Cuckoo Clock – New York by Elisabeth Marrion – Review

Title – Cuckoo Clock – New York
Author – Elisabeth Marrion
Genre – Historical Fiction
Length – 288 Pages
Publication – Sept 2015
My Rating – 4/5 Stars


Kristallnacht 9 November 1938. Doctor Esther Rosenthal’s husband has just enough time to whisper to her before the SA pulls him out of the door and slams it shut behind him. Esther has to leave Germany in a hurry and embarks on a journey taking her through Holland, England, and ultimately to the USA. In Holland she meets a group of children from a Berlin orphanage, the first children to go to England on the Kindertransport. Together with her father Mordechai she joins them on their crossing and accompanies them to Harwich. The Kindertransport comes to an abrupt end on the outbreak of World War II. What will happen to the children still in Harwich without a new permanent or foster home? ‘Cuckoo Clock – New York: Esther’s Story’, is the third book in the Unbroken Bonds series.


The third book in the Unbroken Bonds series didn’t disappoint at all. Elisabeth Marrion once again brings an emotive tale in short, sharp informative chapters.

After reading the first two books in the series I wasn’t sure if this one would live up to the high standards set but I need not have worried.

Esther Rosenthal has to flee Germany with her father and what happens after that is a wild ride indeed as she ends up looking after some children who really need someone to watch over them. The bond they create was beautiful especially her father, he’s a lovely passionate character.

Esther travels the world during some very dangerous times and it was fascinating to see things from her eyes.

What the author really shows well in my opinion  is the changes in people once the war broke out. People’s perceptions changed and not everyone is kind but It also showed how compassionate some people were in such a time of upheaval. 

I also loved the connections throughout the whole series linking them together.

The tale is very fast paced with it’s super short chapters but you are still given enough depth to each character to really fall in love with them. By the end of the tale you’re committed to them and their journey and it was a pleasure to read.

I can’t recommend this series enough.

I’ve always known about the wars fought, I understand many people died but it’s books like this that put some of the emotion into it for readers such as myself who’ve never had to live through these events. It makes you think of the sacrifices people had to make and the troubles they had to endure.

A heart pumping, emotive tale that honestly anyone could read. You can’t fail to be sucked into the Unbroken Bonds series

My thanks go to the author for the chance to read/review their work.

To find out more head to Amazon or Goodreads.

Click the links below to read my reviews of the other books in the series

The Night I Danced With Rommel

Liverpool Connection

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