Saturday, April 29, 2017

The Orphan's Tale by Pam Jenoff

This was one of my random selections at B&N...I was intrigued by the cover and then when I saw a WWII setting and an endorsement from the author of the Orphan Train, I had to buy it.  It's a really good book.  I gave it 4 out of 5 stars and what kept me from giving it 5 was that I felt a few storylines were rushed and could have been developed more.  That being said, I don't think you will be disappointed if you read this book especially if you like WWII books.

Summary from
A powerful novel of friendship set in a traveling circus during World War II, The Orphan's Tale introduces two extraordinary women and their harrowing stories of sacrifice and survival 
Sixteen-year-old Noa has been cast out in disgrace after becoming pregnant by a Nazi soldier and being forced to give up her baby. She lives above a small rail station, which she cleans in order to earn her keep… When Noa discovers a boxcar containing dozens of Jewish infants bound for a concentration camp, she is reminded of the child that was taken from her. And in a moment that will change the course of her life, she snatches one of the babies and flees into the snowy night. 
Noa finds refuge with a German circus, but she must learn the flying trapeze act so she can blend in undetected, spurning the resentment of the lead aerialist, Astrid. At first rivals, Noa and Astrid soon forge a powerful bond. But as the facade that protects them proves increasingly tenuous, Noa and Astrid must decide whether their friendship is enough to save one another—or if the secrets that burn between them will destroy everything.

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