The Woman With the Blue Star [Book Review] #ThrowbackThursday #HistoricalFiction #WW2

The Woman With the Blue Star by Pam Jenoff is a heartbreaking and tragic story of the will to survive during WWII.

The Woman With the Blue Star by Pam Jenoff

Woman With the Blue Star by Pam Jenoff (cover) Image: the toes of red shoes sit on a cobblestone path, a cloth with a stitched blue star rests beside the shoes

Genre/Categories/Setting: Historical Fiction, WW11, Jewish, Krakow (Poland), Friendship

Welcome to #ThrowBackThursday where I highlight an older review or post a current review of a backlist title. Today, I’m sharing a compelling historical fiction story, The Woman With the Blue Star by Pam Jenoff.

I’m linking up with Davida @ The Chocolate Lady’s Book Review Blog for #ThrowbackThursday.

*This post contains Amazon affiliate links.

My Summary:

In 1942, eighteen-year-old Sadie and her parents are forced to flee the Krakow Ghetto to avoid being sent to a concentration camp. They seek refuge in the sewer system beneath the city. One day, Sadie looks up through the grate and makes eye contact with a young Polish woman, Ella. Putting her fears aside, Ella begins to aid Sadie by bringing her a bit of food. The story follows their friendship as Ella helps Sadie in any way that she can.

Strong themes of friendship, sacrifice, hope, loyalty, adversity, kindness, endurance, and survival...

Continue here for my full review of The Woman With the Blue Star…


Have you read other books by Pam Jenoff?
Is this WWII histfic on your TBR or have you read it?
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  1. Great pick, Carol. This was an emotional story and one that I learned a lot about. Some of the history we read about it definitely not pleasant.

      • I agree, Carol. I keep saying I am taking a break, but then I see a book that is about someone I don’t know about, or a place or event that is different and there I go.

  2. I think you already know that I won’t read this because I knew someone who survived the Krakow sewers and as per his account, she’s got many things wrong here. But great for participating in my meme and link party!

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