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And yet The Plum Tree is much more than just a glimpse into rural family life during the evils of the Nazi regime. It's also a thumping good read--a hopeful story of survival, courage, and resilience. Christine is a fabulous heroine, and once I hit the half-way mark, you could not have wrestled her from me with a crowbar.
I hate spoilers, so I'll only say this: The novel is not over once the Allies liberate Germany. The plot twists and the shades of grey layered into Christine's story kept me engrossed until the last page. As her father says, "War makes victims all."
I highly recommend this wonderful debut novel.
I marvel at this author’s ability to include so much detail in her novel and still create a page turner that keeps one reading long after he should have closed the book and gone to bed. She knows how to dig out the facts, absorb the settings and their unique characteristics and then create a riveting tale.
As I read THE PLUM TREE, often with my heart beating as though it wanted to pound its way out of my chest, I flagged a number of passages that I especially enjoyed so I could go back and re-read them. For example: “As the women washed the dishes, the roar of the growing flames absorbed the weighted silence of the kitchen.” Or “When she heard the name Dachau, a black dagger of horror plunged deep into her chest, where it lodged and throbbed, causing shock waves of fire and ice to shoot through her veins.” And finally, “The train stopped outside the building, pistons pounding, like the giant, beating heart of a mammoth black creature fighting its way through the very walls of the building, so it could eat them alive.”
Readers who enjoy being swept into a story where the characters are true-to-life with futures in jeopardy from people and situations out of their control will appreciate this story as well as the author’s later novels, WHAT SHE LEFT BEHIND and COAL RIVER.
Hope Irvin Marston, author of AGAINST THE TIDE: THE VALOR OF MARGARET WILSON