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Helene is the perfect Aryan subject. A true born German with blond hair and blue eyes. Her only sin was falling in love with a Romani man, getting married, and creating a family. At least, this was the great sin according to the Nazis.
World War II is highly discussed, often written about, and certainly has become a popular time period in the Historical Fiction novel world. It is important to note that while this is a fictional telling, it is absolutely based on the true store of Helene and her five children.
I'm utterly destroyed by this novel. It only took 3 hours to read. Easily worded, but impeccably researched, Escobar uses his novel to remind us that the Jewish people were not the only persecuted people. The horrors endured by the "gypsy" people during WWII were devastating. I enjoyed getting to know Helene and her family.
I am glad to be reminded that the Kindergarten used as propaganda by the Party in their films of Auschwitz was a real nursery, and that kind and loving humans did what they could to protect the children that just happened to be born with the wrong kind of blood.
If you are looking for something similar to The Nightingale or The Lilac Girls, don't look here. Those tales ended on a note of triumph. Avoiding any spoilers, this novel ends with the devastating reality of too many families placed in the camps.
Thank you to NetGalley, Mario Escobar, and Thomas Nelson Fiction for this complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed herein are my own.