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    A must read

    WW2 based story told from the perspective of a violin maker's daughter. Her father did not evacuate his Jewish family from Alsace when he should have, so when he finally realized what was happening, he sent his oldest daughter first with the Resistance workers. The travel was dangerous and rigorous for the 17 year old. She ended up getting work as a nanny in a safe area, because she could speak both French and German, and could play the violin. The family wanted her to teach their children both. The family were collaborators. The young woman left before she could be betrayed, and joined the Resistance, going back into Germany to spy. There is so much more to this story - you just have to read it.
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    Great Book

    The Violin Maker’s Daughter by Sharon Maas is a gripping, heartbreaking, but yet heartwarming historical fiction (that is based on real facts concerning Colmar, Alsace and Lorraine as well as French and German Resistance). The main character is Sarah Mayer and her (and her family’s) harrowing story of the plan to escape occupied France in WWII due to being Jewish is very hard to read. It is raw and emotional, yet a necessary story to tell. Sarah is only 17-18 and is so strong for her age. I enjoyed all the characters of individuals that helped her and Ralf along the way. I especially enjoyed the last part where she became part of the Resistance, and the ending was sad. However, in reference to our main characters, it still had plenty of positivity and hope, that I felt it ended appropriately and honestly. A great read. 5/5 stars
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    Outstanding

    This book was read in about 2 days as I couldn't put it down. Gripping from the beginning I can't recommend it enough
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    Interesting story

    The story of the WWII plight of a non-practicing Jewish luthier apprentice who must flee her home in France during the German invasion. This was a page-turner as I anxiously waited to see what happened to young Sarah Mayer as she matured from an innocent and sheltered young woman to a revolutionary. However, the writing lacks polish as the plot moves along impatiently and without depth. Many scenes felt contrived, shallow, and predictable. It feels as if this story, with so much potential to be a best seller and even a blockbuster on screen, was rushed to the press. Thank you Bookouture Publishing for the opportunity to read and review this advanced copy.
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    Fantastic read!

    Sarah Mayer is the eldest of 5 daughters of luthier Josef and Leah Mayer, nonsecular Jews in France 1940. When the Germans invade France and start deporting the Jews, Josef decides to send his family to a safer place via the underground and Sarah is the first to leave. This is the very well-written story of her flight to freedom and the various people she encounters, some trusting and others not so. I really enjoyed this book; however, I really disliked the character of Sarah who came across as a spoiled brat and put other people in danger because she did not want to follow the instructions given to her. Thank you NetGalley and Bookouture for the ARC of this page-turner in exchange for an honest review.
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