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A stirring novel of first love in a time of war and the unbearable choices that could tear sisters apart, from the celebrated author of The Kommandant's Girl.

Life is a constant struggle for the 18-year-old Nowak twins as they raise their three younger siblings in rural Poland under the shadow of the Nazi occupation. The constant threat of arrest has made everyone in their village a spy, and turned neighbor against neighbor. Though rugged, independent Helena and pretty, gentle Ruth couldn't be more different, they are staunch allies in protecting their family from the threats the war brings closer to their doorstep with each passing day. Then Helena discovers an American paratrooper stranded outside their small mountain village, wounded, but alive. Risking the safety of herself and her family, she hides Sam - a Jew - but Helena's concern for the American grows into something much deeper. Defying the perils that render a future together all but impossible, Sam and Helena make plans for the family to flee. But Helena is forced to contend with the jealousy her choices have sparked in Ruth, culminating in a singular act of betrayal that endangers them all - and setting in motion a chain of events that will reverberate across continents and decades.

©2014 Pam Jenoff (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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so worth the seemingly slow parts

I thought this book was slow, so much detail. Turns out you needed to know every detail she listed and it was a fantastic pay off in the end!

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I enjoyed this book and the narrator was great. I really like the author, and hope she writes more books.

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Not my favorite by Pam Jenoff

This story about World War II in Poland was long and drawn out. I loved The Orphan's Tale and The Kommandant's Girl by this same author. I can hardly believe she wrote this. Very little happened in this story. It was, in a word, boring. I didn't like the narrator either. She sounded like a chipmunk and was overly dramatic.

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this fell short for me. Too predictable and some of the characters were difficult to like. I found myself exacerbated by them.

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