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    historical-figures, historical-places-events, history, family-dynamics, fan-atic, bravery, British, rescue, opera-stars***** Ida Cook (1904 to 1986) was a British campaigner for Jewish refugees and a romance novelist as Mary Burchell. Ida Cook and her sister Mary Louise Cook (1901–1991) rescued Jews from the Nazis during the 1930s. The sisters helped 29 people escape, funded mainly by Ida's writing. In 1965, the Cook sisters were honoured as Righteous among the Nations by the Yad Vashem Martyrs and Heroes Remembrance Authority in Israel. Between 1936 and 1985, Ida Cook wrote 112 romance novels as Mary Burchell and in 1950 she wrote her autobiography, We Followed Our Stars. Bear all this in mind as you read about two ordinary young sisters in England who determined to do some very outrageous things in the 1920s, such as saving up from their ordinary jobs to go to see a fantastic opera singer in NYC by taking the latest steamship there and back! They continued to do so repeatedly until Hitler began destroying people and countries. Once the need to help people escape their terrorists, the sisters devised and implemented plans to help where they could with no thought for themselves. This a great and memorable tale written by a simple and unassuming woman. Don't miss it! And it would be nice if you bought one for your local library as well. I requested and received a temporary ebook copy from HARLEQUIN – Trade Publishing (U.S. & Canada)/Park Row via NetGalley. Thank you!

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