My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Flat out, there is no other way to describe this book–I loved it.
For anyone who has an interest in the German Occupations during WWII, this book will likely be interesting. Even if you don’t, this book still has something to offer.
Have you ever read a book that brought you so close to the characters that you forgot you were reading a book at all? That is what happened to me whilst reading this. I found myself so involved in the lives of these characters that I felt their pain, longing, loss and redemption.
Down to the very last detail, this is a beautifully written and immaculately researched novel.
One of the things that made me love this book, is that the characters seem to truly belong in the setting. Everything does not turn out perfectly at the end as so many books seem to force. The sad times of war including, cold, hunger and loss of lives is well described here and the characters experience it, enough that the reader feels it too.
The relationships in this story are complex and go far beyond those in the average book. The people grow and change and make you believe in them even when all hope seems to be lost.
I can’t say enough good things about this novel. It is amazing.
This review is based on a complimentary copy from the publisher and provided through Netgalley. All opinions are my own.