An enjoyable read! WWII was a dark, difficult time & this story showed the darkness yet offered refreshing light. This book should not be confused with "Girl on a Train" which only offered incredible darkness!
Enjoyed this book very much. It is a moving story of loss and the enduring power of love.
At first glance I mistook this book for the more popular The Girl On The Train, however, it was a less than noteworthy read. At the heart of the book is a love story that spans a decade and two countries; not really my cup of tea but I enjoyed the historical aspects of the story line (Eastern Europe during WW II and South Africa in the Fifties).
I almost didn't get past the first few pages, as the sentences were short, but then figured it was a juvenile fiction and kept reading. The Polish part of the story was well done. I looked forward to the South African part, and it started well, but then the story descended into a romance and it lost me altogether.
This novel, translated from Afrikaans, takes the reader on a tumultuous journey from World War II Poland to South Africa in the late 1950s. Gretl Schmidt, age 5, is pushed from a train headed to Auschwitz near the end of the war. She is rescued by a Polish Resistance fighter who renames her Gretz Kowalski. A few years later, Gretz is accepted into an adoption program for German orphans and becomes Greitjie Neehling. As she grows and matures, Greit struggles with all her now hidden former identities. Events come to a climax when her former rescuer, Jakob Kowalski, emigrates to South Africa after his politics clash with the new Communist regime. A quick read that shares World War II history that's not focused on the American story.
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