WWII is coming to an end, but in a small town in the Netherlands, the rigors of war are still present. Cornelia, a young woman who lost her husband to the Nazis, is striving to protect her younger brother, Johan and survive the war. When Gerrit, a Dutch Resistance worker survives his own execution and is rescued by Johan, Cornelia must choose between safety and courage.
This book could not be better. Everything necessary for a good book is present, believable characters readers care about, interesting plot with twists and surprises, and encouraging message. Tolsma does an outstanding job introducing the multiple characters in a way that readers can identify with them and keep track of them. The plot is suspenseful with surprises and uncertainties that makes readers want to read on. The message of courage is inspiring, as well as the personal integrity of the characters.
I highly recommend this book. If you love historical fiction, especially WWII fiction, you will enjoy this book. It was interesting to learn how the Nazi occupation impacted life in the village and the fact that the novel was based on a true story made it even more interesting. Give this book a try, you will like it!
I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes. All opinions are my own.
- I was an elite WWII fighter saving Jews with the Dutch Resistance … but I kept it a secret until my 90th birthday (warhistoryonline.com)