“Anything is manageable if you can stay with the ones you love.”
📚 Book Review 📚
Title: The Woman With The Blue Star
Author: Pam Jenoff
Publisher: Park Row Books
Genre: Historical Fiction
It’s 1942 in Krakow, Poland and eighteen year old, Sadie, lives with her parents amid the horrors of the Ghetto during WWII. At first she stays with the children who hide at home from the Nazi’s in the walls, attics and furniture. It is assumed that children are mostly safe. But, one day out of the blue, the Nazi’s round up all the children. However, Sadie somehow manages to hide. After that she gets a work permit and goes off to work with her parents.
But, that won’t be the last time Sadie and her family is forced to hide. When the Nazi’s come again to liquidate the Ghetto, her family seeks refuge in the sewers beneath the city.
“Find the things that give you hope and cling to them. That is the only way we will make it through the war.”
Lonely, hungry and full of sadness one day Sadie looks through the grate and sees a girl about her own age buying flowers in the market. Ella, while an affluent Polish girl, living the life of relative ease, is also all alone left by her fiancé, her brother in Paris, her father deceased, and all her friends; All because her stepmother is quite friendly with the Germans. As the war worsens, Sadie and Ella develop an unlikely, but beautiful friendship.
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Look anyone who reads Historical Fiction knows the WWII topic is pretty saturated. I found this story to be unique because I had no idea that people lived in sewers to hide from the Nazi’s. I also haven’t read a lot of WWII books that take place in Poland, so that was refreshing. The author wrote a wonderful story of friendship and it is paced beautifully. For, me, I’m a hopeless romantic so I couldn’t help, but want a little more of that from that part of the story.