The Love That I Have

The Love That I Have by James Moloney
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9781460754634
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153 x 234mm
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For fans of The Book Thief, a powerful and heartbreaking story set during WW2 that stays with you long after the final page is read.

Margot Baumann has left school to take up her sister's job in the mailroom of a large prison. But this is Germany in 1944, and the prison is Sachsenhausen concentration camp near Berlin.

Margot is shielded from the camp's brutality as she has no contact with prisoners. But she does handle their mail and, when given a cigarette lighter and told to burn theletters, she is horrified by the callous act she must carry out with her own hands. This is especially painful since her brother was taken prisoner at Stalingrad and her family have had no letters from him. So Margot steals a few letters, intending to send them in secret, only to find herself drawn to their heart-rending words of hope, of despair, and of love.

This is how Margot comes to know Dieter Kleinschmidt - through the beauty and the passion of his letters to his girlfriend.

And since his girlfriendis also named Margot, it is like reading love letters written for her.
ISBN:
9781460754634
Publication Date:
21 / 05 / 2018
Dimensions:
153 x 234mm
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'Life is Beautiful' meets 'The Boy In The Stiped Pyjamas' in a book that shows loves power over death, race and religion. Margot works in the post office of a concerntration camp and begins writing to a prisoner whom she falls in love with and risks her life to ensure his survial. A story of true love set against the backdrop of the Holocaust. Utterly heartwarming! - Eleanor (QBD)
, 12/06/2018
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Set in WWII this book reaches in and pulls at the heart strings. Following a protagonist with ideals many would fight against we explore with Margot the challenges of life, war and the strength of humanity. We share in Margot's enduring courage as she questions who she is and what she stands for in the face of War and diversity. Shines a light on the human spirit we should all seek to have. - Amanda (QBD)
, 05/06/2018
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Set in world war II this is a compelling, deeply moving novel about love, loss and the strength people have to overcome what is seemingly impossible. Through a letter she discovers while working in the mail room of the POW camp Margot shows great courage, strenth and determiantion to keep one of the prisoners alive as the war draws to a end. A beautiful story you will not want to put down. - Helen (QBD)
, 05/06/2018
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Margot is a naive young lady who starts working in the mailroom of a concentration camp. Ordered to burn the letters of prisoners, she can't bring herself to complete the task, and saves some and spends her first hard earned paycheck on stamps and envelopes to forward them on to their loved ones. A lifetime of beliefs are challenged as she witnessed the atrocities of the camp. Inspirational. - Coreena (QBD)
, 05/06/2018
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After reading the first paragraph I wasn’t too sure of what to expect. Initially the story of 16 year old Margot had me intrigued by her naivety and innocence regarding her duty towards the Fatherland. However, as the story progresses you are taken on an emotional journey skilfully created by Australian author, James Maloney which will stay with you long after the last page has been read. - Elizabeth (QBD)
, 05/06/2018
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A book about ideals being questioned, overcoming challenges, the powerful nature of love and the tenacity of the human spirit. James Moloney has long been a staple in the Australian fiction realm. The Love That I Have is another beautifully crafted story. Often confronting and heartbreaking, you will connect with Margot and feel for Dieter as Moloney takes you on a journey through their world. - Joanna (QBD)
, 05/06/2018
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This is a historical fiction like no other. Set during the arduous times of World War II, it challenges the stereotypes of both the Jewish population and also the Germans. Through the eyes of Margot, a young German girl, she shows the readers a different perspective of the events, on how the power of human spirit can conquer all. She is a girl on the wrong side of History, trying to make it right. - Samantha (QBD)
, 05/06/2018
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Margot is a 16 year old girl growing up in Germany during WW2. She is enamoured by Hitler and all the wonderful things his Government purports to be. But when she finds herself working in an actual Concentration Camp, all her naive ideals come rapidly undone! This book is a stunning commentary highlighting the stark contrast between reality and the deceptive propaganda pushed by Nazi Germany. - Steven (QBD)
, 04/06/2018
