3.5 Emotionally stirring, the ending gave me goose bumps. The war is close to over, the Russians are advancing, the Germans retreating but for one Polish town, caught in the crossfire, they are barely existing. Burned and bombed out houses, starvation ever present, most of the young men gone, leaving women, children and the elderly simply trying to exist. Into their midst a young man is dropped from a train, his memory gone, his only item of value a torn picture of a man, a woman and a young child, who he assumes to be himself and his parents. A young unknown woman, a two young children will be his salvation. As in many towns caught in the crossfire of a war, they have suffered mightily, seen much horror and devastation. As in life there are those who betray and act in their own self interest, whatever the cost and then there are those in the same circumstance that will offer aid and help. There is a German officer who instead of leading his command away from the encroaching Russians as he has been ordered, will follow his own personal vendetta and refuse to retreat. The reason for this will become apparent as the novel progresses. Despite the war, this is a novel of hope, hope that they will live to see another day, that things can get better. The children are amazing characters, Cela, a young eight looking after her younger brother after both parents are gone. She has had to grow up way too fast as many did during this time. Yet, she will be instrumental in this story. There is also the unexplainable, things that happened that can't be accounted for rationally but nicely adds to this story. A shorter novel but within is a small, personal glimpse of a horrible time. A time when few choices were afforded, but in some hope remained. ARC from publisher.
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Caught in the crosshairs of the retreating German army and the advancing Russian forces, the village holds nothing but destruction and despair until a mysterious young woman offers a small glimmer of hope that may represent his last chance—news of a refugee train departing from a nearby town, headed for American installations at the border.
But complications arise when the resistance fighter is betrayed by his own countryman and hunted by German SS officers who are determined to kill him before they retreat. Desperately searching for a home and family he can’t remember, he is persuaded to rescue two children who are doomed to die without his help. But as time runs out, the former rebel is faced with an impossible choice. Standing at the crossroads of saving himself or risking his life for strangers, what would motivate a young man at the brink of salvation to make one more sacrifice?
New York Times bestselling author Chris Stewart has created a powerful, soul-moving story of compassion and hope against all odds, set against the true-life backdrop of Eastern Poland and the courageous efforts of the “Devil’s Rebels” in the waning months of World War II.
Shadow Mountain Publishing
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3.5 Emotionally stirri...
This was another WWII ...
This was another WWII survivor story. The book is set in Poland at the ending of the war when Germans and Russians were trying to claim the country. It was/is brutal and honestly, I have no idea how anyone survived this time in history. Since this was an uncorrected proof from the publisher, I was a bit distracted with the lack of capitalization and punctuation. Thanks to netgalley and Shadow Martin for this ARC.
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