Saturday, December 16, 2023

THE WARSAW SISTERS By Amanda Barratt, Reviewed by Rebecca Maney

"The desire to be master over other men brings out a cruelty that knows no measure . . . Perhaps one justifies oneself with the belief that one's cause is right, one's aim is for the good. But there are some acts which are justified by no cause, despite what any man may tell himself. It is out of such things that wars are born . . . "

Rare stories transcend their words; this is such a story. By effectively laying down a gauntlet at the feet of her readers, the author breathes life into the lives of those who have gone before us, putting flesh and bones on the ordinary, men and women who became extraordinary in spite of all odds, or perhaps because of all odds, daring to fight back in the name of liberty and justice for all. Would we have been as brave?
War relentlessly divides and destroys, even those closest in heart. Can two sisters find their way back to each other? Everything about them has changed, except . . . a "changeless. Indelible. Unbreakable . . . bond."

"The mark of His presence is not in the absence of pain . . . We must believe in something greater than life or how would we find more than despair in its living? Or in its ending. . . So faith is all that is left to us, then." 
*I purchased this book and was under no obligation to provide a positive review.

BackCover Blurb:
On a golden August morning in 1939, sisters Antonina and Helena DÄ…browska send their father off to defend Poland against the looming threat of German invasion. The next day, the first bombs fall on Warsaw, decimating their beloved city and shattering the world of their youth.

When Antonina's beloved Marek is forced behind ghetto walls along with the rest of Warsaw's Jewish population, Antonina turns her worry into action and becomes a key figure in a daring network of women risking their lives to shelter Jewish children. Helena finds herself drawn into the ranks of Poland's secret army, joining the fight to free her homeland from occupation. But the secrets both are forced to keep threaten to tear the sisters apart--and the cost of resistance proves greater than either ever imagined.

Shining a light on the oft-forgotten history of Poland during WWII and inspired by true stories of ordinary individuals who fought to preserve freedom and humanity in the darkest of times,
The Warsaw Sisters is a richly rendered portrait of courage, sacrifice, and the resilience of our deepest ties. 

Revell Publishing, November, 2023
Available in digital ebook, paperback, and hardcover at Amazon, Christianbook. com, or Baker Book House


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