I would have liked to have given this book a 4.5. It is historical fiction at its best. Using a shameful episode in the history of France during WW11, Tatiana de Rosnay, has successfully blended the past with the present, interlacing the stories of Sarah (the past) and that of Julia (the present). De Rosnay manages to do this without becoming implausible, sentimental or melodramatic.
The historical element is told from a child's point of view, which, in the retelling, results in a gripping, haunting and poignant novel.
I would recommend this novel to all fans of the genre.
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