Brings to light the French Holocaust of which not many people are aware. The story was a little too coincidental but entertaining.
I'm sad to say I did not know about the round up of Jews in France 1942. This gave me a history lesson. Too much time was spent on Julia and her personal family and problems the fictional part of the book. I would have liked to hear more on this time period in France.
Moving story of a current day jorunalist who covers the little known involvemnet of the French who cooperated with the Germans in sending Jews to the concentration camps. The most interesting elements are those involving the child who is the foundation of the story--Sarah. I would have liked to read more about her and less about the modern day trite events involving the journalist and her husband. Of course it all comes together, neatly tied up in the end. Nonetheless, a moving story overall and well worth the read. The reader was excellent.
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This was a great listen. Interesting tim piece, WWII, France, a dark chapter in Frech history, strong human emotions, what's not to like. This one reached a point where it was tough to put down. If I could've changed anything it would be to speak better French so I could've better understood the French being spoken. It didn't distract too much from the story but that semester of French I had in college seemed like a long time ago. I really recommend this!
I wouldn't say this book was haunting...and I am not sure how historically correct this book is, but that does not matter. This book gives us a peek into the reality that so many people lived, and so many didn't survive. It is so easy for us to forget tragedies that happened in the past, and maybe that didn't affect us directly...read this to remember those that suffered for their faith, their families and their country.
What a great story, not that it wasn't heartbreaking, but it was still good. The narrator's voice was pleasant to listen to. I loved that she used several accents, German, French and American, during the reading. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars was it seemed just a tad bit too long towards the end. I would still recommend though.
This haunting and beautiful novel kept my interest from the first word to the very last. Narrator, Polly Stone, did a masterful job interpreting the characters in both the present-day setting and the 1942 heart of the story of Sarah Starzinsky. Although the ending was somewhat predictable, the drama and pathos of Sarah's story rates 4 stars.