About the Book:
This is a touching novel that is engaging on two levels. The current story explores the meaning of newly discovered genetic heritage and the struggles of being in a blended family. The historical story reveals that genetic history and gives a different example of family love. It was interesting to see how Tolsma paralleled mother daughter love in each of the stories.
This novel revealed a new aspect of WW II and the persecution of the Jews. I did not know about those in Greece. Tolsma's note identifies all the historical events and people upon which she framed her novel. The historical story is tragic so have some tissues handy.
Tolsma explores relationship issues in the current story with Tessa growing in her understanding of and relationship with her stepfather. There is also an exploration of anti-Semitic feelings in the current story. That theme is another parallel between the current and historical stories. Another topic explored is the relationship of being Jewish and being a Christian.
I appreciate Tolsma's detail in the setting of Thessaloniki. She says she fell in love with the city when she visited and it shows in her placing the reader firmly in the setting.
This is another good novel shedding light on a tragic era during WW II.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
About the Author:
(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)