The Book ✯✯✯✯✯
WWII is the main stage for so many historical fictions--it still has all of the hidden gems needed to make interesting and catching stories. And in recent years, we've fallen in love in the media with very true retellings. Hidden Among the Stars is a brilliant and enticing mix of both.
Based off of a real castle and true history of hiding valuables for the persecuted Jews, Dobson provides us with a realistic feeling tale of good Christians just trying to do what's right by their Jewish brothers and sisters in a world gone mad--an Austria they no longer recognize.
While it could almost be read as a YA with the age of the main characters falling in their late teens, it is anything but. It beckons us to stand up to injustice. It begs us to remember. And it weaves a tale that will stick with you for days.
While we focus mostly on Annika in WWII, we also are introduced to Callie in present times. A loving woman, hurt and hiding behind her funky socks and Story Girl persona, she is given an antique book. Inside this beautifully old copy of Bambi, she finds a list of items that nearly matches the print written along the story.
Hidden in places adults would never think to look, children did what they could to stand up to the regime and Callie is left to piece all of the broken pieces of the puzzle together 80 years later.
While honest in its portrayal, the twist with a time slip and focusing on Callie means that you're still left with what feels like a hopeful ending. You are crushed throughout by the horrors Hitler visited on Austria, but it isn't the end. If you loved The Lilac Girls, you will adore this one.
Thank you to NetGalley, Melanie Dobson, and Tyndale House Publishing for this free ARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed herein are my own.