whose husband is captured before the Nazi’s take over Germany. And the Cuckoo-Clock is an apptly named read. Pick up the book to find out why!!! Well worth your time!!!

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Cuckoo Clock – New York (Unbroken Bonds Book 3) by Elisabeth Marrion – Review by Jennifer Gordon

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I found this wonderfully written novel to be an emotional read but also a fascinating one. The novel tells the story of the first children to go to England on the Kindertransport from Doctor Esther Rosenthal’s point of view. Beginning in Kristallnacht on the 9th November in 1938, Doctor Esther Rosenthal’s husband has just enough time to whisper to her before the SA take him away, that Esther must leave Germany immediately. This is the start of her adventurous, dangerous and brave journey which saw her go through Holland, England, and then ultimately on to the USA. It is whilst Esther is in Holland that she meets a group of children that come from a Berlin orphanage and who are the first children to go to England on the Kindertransport. Esther and her father Mordechai join the children on their crossing and then accompany them to Harwich. At the outbreak of World War II the Kindertransport abruptly comes to an end, leaving many children still at Dovercourt Bay without a new permanent or foster home.
This was a heartbreaking story which concentrated on how normal people were affected by war, and how the innocent suffered but also how ‘ordinary’ people became hero’s and who in a time of violence and suffering really made a difference to other people’s lives. I found the story all the more powerful and poignant as it’s based on real people and events. The author obviously knows her history and this comes across in the narrative. Her descriptive writing really bought the settings and the era to life and I felt fully immersed and engaged in the story whilst I was reading it. The characters are remarkable and so realistic, relatable and likeable that I found myself thinking about them long after I had finished the book. Emotive and moving this was a page turner of a novel and one which I highly recommend.

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Cuckoo Clock – New York (Unbroken Bonds Book 3) by Elisabeth Marrion – Review by Kerry Carr

Cuckoo Clock - New York: Esther's Story (Unbroken Bonds Book 3)Cuckoo Clock – New York: Esther’s Story by Elisabeth Marrion
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the 3rd book in the Unbroken Bonds Series. This is actually the first book I have read. What is good about the books is I didn’t need to read the first two books to be able to follow this story. Its a beautiful and sad story about world war 2 and how it affected so many lives. It is written in a way that beautifully describes what life was like in those times, the fear that people felt and also how peoples perspectives changed, some for good and some for worst.

When Esther and her father are forced to leave their home they run to Amsterdam to seek safety with their friends.

This isn’t the end of their story as their end is getting to England. After boarding the Kindertransport they come across lots of orphaned children on their way to England. Posing as their doctors Esther and her father join them.
When the Kindertransport gets stopped what will happen to the children who already abandoned and alone? And where will Esther and her father end up? And what is the link between a cuckoo clock found in a antique shop and the lady that buys it?

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Cuckoo Clock – New York (Unbroken Bonds Book 3) by Elisabeth Marrion – Review by Anantha Alagappan

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I am huge fan of War books. Each and every book I read or every movie I watch about the poignant state of Jews in the Nazi Germany deeply moves me. This is a story of Jewish doctor Esther Rosenthal who escapes from Berlin. When her husband is detained before the danger which befell on Jews in Nazi Germany. She escapes with her father and in the course of their flight to England, she meets a group of Jewish children, who were being moved from a Berlin Orphanage to England on a Kindertransport. She adopts three of them and she and her father try to support them with the best they have. They travel to New York, but Esther is forced to return to Europe because of her own personal reasons.
Together or separated, how these characters show solidarity and support to each other forms the crux of the story. Like and WW2 book, this book is also heart wrenching and deftly brings out the plight of the Jews and their extreme circumstances they were put through.
I loved the author’s narration style and I am going to pick up the first two books of the author as well.

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Yule Lads Legend: Iceland’s Jólasveinar by Heidi Herman – Review by Laura Furuta

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Yule Lads Legend: Iceland’s Jólasveinar
By Heidi Herman
5 out of 5 stars

I loved reading the book Yule Lads Legend: Iceland’s Jólasveinar by Heidi Herman. It is a story that is a delight to read by young and old. It is a book that is based on legend and will have you hooked from the very beginning. I wasn’t able to put it down until I had read the final page. The characters are intriguing and interesting. The basis of the book is intriguing as well as one that has to be read to understand and enjoyed. The author does an amazing job of making both the story and the characters come alive. Don’t miss out on an amazing story that is exciting and entertaining. I highly recommend reading it.

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Cuckoo Clock – New York (Unbroken Bonds Book 3) by Elisabeth Marrion – Review by Heather Lovelace

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I thoroughly enjoy historical fiction and was eager to dive into these pages to see what would unfold. This WWII drama was fascinating. I really appreciated the way the author set up the story. It was an intriguing dive into past events and one I found myself eager to see how it would resolve. I look forward to reading more from this author – just a really good book.

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