A wonderful story about a girl named Gretl Schmidt. It follows her incredible journey through life starting at the age of 6 when she escapes from a train bound for Auschwitz, all the way to her adulthood in South Africa. We see her struggles, nightmares, and fears. We truly see life as it was for little Gretl Schmidt, all the things she went through that make her who she is.
This was a wonderful story. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. I loved how Joubert brings the story to life through the eyes of a child. You learn about World War II and the Holocaust, but thinking about it from a child’s perspective really brings a different viewpoint to it. The characters were very well-developed. Even though the story follows Gretl through her childhood into adulthood, it captures your attention and it’s a hard book to put down. I highly recommend this book, especially if you enjoy historical fiction with a splash of romance.
**I received this advanced copy of the book for review through the Fiction Guild by Thomas Nelson and Zondervan. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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