As soon as I saw this advertised, I knew I had to read it! Another amazing story of survival and what people endured during WWII. I don’t think we will ever understand the fear these poor people lived with every single day, every minute, every second! Aktions are happening again, round ups. The Nazi’s are checking walls, floors, ceilings, closets anything that could hold a person is ripped open – they are here to take the rest of them out of the ghetto.
Sadie and her family have already been removed from their house once, and now it is happening again and this time her father has a plan. He takes his daughter, and wife whose carrying an unborn child down into the sewers of the city. No where else is safe, and this is temporary, but the first stop until they can figure out the next route out undetected. The war is ramping up, and instead of just days down there, it has now been weeks.
Sadie can’t believe they’ve been there this long, and feels it will never end. There is no light at the end of the tunnel, and the sounds from above everyday show no sign of war going away. There is no way out, every path is blocked and so for now they must remain, it is the safest and no one is the wiser. Then a girl, sees Sadie one day and feels a need to help her. What is she doing down there? Why? For how long? What can she do to help, there has to be something!
A friendship quickly ensues, and Sadie now has something and someone to look forward to. To help the time pass even though they know it is a danger for her to meet this girl at the grates. But this girls turns into a lifeline and the only way for those who are all in the sewer to survive and Ella is now risking it all to help Sadie and others she knows are down there. There is still kindness, and people who care in the world.
Thank you to Park Row Books for the arc! This is another one for the WWII shelf. I still cannot believe these stories, and it is amazing the amount of people who risked their lives to save others as what was happening was beyond wrong and immoral. Another fantastic read, that I flew threw within a day.
~ Goodreads – About the Author ~
Pam is the author of several novels, including her most recent The Lost Girls of Paris and The Orphan’s Tale, both instant New York Times bestsellers. Pam was born in Maryland and raised outside Philadelphia. She attended George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and Cambridge University in England. Upon receiving her master’s in history from Cambridge, she accepted an appointment as Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Army. The position provided a unique opportunity to witness and participate in operations at the most senior levels of government, including helping the families of the Pan Am Flight 103 victims secure their memorial at Arlington National Cemetery, observing recovery efforts at the site of the Oklahoma City bombing and attending ceremonies to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of World War II at sites such as Bastogne and Corregidor.
Following her work at the Pentagon, Jenoff moved to the State Department. In 1996 she was assigned to the U.S. Consulate in Krakow, Poland. It was during this period that Pam developed her expertise in Polish-Jewish relations and the Holocaust. Working on matters such as preservation of Auschwitz and the restitution of Jewish property in Poland, Jenoff developed close relations with the surviving Jewish community.
Having left the Foreign Service in 1998 to attend law school at the University of Pennsylvania, Jenoff practiced law at a large firm and in-house for several years. She now teaches law school at Rutgers.