Book Review – The Rabbit Girls

The Rabbit Girls

So if you have a Kindle and an Amazon Prime membership, you would be crazy to not sign up for Amazon First Reads. I don’t even know how I found out about it, but once I got my Kindle, I started stocking up on all the free books for my breast feeding days that have now begun. This next one, a solid pick from Amazon First Reads.

Book 44:
The Rabbit Girls
by Anna Ellory

Genre:
Historical Fiction

Published:
September 2019

Synopsis According to Mandi:
Without spoilers, The Rabbit Girls takes place in the days revolving around the fall of the Berlin Wall as Miriam Winter discovers an Auschwitz tattoo on her dying father’s wrist. History is being written as Miriam must dive back into a different history and uncover the clues to her father’s past found in a uniform stashed in his apartment believed to have belonged to a “Frieda”. What happened to Henryk? Who is Frieda? And what does this mean for Miriam?

Favorite Quote(s):

“Time fills in the blanks as we know them to be, rather than as they were.”

– Anna Ellory, The Rabbit Girls

Awards (based upon my brief research):
None yet.

Pages:
396

My Overall Rating:
5 – There are so many WWII novels out there, but I’ve learned that what makes one good, in my opinion, is a deeper element than simply the WWII story. Similar to All the Light We Cannot See or The Alice Network, this book has that element. The three main plot lines span WWII to the days the Berlin Wall fell. They cover characters in their youth and characters in their adulthood. They include politics, love, family matters, death and more. There was just so much in this book to take in, and it was so eloquently wrapped together and so well written.

I started this as my night-time-reading-while-breastfeeding book and finished it as an I-can’t-put-this-down-my-print-books-can-wait book. I can’t say I learned a ton on the history side of things, but the story offers a very unique perspective on concentration camps while only occasionally being too emotional to read in the middle of the night.

As I moved into my next two books, I find myself still thinking about this one and struggling to dive into 45 and 46 because 44 was so good.

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