Book Review: Warsaw Orphan by Kelly Rimmer


Title: The Warsaw Orphans

By: Kelly Rimmer

Genre: Historical Fiction

Pages: 416

Release Date: June 1st, 2021

Publisher: Graydon House

Rating: ★★★★☆


Summary from Goodreads:

In the spring of 1942, young Elzbieta Rabinek is aware of the swiftly growing discord just beyond the courtyard of her comfortable Warsaw home. She has no fondness for the Germans who patrol her streets and impose their curfews, but has never given much thought to what goes on behind the walls that contain her Jewish neighbors. She knows all too well about German brutality--and that it's the reason she must conceal her true identity. But in befriending Sara, a nurse who shares her apartment floor, Elzbieta makes a discovery that propels her into a dangerous world of deception and heroism.

Using Sara's credentials to smuggle children out of the ghetto brings Elzbieta face-to-face with the reality of the war behind its walls, and to the plight of the Gorka family, who must make the impossible decision to give up their newborn daughter or watch her starve. For Roman Gorka, this final injustice stirs him to rebellion with a zeal not even his newfound love for Elzbieta can suppress. But his recklessness brings unwanted attention to Sara's cause, unwittingly putting Elzbieta and her family in harm's way until one violent act threatens to destroy their chance at freedom forever.

From Nazi occupation to the threat of a communist regime, The Warsaw Orphan is the unforgettable story of Elzbieta and Roman's perilous attempt to reclaim the love and life they once knew.


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Another heart wrenching story from the world war 2 era. This book is fiction, but based in reality as it follows the people who helped save hundreds of children from the ghettos of Warsaw at risk of their own lives and the lives of their families.

I think this book got real for me when the children were smuggled out through the sewers, coming out of the dark hole covered in facies and smelling horrendous. I've heard so many stories like this and I couldn't imagine going through something that terrible. It goes to show the lengths people will go to to survive.

The story is told from multiple points of view and I did get lost at times, but that might be due to the way I was reading it through a text to speech app. Sometimes its not clear who's point of view I was diving into.

Every character had a part to play and they were so easy to get to know. Strong individuals that made change in the world around them.

I loved reading this book, but my heart hurts.

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