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Genre: Historical Fiction
Format: Kindle ARC
No. of Pages: 339
Date of Publication: July 5, 2022
My Rating: 5 Stars
Betty Oudkerk does everything she possibly can to protect children from the Nazis during the dark days of World War II. This tragic read is set in the Netherlands. After a nursery has been taken over by the Nazis, the nursery has been turned into a deportation center. Not only does Betty begin hiding children, a network of sorts is formed as she and other nurses do all they can to save these young lives. This book is based on a true story, a story that illustrates the exceptional feat of bravery by the remarkable Betty.
Knowing that the nursery is only one stop along the way, with the final destination being Auschwitz, assuring certain destruction, Betty and others form an underground network to save as many young lives as possible. From nursery teacher to savior, Betty does all she can. With certain death a fair guarantee otherwise, Betty and the other nurses work feverishly hard in their endeavors.
Based on a true story, a vast plan is set in motion and Betty and the others relentlessly work together with a mix of ingenuity and strength, and facilitate rescue after rescue. Often heartbreaking, this is a story that needs to be told. Sadly, pivotal people in history are often forgotten and a book like this helps to bring them the attention they deserve.
This heartbreaking book illustrates the amazing talent that Elle van Rijn has when it comes to relating such an incredible story. This book proves what must’ve been an astonishing amount of research to make this such a readable account, one that will no doubt have you reaching for a box of tissues. In fact, in the letter at the end of the book not only there is something special to be found about what the author’s experiences were, she also states that “this story is about courage, about hatred and about exclusion”. We all can make a choice to do better like Betty did, and by writing this book, our fabulous author tells a story about decisions and choices that make us stronger and help us to protect our children.
Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.
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