- you enjoy historical fiction
- you like to read personal stories of World War 2
- you can handle a fair amount of detail
- you really like a book that continues to engage you after you close the book (you can’t stop thinking about the plot, title, characters, etc.)
This is a WOW book. The kind you finish in two sittings and then keep thinking about long after.
The nerd in me longs to write a paper discussing what the title means for each character in the book. I picture the characters in my mind. I long for and then hope a movie is never made. It might ruin everything.
My brother originally bought the book. My daughter saw it at his house and borrowed it. A year later (!) she returned it (under duress), bought her own copy, finally finished reading it and fell in love. Then she was on a mission to convince someone else to read her copy RIGHT AWAY! Which I thankfully did.
And yes, my brother is a very understanding person. Especially since he had not even read this book that he had bought for HIMSELF to read. Very generous.
The book is set in WW2 so you should be prepared for the violence that ensues. I don’t think the book lingers on the violence though. The two main characters both vie for your attention and love – and as their lives become intertwined in a way they don’t even realize is happening – there is writing magic.
And that’s truly all I can say. No spoilers.
I think part of the power of the book is showing that sides in war are arbitrary at best. Beyond the uniforms and flags, people are still people – on both sides of the line.
You should read this book if:
Find a copy today and clear your schedule. You won’t regret this read.