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“A fresh, original debut, twining personal family drama together with the lesser-known history of World War II Romania. Even readers saturated with Second World War dramas will be enthralled by this moving tale of two ferociously-devoted mothers, the daughter they share, and the sacrifices they are willing to make for a new future. Gripping, tragic, yet filled with passion and hope—I couldn't put it down!

Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of The Alice Network

Veletzos expertly weaves historical detail into a rich story about the endurance of the human spirit in the face of adversity.”

Publishers Weekly

“Written in the gripping style of Thomas Keneally's Schindler's List and Markus Zusak's The Book Thief, Veletzos's powerful, heartbreaking story and fluid writing style will transport readers.”

Library Journal

“Never flinching from the bleak, this sweeping historical romance pieces together hope from the ruins.”

Kirkus Reviews

"A gripping story of endurance; of a childhood lived under a state of relentless war; and of goodness, courage, sheer will, and the fierce, selfless love that binds parent to child. Highly recommended."


Historical Novel Society

“An emotional, intense, and eye-opening portrayal of life in Romania during WWII."


Woman's World Magazine

“A beautiful story."


Good Housekeeping

"Filled with strong female characters, this book is a strong portrait of the human spirit."


The Canadian Jewish News

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