Today I get to tell you all about a lovely indie book I read with my mum and sisters! Oh, and if you’re interested, I also reviewed a book by Maggie’s brother a while ago that you can see here.
First of all, I really, really enjoyed this book! Though I have to admit at the start it was a little slow and there were different things that Ellen, the main character, did that made me frustrated. But part way through, things really got interesting and there were lots of loveable characters to cheer for. By the end, I was sad to finish and wishing there was another book just like it to read.
Before I share any more of my thoughts though, here’s the synopsis, so you can know what I’m talking about 😀
Author: Maggie Joy
Genre: Christian historical fiction
Page Count: 320 pages
Series: N/A (stand-alone novel)
When Ellen is suddenly orphaned and dropped alone into a strange city under tight Nazi control, she struggles to survive from day to day.
Her life takes an unexpected turn when she finds a mysterious, metal six-point star that is slightly different from the ‘Star of David’ all Jews are forced to wear.
Not only does the star feel like a sign of hope, but it sets her on a mission to find out what it really means. As she begins to wonder if she’ll ever find answers, she meets Lenz, and her life is flung into a whirlwind of danger and hardship, new friends and new enemies, and opportunities to learn trust and true sacrifice.
As she attempts to find her place in the conflict, she discovers she is a part of something so much bigger than she could ever imagine.
About the Author:
I’m maggie. or mags. or midge. or whatever 😛
i love rainstorms, walks to the park on summer nights,
hoodies, songs that really capture stuff, singing in echoy places, sunflowers, playing guitar, unexpected connections with strangers, food, talking with people about things they care about,
oh and of course, writing. 🙂
Connect with Maggie:
Despite the initial chapters feeling a little slow and repetitive, by the end I was thoroughly involved with each of the characters and wanting more!
I love reading stories (whether fiction or non-fiction) set in WWII and this book was no exception. I appreciated the author’s heart for Jewish people and also the fact that this book approached the war from a different angle than other books I’ve read–through the eyes of a non-Jewish girl who is hurting, alone, and wants to make sense of her relationship with God. Through a strange series of events, she winds up involved with a resistance group, which teaches her a lot about herself, others, and God.
I think my favourite characters were Ellen, Lenz, Tytus, Willie, Darek, and Mr Jashel–okay as you can see there were a lot of very loveable characters! And Maggie did a great job of making you care about each of them and giving them lots of individual characteristics and back story! There is a healthy dose of intrigue and mystery that keeps you wondering exactly how it’s all going to work out. It was definitely a book that made me want to keep reading! And some parts may or may not have made me tear up. 😉
I would gladly hand this book to readers of all ages as there was nothing inappropriate and only very light romance (if you could even call it that– it was more just that two characters were engaged!). I’m not a fan of romance, and I had no issues with this book.
“Think of this, Ellen, without the dark, we would never see the stars.“
Finally, I whispered, “Come on, Lenz,” I took his hand, “God is holding out the strength you need. Keep fighting, Lenz.”
In summary this book is well-worth reading (and I hope to read it again!). It’s full of loveable characters who have a lot depth, a good dose of action, heartache, mystery, characters learning to trust God, and a plot that pulls you in.
Now what are you waiting for?! Go grab your copy and add this great book to your Goodreads shelf!! 😉