I will preface this by saying I’m no history buff. In fact, it was one of my least favorite classes in school. I don’t have the best memory and all the dates and countries would get a bit mixed up in my head.
But I will say one thing, whenever WWII was discussed I paid attention. I’m not sure why this part of history interested me so much, but that tiny sliver of knowledge allowed me to pass every history test thrown my way.
I read a variety of books, from sci-fi to thrillers, but of my favorite genres is (not surprisingly) WWII historical fiction novels.
I have an aunt who loves reading even more than I do (she is a librarian so it comes with the territory). When I got Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum in the mail from her with this raving review written in the front cover, I knew I was instantly going to love it.
P.S. We call each other “Book Buddy” because of the dozens of books we’ve shared with each other over the years. I’m proud to call this woman not only my aunt, but also my Godmother.
Yes, this is a long book. Yes, there are some graphic war scenes. But if are interested in WWII, how women coped during that time, and the aftermath that tore so many apart and brought others together, this book is for you.
Jenna Blum made me feel as if I was Trudy standing in the bread shop, wondering why mama was taking so long upstairs. She made me feel as if I was Anna, fearful of each and every knock at the front door. I even found myself holding my breath at certain points because I couldn’t miss a word of what was unfolding in front of me.
Published in 2005, this is an oldie but a must-read goodie.
Have you read Those Who Save Us? What is your favorite genre?