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From the very first chapter I knew that I was going to love The Love That I Have. It's one of those books that when you start you don't want to put down. It's captivating from the very first paragraph and you are taken on this tremendous journey with Margot and Dieter. The Love That I Have will make you cry, hurt and really think about yourself. It's one of those books that will leave a mark forever. The Love That I Have by James Monoley follows Margot as she navigates her new job at a mail room in one of the prison camps in Germany during world war 2. When she is told to burn the letters that the prisoners sent out, she is confused and shocked at the same time. Raised to hail Hitler, Margot believes that Jews are everything bad in the world. But when she starts readings the letters, Margot starts to realise that these prisoners are humans too. When she reads a letter that is addressed to someone with the same name as her, she is taken back. This letter is so raw and fall of love, love that she wishes she knew and had. Then Margot decides that these letters are too important to burn, so each time she takes a couple and sends them on their way. One of the things that The Love That I Have does is really make you think. It's not every day that you see a novel set from a Germans point of view during the second world war. But James Monoley flips that and we really get a different side. We see two young Germans really fight with the war and what they have been taught to think. At the start Margot is very Hitler focused but as the novel goes, she gets to really understand the brutality of the war and how the Germans may not be the best people to follow. Through letters, and beautiful prose The Love That I Have is a novel that everyone needs to pick up. It's a story of finding yourself in a world that full of turmoil. It's a coming of age story that defies the odd. Through war, hatred and racisms, it is going to be a hard book to read. But once you finish, it's going to fill you with all the emotions that you will want everyone to read it. Both Margot and Dieter and really interesting characters. Through Margot we get innocence and from Dieter we get someone that has both seen and been through a lot. It's a big clash, but they find something within one another and the written word, that really connects them. And it was such a nice thing to see in such a dark time in history. Overall, The Love That I Have is a beautiful novel that really is for everyone. It's a tale of hurt, growth and finding a place is such a horrible time. It explores the notion of family, friendship and love. It will make you cry, hurt, scream, but you will also smile. - Angelique (QBD)
, 04/06/2018
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War time in Germany,16 year old Margot begins working in the mail room of a concentration camp. Torn between what is expected of her & what is right, Margot steals some of the prisoners letters, intending to send them to their rightful recipients. Instead she is drawn into a world of love, loss and heartbreak, all which is intended for another Margot. A story of love & hope in a time of death. - Jodie (QBD)
, 04/06/2018
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Written from the point of view of Margot Bauman, a naïve sixteen year old German teenager, this story takes the reader on a journey through war and love. James Moloney expertly conveys the feelings of loss, grief and hope felt by Margot as she begins work in the mail room of a concentration camp near Berlin. Reading the letters of the prisoners can only lead to one thing. - Carla (QBD)
, 04/06/2018
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This book hit me right in the feels! I never cry over books, but The Love That I Have pulled all the right heartstrings and had the tears rolling down my cheeks. James Moloney has masterfully combined the darkest part of history with the fictional genre to weave a tale that simultaneously engages and educates both teenagers and adults alike. An unforgettable journey I would recommend to everyone. - Stephanie (QBD)
, 04/06/2018
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A novel that is eerily similar to that of the best selling novel and film, "The Book Thief", The Love That I Have follows the story of German Margot Baumann, as she is thrown into the depths of a mailroom of a German concentration camp. The subsequent events follow the love, despair and hope of Margot as she rebels against the powers that be and forms a intangible relationship with a prsoner. - James (QBD)
, 04/06/2018
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Set against the background of WW2, "The Love That I Have" is a beautiful story of friendship and love that defies race and religion. Margot is a young German teenager working in the mailroom of a concentration camp. She has a sister working as a secretary to a captain in the military guards, as well as two brothers - soldiers in the German army, one a prisoner of war. As in "The Diary of Anne Frank", Dieter's family hid a Jewish family. They were found and Dieter's father beaten to death. Dieter stepped in hitting back at the SS guards and he was sent to a concentration camp. Margot has been taught to believe that Jews are not worthy humans and the Fuhrer is the best hope for Germany. Yet she starts to see that this may not be right. Part of Margot's job in the mailroom is to burn letters from the prisoners, however she secretly keeps some, reads them and sends them on to their recipients. Her personal experiences lead her to question the beliefs her mother has ingrained in her. Through reading the letters Margot comes to understand and question the treatment of the prisoners. She begins to secretly correspond with one of the prisoners - Dieter - and she does what she can to make his life bearable. The letters exchanged between Dieter and Margot are precious and will be kept as mementoes always. Through trials of war they are separated and both believe the other is dead. Reading the letters helps them continue living. From a horrible time in history comes a love story of the ages. Awful things happened during that time and they are not glossed over, events are acknowleged, but we can still see hope in the darkest hours. - Kerryn (QBD)
