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Hidden in the Shadows: An unforgettable heart-wrenching World War 2 historical novel (Untold WW2 Stories Book 2) Kindle Edition
Running and Hiding from Nazis A group of Jews and other Dutch citizens develop a "safe" hiding place from the Germans in deep woods. With their discovery and a raid by the Germans, the group suffers many casualties and others scatter to the winds. A young couple (one a Jew, the other a Dutch patriot) are separated during the confusion of escape. Each feels responsible for the separation and while the young Jewish girl jumps around from one safe house to another, the young man tries to find her and starts working for the underground while he is at it. The deprivation of the refugees and the courage of the Dutch citizens who help them offer up some poignant moments and an interesting read. - Hank Lajoje--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B082861P6P
- Publisher : Amsterdam Publishers (December 1, 2019)
- Publication date : December 1, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 7624 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 288 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 9493056309
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #44,489 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I read a lot of historical fiction and it was apparent that they author had done considerable research to make the story (based on fact) realistic. I read this book as a stand alone but plan to read the first book, The Hidden Village to get some additional back ground on the characters.
This brought together the loose ends of the first book and added more depth of character and relationships. It ends both on a sad note and a happy note, making us remember not everyone has a silver lining in their life. Some people either can’t or won’t let go of their pain and difficult past. This is very real to true life. If you’ve read The Hidden Village be sure to follow up with this book. However, if you’ve not read the Hidden Village, I think this back tracks enough so that you’ll be filled in enough to only read this as a stand alone and be just fine. They go very well together and after reading the first, it was vital to read the second book.
I highly recommend this book. I wish it were totally fiction and not based on actual history, as the story is hauntingly sad and painful. At the end of this profound book, the author writes (as many authors do) “If you have enjoyed Hidden in the Shadows, please do leave a review on the major review sites.” I am glad to leave a review, but this is not an “enjoyable” story in the sense of reading a rom com or sweet cozy mystery. Inspiring, unbelievable, a book that make you cry, a book that brings history to life- yes, it is all that.
This book is a follow-up to the bestselling book The Hidden Village. The hidden village was built purposefully by the Dutch in the Veluwe woods to hide Jews and others who need to hide from the Germans. I did not read The Hidden Village, but the author explains in her prologue that the book ends with the Germans discovering and destroying the village. Many readers wanted to know what happened to the characters that survived, and it is these characters who fled the Germans that we read about in book 2.
Laura and Wouter are two characters who ran for their lives, from the hail of bullets and pursuit of the German soldiers. They are both young, Laura is still a teenager, and they were just beginning to explore their love for each other. They are separated and spend the next year looking for each other. If Laura and Wouter had thought it was hard to live in a hidden village, life in Holland in the last year of the war is hell.
Laura is snuck from home to home, barn or shed, with little notice at all hours of the day or night. She is hungry, thirsty, cold in the harsh winter weather, and she is never able to relax or feel cared for. Wouter becomes more involved with the resistance. Death is always a present fear. The next person who passes them on the street could be a German soldier or collaborator.
Beautifully written, with many marvelous characters, this book reveals much about Holland during the war and the brave citizens who did their best. I couldn’t put it down. I am going to read the first book, The Hidden Village and I encourage readers to them both. Thanks to the author for a digital review copy. This is my honest review.
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It has been really good to read this in our current situation of lock down. However hard it feels right now, just readingthis story is a stark reminder that we still have freedom in so many ways.
A perfect bank holiday read, especially for this bank holiday.