I was captivated by the characters in this novel. I have read a few war related historicalnovels lately and have learned a bit about both WWI and II and the brutality of the Nazis...it is painful but broadennef my views of war and what religious beliefs have done to peaceful people. This novel was written well, had lots of places that I had to look up ...which I enjoy. I recommend it to those who are drawn to strong people...especially women..and to people who sacrifice for others. I am 3/4 through and wanted to say something about it. Can't put it down...but I'm traveling and reading a great novel...such as this...is perfect!!