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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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  • A good read

    Story started well and had great potential but the writing became predictable. Felt it could have been a real page turner but needed more depth with the story.

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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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  • 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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  • Living through Hell on Earth

    The Mayer Family lives in Colmar, France which has been annexed, yet again, to Germany at the start of World War II. While Josef Mayer, h had of the family was born a Jew, his wife is Christian and they do not practice any form of religion, so he did not register the family as Jews at the beginning of the war, nor did he make a plan to leave the region. When the family’s heritage is called into question, Josef realizes that they must flee and sends his eldest daughter, Sarah, off first. This is Sarah’s story as she escapes and makes her way to safety. While Sarah is filled with hatred for the Germans, her life is saved by a German soldier who desserts his post and vows to get her to safety through the Resistance network that is helping Jewish people escape persecution and certain death. The story shares the trek Sarah and Ralf make as well as their lives as they do their best to survive and turn the tides against the German army. Given the 75th anniversary of D Day, I have read several books based on WWII in the past two weeks, this is one of them. It is a topic that we should never forget and I am glad to see authors reminded readers of the past so that we do not repeat those mistakes again. However this is the second book by the author on this theme and I think I will pass on The Soldier’s Girl as this one was a bit long winded and the synopsis sounds a little similar to this one.

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