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  • Historical Fiction WW II

    Vera Frankel and Edith Ban are best friends they grew up happily together in Hungary, WW II started and the girls lives are forever changed. Before they know it, the two girls and their mothers Alice and Lily are traveling on a train on it's way to Auschwitz. The girls mothers have a plan, they decide to trick the guard by getting him drunk, steal his keys and get the girls off the train. They push the girls off the moving train, the girls make their way to Dunkel's farm in Hallstatt and spend a year hiding in the barn. After the war ends they try to find their families with no leads, they assume their mothers didn't survive Auschwitz and Vera's father died at the work camp he was sent to? Vera gets a reference from the nice Captain Allan Bingham, the girls move to Naples to find work and stay with Signora Rosa and she's like a second mother to the young women. Edith is flighty she seems more interested in having fun, flirting and getting out of bed in the morning is an effort. Edith is really trying to numb the pain of not hearing from her fiance Stefan and in her heart she knows she is never going to see him again. Vera gets a job working at the American Embassy, her boss is the handsome Captain Anton Wright, they fall in love and get engaged. Both girls have lost so much, their parents, friends, relatives and only have each other. When Anton suddenly leaves her Vera experiences yet another loss and how much can she take? The girls get a chance to travel to America, of course nothing goes as planned, they end up stranded on Ellis Island and the only place they can go is Venezuela. Here Vera meets Ricardo Albee, he's a car sales man, he's smitten with Vera, they get married and I found his character rather creepy. Edith starts her own fashion design business, she has issues with money and almost goes bankrupt. I'm sorry but this is when the story gets a bit far fetched for me, I thought the story would be about how the mothers and daughters found themselves traveling on a cattle train bound for Auschwitz and how Vera and Edith survived the war? Yes they stayed on a farm for a year, but that's it, no real details of their stay are included in the story, the rest of the story is about the young ladies going from country to country and their romantic interests. Not what I expected at all, I did enjoy reading about the girls friendship, yes they were very close and looked out for each other. I gave the book three stars and all opinions expressed in the review are my own.

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