Saturday, April 30, 2016

The Girl From the Train

 

GIVEAWAY

JOUBERT, IRMA
THE GIRL FROM THE TRAIN

Six-year-old Gretl Schmidt is on a train bound for Aushwitz. Jakob Kolwaski is planting a bomb on the tracks.

As World War II draws to a close, Jakob fights with the Polish resistance against the crushing forces of Germany and Russia. They intend to destroy a German troop transport, but Gretl's unscheduled train reaches the bomb first.

Gretl is the only survivor. Though spared from the concentration camp, the orphaned German Jew finds herself lost in a country hostile to her people. When Jakob discovers her, guilt and fatherly compassion prompt him to take her in. For three years, the young man and little girl form a bond over the secrets they must hide from his Catholic family.

But she can't say with him forever. Jakob sends Gretl to South Africa, where German war orphans are promised bright futures with adoptive Protestant families -- so long as Gretl's Jewish roots, Catholic education, and connections to communist Poland are never discovered.

Separated by continents, politics, religion, language, and years, Jakob and Gretl will likely never see each other again. But the events they have both survived and their belief that the human spirit can triumph over the ravages of war have formed a bond of love that no circumstances can over come.

My Review:

I have a certain fascination for World War II stories and I especially love it when I find one with a unique angle. The Girl From the Train is just such a book. I didn't know a lot about the political climate of Poland before reading this book -- both during the war and afterwards with the rise of Communism. And I knew absolutely nothing about the relocation of German orphans to South Africa after the war. These tumultuous events form a fascinating backdrop to this compelling story.

Gretl is a survivor --  a chameleon who makes herself over to accommodate each new situation she finds herself in. Unpacking all those layers in order to discover the real woman within makes for a fascinating read as we follow her from a frightened six-year-old to a confident young woman.

Jakob a Polish patriot with a deep love for his country, wrestles with relentless demons. One of them is the situation that brings Gretl into his care. He is both courageous and foolish in his ardent pursuit of a united homeland.

This is an emotional read and an eye-opening one. It's a story rich in hope for humanity and in the everlasting power of love.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of  The Girl From the Train please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday May 1 2016. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

29 comments:

  1. Good Morning Kav,

    I enjoyed reading your review. I love history and WW2 stories are some of my favorite.

    Have a wonderful day!

    dandtdearing {at} earthlink {dot} net

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. And there's such a wonderful selection of WWII stories out there. Good luck, Tammi.

      Delete
  2. Thank you for a great review. I enjoy books set during WWII as well. Thank you, Kav!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You're welcome, Melanie. Good luck.

      Delete
  3. There are so many events that happened during World War II. I always enjoy reading books set during WWII.
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

    ReplyDelete
  4. I'd love to read this! My in-laws came from Germany after WWII. They were originally from an area that is now in Poland. I'd love to learn more about what went on there so long ago! mylittlebirdie (at) yahoo (dot) com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It's mind boggling, Karen. Good luck.

      Delete
  5. My kind of book! And commie Europe, even!

    Count me in, please.

    janka(dot)halcinova(at)gmail(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You're counted, Janka. Good luck!

      Delete
  6. This book sounds intriguing. I love historical fiction. Thank you for this opportunity.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You're welcome, mamacita5, good luck.

      Delete
  7. Sounds like an awesome book! I really liked to learn more about WWII and this book seems to cover lots of aspects I knew nothing about!

    samanthabis23 at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  8. Nice review as always. I have been wanting this one for awhile. Thanks for the giveaway.

    sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  9. Historical fiction is my favorite, and WWII is an era that I've always found fascinating.This book caught my eye when it first came out. Your review makes me want to read it even more. It sounds like a multi-layered story full of intrigue and heart. Thanks for the opportunity to win this book!
    ~Alison

    nj(dot)bossman(at)gmail(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Multi-layered is a great descriptor for this book. Good luck, Alison.

      Delete
  10. What a powerful and emotional book. I read this a few weeks ago. This is a story that won't leave you.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes!!!! And quite different from the other WWII books out there which made it all the intriguing.

      Delete
  11. I've read many reviews raving about this book. I'd love to win The Girl From the Train. Thanks for the chance.
    pmkellogg56[at]gmail[dot]com

    ReplyDelete
  12. KAV, I love your review! I can't wait to read The Girl From The Train!
    psalm103and138 at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  13. I've heard some awesome things about this book!

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. They are all true! Good luck, Trixi.

      Delete
  14. Thanks for bringing this book to my attention again. It got lost in my tbr and it is one I've been recommended time and again. tlhcoupon(at)hotmail(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hard to keep up, isn't it? Good luck, Terrill.

      Delete
  15. This will be amazing, I can tell! Also, my sister is a WWII nut!

    ReplyDelete