Release: 26th February 2015
A book that focuses on the amazing work that women did in the Second World War will leave you an emotional wreck and feeling so much pride you will need a day to get over it.
This book is absolutely beautiful. I didn’t know what to expect when my friend bought this for me for Christmas, just that it was similar in some ways to The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (my favourite book) so I was extremely excited. Little did I know that this book would be absolutely perfect and one of the most emotional novels I’ve read so far this year.
From the start of the book I had such conflicting feelings in relation to the main character, I both understood what she had to do due to torture, but also was shocked at how she seemed to be giving up information to the enemy with such ease. However as the book continued the reasons behind what she was doing were so perfectly explained that I couldn’t help but fall in love with her and her writing. I loved how it wasn’t until at least a third of the way into the book that we got to know who our protagonist was. The mystery fit in so well with the story being set in WWII, the notorious time for enemy spies and hidden agendas.
The writing style of this book is beautiful. It feels so raw and so real, you can imagine yourself in the characters shoes as she tells her story to the Germans. I also particularly love that the story she tells was angled so well to explain just how important the character of Queenie was to the female war effort, and the importance of the character of Maggie was to the war effort and to Queenie’s life. The friendship between Queenie and Maggie is one of the most beautiful friendships I have ever read about, and soon as I began their story I fell completely in love with them.
The underlying message within this book I also felt was so important. As shown when the German Officer becomes a softer and happier person when talking about his daughter, the message that the reality of war affects every single person on both sides, both the friendly and enemy sides, was so important to express and I think Wein explained this perfectly.
The depth and research that must have gone into this book is admirable as there was so much depth into the weapons, planes etc used during the American war effort, that I admire Wein for providing such detail to really make the audience feel immersed in the story and give it a reality check. The ending is so heartbreaking but also so realistic to the effects that war has on people and what it drives people to do, that I was just in awe of the writing.
This book not only provides a wonderfully historic fictional insight into a war that still affects many to this day, but also provides such a beautiful story between two best friends and the lengths they will go to protect each other. I was left in tears but also with such a fierce amount of respect for the women of WWII and how well all the loose ends were tied up.
A moving story, but with perfect writing, and heart-breaking actions, this book will truly stay with me forever.
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