This is a well crafted historical novel of World War II.
is an American living in Germany, helping her aunt and uncle take
care of their child. Beth finds herself in a fragile state when
Germany declares war on the United States. In a move of compassion,
she gives her papers to a Jewish friend who is trying to escape. The
two young women look enough alike that the Jew is able to leave the
that leaves Beth without papers. The tension increases when an old
student of her uncle's rents an attic room to be close to his medical
studies. Josef seems like a good man but he is a doctor in the Nazi
army and his father is a high ranking Nazi official. Beth likes the
man but is he there to spy on the family?
writes in the Author's Note that much of this novel is based on
historical events. We read about the White Rose, a group spreading
leaflets calling for resistance to the Nazis. We also read about one
of the death camps, Sobibor, and what happened there. Anna has deftly
created fictional characters to play out the drama surrounding real
places and events. Another great aspect of the novel is that Beth and
her family are Quakers. It was very interesting to read about their
practice of worship and their beliefs about war.
rewarding novel leaves us waiting for more of the story. As Anna
notes, one would not know the fate of friends and relatives who
disappeared (whether by escape or arrest) during the war. So we are
set up for sequels to finish the story.
highly recommend this well crafted historical novel of World War II
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Schmidt is the author of over twenty novels. She has received the
Romantic Times' Reviewer's Choice Award and was a finalist for
the RITA award for romantic fiction. She lives in Wisconsin and
winters in Florida. Find out more about her and her books at
received a complimentary copy of this book through the Book Group
Network for the purpose of this review.