No matter what I write for my review, I will not be able to do this book justice.
There are lots of WWII books out there. Crashed pilots hiding from the enemy, double agents, capture and torture by the Gestapo-- we've read it before. But when the main characters are young women, you get a story unlike any other.
It's a story of friendship, of wartime, of how far you will go to do what is right and when enough is enough. This is not an easy book. The writing and plot are beautiful, but there is brutality in this story. War is not pretty and the author doesn't try to make it something it's not, but this book is amazing and readers will be rewarded. Queenie and Maddie will stay in your heart.
I am the youth services materials selector for Worthington Libraries, my dream job. I read tons of kids and teen books and culinary cozy mysteries and devour cookbooks as if they were novels. I am the mommy to two young boys, and consider them my test audience for children's books and kid's music.