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A Feather on the Water

By: Lindsay Jayne Ashford
Narrated by: Abby Craden
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Publisher's Summary

For three women in postwar Germany, 1945 is a time of hope—lost and found—in this powerful novel by the bestselling author of The Woman on the Orient Express.

Just weeks after World War II ends, three women from different corners of the world arrive in Germany to run a Displaced Persons camp. They long to help rebuild shattered lives—including their own…

For Martha, going to Germany provides an opportunity to escape Brooklyn and a violent marriage. Arriving from England is orphaned Kitty. She hopes working at the camp will bring her closer to her parents, last seen before the war began. For Delphine, Paris has been a city of ghosts after her husband and son died in Dachau. Working at the camp is her chance to find meaning again by helping other victims of Hitler’s regime.

Charged with the care of more than two thousand camp residents, Martha, Delphine, and Kitty draw on each other’s strength to endure and to give hope when all seems lost. Among these strangers and survivors, they might find the love and closure they need to heal their hearts and leave their troubled pasts behind.

©2022 Lindsay Jayne Ashford (P)2022 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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A good story, amazing narration

An eye opening and well told story about the period just after WWII ended and what happened to those refugees who were displaced by the war (especially in Eastern Europe).

Abby Craden is an amazing voice actor who raised the story to a whole new level. The flexibility and range of her voice made it easy to distinguish the various characters. The accents were consistent, the children weren’t insipid and her male characters sounded like men not just a woman reading a male part. I will most definitely look for more books narrated by her.

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Thought provoking, enlightening & beautiful story

The time-line of this story provoked thought and led me on my own path of discovering more about the aftermath of the holocaust.. an angle I previously didn't know very much about. I found this story to be thought provoking, enlightening and beautiful.

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Amazing story!

Such a great story of strength and courage. I learned so much from this novel. I have never heard or read anything about what happened to the hundreds of thousands of people displaced after WW2. Honestly I never really thought about it. All of those who survived the camps did not have anywhere to go. Love this story!! Great narration. Well written. This one is a must read or listen!

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#1 in 2022 for me!!!!!

This is the first historical fiction I’ve read about the DP camps after World War 2. I have to admit it’s often crossed my mind- what does one do when you no longer have a past or identity? How do you begin to construct a life based on choices of ‘why not?’
A Feather on the Water is the story of three women who would never have crossed paths had there not been a war. An American fleeing an abusive marriage named Martha, a French nurse whose husband and son were killed in Dachau named Delphine, and a Polish/Austrian refugee of the kinder transport to England- Katja now known as Kitty.
Together they worked almost two years in helping over 300,000 displaced refugees from Poland and Czechoslovakia.
The characters which interact with these ladies are so rich and possess so much depth i was able to picture them all and still wonder what happened to them as they all began new lives.
A very interesting view into the process to emigrate and the counties policies and quotas.
I am very interested to look into other works by this author…especially after reading this in 24 hours!

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Excellent book

I love historical fiction and Lindsay Jayne Ashford does a wonderful job with her books. I am in wonder of the endurance people had back then in post war situations. I can’t fathom losing everything in my home and country and becoming so displaced. Not knowing who in their families were alive and where to go or what to do. I never considered how long it would take to straighten out. The ability to transmit communication via the web revolutionize our world. I could go on and on about the things that really struck me in this book about how fortunate we truly are. I don’t miss this book it was wonderful! The narrator did a great job!

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New perspective on post WW2

I really enjoyed this novel and the reading. It was an interesting view of post WW2 that is often forgotten. The relationships in the book feel real and not contrived. The story flows with a few twists, but over all an enjoyable and educational read.

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Liked the historical portrayals but didn’t care at all for the personal stories. I know people who were there. I would have liked more focus on the DPs rather than the staff.

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loved this book!!

I was moved by reading about this time frame as I have not read about what happened to the displaced persons after the war. the narrator was excellent except for I felt that the men's voices could have been improved. I would recommend this to anyone and would even listen to it again a second time!

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a different war perspective

revealing inner secrets. a dramatic moment
three women from different corners of the world unite !!!

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Wonderful!

This is an amazing and touching story! The narration is perfect. The author did a wonderful job of telling the tale of these women.