Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Can't-Wait Wednesday: The Taster by V.S. Alexander

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and talk about the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. It's based on Waiting On Wednesday hosted at Breaking the Spine.



The Taster by V.S. Alexander
Expected publication: January 30th 2018 by Kensington

Amid the turbulence of World War II, a young German woman finds a precarious haven closer to the source of danger than she ever imagined—one that will propel her through the extremes of privilege and terror under Hitler’s dictatorship . . .

In early 1943, Magda Ritter’s parents send her to relatives in Bavaria, hoping to keep her safe from the Allied bombs strafing Berlin. Young German women are expected to do their duty—working for the Reich or marrying to produce strong, healthy children. After an interview with the civil service, Magda is assigned to the Berghof, Hitler’s mountain retreat. Only after weeks of training does she learn her assignment: she will be one of several young women tasting the Führer’s food, offering herself in sacrifice to keep him from being poisoned.

Perched high in the Bavarian Alps, the Berghof seems worlds away from the realities of battle. Though terrified at first, Magda gradually becomes used to her dangerous occupation—though she knows better than to voice her misgivings about the war. But her love for a conspirator within the SS, and her growing awareness of the Reich’s atrocities, draw Magda into a plot that will test her wits and loyalty in a quest for safety, freedom, and ultimately, vengeance.

Vividly written and ambitious in scope, The Taster examines the harrowing moral dilemmas of war in an emotional story filled with acts of extraordinary courage.

Praise for V.S. Alexander’s The Magdalen Girls

“Fans of Barbara Davis and Ashley Hay will enjoy this tenderhearted story of sinner, saints, and redemption.” --Booklist

“Alexander has clearly done his homework. Chilling in its realism, his work depicts the improprieties long abandoned by the Catholic Church and only recently acknowledged. Fans of the book and film Philomena will want to read this.” --Library Journal


Historical fiction is my favorite genre and I've always been a person that loves ancient history more than anything else but in the past year I've been drawn to books set in World War II and I especially like the sound of The Taster. I'm sure of will be one excellent read. I can't wait to get my hands on it and devour this novel. 


What do you think of this book? Let me know in the comments!


20 comments:

  1. Sounds like an emotional and pretty interesting read, and the praise is also good, so I really hope you're going to have a fantastic time with this book :)

    Thanks for sharing, here's my WoW!

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    1. I'm also interested in the author's other book because of the praise. :D

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  2. This is one aspect of WWII that I never knew about. That would have been such a terrifying experience to be that close to Hitler. I hope that this is one you enjoy reading. :)

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    1. Same here! So I'm really curious about this book.

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  3. This is definitely an interestingly different take on this period in history - thank you for sharing!

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  4. I read a lot of WWII historical fiction, and this is definitely a new angle for me! Great pick!

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    1. It sounds super interesting, right? Definitely nothing I've ever come across.

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  5. A historical fiction and that summary, sounds very intriguing to me. And the cover ... Happy reading!
    My pick

    Best wishes
    Vi

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  6. This one sounds interesting, not my typical type of read but it caught my attention now and I kind of want it :)

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  7. Looks like a great choice. I always like a good novel set during WWII.

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  8. I've never heard of this book, but it sounds interesting! Great pick!

    Here’s my WoW!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

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    1. It only recently caught my attention as well.

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  9. This one is new to me too but I can see why you're intrigued!

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  10. This sounds awesome! I like historical novels too, but I don't read that often enough! Really intrigued by this one, though!

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  11. Historical fiction isn't my first choice but it sounds pretty cool. Hope you enjoy!

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  12. You know, I would like to read more historical fiction myself. This one sounds ABSOLUTELY FASCINATING!! What an incredibly DANGEROUS occupation for this young woman to have! And then, the conspiracy! This novel will probably be not only fascinating, but harrowing, spellbinding, and heartbreaking, as well! Seems like the PERFECT recipe for a great movie!! Adding this book to my GR shelves!! :) :)

    Sorry for the late comment back....I REALLY got behind on my replies and comments back this past week! Thanks for commenting on my CWW post!! HUGS!!! <3 <3 <3 <3 :) :) :)

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