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  • One of the best 2019 Historical Fiction Reads!

    The subtitle calling this an "epic, heart-wrenching, and gripping WWII historical novel" is all true! It brought me to tears a couple of times and made it impossible for me to put it down. One of my best reads of 2019 for sure. If you love historical fiction as I do, then you will be moved by this book.

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  • Wonderful read!

    I knew in the first couple of pages that this was going to be a really great read and it really was. This story is set in Amsterdam during World War II. Josef Held is a widowed college math professor and Michael Blum is one of his Jewish students. Add in, secretary/clerk Heather Pender and you have a great story line. There are so many things that happen in this book and the author did a brilliant job weaving the story lines together. I absolutely loved this book and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves World War II stories. The characters are all pretty much likeable and I found myself on the edge of my seat rooting for Professor Held. Thank you NetGalley and Bookouture for an absolutely fantastic read in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Drawn in

    The underlying truth in this story is a great history lesson but so well hidden in the plot .

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  • Excellent story

    If I could give this book more than 5 stars, I would. From the first moment I started reading the story, I could not stop. I was captured by the story and the characters. Descriptions made me feel like I was right there and surrounded by events and people. The dust, smells, pain and emotions were felt as I turned each page. This is a story of intense dedication of people who cared deeply for others. Amidst turmoil, death and fear of the unknown, friendships and love win out. Author Suzanne Kelman has written another great story. I received a complimentary copy of the book. No review was required.

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  • Poetry of the Heart

    A story of the hearts of people in Nazi Occupied Amsterdam and how they are brought together to heal through love and poetry. The story of two young university students a young Dutch girl Elke and her Jewish boyfriend Michael. Josef a mathematics teacher at the university and his niece Ingrid and her Nazi boyfriend Heinrich. Hannah a teacher at the university and a resistance worker, her mother Greta and a young Jewish girl named Eva. When the Nazi's come to Amsterdam Michael has to run and hide because he is Jewish so he hides in Joseph's attic and is separated from Elke. How they are reunited is both tragic and a wonderful ending to their story. Josef puts his life at risk to save Michael and is helped by Hannah. Hannah works for the resistance building bicycles in her late father's shop. Hannah and Josef become close but it takes a long time for them to acknowledge it. Michael becomes like Josef's son and writes poetry much like Josef's late wife that died early into their marriage over 20 years before. Michael helps Josef return to life and Josef helps Michael realize life is still worth living even if he is Jewish in a country ran by the Nazi's. Hannah lives with her mother Greta who befriends a young Jewish girl named Eva and teaches her to knit. When the Nazi's take away Eva and her family Greta and Hannah are heartbroken. The story of Greta and Eva is sad but the love they shared was great. Hannah helps the resistance more and must help Josef and Michael when they become ill, even after the loss of her mother Greta. Ingrid falls in love with Heinrich a Nazi officer. Her uncle visits her once a week so she won't visit him because of Michael. She brings Heinrich to meet Josef and it is a tense time for Josef, then when he is ill he must try and hide Michael when Ingrid and Heinrich visit. His cat Dante helps with hiding noises made by Michael in the attic. When Heinrich turns on Ingrid and she needs help after the war Josef helps her. The horrible things the Nazi's did to the Jewish people and the Dutch people as well is mentioned in the book and written well but it is as a fact of the daily living and not over dramatized but stated as a person living through it would state it being Dutch at the time and living in Amsterdam. This book was a wonderful book to read. I has so many personal feelings with the characters and just warmed the heart to feel the love and compassion contained within the book. The characters were very realistic and believable. The interaction between the characters was written very well and the book was interesting from the beginning to the end. I had a hard time putting it down until I could finish it. I would definitely recommend the book to anyone.

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