The Warsaw Sisters by Amanda Barratt ~ Book Review

December 8, 2023


About the Book 

Book: The Warsaw Sisters
Author: Amanda Barratt
Genre: Historial Fiction
Publisher: Revell
Release Date: November 7, 2023

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

This is definitely not a lighthearted read and although I knew that going in, I didn't anticipate it being quite this heavy. This story will definitely take you to the nitty gritty of WWII Poland and how you see how these characters are trying to just survive the best way they can. I have to admit that it took me a while to get into the book it is not fast paced by any means and there is a lot of details that are going happening and as the story develops. The story is told by the two sisters each with their own point of views and storylines, so it almost felt like you were reading two stories into one. 

Antonia and Helena definitely have a surge of growth throughout the story which is on par with what happens when you are in the circumstances of war. Both of them have to make very difficult choices throughout the story and it is truly heart wrenching what they have to deal with. Love made a small appearance but it didn't last very long. 

Overall I thought historically the story was perfection, however there were some things that did bother me. I am not sure if a faith thread was supposed to be present in the story but when I grab a book from christian publisher I at least expect it to be there and this one was pretty weak. There were some glimpses and mentions but nothing that held me captive. The worst for me was the closed door scene. So disappointing. Again, not what I am looking for in a "christian" publisher. 

These are just my opinions. I think Amanda Barratt is a wonderful author with a passion for what she writes and if you enjoy Historical fiction then you should give her a try.

I received this book for review. I was not required to post a positive review. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

About the Author

Amanda Barratt is the bestselling author of numerous historical novels and novellas including THE WARSAW SISTERS, WITHIN THESE WALLS OF SORROW, and THE WHITE ROSE RESISTS. Her work has been the recipient of the Christy Award and the Carol Award, as well as an Honorable Mention in the Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards.

Amanda is passionate about illuminating oft-forgotten facets of history through a fictional narrative. She lives in Michigan and can often be found researching her next novel, catching up on her to-be-read stack, or savoring a slice of her favorite lemon cake.

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