Friday, November 20, 2015

The Girl From The Train Book Review

I have a really good book to share with you today that will also break your heart a little but it's worth the effort to read. It's called The Girl From The Train written by Irma Joubert.
A sweeping international love story that celebrates the triumph of the human spirit over the inhumanities of war and prejudice. 
Six-year-old Gretl and her sister jump from a train bound for Auschwitz, her mother and grandmother unable to squeeze between the bars covering the windows. The daughter of a German soldier, Gretl understands very little about how her grandmother's Jewishness brought her first to the ghetto, then to the train, and now, to the Polish countryside where she wanders, searching for food and water for her dying sister. 
Soon, Gretl finds refuge with Jakob, a Polish freedom fighter, and his family, where she is sheltered until the end of the war. Gretl is then sent away to a new life, a new name, and a new faith in Apartheid-era South Africa. As she comes of age in this strange place, she confronts its prejudices as she hides the truth of her past from her new family. 
When Jakob makes his way to South Africa many years later, Gretl and Jakob are reunited in a love story that transcends time and distance and survives the ravages of hatred and war.
My Thoughts:
If you want a really good romance story steeped in war, then this will be the best one you have read in awhile!
It has the drama and heartbreak from a young girl's perspective and also the promise that things will get better. She is rescued by a kind young man named Jakob and taken to a new land where she can start over with a family that grows to love her just as much as she loves them. But, all the while, she wonders if she will ever see this man again that probably saved her from the concentration camps back in Germany.
One day in her future, her dreams and wondering will come to be true and from that point on, her story is one of joy and love that otherwise might not have happened at all if she hadn't been in the right place at the right time for a good and kind young man to come along and get her to safety.
Isn't that proof enough sometimes that God does work in mysterious ways sometimes and there are angels among us that are actually alive and well.
Happy Reading!

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