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It's April 1941. German bombers are in the air, about to attack Belfast. Oskar is a Luftwaffe conscript whose sweetheart, Elsa, was forced to flee Berlin for Ireland two years before. War-weary, he longs for escape. In remote Dunkerin, Kitty awakes to find a parachute trapped in one of the lime trees. When she discovers Oskar, injured and foraging for food in her kitchen, he becomes a rare and exciting secret. But Ireland during the Emergency is an uneasy place, and word of the parachute soon spreads. Meanwhile, Elsa is haunted by the plight of the parents she left behind. With the threat of Nazi invasion, she feels far from secure. A chance encounter with Elsa, and Charlie, a young medical student, finds himself falling in love. Oskar, Kitty, Elsa, Charlie. Their lives intertwine in a climate of war, exile, and ever-uncertain neutrality.

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by The History Press Ireland

A Parachute in the Lime Tree

by Annemarie Neary

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Set during World War II, A Parachute in the Lime Tree illustrates how war can define a generation. Author Annemarie Neary introduces readers to four young adults whose heart-wrenching experiences mingle and intertwine. I was especially drawn to the tale of piano prodigy Elsa. The plot moves nicely and I loved learning more about Ireland's stance during the war. Neary excels at conveying each character's hopes and dreams -- as well as their desperation at a world turned upside down. A lovely and satisfying ending makes A Parachute in the Lime Tree a novel I will never forget. 

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Profanity/Language: 9 religious exclamations, 5 mild obscenities, 2 derogatory names, 1 scatological word


Violence/Gore: Several second hand reports of violence involving bombings and war injuries; a character is slapped, characters are involved in a bombing, and a character is struck in the back of the head; many die violently in non-detailed scenes due to German air raids.


Sex/Nudity: 4 incidents of kissing; a man paints a nude portrait of a character; a sexual reference is made involving a character's "manhood"; an affair is reported; a scene of masturbation occurs; a character is undressed against her will; sexual activity occurs without explicit detail between adults; a half-page explicit description of sex involving prostitution occurs.

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War; death; love; religious conflict and the Holocaust; separation; illness

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Several instances of drinking and smoking.

Reviewed By Rachel
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