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The Girl From the Train by Irma Joubert
When 6-year-old Gretl jumps from a train bound for Auschwitz, her mother and grandmother are unable to follow her. She endures a long, desperate journey results. Eventually, she's able to find refuge with Jakob, a Polish freedom fighter. The world is changing in such radical ways. Will she ever know hope or love again?
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2015
|Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.25 (inches)|
Six-year-old Gretl Schmidt is on a train bound for Aushwitz. 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 intend to destroy a German troop transport, but Gretls 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 in. For three years, the young man and little girl form a bond over the secrets they must hide from his Catholic family.
But she cant stay with him forever. Jakób sends Gretl to South Africa, where German war orphans are promised bright futures with adoptive Protestant familiesso long as Gretls 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.
International bestselling author Irma Joubert was a history teacher for 35 years before she began writing. Her stories are known for their deep insight into personal relationships and rich historical detail. Shes the author of eight novels and a regular fixture on bestseller lists in The Netherlands and in her native South Africa. She is the winner of the 2010 ATKV Prize for Romance Novels. Facebook: irmajoubertpage
Joubert reminds readers how love triumphed over the difficulties faced by WWII survivors as they navigated new boundaries, revised politics, and the old faith prejudices that defined post-war Europe.
'Readers will adore intrepid Gretl and strong Jakób in this story of war, redemption, and love.
LaceyNB CanadaAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5The Girl from the TrainDecember 29, 2016LaceyNB CanadaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This was a great book! I would like to see more books from this author. I bought this book for a friend for Christmas and she too enjoyed it!
ColeenCentral CaliforniaAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5ExcellentSeptember 13, 2016ColeenCentral CaliforniaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Absolutely fantastic book! My husband enjoys me reading while we're driving. We could hardly wait to get in the car and continue with the story.
J KayAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent!July 7, 2016J KayAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This was an excellent book. I didn' want to put ot down. A definite reread!
JaniceEdmonton, AlbertaAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent readMay 18, 2016JaniceEdmonton, AlbertaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Loved this book! I admit, I love WWII genre but this is a story of war, tragedy and love as seen through the eyes of a child. This is one of those books you don't want to put down!
Britt98Grand Prairie, TXAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Compelling!March 8, 2016Britt98Grand Prairie, TXAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I have to admit that I was nervous about reading this book. I received it for review and heard great things about it, but from the back cover description, I did not think that I would like this story. I was very wrong! I was also sure that this would be a very sad tale. I was wrong again! Now, it does have sad moments and horrible things that occur. But this is primarily a glance into the life of a little girl who makes it through extraordinary circumstances.
I thought that the path her life took was very interesting. It was eye opening to see how some people treated her so badly, while others, such as Jakob, cared about her. I loved seeing how Gretl thrived and persevered regardless of the situation. She was a very smart girl.
I was especially interested in learning so much about both the Polish culture and the South African culture. The author did such a good job of making it captivating to learn specific things about these various people and places that had such an impact on Gretl. There was a gentle romance that really made the last quarter of the story very good.
I am glad to have been happily surprised by The Girl From the Train.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.