𝕋𝕙𝕖 𝔾𝕝𝕠𝕧𝕖𝕞𝕒𝕜𝕖𝕣’𝕤 𝔻𝕒𝕦𝕘𝕙𝕥𝕖𝕣
𝗦𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗶 𝗝 𝗥𝘆𝗮𝗻
All Raya has left is her parents’ leather shop and a brother who lives elsewhere. In Paris in 1943, she experiences life filled with German soldiers everywhere as she tries to run her store and hide her Jewish friend and her parents.
While all of this is happening, Raya meets someone special who disagrees with what is happening to Jews, as she does. Will she be able to keep her shop? Does the family she’s hiding get caught?
This was a sad and straight forward look at life in Paris during WWII. Those left in Paris felt the loss of their friends who had been taken to concentration camps. Those who were caught helping their Jewish friends were taken to concentration camps too.
The character that really stood out and grabbed me by the heartstrings was Raya, the main character. Her emotions bring on empathy as she tries her best to do what is best.
Time in the concentration camp wasn’t described in detail and wasn’t the main focus of the story. Even without it, I could feel the tension that the characters were experiencing.
Although this wasn’t a fast-moving story, it was excellent and worth the read. I have read numerous historical fiction books about the Holocaust. In each one, I learn something new that brings an even greater sadness to that period of time. In this case, it was those who weren’t Jewish but whose towns were invaded by German soldiers.
There is a rape in this story. It isn’t written in detail, but it is a big part of the story.
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