Book Review of
The Winter Guest
Life is a constant struggle for the eighteen-year-old Nowak twins as they raise their three younger siblings in rural Poland under the shadow of the Nazi occupation. The constant threat of arrest has made everyone in their village a spy, and turned neighbor against neighbor. Though rugged, independent Helena and pretty, gentle Ruth couldn’t be more different, they are staunch allies in protecting their family from the threats the war brings closer to their doorstep with each passing day.
Then Helena discovers an American paratrooper stranded outside their small mountain village, wounded, but alive. Risking the safety of herself and her family, she hides Sam—a Jew—but Helena’s concern for the American grows into something much deeper. Defying the perils that render a future together all but impossible, Sam and Helena make plans for the family to flee. But Helena is forced to contend with the jealousy her choices have sparked in Ruth, culminating in a singular act of betrayal that endangers them all—and setting in motion a chain of events that will reverberate across continents and decades.
Published in 2014 The Winter Guest by Pam Jenoff is a WWII historical fiction book. It is the story of twin sisters, war, love, sacrifice, and forgiveness.
I really enjoyed this book. It is a great book for those that love WWII historical fiction.
Pam Jenoff’s writing draws you in and takes you back to a small village in Europe during WWII.
My one complaint with this book is that I feel like the story is not super unique. I love learning about little-known WWII stories. But I feel like I have read numerous books about a downed pilot rescued by a girl or a girls family. So although I liked this story and the writing it is not unique.
It also contained a couple of PG or PG-13 scenes for those that like a warning, but they are easy to skip over.