Title: The Orphan’s Tale
Author: Pam Jenoff
Release Date: 02/21/2017
Description from Goodreads: “The Nightingale meets Water for Elephants in this powerful novel of friendship and sacrifice, set in a traveling circus during World War II, by international bestselling author Pam Jenoff.
Seventeen-year-old Noa has been cast out in disgrace after becoming pregnant by a Nazi soldier during the occupation of her native Holland. Heartbroken over the loss of the baby she was forced to give up for adoption, she lives above a small German rail station, which she cleans in order to earn her keep.
When Noa discovers a boxcar containing dozens of Jewish infants, unknown children ripped from their parents and headed for a concentration camp, she is reminded of the baby that was taken from her. In a moment that will change the course of her life, she steals one of the babies and flees into the snowy night, where she is rescued by a German circus.
The circus owner offers to teach Noa the flying trapeze act so she can blend in undetected, spurning the resentment of the lead aerialist, Astrid. At first rivals, Noa and Astrid soon forge a powerful bond. But as the facade that protects them proves increasingly tenuous, Noa and Astrid must decide whether their unlikely friendship is enough to save one another—or if the secrets that burn between them will destroy everything.”
Review: I absolutely loved this book; it is such a unique story of Nazi Germany. This story pulls you in and you don’t want to put it down. I was unsure of how I would like this story because I am not all that interested in circuses but within minutes I was hooked. I quickly discovered that the circus is such a magical place, and in this novel, I really felt like I was there, enjoying the show.
This plot and characters were so well described, I felt like I was truly in the story, and the characters felt so real. When I would stop reading it, it took a minute to reacclimate myself to the real world. I cheered for these women and my heart broke for these women. For a while, I was just another spectator for these brave women.
Recommendation: I would recommend this book to anyone. I think this novel has something for everyone. There is suspense, a little romance, some historical fiction, and definitely some mystery.
*I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher. A positive review was not required. All opinions are my own.*