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The Girl From the Train Review



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About the Book

Six-year-old Gretl Schmidt is on a train bound for Auschwitz. Jakób Kowalski is planting a bomb on the tracks.

As World War II draws to a close, Jakób fights with the Polish resistance against the crushing forces of Germany and Russia. They mean 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 Jakób discovers her, guilt and fatherly compassion prompt him to take her home. 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 stay with him forever. Jakób 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, Jakób 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 overcome. (Goodreads)


My Thoughts

Sometimes I think I am on overload from books on World War II. It's a popular setting when it comes to fiction and honestly this book was difficult to get into because it was so similar to others. The historical aspects are great and interesting but the overall storyline didn't click with me. I know this book has been really popular, it just is not my favorite.
If you are specifically looking for a World War II book you will probably enjoy.

"I received this book from BookLook Bloggers for free in exchange for an honest review."







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