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    Children of the Stars
    Mario Escobar
    Thomas Nelson / 2020 / Hardcover
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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Book to be Treasured
    February 25, 2020
    Grams
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is a book from which it is difficult to emerge. The reader becomes completely immersed in the lives and travels of Jacob and Moses Stein as they seek to find their parents while avoiding being captured as Jews are being rounded up. One can only feel immense gratitude for all those who sacrificially gave of themselves and their resources, often risking their own lives, as they assisted those trying to escape the horrors of occupation and the camps.

    Mario Escobar is a deep thinker who expresses himself with the beauty of words, as evidenced by the multiple highlights I have within the pages of this book. He reveals the souls of people represented by his characters and of those who truly lived in the difficult times in which this book is set. He also reveals great pieces of wisdom for all times, ones readers will want to hold onto. This is a book to be treasured, and I am grateful to have received a complementary copy from Thomas Nelson via NetGalley. All opinions expressed here are completely my own.
  2. Age: 35-44
    Gender: Female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    A Unique Tale of WWII History
    February 24, 2020
    Blessed N Bookish
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    Children of the Stars is a harrowing tale of two Jewish boys' desperate escape from Nazi-occupied France during WWII. Mario Escobar weaves the true story of the people who lived in a secluded mountain town in France named Le Chambon-Sur-Lignon into his fictional tale when the boys arrive in the village looking for refuge. The brave men and women of this rural town risked their lives to save the people marked for destruction by the Germans.

    Children of the Stars was both a beautiful and terrifying story. Knowing the brutality and hatred that fueled the German's goal of eliminating Jewish people, it was difficult to read about two young boys who were without protection or guidance from family or friends. They seemed so young, lost and vulnerable. The daily peril Jacob and Moses encountered on their journey kept me turning pages and reading one more chapter despite the dread I had at knowing the truth about the horror they might face.

    One of the reasons I love historical fiction is I like to learn about parts of history that may otherwise remain a mystery. And while I knew there were people who opposed the Nazis and fought to keep as many Jews safe as possible, I did not know about the brave community of Le Chambon-Sur-Lignon. Reading the sermons from the pastors there and seeing the sacrifices people were willing to make to stand up against such evil was a beautiful tribute to the good in humanity and the heart Christ gives us.

    This goodness was a common theme in the book as Jacob and Moses traveled day after day. There were plenty of 'bad' people along their path. There was definitely evil closing in on all sides, but they managed to find the good in people, too--the love shared between others simply because we have the same heart beating inside each of us.

    The shifting point of view distracted me at first, but I quickly became accustomed to it, and it allowed the author to give us more insight into how people from different walks of life viewed the destruction happening all around them.

    If you are a fan of historical fiction, especially WWII fiction, you will enjoy the unique tale of this book. I have read several fictional WWII books as well as several non-fiction books by survivors of the Holocaust, and I'd never come across a story like this. The historical detail the author gives before and after the story is interesting as well. YOu can tell the sacrifice and bravery of the people of Le Chambon-Sur-Lignon laid heavy on the author's heart, and I'm glad he shared their story with all of us.

    I was given a copy of this book by the publisher with no expectation of a positive review. All opinions are my own.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
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    January 2, 2020
    grammy
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book is the first I've read by Mario Escobar and I was truly impressed. The story was very riveting and completely held my attention. I knew the story was about Jewish Children during WWII but that was the extent before reading this.

    The story revolves around two young boys. Both were very well depicted and you felt like you knew them. There were several other characters in the book that you got to know to some degree. You never felt like you didn't know enough about them but you didn't feel overwhelmed with useless information either.

    The story flowed very well and kept me wanting more. It is a clean story, no sexual content, and no foul words. The editing was also well done. I give this book a 5 out of 5 star rating and would recommend this to my friends.
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