The Warsaw Sisters by Amanda Barratt | Historical Fiction Review


The Warsaw Sisters by Amanda Barratt

The Warsaw Sisters
Historical Fiction 

A richly rendered portrait of courage, sacrifice, and resilience

On a golden August morning in 1939, sisters Antonina and Helena Dąbrowska send their father off to defend Poland against the looming threat of German invasion. The next day, the first bombs fall on Warsaw, decimating their beloved city and shattering the world of their youth.

When Antonina's beloved Marek is forced behind ghetto walls, along with the rest of Warsaw's Jewish population, Antonina knows she cannot stand by and soon becomes a key figure in a daring network of women risking their lives to shelter Jewish children. Meanwhile, Helena finds herself drawn into the ranks of Poland's secret army, joining the fight to free her homeland from occupation.

But the secrets both are forced to keep threaten to tear them apart--and the cost of resistance may prove greater than either ever imagined.

Read an excerpt.

My Thoughts

I can't recall when a book last moved me as this one did. It was a very emotional read for me. Maybe it was the climate we are living in presently or maybe it was just that I too have a beloved sister. Whatever the root cause I really struggled to just sit and read this one through. I found myself needing to take a break from it.

Please let none of that detour you from reading this beautiful story of two sisters and the unbreakable bond they shared. The setting is Warsaw, Poland during World War II so you already are familiar with some of the atrocities that are going to befall them and their loved ones. How they maintained any semblance of hope is at the center of the story and it is what kept me picking the book back up. I'm so glad that I persevered to the end. Love is always worth the pain and suffering.

If you enjoy reading about the World War II era you can't let this one slip past you. I can guarantee that it will give you a gut punch or two but in the end you'll be glad you took the time to read it.

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Amanda Barratt
Photo Credit: Emerson Kloostra


I received a copy of this book from the publisher to facilitate my review.

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