Tuesday, June 1, 2021

BLOG TOUR: The Warsaw Orphan by Kelly Rimmer

 I'm excited to be a part of the Blog Tour for The Warsaw Orphan by Kelly Rimmer. I received a free electronic copy for honest review from the publisher. Thanks so much to Graydon House and Kelly Rimmer for letting me be a part of the tour!

Title: The Warsaw Orphan
Author: Kelly Rimmer
Published by: Graydon House
Released: June 1, 2021
Source: Electronic Review Copy provided by Publisher
Synopsis: In the spring of 1942, young Elzbieta Rabinek is aware of the swiftly growing discord just beyond the courtyard of her comfortable Warsaw home. She has no fondness for the Germans who patrol her streets and impose their curfews, but has never given much thought to what goes on behind the walls that contain her Jewish neighbors. She knows all too well about German brutality--and that it's the reason she must conceal her true identity. But in befriending Sara, a nurse who shares her apartment floor, Elzbieta makes a discovery that propels her into a dangerous world of deception and heroism.
Using Sara's credentials to smuggle children out of the ghetto brings Elzbieta face-to-face with the reality of the war behind its walls, and to the plight of the Gorka family, who must make the impossible decision to give up their newborn daughter or watch her starve. For Roman Gorka, this final injustice stirs him to rebellion with a zeal not even his newfound love for Elzbieta can suppress. But his recklessness brings unwanted attention to Sara's cause, unwittingly putting Elzbieta and her family in harm's way until one violent act threatens to destroy their chance at freedom forever. 
From Nazi occupation to the threat of a communist regime, The Warsaw Orphan is the unforgettable story of Elzbieta and Roman's perilous attempt to reclaim the love and life they once knew. (Synopsis from Goodreads)
My Thoughts: Whew, this was a tough and powerful story of WW2, bringing attention to the lives of people that had to suffer through it. This period of time can be so hard to read about because we know the horrors that went on. It's very uplifting though to read stories about people that risked it all just to do right, to do what they could to help other people during such a dangerous time. Sometimes I wonder what I would do if I lived during that atrocity. Would I do what I could to help, or would I keep my head down to protect myself and family? Would I be brave enough to save people from an awful fate?
I definitely don't think I could have been as brave as the characters in this book. It's shameful to say, and I guess I don't really know because I didn't live it, but I don't have the same honor as Elzbieta Rabinek.
This book showed such love and friendship between Elzbieta and Roman. It really did touch my heart.
This book was so emotional. It deals with such an awful time of human history. You really feel all the tough choices and decisions these characters had to deal with. It's hard to read from an emotional standpoint, but it tells such a powerful story.
Kelly Rimmer did a great job writing this one. It hit me in all the feels. I'd definitely recommend picking it up if you're looking for a powerful story about normal people living through a Nazi Occupation. It's a tough read, but it's important.

Kelly Rimmer is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author of ten novels, including The Secret Daughter and The Things We Cannot Say. Her books have sold more than one million copies, and have been translated into more than 20 languages worldwide. Kelly lives in rural Australia with her family and fantastically naughty dogs, Sully and Basil.

Thanks so much for checking out my Blog Tour Stop for The Warsaw Orphan by Kelly Rimmer. Thanks so much to Graydon House and Kelly Rimmer for letting me be a part of the tour. I'd definitely recommend picking this one up and giving it a read.

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