Genre: Historical Fiction
Format: Kindle ARC
No. of Pages: 342
Date of Publication: June 14, 2023
My Rating: 4 Stars
The war is over, and now there are more than a few orphans who need further assistance after experiencing unspeakable horrors in concentration camps. Not only have these surviving children lost their parents, some have lost entire families. Rosie is one of the people that will help the children on their new paths in life. When she notices one child who holds herself separate from the rest, Frieda, Rosie finds herself quite drawn to the girl.
Meanwhile, one of the adults also there is named Leon, and Rosie can see past the shadows in his eyes that he is suffering as much as the children are. Leon, other adults and the children are not the only ones who have suffered great loss. Rosie has as well. Perhaps it is because they are lost souls, Rosie, Leon and Frieda all form bonds with one another.
However, there are conflicts. For one thing, the place for the children is meant to be temporary, so any connection is not meant to last. The organization aiding the children is hoping to get as many of them with extended family members as possible, thus Rosie just might feel even more heartache as she is coming to love young Frieda. Reunification with family members and for the children was first and foremost. This compelling read touched on some sensitive topics and was quite an emotional story. I really love how this book concluded.
Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.
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