, 04/06/2018
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During one of the worst periods in human history, there is still hope that love will triumph over evil. The story of Margot and Dieter is a beautiful story about friendship and love to transcend race, religion and loyalty to country. - Kerryn (QBD)
, 04/06/2018
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This is a love story set in Germany 1944. A young teenager by the name of Margot works in the mailroom of a concentration camp, but she believes it to be a prison. When she is ordered to burn all the prisoner's letters, she is so upset she just can't do it. So takes some home to post herself but decides to reply to one prisoner. Her connection to Dieter deepens and she risks all to save him. - Jo (QBD)
, 04/06/2018
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I read this book in 1 1/2 days. I couldn't put it down. As a Jew myself, reading about the holocaust from a differnet perspective had me captured on every page. There were so many twists and turns and just when I thought I could predict the ending another suprise arose. This book made me question, empathise, sympathise and bring up happy, sad and angry emotions. A book I would highly recommend! - Taryn (QBD)
, 04/06/2018
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A beautiful and compelling tale set in World War II that deserves to be savored as you read it. Lovers of The Book Thief will fall in love with Margot as she learns that the world isn't black and white and sometimes love finds you in the most hopeless of places. - Jordanna (QBD)
, 03/06/2018
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This book although fiction leaves you feeling emotionally exhuausted and invigorated at the same time. The story of young love in a time when nothing is safe and no one can be trusted the desperation, longing and wanting to change the way things are, where everyone is treated the same. Hate can not drive out hate only love can do that . - Karen (QBD)
, 02/06/2018
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James Moloney's The Love I Have is a heartbreaking and heartwarming story set during World War II. The main character, teenager Margot Baumann, is naively idealistic and courageous in her efforts to save camp prisoners letters in the dying years of the Third Reich. Moloney's novel stands equal in greatness with the likes of Markus Zuzak's "The Bookthief" and Morris Gleitzman's "Once" series. - Charelle (QBD)
, 02/06/2018
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James Moloney's brilliant novel delves the reader into the atrocities of the WWII concentration camps. Viewing the world as it really is from letters that are to be burned, Margot Baumann makes a decision that will transform her life in a war torn Germany. For Adult and Young Adult readers a like, this book is for lovers of 'The Boy in the Striped Pajamas' and 'The Book Thief'. - Grace (QBD)
, 02/06/2018
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The Love That I Have is a tender, heartbreaking exploration of the tragedy of war, and it was an immensely emotional and captivating read. Margot and Dieter were such fully-fleshed characters, and I felt for their plight and circumstances so keenly, it was almost hard to keep reading. I persevered, because of the hope that permeates the entire novel. It's a book about complicated morals, compromises, and the dedicated struggle it takes to do good deeds and be a good person in the face of the tragedy of war and terrifying regimes. - Madeleine (QBD)
, 02/06/2018
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The Love That I Have is a tender, heartbreaking exploration of the tragedy of war, and it was an immensely emotional and captivating read. I felt for Margot and Dieter's plight and circumstances so keenly, it was almost hard to keep reading. It's a book about complicated morals and the dedicated struggle it takes to do good deeds and be a good person in tragic and terrifying circumstances. - Madeleine (QBD)
, 02/06/2018
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A tale of two people from very different lives and circumstance, and how they challenge the world around them. Following Margot during the final years of World War Two, as she naively starts a job in a mailrom, a concentration camp mailroom that is, we explore the lives, love and loss of the people during the Holocaust. A story that will stay with you long after you have finished the book. - Kylie (QBD)
, 01/06/2018
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They say you cant help who you fall in love with and this is certainly true for Margot Baumann. Margot has fallen in love with a boy called Dieter whom she has never met, but she has read his letters and his heartfelt words are enough for her to want to sacrifice everything she knows to be with him. This book is totally heartbreaking and heart warming all at the same time. - Belinda (QBD)
, 01/06/2018
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If you have loved reading The Book Thief or The Tattooist of Auschwitz, you will love this book. A story of young love, in one of the most horrible places on earth. You will laugh and cry with Margot and Dieter as they try to stay alive and find each other again. - Julie (QBD)
, 01/06/2018
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This compelling World War 2 Love story will sitck with you long after the final page is read. A must read for lovers of 'The Book Thief' and 'The Tattooist of Alshwitz'. - Amber (QBD)
