The Woman with the Blue Star by Pam Jenoff, grabbed me from page one, keeping me hostage until I finished reading it, later that day. I will warn you to keep a box of tissues nearby while reading this book. This is more than a survival story during the Holocaust; it is a story of connections, courage, remembrance and an unlikely friendship. It is a tribute to the resilience of the human spirit and the power of bravery in the face of evil. Taking place during the 1942 Nazi assaults on the Jews of Kraków, eighteen year old Sadie Gault is forced to seek refuge in the dangerous tunnels beneath the city with her pregnant mother and another family. Peering through a sewer grate, Sadie catches a glimpse of a girl her age buying flowers. Ella Stepanek, an affluent Polish girl, is living well along with her stepmother, who has built close alliances with the occupying Germans. While on an errand in the market, Ella sees something moving beneath a grate in the street. When she looks more closely, she realizes it’s a girl hiding. Ella begins to help Sadie and these two become close, but as the dangers of war worsen, their lives are set on a dangerous path that will test them, especially in the face of overwhelming odds. Ms. Jenoff wrote a tale, inspired by amazing true stories, that is an unforgettable testament to the power of friendship and the extraordinary strength of the human will to survive. It is a journey of twists, turns, displays of bravery, and love that in unforgettable. I highly recommend The Woman with the Blue Star, a must read, to other readers. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
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