I am not a big fan of non-fiction books, but this is the exception that proves the rule. It was fantastic! The story itself is as fabulous as it is true. Added to which, it is so well written. It reads easily, pulls you in, has you rooting for Maria every step of the way, and finally delivers a wonderful ending. When the second trial concluded, (I won't spoil it for anyone who hasn't read this great book yet,) the epilogue was like an amazing dessert after a perfect meal. It told exactly what happened to everyone. All the wonderful women I had come to care for were accounted. Their lives and families were beautifully wrapped up and carefully, happily tucked away. It felt like putting away a family album after having gone through a warm afternoon going through memories of old times. It was just grand! It reminded me a little of the great adventures and trials my own Hungarian ancestors went through when they arrived in America. Not as terrible as Maria's, to be sure, but harrowing, nonetheless.
All in all, this was a great non-fiction book.