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  • Disappointing

    Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for an advance copy of this book in return for an honest review. This is one of those books that received such high praise, yet it just didn’t make the cut for me. It started out well, and I must tell you the beginning had an absolutely horrifying scene in it that kept me up at night (which I won’t divulge in order not to spoil it). However, the rest of the book just didn’t deliver. Not that I was looking for horrifying scenes, but I was looking for character development to explain what made these women strong. However, this book lacked that as well as any intrigue in the storyline. The treatment of the main characters, Astrid and Noa, was superficial. They never really liked each other, then suddenly they feel great love and affection for each other. It was just implausible. Noa is caring for a baby which she professes to love, but a lot of her actions don’t seem to fit with that love. Her love interest with Luc was just so silly, I couldn’t take it seriously. The book also spends so much time on Noa’s learning the trapeze/aerialist act. While I understand the book is about how the circus was able to shelter Jews, there was too much time spent on the mechanics of her learning. I expected more background and development of the supporting characters beyond the few lines that each had. Unfortunately, the book was a disappointment on many levels.

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  • The Orphan's Tale

    A read that both brings you to tears on how mankind can treat fellow humans and also tears of love and hope on the kindness and bravery of fellow humans when faced with survival.

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  • Disappointing

    Disappointing in that it didn't live up to its hype, especially in the undeveloped secondary characters. The main characters, especially Noa, behave inconsistently. Noa, for all she's young, wouldn't be so foolhardy and oblivious of the danger threatening all of them to go to town by herself and to develop a relationship with Luc. Neither would Peter, for all his artistic license, defy the powers that be so blatantly. Also frustrating was the male heroism. Even Erich came through in the end. On the positive side, Pam Jenoff has incorporated a wealth of fascinating, historical detail, and written some scenes so vividly that they'll never leave my memory. For that, I will not forget this book. Thank you.

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  • Love is wherever you choose it to be.

    The "Orphan's Tale" reminds me of Sinclair Ross and Margaret Laurence; all the action takes place in the character's thoughts and the surrounds, the outside life is the stark world of Germany in WWll. It is beautifully written and so rich in hard, unrelenting circumstance juxtaposed with great, and very real love.

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  • Pretty good!

    This book was fairly engaging and kept my interest until the very end. The characters were well developed and the plot , although not a new one, was intriguing as it unfolded over a short period of time. I liked the way the author dealt with a historical period in a new and refreshing way. Would recommend this book to others who are interested in stories centered in World War II.

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