by Martha Hall Kelly
A partial synopsis from Bas Bleu: Unlike her wealthy friends, Caroline Ferriday enjoys working, happy to spend her days volunteering at the French consulate in New York. But when Hitler invades Poland, Caroline's "hobby" becomes an all-consuming obsession as she works feverishly to save terrified French citizens desperate to escape the Germans.
My thoughts: I think most of us have an idea of the atrocities committed by Hitler's army during WWII. While the book describes some of these horrors, it's really more about women helping women. In so many small ways each of the main characters does what she can to be kind and generous. The narrative bounces from Caroline to Hurta to Kasia. The book is based on a true story about "The Rabbits" from Ravensbruck, a German concentration camp specifically for women. I found this historical novel absolutely fascinating. To me the resounding message is all about choosing forgiveness, kindness and generosity even in the very worst of times and places.
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