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Karolina's Twins: A Novel

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This book almost entirely focuses on Lena's story of her life as a Jewish Polish woman during the Nazi occupation. Lena and Karolina struggled to live through the atrocity of the Holocaust, and at the same time harbored a courageous, yet mysterious secret of maternity that has troubled Lena throughout her adult life. The plot was organized so that both the investigation and Lena's account reached a climax at the same time.

He did an excellent job in staying true to the historical facts of those years of the Holocaust and what Lena, the main character and survivor, had to go through. There is, of course, specific emphasis on the Jewish population and the injustice dealt them under Nazi occupation. The shower has really good water pressure, but the hot water needs a bit of time to build up overnight so don't take long showers or your partner may have to have a cold one. Every time I read about what happened to the Jews, during that time, I wonder if any of my ancestors suffered in those ways.Lena, this shining and brave surviving woman, may drive you crazy at times, but we have to honor her pain, struggles and secrets as we would and should honor all survivors, fictional and not. As the book opens, Chicago private eye, Liam Taggart and Catherine Lockhart-Taggart are contacted by Lena Woodward, a wealthy widow in her late eighties.

It is also the third in a series dealing with the cases of private investigator Liam Taggart and lawyer Catherine Lockhart. Interestingly, in the Acknowledgment section at the end, the author mentions that Lena's story is based on a true story, while the contemporary story is entirely fictitious. Going to mass every week really helps me; at uni I feel like I’m always running and sometimes I don’t even know where, but mass gives me the chance to stop, it’s so relaxing.

Lena asks Liam and Catherine to help her fulfill a promise made to Karolina to find out what happened to those twins. Dropped off by taxi and climbed the stairs to our room, it is a bit of a climb to the top floor, but you wouldn’t get the fantastic views from the balcony without the climb, so it is well worth it.

Lena Woodward’s] survivor account becomes the main source of suspense, since she is reluctant to reveal the full horror of what she experienced until the end…and [it] does not disappoint. If this had been purely fictional I would have worried more about the lackluster writing and "telling vs showing" style that I really do not enjoy. Some of it felt far fetched, but the fact that anyone could survive any of the events described is pretty inspiring.

The courtroom case added a drama that needed to come to light regarding the abuse of the elderly by their children - in this case for money or other reasons. Keep in mind that anyone can view public collections - they may also appear in recommendations and other places.

I was so drawn to this strong, amazing woman who survived the holocaust, enduring so much - loss of her family , life in the Polish ghetto living in abominable conditions, working under awful conditions sewing coats for the Nazis, and then the work camp. A story of love and sacrifice, bonds between women, mothers and children, all worthy messages, all conveyed within. Although the book is a work of fiction, the story is inspired by the life of a Holocaust survivor, Fay Scharf Waldman.

This is a fictionalized account of the true story of a survivor named Fay, and that is why it rates 4 stars vs 3. f I could rate just this, it would be an unequivocal four stars but I just can't dismiss the parts I found lacking. The book’s leaflet claims, “Just when you think there could not be anything new to unearth from World War II…” and I couldn’t agree more.

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