Monday, 17 March 2014


As many of you know my blog is very popular. In fact so popular that I am fully booked with promos for the rest of this year and then some! Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining or bragging here. I'm simply explaining the situation I had found myself in. You see..I had this little card up my sleeve for a while and was dying for the first opportunity I could get to finally whip it out and say, "TA DA!!"
Luckily today such an opportunity arrived.

It is therefore that I proudly and with as much calm as I can muster right now, present to you my author of the week. It is Christoph Fischer!! For the next three days I shall shine my little light on one of his books, as I am sure you will love them as much as I do.

First up, who else but the luckiest of them all...

Who are the luckyWeissensteiners?
In the sleepy town of Bratislava in 1933 a romantic girl falls for a bookseller from Berlin. Greta Weissensteiner, daughter of a Jewish weaver, slowly settles in with the Winkelmeier clan just as the developments in Germany start to make waves in Europe. The political climate in the multifaceted cultural jigsaw puzzle of Czechoslovakia becomes more complex and affects the fragile relations between the couple and the families.

The story follows their lot through the war with its predictable and also its unexpected turns and events and the equally hard times after

This book is part of a Trilogy, currently loosely entitled “The Three Nations Trilogy”. The novels all deal with similar themes of home and identity in various Central European Countries affected by war and political changes.

A historical novel and a tale of human survival in a dark chapter of European History.

Here are some cool pics from that era and Christoph's photo album. 

How lucky are they?

Truth be told, I read Christoph's other books first (my ba-a-a-ad she said sheepishly). Anyhoo, by the time I had read this book (which is the first book in the series) I was well versed and schooled in German history. What excited me about this book is that it gave you both German and Jew perspectives during WW2 from the Weissensteiners, Winkelmeiers and a whole cast of other characters. In particular this book had a far more insight into the real hearts and minds of people in those days, than other historical novels I had read. 
It goes without saying that there was a lot of historical facts and explanations as to who was who in the zoo and how they got there, but as long as you persist you will be rewarded with a wonderful, rich story. Both the plot and the characters were filled with depth, realism and mutiple stratagems. The book itself is very well written and educational, but is more than that. It is about the human spirit. 

I give it 5 stars! 

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The talented Mr. Fischer!

Christoph Fischer is an Independent writer from Germany, based in the UK.
His first book “The Luck of the Weissensteiners” is a historical novel set in 1930s and 1940s Slovakia and was published in November 2012.

Find more about him on ChristophFischerBooks

“Sebastian”, another historical novel is set in Vienna in the 1910s and has been released in May 2013.

“The Black Eagle Inn” concludes the trilogy and has been released October 2013.

Christoph Fischer is also a reviewer of independent books and on his recommendation pages on this site he features interviews and reviews of the books that have most captured his attention and appreciation by genre.

The link of the Fischer!

You can learn so much about Christoph and from him. Please follow him here: 

That's all she wrote tonight folks! Be sure to check in tomorrow when I will be featuring another of Christoph's books.