I am a big fan of Ms. Gohlke previous works and love anything to do with World War 2 so I was utterly delighted to receive this book to review. When it arrived in the mail I devoured it very quickly. I have incredibly mixed feelings about this book, it was a very easy read, well written and engaging and yet I found after I finished it that it left me feeling sad. It was hard to read about the Lieselotte of the past and reconcile her with what version Hannah saw. I loved the part of the story from the past, but was depressed with the present. I just felt like there was so much tragedy and heartbreak and that bothered me. I am probably a bit overly sensitive with being a new Mom myself but it broke my heart that the character of Hannah did not feel loved by her own Mother.:(
So was this well written? Yes, it flew by, had an interesting story line with a lot going on, intriguing characters and was rich in historical detail. Despite all of that I left reading this book very sad and bothered for lives wasted and children who grow up not feeling wanted
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.