It is August 1945 in Wiesbaden, Germany. With the country in ruins, Anna Klein, displaced and separated from her beloved husband, struggles to support herself and her six-year-old daughter, Amalia. Her job typing forms at the Collecting Point for the US Army's Monuments Men is the only thing keeping her afloat. Charged with securing Nazi-looted art and rebuilding Germany's monuments, the Americans are on the hunt for stolen treasures. But after the horrors of the war, Anna wants only to hide from the truth and rebuild a life with her family.
When the easy-going American Captain Henry Cooper recruits her as his reluctant translator, the two of them stumble on a mysterious stash of art in a villa outside of town. Cooper's penchant for breaking the rules capsizes Anna's tenuous security and propels her into a search for elusive truth and justice in a world where everyone is hiding something.
In her debut novel, C.F. Yetmen tells a story of loss and reconciliation in a shattered world coming to terms with war and its aftermath.
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A heartfelt and stirring story
This exquisitely crafted novel by C.F Yetmen cuts to the heart of love, loss and hope. In a universal and very personal experience of survival and courage in post World War II, we walk in the worn shoes of Anna Klein, a young German mother determined to find the way forward for herself and her six year old daughter, Amalia.
C.F. Yetmen has found the perfect voice for her story. In The Roses Underneath, narrator Linda Joy creates an undercurrent of urgency that leads us forward. Each character is brought into sharp focus and through her careful shading, we see ourselves. This is essential reading.
- Ruth Bain