My rating: 5 of 5 stars
First of all, the history I learned in this particular novel was breathtaking. I don’t think I ever tire of hearing about WWII, and it seems there is always something new to be discovered. I had no idea that Auschwitz had an orchestra, and there were times I found myself dreading the read and becoming quite emotional. For most of the book, this is one phenomenal and even realistic read.
To my readers who might be concerned, there is no profanity, and there are no intimate scenes. This is a Christian book, but it is never preachy. Faith is seamlessly woven into the fabric of the story, and for that I am eternally grateful.
My only complaint against this unbelievable book is the ending. I applaud the author for going back and forth between the time periods–WWII and the present. I appreciated how she tied both stories together. But the sappiness of the ending got to me. I know readers love happy endings, but this was way too happy for me. While there is a slim possibility it could have occurred in the way that is described, it is highly doubtful. I suppose I reacted strongly due to the fact this this deals with concentration camps and WWII. The present day romance did not bother me; it was the WWII romance that did.
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.