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.
|Publisher:||Ypsilon & Co. Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.93(d)|
About the Author
C. F. Yetmen is a writer and consultant specializing in architecture and design. She is co-author of The Owner's Dilemma: Driving Success and Innovation in the Design and Construction Industry and a former publisher of Texas Architect magazine. The Roses Underneath is her first novel. Visit C.F. at http://www.cfyetmen.com.
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Reviewed by Rebecca Carrico for Readers' Favorite In 1945, after Germany surrendered, the American army sent soldiers there, but not to fight. Their job was to find art stolen by the Nazis and return it to the rightful owners. They were also sent to rebuild German monuments, thus they were called the Monument Men. Anna Klein, separated from her husband by the war, is trying to support herself and her young daughter. She is hired by the Americans to type forms at the Collecting Point where the recovered art is being stored. An American Captain, Henry Cooper, recruits her to be his translator. While searching for stolen art, they find a stash in the cellar of a villa outside of town. They also find a little boy hiding inside. He denies any knowledge of the art, but they feel he knows more than he is telling them. Instead of leaving him there as he wants, they take him to a displacement camp to be cared for. Captain Cooper does not report the find right away which gets them both in trouble with the army officials. A costly painting is stolen from the stash and they try to find the thief which puts them both in danger. Can they succeed? Will Anna be reunited with her husband? These are just a few of the questions answered at the end of the book. The Roses Underneath by C. F. Yetmen is a great read! The subject is intriguing, and based on true incidents in history. It is a well written historical mystery that gives us a glimpse of what life must have been like in post-war Germany.