Buried Under Books: “CF Yetmen amazes in her ability to tell this heart-wrenching, yet inspiring story in a way that is immensely rewarding and satisfying to the reader. Read more

Fresh Fiction: An absorbing story of stolen art and shattered families.”  Read more

Foreword Reviews — Spring 2014: “A sophisticated Sherlock Holmes-like story illumines a dangerous time in European history with exquisite, genuine detail.” Read More

A Perfect 10 Review at Romance Reviews Today: “Debut novels with this amount of intensity, character strength, not to mention the meticulous research that went into it, are rare.” Read more

Blogcritics:  “It is an electrifying portrayal of what happens to the people of a country when horrible things are done in their name whether they will it or not.” Read more

Book Journey : “The Roses Underneath is one of those books that you want to read slowly and cherish as one would a favorite candy.” Read more

The Senior Voice: “The Roses Underneath is a nicely crafted fictional sequel to Robert Edsel’s non-fiction “The Monuments Men.Read More

Five Paws review from Storeybook Reviews “This was a wonderfully told story of post WWII Germany. If you have recently seen (or read) The Book Thief and The Monuments Men – this is like a combination of the two.  Throw in a little bit of mystery and you have a winner of a story.” Read more

Five Star Review from Curled up with a Good Book “Author CF Yetmen (this is her first novel) reveals the trials of recovery from massive conflict starkly through the eyes of a single mother.”  Read more

Fresh Fiction: “A Captivating Historical Read.” Read more

 Readers’ Favorite: The Roses Underneath by C. F. Yetmen is a great read!.” Read more


“A fascinating tale of survival, intrigue, and Nazi looted art amid the ruins of 1945 Germany…a world in which very little is what it appears to be and everyone has a story they don’t want to tell. The author exploits this place and time deliciously.”  James Kunetka, New York Times best selling author


“Fans of Alan Furst will be delighted with this debut novel from the perspective of WW II survivors as they dig themselves out of the rubble and face deprivation and dislocation under Allied command.  Yetmen has created a fascinating and complex heroine torn between ‘good Germans and bad Germans’ and the Americans who struggle to occupy and heal a vanquished nation.”Thomas Zigal, Author of Many Rivers to Cross and The White League


“Yetmen turns the narrative of the Allied forces’ Monuments Men 180 degrees and gives us a German protagonist: a young woman who, with her daughter, has survived the war but now must figure out how to survive its aftermath. Yetmen rejects heroism and absolutes in favor of a more complex portrayal of postwar Germany and its American occupiers in which good can look like evil, evil can look like good, and no one is blameless. This page-turner from a talented new writer deserves a place on every historical fiction-lover’s bedside table.” Kathy Leonard Czepiel, author of A Violet Season



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