What I’m Reading: The Plum Tree

As you know, I often include reviews here on the blog.  Not too long ago I mentioned that I had read a holocaust book and that I am, for some reason, drawn to them.  In the comments someone mentioned that I should The Soldier’s Wife.  I did and loved it.  Someone also mentioned that I should read The Plum Tree by Ellen Marie Wiseman.  I listened to it and read it.  It’s a new thing that I can do that couple Audible books and my Kindle.  I can listen-then pick up reading and my place in the book is held for me.  It was kind of neat.

The was a WWII book and the book came from the perspective of German citizens and what they went through during the war.  It was good to read that perspective once.  So many books just portray all Germans as being bad and hating Jews during that time period but of course that wasn’t true.  This book-well written-really brings that to light.

Here’s what Amazon has to say, ” A deeply moving and masterfully written story of human resilience and enduring love, The Plum Tree follows a young German woman through the chaos of World War II and its aftermath.

“Bloom where you’re planted,” is the advice Christine Bolz receives from her beloved Oma. But seventeen-year-old domestic Christine knows there is a whole world waiting beyond her small German village. It’s a world she’s begun to glimpse through music, books–and through Isaac Bauerman, the cultured son of the wealthy Jewish family she works for. 

Yet the future she and Isaac dream of sharing faces greater challenges than their difference in stations. In the fall of 1938, Germany is changing rapidly under Hitler’s regime. Anti-Jewish posters are everywhere, dissenting talk is silenced, and a new law forbids Christine from returning to her job–and from having any relationship with Isaac. In the months and years that follow, Christine will confront the Gestapo’s wrath and the horrors of Dachau, desperate to be with the man she loves, to survive–and finally, to speak out. 

Set against the backdrop of the German homefront, this is an unforgettable novel of courage and resolve, of the inhumanity of war, and the heartbreak and hope left in its wake.”

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again and again-I love first person stories.  All in all…I loved the book and would give it 5 stars.  Amazon readers gave it 4.5 stars.

Thanks so much to my blog readers who recommended this book.  I appreciate any chance to have a good read.

7 thoughts on “What I’m Reading: The Plum Tree”

  1. Jo, read The Book Thief…it’s billed as young adult, but I loved it. I am really drawn to Holocaust stories too..

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