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Jun 28, 2021
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Jun 25, 2021KBaxter301 rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
This debut novel is rich with courage, devotion, dedication, love, remorse, sorrow, anger and above all - love. The period is World War II and the story is set in the United States, Poland, Germany and France. The narratives of three…
Apr 03, 2021poodlegirl rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Until I found out that this was based on a true story, I would have only given it a 4. As a true story, it was definitely a 5-star story!
Jan 19, 20210424pat rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
Holocaust Lit. Good read.
Jan 18, 2021blueroo276 rated this title 3 out of 5 stars
Checks most of the politically correct boxes
Oct 28, 2020LCPL_Krystyna rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
A great historical fiction debut. It’s a heavy, emotional read but it’s also a beautiful, redemptive story. This book features well-developed characters, atmospheric details, and a piece of history that people may not be aware of. This is…
Oct 25, 2020NANCY ELIZABETH WHITLATCH rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
This was debut novel by Martha Hall Kelly, and very well done. I enjoyed it from start to finish. It is based on the real life story of Caroline Ferriday, who was a Broadway actress, then became a liaison to the French consulate in New…
Sep 02, 2020Margush rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Dear or dear. This book should be a part of every school curriculum for younger generation to know and remember what fascism is about. Based on real people and facts, this book is mind blowing. I researched the characters further - all…
Jul 23, 2020NMostacada rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
This follows 3 women starting in 1939 and goes through to the end of the 1950s during World War II. One woman is an American socialite who struggles romantically but raises money for victims in France. Another women is a young German…
Feb 19, 2020
Enjoyed the book...well written.
Feb 01, 2020hofer1 rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Extremely well written. Very moving.
Jan 27, 2020MHanover10 rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
This was so good! I don't know why I waited so long to read it. I listened to the audiobook and it was easy to follow along even though it switched between 3 different women. I got to know the accents so I knew which woman's story I would…
Sep 15, 2019RosaReads2 rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
I'm always hesitant to pick up novels that occur during the height of WW2, especially if it deals heavily with the Holocaust. With so much love for this book, I couldn't resist and I'm really glad I didn't. This was an amazing depiction of…
Sep 10, 2019
I agree that the first part of the book was disorienting, but in the end that was the best way to write this story. The atrocities appalled me, but the darkness was juxtaposed with the best of our nature. Thank goodness!
Aug 06, 2019lgraf rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
Found this book hard to get into, but eventually it was interesting. I was unaware of the horrors that occurred in Poland during WWII. My main criticism is that the author chose to include a fictional romance for one of the main…
Jul 03, 2019firebird770 rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
This novel moved me to tears. Captured the story through the perspective of three characters. Tremendously well written and brought to light the terrible cruelties and heartbreaking stories of lives forever changed by the horrors of the…
May 29, 2019jclarkie rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
This book was an amazing read and I did not want to put it down or let go of the story. Even did some lite research afterward about some of the real life characters. I also did not know anything about Ravensbruck, the experiments and the…
May 25, 2019mova rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
I found this book to be pretty engrossing. Prior to reading this, I had a vague knowledge of Ravensbrück, but this novel elaborated on what those poor women and children endured. Chilling and horrifying. I also appreciated the very…
May 22, 2019PeggyJ_0 rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
I downloaded and listened to this book and fell in love with it. It reads a little slow, I’m guessing due to the slight accents of the European characters. I stuck with it and really enjoyed the story. There was a lot in the book that was…
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Apr 28, 2019JCLS_Ashland_Kristin rated this title 3 out of 5 stars
This historical fiction set during World War II will appeal to those who enjoy reading historical fiction from multiple points of view.
Apr 01, 2019PrairieStar rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Loved that the author was inspired to do all the research and write the book based on a visit to the historic home owned by Caroline Ferriday who flew Polish women who were experimented on at the Nazi concentration camp for women to the US…
Mar 13, 2019
When I saw two cliches in the first two paragraphs, my expectations plummeted. The subject is an important event in history, but the author's style totally trivializes it. She explains at the end that one narrator and several main…
Feb 13, 2019Alyssa_RR rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
It is interesting how the book is set up- wasn't sure if I could keep up. but it was good!
Jan 29, 2019InsJavert rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
A wonderfully engaging story; personal tragedy, soul searching, and survival. Cannot recommend this book enough.
Aug 07, 2018alexanderrl94 rated this title 3 out of 5 stars
I loved almost everything about this story! I think Kelly did a great job integrating all of the ladies stories. However, I felt like Herta Oberheuser story was told in an odd way. However, I overall loved this story. It is an eye-opening…