Today’s team review is from Wendy, she blogs at http://booklovercircumspect4.wordpress.com
Wendy has been reading The Seven Year Dress by Paulette Mahurin
This is a story that involves a Jewish teenager, Helen Stein, and her family who lived through Hitler’s deranged views of annihilating the Jewish population. Helen was born during the early stages of Hitler’s rise to power. As a younger child, Helen was shielded from most of what was happening in her country by her parents. However, Helen had a friend who had joined Hitler’s army as a young man and kept Helen informed of what was going on. As Hitler’s power grew, so did his relentless pursuit against the Jews and Helen’s family has no choice but to face what is happening in their country and to their culture.
Helen was able to evade capture by Hitler’s army for a period of time but was eventually found and taken to Auschwitz. To keep through the early times of Hitler’s reign, Helen learned to sew to help supplement her family’s income. Because of this, she was able to live upon her arrival to Auschwitz, was tattooed, and endured several hours of hard labor every day, was given little edible food, and forced to sleep in unimaginable living conditions.
Although Hitler and his army was able to force Helen and others into these conditions, he couldn’t take away Helen’s will to live and her ability to see the good in others that were also there. This is what helped Helen throughout her time in Auschwitz until she was later freed. Hitler’s army tried to cover up what they had done but it was Helen and other survivors that were a true testimony to what had occurred to them. Thankfully, allowing many of Hitler’s soldiers to be held accountable for their actions. Helen was able to leave Auschwitz and relocated to America. This is just one story of many Jewish survivors of this horrific period in our history.
The story is very well-written and it was as if I was with Helen throughout the story and enduring her pain and heartache along with her. I couldn’t put this book down and read it in one night. I actually had to wait a few days to write a review as the book has really touched me deeply. I would highly recommend this book to others.
Find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com also available free from Kindle Unlimited
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Thank you Rosie!!! This book was amazing and I highly suggest this book to everyone!!!
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Paulette is a master writer. I have had an emotional year and do not feel ready to read this subject matter. When I do I know I will be in absolute awe, as I was with all her other works.
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Thank you Rosie for all the support you give to others. And thank you Wendy for your time in reading my book and writing this review. I’m grateful for it. Paulette
I also have read Paulette’s previous books. She writes with great authority on very different topics. The Seven Year Dress sounds like a very emotional read and the cover is powerful.
Wow…an amazing review–although I usually shy away from stories about Hitler and the Holocaust. Even the book cover is chilling…
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I’ve yet to read this one. Sounds gutwrenching. Fabulous review. 🙂
I’m not sure I could handle reading this but I am so unbelievably happy it’s out there. I’ll definitely look more into it. Thank you.