Saturday, February 1, 2020

The Light After the War by Anita Abriel

They were on a train going to work camp run by the Nazis.  Vera's mother come up with a plan to save them.  The two girls jump from the train but their mothers don't make it.  For a year they live in a barn.   Then they get brave enough to venture out...

Atria Books sent me a copy of this book to read and review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.

This story is based on true historical events.  The author heard this tale from family members and created this tale.

The girls manage to find work.  Vera is working at the US Enbassy while Edith is working for a seamstress.

Vera falls in love with her boss.  Edith loves anyone that loves her and has a busy social life.  Vera wants to marry Anton but he had mumps as a child and is sterile.  She would marry him despite that but he thinks she would resent not having children.

Eventually her father and mother are reunited with her.  She thought they were dead.  Unfortunately, Edith's fiance and mother both died.

Vera marries her new boyfriend and then finds out how jealous he is.  When he shoots her for sitting with some men at the diner and then kills himself, she finds herself pregnant and alone.  She goes to live with her parents.

Despite the travails of being a Jew and losing her husband, Vera has a happy surprise coming that will make her and you both smile.  Her life is going to turn out alright...

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