This book was so much more than it's title and so much more than the back-cover description. It is a tale of Amelie and Rachel and those they come into contact with as they try to get to safety. Cathy Gohlke does a wonderful job in weaving all the characters together. I connected with each person either because I felt I could be them or I knew someone similar. Ms. Gohlke tells the horrors of World War II so poignantly, I had to pause to remind myself I was in present-day US. When she weaves in the stories of the few who show courage to save other's lives, you can't help but fear for them and admire their bravery as well.
When the story wrapped up, I was left with the message that all life matters and we should take care to never forget that. The book is quite long, but it never feels too wordy or boring. I felt the constant need to keep reading, to see what would happen. In the end, I actually wished the wrap up had been a little bit longer. :)
Take the time to journey into World War II, you won't be sorry.