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Concern for the American grows into something much deeper Defying the perils that render a future together all but impossible Sam and Helena make plans for the family to flee But Helena is forced to contend with the jealousy her choices have sparked in Ruth culminating in a singular act of betrayal that endangers them all and setting in motion a chain of events that will reverberate across continents and decad. I just can't with this book I wanted to love it I really did Historical fiction is my thing and I'll try anything centered around World War II I also received a copy of this through the Goodreads FirstReads program so I really wanted to be able to like it and leave a review saying soBut I can'tI can say that the story could have been absolutely amazingBut it wasn'tTo begin with the first chapter after the introduction sets the story in 1940 And then Sam Rosen shows up Sam is a downed American airman in the Polish countryside The trouble with this is simple America was not involved in World War II in 1940 Pearl Harbor happened on December 7 1941 and then only then did Americans start flying over Europe And Sam's story just snowballs out of control from there He's an airman Jewish trying to contact partisans in Czechoslovakia an enlisted man because he killed his father with a baseball bat and all important to the war effort No It's just too muchI can't help wondering why Jenoff didn't make him an RAF airman and British because they were involved in the war in 1940 instead That would have gone a long way to getting the story off on the right foot for meI love history I love facts There were too many inconsistencies in historical fact for me And it didn't help that Jenoff says in the acknowledgments that she worked at the Pentagon I can't help but think someone at the Pentagon should a know America's role in the war in 1940 andor b do better researchThe heart of the story though is Helena Nowak And even her story is too hard to believe She's a daddy's girl who discovers completely by accident that she's got in common with the Jewish Sam than she imagines And I don't mean just falling in love with him She fights with her twin sister Ruth a lot Mostly about Sam Fighting between sisters is believable absolutely But I gave up with a hundred pages left in the story when Ruth ever the possibly jealous shrew took advantage of the darkness in Sam's hiding place and pretended to be Helena It was too much I tried reading the epilogue then to get myself interested in the hundred remaining pages but that only made it worseWere it not for this last head smacking moment I'd give the book two stars

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A stirring novel of first love in a time of war and the unbearable choices that could tear sisters apart from the celebrated author of The Kommandant's Girl Life is a constant struggle for the eighteen year old Nowak twins as they raise their three younger siblings in rural Poland under the shadow of the Nazi occupation The constant threat of arrest has made everyone in their village a spy and turned neighbor. Set during the Nazi occupation of Poland during WWII eighteen year old Nowak twins Helena and Ruth are living in a small village in Poland They are struggling to keep their family which includes their three younger siblings together We get to know both sisters throughout the story and see how each one faces important decisions and challenges that are put before them choices which will eventually draw them apart An interesting WWII setting and a bit of romance too make this a very enjoyable read

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Against neighbor Though rugged independent Helena and pretty gentle Ruth couldn't be different they are staunch allies in protecting their family from the threats the war brings closer to their doorstep with each passing day Then Helena discovers an American paratrooper stranded outside their small mountain village wounded but alive Risking the safety of herself and her family she hides Sam a Jew but Helena's. Pam Jenoff has built a strong reputation writing about World War II and its lingering effects on ordinary people In THE WINTER GUEST she returns to Poland in 1940 site of her bestseller The Kommandant’s Girl to tell the story of Helena and Ruth twin sisters living with their younger siblings in a village near Krakow as the Nazis seize control The setting is key Isolated from the rest of the country like many rural Poles Helena and Ruth struggle for daily survival among food rationing suspicious neighbors and the looming threat of winter Their mother lies dying in a Jewish hospital in Krakow — the only place that can care for her — and stalwart Helena makes the long trek to the city every week to visit her while introspective Ruth stays behind to tend the children nursing a recent heartbreak Then Helena stumbles upon an injured American paratrooper in the woods and decides to hide him; this act of mercy sets the stage for a passionate affair and betrayal that changes the sisters’ lives forever Ms Jenoff excels in her vivid portrayal of the deprivation and corrosive fear that afflicted those dwelling under Nazi aggression The sisters are inherently different convincingly drawn within the paranoia and seething anti Semitism coursing under their village’s façade Their claustrophobic insularity however can dampen the narrative at moments until Helena awakens to possibilities beyond those she has known during her increasingly disuieting trips to Krakow Her discovery of a secret and the tragic events that ensue shatter her confidence; as she fights to find meaning in a world descending into darkness The Winter Guest proves compulsive in its race to a desperate denouement The finale offers a moving testament to the suffering that so many endured during the warThis review first appeared in the Historical Novels Review August 2014 Diamonds, Gold, and War: The British, the Boers, and the Making of South Africa be different they are staunch allies in protecting their family from the threats the war King John and Magna Carta: A Ladybird Adventure from History book brings closer to their doorstep with each passing day Then Helena discovers an American paratrooper stranded outside their small mountain village wounded Soundtracks For Learning: Using Music In The Classroom but alive Risking the safety of herself and her family she hides Sam a Jew Bleach, Vol. 32: Howling but Helena's. Pam Jenoff has Norse Mythology built a strong reputation writing about World War II and its lingering effects on ordinary people In THE WINTER GUEST she returns to Poland in 1940 site of her Mastering Manga 3: Power Up with Mark Crilley bestseller The Kommandant’s Girl to tell the story of Helena and Ruth twin sisters living with their younger siblings in a village near Krakow as the Nazis seize control The setting is key Isolated from the rest of the country like many rural Poles Helena and Ruth struggle for daily survival among food rationing suspicious neighbors and the looming threat of winter Their mother lies dying in a Jewish hospital in Krakow — the only place that can care for her — and stalwart Helena makes the long trek to the city every week to visit her while introspective Ruth stays 永遠の0 [Eien No Zero] behind to tend the children nursing a recent heartbreak Then Helena stumbles upon an injured American paratrooper in the woods and decides to hide him; this act of mercy sets the stage for a passionate affair and Broken Flowers: And Other Stairways to Heaven betrayal that changes the sisters’ lives forever Ms Jenoff excels in her vivid portrayal of the deprivation and corrosive fear that afflicted those dwelling under Nazi aggression The sisters are inherently different convincingly drawn within the paranoia and seething anti Semitism coursing under their village’s façade Their claustrophobic insularity however can dampen the narrative at moments until Helena awakens to possibilities Niedźwiedź w cieniu smoka beyond those she has known during her increasingly disuieting trips to Krakow Her discovery of a secret and the tragic events that ensue shatter her confidence; as she fights to find meaning in a world descending into darkness The Winter Guest proves compulsive in its race to a desperate denouement The finale offers a moving testament to the suffering that so many endured during the warThis review first appeared in the Historical Novels Review August 2014

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