Clare Francis focusses on a particular arena of World War II and has created a realistic portrayal of a time we should never forget. Interwoven with the brutality of the concentration camps is a delicate love story to touch our hearts, and counterbalance the realistic fears and endurance faced by the characters. These have been portrayed with sympathy, so one could almost reach out and hold their hands.
She has written and authoritative tale because the seascape is one she appears to be familiar with and the details add realism to the tale. However, what most impressed me was the style of language used by the heroine. It reminded me so much of the way we talked when I was a child, subtly different, slightly more innocent than present-day communication.
I was held in thrall, in turn anxious, curious, sad and relieved right up to the very last page. If you want an exciting, well-told story, much of it based on facts, then this book is worth getting hold of – but my copy is staying on MY bookshelves!
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