On a golden August morning in 1939, sisters Antonina and Helena Dąbrowska send their father off to defend Poland against the looming threat of German invasion. The next day, the first bombs fall on Warsaw, decimating their beloved city and shattering the world of their youth.
When Antonina's beloved Marek is forced behind ghetto walls along with the rest of Warsaw's Jewish population, Antonina turns her worry into action and becomes a key figure in a daring network of women risking their lives to shelter Jewish children. Helena finds herself drawn into the ranks of Poland's secret army, joining the fight to free her homeland from occupation. But the secrets both are forced to keep threaten to tear the sisters apart--and the cost of resistance proves greater than either ever imagined.
Shining a light on the oft-forgotten history of Poland during WWII and inspired by true stories of ordinary individuals who fought to preserve freedom and humanity in the darkest of times, The Warsaw Sisters is a richly rendered portrait of courage, sacrifice, and the resilience of our deepest ties.
My thoughts: I have read a lot of books, both historical fiction and non fiction, about WWII and how hard Poland was hit. Despite having read a lot, I felt like this book gave me a new appreciation of the role that the Polish people played in the war. Especially those who resisted. I like that the story is told from both of the sister's points of view, giving it even more depth. This story was a little hard for me to get into initially, but I'm glad I stuck with it, since it's a wonderful story of goodness in a dark hour of history.
I received this book from Revell. This is my honest review.