Review: The Girl From The Train

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The Girl from the Train by Irma Joubert
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Honestly I had a hard time getting into this book, I kept putting it aside. But I really feel like it didn’t catch my attention because it’s not what I’ve been reading the most. It was written very well and I liked following little Gretl into adulthood. It didn’t go the way I figured it would but I did like the the way it ended:). It was a good book and I’m glad I read it, can’t wait to share it

Here’s the description
Six-year-old Gretl Schmidt is on a train bound for Auschwitz. Jakób Kowalski is planting a bomb on the tracks.

As World War II draws to a close, Jakób fights with the Polish resistance against the crushing forces of Germany and Russia. They mean to destroy a German troop transport, but Gretl’s unscheduled train reaches the bomb first.

Gretl is the only survivor. Though spared from the concentration camp, the orphaned German Jew finds herself lost in a country hostile to her people. When Jakób discovers her, guilt and fatherly compassion prompt him to take her home. For three years, the young man and little girl form a bond over the secrets they must hide from his Catholic family.

But she can’t stay with him forever. Jakób sends Gretl to South Africa, where German war orphans are promised bright futures with adoptive Protestant families—so long as Gretl’s Jewish roots, Catholic education, and connections to communist Poland are never discovered.

Separated by continents, politics, religion, language, and years, Jakób and Gretl will likely never see each other again. But the events they have both survived and their belief that the human spirit can triumph over the ravages of war have formed a bond of love that no circumstances can overcome. 

I received this book free through the publishers fiction guild in exchange for my honest review

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