First time author for me, debut novel for the author, Pam Janoff, and recommended by Iowa author Heather Gudenkauf. In researching the author I learne..Show More »d she at one time worked for the US State Department and was posted in Krakow, Poland, which is where this story is set. She evidently got some of the background for this story during that time. At the start of the story, young Polish Jew Emma gets married one month before the Nazi invasion of Poland. Just days after her husband takes off to be part of the Jewish Resistance. Her parents are put in the Jewish Ghetto of Krakow. Then Emma is asked to masquerade as a young Catholic girl named Anna and eventually gets hired to be the personal assistant to the Nazi Kommendant of Krakow. She is further asked by the Resistance to get whatever intelligence she can to help the cause. The story evolves from there with Emma/Anna forced to make gut wrenching, heart wrenching choices to help those she loves. Not really a thriller but with a good amount of suspense, this is more a human interest story that gives you a sense of trepidation the further you get into the story. This story reminds me that even today many people in the world are being asked to make tough choices that make no sense as to why they must even consider them. A good, thought provoking warm story. I really enjoyed it.
My second Pam Jenoff book. I didn't know this when I started the book but it starts where the first book, 'The Kommandant's Girl', left off, interesti..Show More »ngly switching one of the bit characters in the first book, Marta, to the main character in this second one. I liked the way the author handled that
The book starts with Marta being rescued from a Nazi prison at the end of WWII and moves to London where she gets work with British intelligence. Then due to her history of working with the Jewish resistance in Poland, she gets sent to Prague to re-establish contact with one of her old cohorts. From this point on the story really gets moving and is exciting and interesting to the end. You really feel for the courageous Marta for seemingly suffering greatly at just about every stop of her life but continuing to forge on.
I'm sure I'll look to Pam Jenoff on audible again to see if there are more good books by her.