Author: Kristin Harmel
Started: August 9, 2023
Finished: August 10, 2023
Genre: Historical Fiction
Juliette and Elis become friends after Juliette brings Elise back to her bookshop when she is unwell. Soon, they and their children are inseparable. After Elise's husband, a member of the Communist party, is murdered she is told that the Nazis are coming for her. She makes the most challenging decision a mother can make…to leave her daughter with Juliette to keep her safe. When she returns two years later, her daughter has died and she must learn to go on.
This was a remarkable story of two mothers who have gone through so much and lose their children to war. Kristin Harmel always weaves a beautiful tale that completely immerses you and this one is no different. You can feel the love, hope, and utter despair as these women live with the ghosts of the past and fight for a way to move forward. While I did figure out part of the ending, the last few chapters completely made the story whole in the most unexpected way.