Reviewed by: Brittany Carlsen, Circulation Staff
Rating: 5 Stars
When it comes to historical romance, one would think it difficult to combine love with the horrors of the second World War. Pam Jenoff, however, has given us a simplistically gorgeous story set in Nazi occupied Poland where our heroine Emma, married to a resistance fighter named Jacob, is smuggled out of the ghetto and given orders to take on a new identity to save herself and provide her Jewish friends and family with secrets that may be valuable to their survival. Overnight, Emma is thrust into the identity of Anna, a Polish gentile who unwillingly wins the heart and trust of a high ranking Nazi official, Kommandant Richwalder. What starts as a dangerous but critical mission, becomes even more difficult when Anna discovers that the man she should hate is not the monster she needs him to be, but a man capable of love and tenderness. Suddenly, betraying his trust is not as easy as she hoped and she struggles between the two lives she is forced to lead.The detailed descriptions in this book, put the reader right on the cobbled streets of Poland where the scent of baking bread, the thundering of tanks, and the fear, love and hope seem all too real. This was one book I wish would have never ended.