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Publisher Description

‘Oh my gosh I don’t know where to start, this book broke me… it will stay with me for a very long time... heartbreaking, poignant, gripping and compelling, I felt every emotion… I read this book in one sitting.’ Fiction Vixen Reads⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Inspired by an incredible true story. Fans of The Tattooist of AuschwitzWe Were the Lucky Ones and The Choice will love this heartbreaking novel of love, betrayal and a secret passed down through a family.

Nazi-occupied Poland, 1940. When soldiers drag Tomasz back to his family’s farm, they put a gun to his head and tell him he must join the German army, or see his loved ones forced into the camps. Staring into the wide blue eyes of his childhood sweetheart Zofia, Tomasz does the only thing he can. Over the course of the war, he will risk his life, love and the respect of his own people, to secretly fight for good against evil. All the while, he longs to be reunited with Zofia… but will his brave choices tear them apart forever?    


London, present day. Isla has grown up wearing her grandfather’s rainbow scarf, a beloved memento from the Second World War, and hearing his stories about his time as a young soldier bravely fighting the Germans to protect his people. But as she is collecting photos for his 95th birthday celebration, she finds an old photograph of two men standing in Nazi uniforms, next to a folded piece of paper… a newspaper article, written in German. She knows that name.


Her grandfather is too weak to answer questions, so Isla begins her hunt for the truth.

There is so much she doesn’t know. And what she learns about a love story and a secret from seventy years ago will change her own life forever…


Readers absolutely love The Rainbow:


Wow!! Just wow!! This book is brilliant! More than brilliant, amazing!!! Absolutely gripping, addictive and captivating I was absolutely hooked from the first page to the last. Everybody should put The Rainbow on their reading list for 2021!!’ NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Phenomenal… it is truly a must-read. I enjoyed this book from beginning to end, it is an amazing, unputdownable must-read. I wish I could give it more than five stars.’ Page Turners, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘Will rip your heart out It has heartache, pain, loss, joy, and sorrow. It’s a great WWII historical fiction… heartbreaking.’ Books Read By Prairie Girl


Beautiful, heartfelt book! It’s seriously the best book I've read all month! The writing was brilliant. Captivating… Simply heart-breakingI loved everything about this book! So beautifully done!’ @oh.happy.reading, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


Wow! This book was absolutely amazing. I could not quit reading it. I highly recommend everyone pick this book up. It is one of the BEST I’ve read this year.’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


Hooks you right away and makes you wonder what is going to happen next. Pulls at your heart strings in all the right ways.’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Fiction & Literature
July 28
StoryFire Ltd

Customer Reviews

Moosech ,

Phenomenal, unputdownable must read

Isla grew up hearing pre-war stories about her grandfather and how he fought the Germans to protect his people as a young soldier. But while staying at her grandparents house, she is in the attic rummaging through old photos to collect for his 95th birthday celebration. Isla finds a photo of her grandfather wearing a Nazi uniform. Because her grandfather has dementia, he is unable to answer Isla’s questions about the photo. So, Isla sets out tho find the truth behind the photograph. I found this book to be so intriguing, the plot twists and turns of this story make it a rapid page turner. I absolutely could not wait to discover the truth in the story. This book is filled with love, betrayal and family, but when I found out that this was based on a true story, it surpassed extraordinary. Phenomenal doesn’t describe it enough, it is truly a must read. I enjoyed this book from beginning to end, it is an amazing, unputdownable must read. I wish I could give it more than five stars.

Thank you Carly Schabowski for such a wonderfully well written story. This heartbreaking historical fiction is both engaging and entertaining. It hits all the emotions and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The characters were relatable and I highly recommend this book. I look forward to reading more books from this author.

cassiew16 ,

Historical Fiction World War II

The Rainbow by Carly Schabowski is Dual Time Historical Fiction World War II and in the present a granddaughter researching family secrets. Interesting storyline of soldiers conscripted by the Nazis and the effects of socialism on the people. The love of family, friends and enduring first love with heart wrenching details. I look forward to reading more books by this author.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. I appreciate the opportunity and thank the author and publisher for allowing me to read, enjoy and review this book. 4 Stars

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