1942. Sadie Gault is eighteen and living with her parents amid the horrors of the Kraków Ghetto during World War II. When the Nazis liquidate the ghetto, Sadie and her pregnant mother are forced to seek refuge in the perilous sewers beneath the city. One day Sadie looks up through a grate and sees a girl about her own age buying flowers.
Ella Stepanek is an affluent Polish girl living a life of relative ease with her stepmother, who has developed close alliances with the occupying Germans. Scorned by her friends and longing for her fiancé, who has gone off to war, Ella wanders Kraków restlessly. While on an errand in the market, she catches a glimpse of something moving beneath a grate in the street. Upon closer inspection, she realizes it’s a girl hiding.
Ella begins to aid Sadie and the two become close, but as the dangers of the war worsen, their lives are set on a collision course that will test them in the face of overwhelming odds. Inspired by harrowing true stories, The Woman with the Blue Star is an emotional testament to the power of friendship and the extraordinary strength of the human will to survive.
The Woman with the Blue Star by Pam Jenoff
Published by Park Row on May 4, 2021
Genres: 1 Flame- Sweet Hallmark-ish, Historical Fiction, Women's Fiction
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THE WOMAN WITH THE BLUE STAR by Pam Jenoff
The Woman with the Blue Star by Pam Jenoff, grabbed me from page one, keeping me hostage until I finished reading it, later that day. I will warn you to keep a box of tissues nearby while reading this book. This is more than a survival story during the Holocaust; it is a story of connections, courage, remembrance and an unlikely friendship. It is a tribute to the resilience of the human spirit and the power of bravery in the face of evil.
Taking place during the 1942 Nazi assaults on the Jews of Kraków, eighteen year old Sadie Gault is forced to seek refuge in the dangerous tunnels beneath the city with her pregnant mother and another family. Peering through a sewer grate, Sadie catches a glimpse of a girl her age buying flowers. Ella Stepanek, an affluent Polish girl, is living well along with her stepmother, who has built close alliances with the occupying Germans. While on an errand in the market, Ella sees something moving beneath a grate in the street. When she looks more closely, she realizes it’s a girl hiding. Ella begins to help Sadie and these two become close, but as the dangers of war worsen, their lives are set on a dangerous path that will test them, especially in the face of overwhelming odds.
Ms. Jenoff wrote a tale, inspired by amazing true stories, that is an unforgettable testament to the power of friendship and the extraordinary strength of the human will to survive. It is a journey of twists, turns, displays of bravery, and love that in unforgettable. I highly recommend The Woman with the Blue Star, a must read, to other readers.
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Reviewer: Eileen is a retired high school teacher who has loved reading all of her life and goes everywhere with a book. She enjoys reading Contemporary Romance, Historical Romance, Romantic Comedy, Romantic Suspense, Women’s Literature, YA, NA, Fiction, Historical Fiction, and Cozy Mysteries. She likes strong heroines, hot heroes and a story that draws her in, not letting go until the last page is turned. She lives in Minnesota with her husband, pup, and near her four adult children.