, 01/06/2018
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Margot is working in the mail room of a prison. It is her responsibility to burn all the letters from inmates to their family. She finds this incredulous and decides to take some in secret... she begins to read... Dieter has written meaningful letters to his girlfriend. Margot becomes captivated by these letters and so did I. Margot responds to the letters. You will not want this to end. - Sam-Maree (QBD)
, 01/06/2018
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It is WW2 and Margot is working in the mail room of a prison. It is her responsibility to burn all the letters from inmates to their family and friends. With her brother in another prison, she finds this absolutely incredulous and decides to take some in secret and send them... instead she begins to read... Dieter has written meaningful letters to his girlfriend who is also named Margot. Our Margot becomes captivated by these letters and so did I. Margot responds to the letters and what happens will absolutely suck you into her world. Beautifully written. I didn't want it to end. - Sam-Maree (QBD)
, 01/06/2018
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A love story that takes you on a journey of empathy, vulnerability and compassion in a world where freedom eludes all; imprisoned or otherwise. Set in the Germany WWII Margot is to destroy the prisoners letters but in defiance she smuggles them out and connects with a young prisioner Dieter Their love story will both enlighten you and burden your heart as they face life in an uncertain world - Deborah (QBD)
, 01/06/2018
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The Love That I Have is novel that encapsulates with the greatest of empathy, the vulnerability, and difficulties faced by both imprisoned and ‘free’ Germans during WWII. This book is a timeless and utterly heartwarming yet heartbreaking love story, it truly is a must read! - Brianna (QBD)
, 01/06/2018
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A compelling story that carries us away to one of the most tragic times in history. For fans of 'The Book Thief' you need look no further than this tale of Margot, a young girl who demonstrates compassion and profound bravery throughout her harrowing role during WW2. This deeply emotional read demonstrates how hope endures against all odds and I found myself captivated from beginning to end. - Caitlyn (QBD)
, 01/06/2018
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They say you shouldn't read other people's mail but in world war 2 it was somebody's job. Margot works in the mailroom at a German POW camp, where most of the prisoners letters are burned before they are read. Margot takes a few letters to read, written by prisoner Dieter. Very soon she imagines that Dieter is writing the letters to her-especially as his real girlfriend's name is also Margot. - Peter (QBD)
, 31/05/2018
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Good, but not great. I was constantly struggling with the plausability of certain plot points which took away some of the enjoyment. Having said that, I was up til the early hours reading this one and would recommend it. - Jessalyn (QBD)
, 31/05/2018
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'The Love That I Have' has revolutionised the way WWII fiction will be written for the next 10 years. Masterfully weaving narrative threads through the dark and delicate backdrop of WWII Germany, Moloney creates a novel that will stay with you for the rest of your life. If you're a fan of strong female characters, 'The Book Thief' or you're looking for a life-changing read, this is it. - Samuel (QBD)
, 31/05/2018
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A heart breaking and powerful novel set in World War II. It was a little slow at the start but as you keep reading you will find it harder and harder to put down. This novel is written from the point of view of a naively idealistic young German girl Margot Baumann who works in a mailroom at Sachsenhausen concentration camp tasked with a job that will change her life forever. Awesome read. - Barbara (QBD)
, 31/05/2018
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A phenomenally stunning novel set in WWII, this story is one that will be stuck inside of your mind and soul long after you've finished reading it. The Love That I Have is truly captivating and is equally as epic as The Tattooist of Auschwitz & The Book Thief. Please do yourself a favour and pick up this book today, because I can guarantee that it will be the best book you'll read in 2018! - Holly (QBD)
, 28/05/2018
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For lovers of the Bronze Horseman trilogy comes this deeply moving WWII fiction, from the point of view of a naive, compassionate 16 year old German girl working in the mailroom of a concentration camp. The character growth of Margot is sensational, and it is a must read for people that read Once and the sequels. Another narrative of love and hope set in the darkest period of human history. - Rosie (QBD)
, 27/05/2018
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Margot is sheltered from the harsh reality of concentration camps, until she begins to work in the mailroom of one. She starts stealing the mail she is told to burn, though it could mean her death. In them, she discovers that humanity and love exist in the "evil enemies of Germany". One writer, Dieter, moves Margot with the passion and beauty he expresses. Their love is forbidden, but is it wrong? - Kiah (QBD)
