To start with. I love the young girls attitude at the start. Another old woman, another sad story. It was so human and so true to life that instead of judging her, I was taking internal bets on how long she will last against this old woman, and this old story. I won, not long.
The characters pop in this book. I have always admired the fact that this author writes exclusively for charity of no kill shelters and even SPCA’s funding relocating of pets to forever homes. She also always uses her writing to shed light on issues of tolerance and in showcasing narrowmindedness as the evil it is. Usually she does this by making one of the main characters gay. This time she again shed light on the plight of Gay men and woman internationally but she made the main character a non practising Jewish woman / child. One that grows into her own sexuality as she grows into the WWII in Berlin and interesting take on how nothing surpasses our own natural instincts.But these characters have so much to them. So many levels to be explored, to learn to know and all of them is always firstly human, secondly what ever else will help the plot along. By the end of the book, when it is reitterated that this is a book of hope, not dispair I was picking at a tear for truly, this characters spirit is such that nothing would get her down for long. And yes, the book is about hope because in the telling of the story we get to see the worst and best of humanity and we see how the best wins out by sheer will. And a promise made not to live, but to live well. Ok, so yes, I love this book? Can you tell?
Let’s just say, this one left me speechless as well and was even better! Which is saying a lot because Live Out Loud was amazing…
Mahurin’s writing is breathtaking and masterful, and the way she weaves together this story is no short of brilliant.
A must read for fans of historical fiction, The Seven Year Dress is a story told from the perspective of a little Jewish girl during the Holocaust.
I expected the story to be sad and heartbreaking, and it was but it was so many other things too – this beautiful little girl, who even in the darkest of times doesn’t let anyone put out the light in her soul – was inspiring and uplifting and so meaningful. I cried and smiled, felt loss and hope. My author definitely knew when to tug my heart strings and when not to! Incredible!
Major kudos to the author on the amount of time she must have spent on research for this book. The author’s knowledge of the time period and details of the environment were written with such accuracy and genuineness, I felt like it was all true – straight from the mouth of an amazing little girl.
I absolutely loved it and highly recommend this book, especially for lovers of historical fiction.
This author is a major talent and her books keep me up all night, loving every minute of it! Job well done!!!
The book tells the story of Helen, the sole survivor of her family. The book follows her early carefree life, the impending doom, her escape to a remote farmhouse during Kristallnacht, her discovery and removal to Auschwitz.
Not only does the author create a new unique character but deals with the question of sexuality in an original way. Helen and her brother are helped by their Aryan friend Max. On the face of it Max is the lucky one, born of the correct race with blond hair and blue eyes he is quickly enrolled in Hitler’s Youth and from there into the SS. However he knows if the secret of his sexuality is discovered he will become as ‘undesirable’ as his Jewish friends. The book also touches on how a generation grew from children to adults within the concentration camps.
Another fresh perspective comes from the author’s consideration of acts of compassion. Many survived the ordeal of the atrocities of the camp through both the giving and receiving of small acts of kindness. The sharing of a blanket or food rations or a simple hug.
A worthwhile, well-researched, thought provoking addition to the genre which I highly recommend..
Hard as I’ve tried to center the photos this seems to be the best I can do. My apologies for some of the photos falling off the screen but I wanted the happy dog to make an appearance.