Book Of The Month

Each month we suggest a new book for you and your book club to read. Whether it’s some thought-provoking literature or the latest in bestselling contemporary fiction – every book of the month comes with a free sample chapter and reading group questions. Past Books of the Month have included local titles, such as THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS by M.L. Stedman and Kate Forsyth’s THE WILD GIRL. We’ve also recently recommended books by celebrated international authors like Ian McEwan and Kate Atkinson. Why not challenge yourself and your book club to read them all?

The Beast's Garden, Kate Forsyth 5 stars 4 comments

The Beast's Garden

Ava fell in love the night the Nazis first showed their true nature to the world …' A retelling of the Grimms' Beauty and The Beast, set in Nazi Germany. It's August 1939 in Germany, and Ava's world is in turmoil. To save her father, she must marry a young Nazi officer, Leo von Löwenstein, who works for Hitler's spy chief in Berlin. However, she hates and fears the brutal Nazi regime, and finds herself compelled to stand against it. Ava joins an underground resistance movement that seeks to help victims survive the horrors of the German war machine. But she must live a double life, hiding her true feelings from her husband, even as she falls in love with him. Gradually she comes to realise that Leo is part of a dangerous conspiracy to assassinate Hitler. As Berlin is bombed into ruins, the Gestapo ruthlessly hunt down all resistance and Ava finds herself living hand-to-mouth in the rubble of the shell-shocked city. Both her life and Leo's hang in the balance. Filled with danger, intrigue and romance, The Beast's Garden, a retelling of the Grimm brothers' ‘Beauty and The Beast', is a beautiful, compelling love story set in a time when the world seemed on the brink of collapse.

Kate Forsyth

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