Review by Lindsay
This powerful novel caught my eye when I took my son to a preschool library class – it was calling to me from the library display shelf. I began reading it while my son was playing in the group and even though I am drowning in ARC’s that need to be read and reviewed, I couldn’t leave the library without this book in my hands. I was engrossed in this unforgettable tale from start to finish!
This captivating story revolves around Hanneke, a teenage Dutch girl who, in 1943, spends her days on ‘secret’ missions helping neighbours and friends buy food and other sought after items otherwise not accessible during the Nazi occupation. Hanneke keeps her missions hidden from her unsuspecting parents and feels pride in doing what she can to help her neighbours in need. One day, one of her ‘customers’ requests that Hanneke find something most unexpected – a young Jewish girl that she had been hiding in her house who disappeared without a trace.
The author, Monica Hesse, does an outstanding job creating such real and deeply affecting characters. I adored each and every one of the main characters who were involved in Hanneke’s story. The intensity of the tension throughout this book had my heart racing in the hopes of how things would work out. The atmosphere was gripping, vivid and mesmerizing. I felt deeply immersed within the turmoil and chaos of wartime madness. I will be thinking of this book for a long time.
I highly recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys WWII historical fiction. A remarkable story with unforgettable characters!
Thank you to my amazing local library for making this available to me!
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