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Friday, November 23, 2012

Thankfully Reading Weekend - Challenge 2 - What Book Are You Most Thankful For?

As a part of the Thankfully Reading Weekend, Jenn at Jenn's Bookshelves asked what book we are most grateful for this year.

Wow, that's a hard one!  There are so many great books that I've read this year, and I think that I learn a little bit from each one. But if I have to narrow it down to one book that made me stop and think, and be grateful for my life as it is today, it would have to be "A Train In Winter" by Caroline Moorhead.

This powerful book, about French Resistance women who were prisoners of the German Nazis, touched my heart and soul in a way not many books have.  After reading of the hardships these brave women went through, it made me so grateful for the freedoms I have and the life I am privileged to live.

It's not light reading, but a moving true-life account of a horrendous time in our world's history.

Here is the link to my complete review of the book - http://www.garden-of-books.com/2012/11/book-blog-tour-stop-train-in-winter-by.html

Here is a little about the book:

They were teachers, students, chemists, writers, and housewives; a singer at the Paris Opera; a midwife; a dental surgeon. They distributed anti-Nazi leaflets, printed subversive newspapers, hid resisters, secreted Jews to safety, transported weapons, and conveyed clandestine messages. The youngest was a schoolgirl of sixteen, who scrawled "V" (for victory) on the walls of her lyc√Če; the eldest, a farmer's wife in her sixties who harbored escaped Allied airmen. Strangers to one another, hailing from villages and cities across France—230 brave women united in defiance of their Nazi occupiers—they were eventually hunted down by the Gestapo. Separated from home and loved ones, imprisoned in a fort outside Paris, they found solace and strength in their deep affection and camaraderie.

In January 1943, they were sent to their final destination: Auschwitz. Only forty-nine would return to France.
Drawing on interviews with these women and their families, and on documents in German, French, and Polish archives, A Train in Winter is a remarkable account of the extraordinary courage of ordinary people—a story of bravery, survival, and the enduring power of female friendship.

Thanks, Jenn, for making me think about what I've read this year!

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