, 25/05/2018
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I never thought I would love any novel more than The Book Thief, but 'The Love That I Have' has blown me away. Working in a concentration camp's mail room, Margot is given the job of burning prisoners' letters. Instead, she plans to send them in secret – until she finds one addressed to 'Margot', and she can't help but read. Definitely a must-read in my book! - Emily (QBD)
, 25/05/2018
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Not since the Tattooist of Auswitz and The book thief, have i not been able to put a book down. Set in WW2 it explores the love between 2 german teenagers-Margot and Dieter. Margot works in the mail room of a concentration camp burning mail and Dieter has unfortunately found himself on the other side of the fence as a prisoner. Read this story and you will have faith in humanity by the end. - Louise (QBD)
, 25/05/2018
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Do not be offened by the start of the blurb on the back of this book. Introducing Margot, one of the most headstrong, sassy 16 year old who is an innocent to the ways of what is happening at the concentration camp she is working at. It is not until she is ordered to burn the mail from the prisoners that she discovers a fellow german who is a prisoner in the camp. Enter Dieter, a caring german boy who writes beautiful love letters to his girlfriend in Auschwitz. When Margot discovers his letters she is drawn to him and will do anything to save him from a terrible hard time in the concentration camp. Follow their journey from the contration camp to after the end of the war. I have never read a more beatiful story set during the hardships of ww2. This book kept me on the edge of my seat until the end. I had to know what was going to happen to these 2 characters. This is for the lovers of the Tattoosit of Auschwitz and The Book Thief. - Louise (QBD)
, 25/05/2018
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Margot is a good German girl. She loves her fuhrer, she works hard in the mail room, and she tries to not think about the war that's raging around her. But one day, she reads a letter written from a prisoner and her whole life starts to change. Margot is falling in love, and she must do what takes to ensure Dieter's survival. But when he finds out what's she done, will he love her back? - Shannon (QBD)
, 23/05/2018
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A coming-of-age story told with compassion, "The Love That I Have" and it's message of hope is a gripping and emotional read. Both heartwarming and heartbreaking the story of Margot Baumann will stay with you as much as Liesel Meminger's story did for fans of "The Book Thief" - Kimberley (QBD)
, 22/05/2018
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The Love That I Have is a delicately written novel that focuses on the idealistic Margot Baumann, a young German woman working in the mailroom of Sachsenhausen concentration camp near Berlin in 1944. Beautiful, heartbreaking and powerful, The Love That I Have is a timeless historical love story that stays with the reader long after the last page is turned. - Melanie (QBD)
, 21/05/2018
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Margot is a German girl who adores Hitler and wants to be in love. She starts working in the mailroom of a concentration camp in 1944 and her naive view of the world irrevocably changes. Rather than destroy letters written by prisoners' as ordered, she secretly smuggles some, intending to forward them on to their loved ones. Powerful and brave. Perfect for Book Thief. - Nola (QBD)
, 20/05/2018
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Boy in the Striped Pyjamas meets The Book Thief Meets The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society in this heartwrenching new novel from James Moloney. The year is 1944, and sixteen year old Margot is forced to leave school and take over her sister's job in the mailroom of a concentration camp. Initally sheltered from the atrocities brutally imposed on the prisoners but forced to inact her own cruelty, Margot quickly rebels, and is shocked to be confronted by the despair, devastation and cruelty of the truth. Despite not being my normal cup of tea, I absloutely adored this book. Margot is an easily likeable character and the reader is instantly drawn to her spirit in the face of darkness. The romance balances out the heavy nature of this book; making it an enjoyable yet thought provoking read that stays with the reader long after the story draws to an end. You MUST read this book - I guarantee it will be one of your favourites for 2018. - Emily (QBD)
, 19/05/2018
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Margot’s naivety and ignorance in the face of true horror undergoes a transformation in a unique way, leaving compassion and humility in its wake. Overflowing with intense, tangible emotion and peppered with gut-wrenching twists that will have you holding your breath right until the very last page, The Love That I Have is a bittersweet masterpiece that proves that hope and love will always endure. - Karen (QBD)
, 18/05/2018
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James Moloney had me hook line and sinker from the very first line of this heart-wrenching and beautiful novel. I fell in love with Margot's innocence in the midst of a horrific war and was captivated by her story, and Dieter's too. Cathartic and compelling, this book is an absolute must-read. - Lauren (QBD)
, 17/05/2018

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