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A stark reminder of the power and strength of women everywhere. This book offers a unique perspective from the women whose lives are abruptly altered by WWII. Their courage, stamina, and the antagonizing choices they were forced to make are delivered to the reader in ways that illustrate the brutal reality they endured and the internal agony they faced. The events these women were forced to suffer, the courage they showed, and the strength exhibited to survive bring a touching and realistic perspective into this historical time.
Beginning at the early stages of World War II in the French countryside where at first the atrocities of Hitler’s plans seem far removed, this novel shows how fast things can change. Jewish families begin to feel the impact and the invading German’s slowly take over even the most remote areas bringing Hitler’s insanity along with them. Two very different sisters have to endure their own dangerous journeys to survive. Although each chooses a path completely removed the other, their inherent wish to challenge the wrongs all about them show how the spirit cannot be overruled and how close their inner beliefs are really tied.
I highly recommend this read for those not overly sensitive to the reality of war. These female characters bring a fresh and realistic perspective to the perils of war on the civilians surrounding the mayhem and provide insightful viewpoints from their individual roles. The lasting impact of their decisions becomes a part of history and touches the personal lives of many.