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Daughters of the Occupation

—Book Review—

Title: Daughters Of The Occupation

Author: Shelly Sanders

Publisher: Harper

Genre: Historical Fiction

Inspired by true events, Daughters of the Occupation is a must read for historical fiction lovers. I know a lot of readers will say they’ve already read too many WWII HF novels; Been there, done that. But, I urge you to pick up a copy of this compelling read. History like this is now more than ever relevant.

I was initially drawn to this book because of the synopsis stating this one took place in Latvia. I don’t think I have ever read any historical novels taking place in this country. Really, just this past year I begun reading more books on the Soviet’s involvement of WWII. Up until now most books I’ve read the focus has been on the Nazi’s involvement. I love learning through books! Don’t you!?

The beginning part of this book paints a picture of just how utterly horrific it was for Miriam, her husband Max and two children Ilana & Monya as the Soviets invade and basically confiscate their lives. After Miriam loses her husband and more and more Jews are being rounded up, she makes the choice to hide her children with her loyal housekeeper. Can you imagine!?

Decades later the book opens up at Ilana’s funeral and we find out her and her mother, Miriam, really weren’t on speaking terms. Ilana’s daughter, Sarah, decides she wants a relationship with her grandmother and wants to know about her family history. History they never ever talk about.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I read this book in one sitting and as I’m sitting here nearly a month later trying to write a worthy review I can’t think of anything I would nit-pick about the book to knock it down from five stars. It’s one of those books that you are scratching your head and wondering why more people aren’t reading it or talking about it. Heartbreaking, yes, but I highly recommend it!

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