A poignant tale of two women in Holland, fighting for the lives of the children as well as their own during the dark days of WWII.
A dual timeline story that weaves together pieces of the past and present, highlighting the brave men and women who risked everything for the sake of others, and the terrible injustices suffered in Holland during the second World War.
I procrastinated a bit on this one as dual timelines and holocaust don't always draw my attention right away, but I was blown away by this touching and powerful story. The modern day story tells of Ava Drake, a young woman working for her family's philanthropic foundation as she uncovers the dark secrets of her family's wealth. Meanwhile in the 1940's, we follow Josie and Eliese, two friends reunited by the war, as they experience a fast changing world as their freedoms are lost and they make sacrifices with the hope of doing some lasting good for the sake of the children. I don't usually like bouncing back and forwards in time, but this book made me love it, as I compared present and past trying to piece together the clues as to how it was all connected.
I loved how this book kept me guessing throughout, and I wasn't completely sure how it would end. This book realistically shows humans at their best and worst, showing the horror of the Nazi occupation in Holland, as well as the unbreakable hope and will to fight for something better. Fantastic characters, that felt tangible, realistically flawed and imperfect. A masterfully told tale of faith, friendship, and courage.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.