True to her form, Hannah takes her readers on a very emotional and heart wrenching journey through war torn France during WWII. Parts of the book are hard to stomach (reading about how cruel the Nazis are; even though anyone with a pulse knows how horrible Hitler and his regime were, it still hurts to read it in historical fiction). The characters in the book and the story itself are amazingly well written and show much depth and insight into the difficulties millions of people faced during the war. Not just the Jewish prisoners, but the citizens of these countries also suffered horribly. The storyline between the two sisters was incredible, as was the story between the father and his two daughters, a volatile relationship at best. It was great to read about this war from women’s perspectives, which is seldom the case.
Most of Hannah’s books are amazing, but this one is by far her very best. I’m not sure if it’s because I happen to LOVE this era in history, or if her writing, research, and ability to make a reader connect with her characters on the first page is getting better with age. Either way, even if you’re not a history buff, put this on your must read list for 2015. You won’t regret it.