I finally got another book off of my waitlist. The book is My Mother’s Secret by J.L. Witterick. This was based on a true story from the Holocaust. I always like books based on true stories.
…and this one I did like. One of my favorite parts of the whole story was the “serendipity” of it all. Someone did a favor for someone and months later they find that the favor that they did save that person’s life. I loved the story and I do recommend it a lot.
If you appreciate learning more about the Holocaust but have trouble reading the really hard stuff like the stories from concentration camps, this is a good book for you.
Here’s what Amazon had to say:
“Franciszka and her daughter, Helena, are simple, ordinary people until 1939 when the Nazis invade their homeland. Providing shelter to Jews in Nazi-occupied Poland is a death sentence, but Franciszka and Helena do exactly that. In their tiny home in Sokal, they hide a Jewish family in a loft above their pigsty, a Jewish doctor with his wife and son in a makeshift cellar under the kitchen, and a defecting German soldier in the attic – each party completely unknown to the others. For everyone to survive, Franciszka will have to outsmart her neighbors and the German commander. Told simply and succinctly from four different perspectives, My Mother’s Secret is a testament to the kindness, courage, and generosity of ordinary people who chose to be extraordinary.”
Amazon readers give the book 4.6 stars. I’m going to agree. I really, really loved the connection each person had to Franciszka and how that connection went on to save their lives. When I read these books, I always hope that given the situation, I would have been brave enough to be a Franciszka and would be willing to risk my life to help others.
You can find the book HERE.