About the Book
On a golden August morning in 1939, sisters Antonina and Helena Dąbrowska send their father off to defend Poland against the looming threat of German invasion. The next day, the first bombs fall on Warsaw, decimating their beloved city and shattering the world of their youth.
When Antonina’s beloved Marek is forced behind ghetto walls along with the rest of Warsaw’s Jewish population, Antonina turns her worry into action and becomes a key figure in a daring network of women risking their lives to shelter Jewish children. Helena finds herself drawn into the ranks of Poland’s secret army, joining the fight to free her homeland from occupation. But the secrets both are forced to keep threaten to tear the sisters apart–and the cost of resistance proves greater than either ever imagined.
Shining a light on the oft-forgotten history of Poland during WWII and inspired by true stories of ordinary individuals who fought to preserve freedom and humanity in the darkest of times, The Warsaw Sisters is a richly rendered portrait of courage, sacrifice, and the resilience of our deepest ties.
In My Opinion
Amanda Barratt has quickly become one of my auto-buy authors of World War II fiction. Her ability to take lesser-known stories and bring them to life with impeccable research, layered characters, and humanity is unmatched in the genre.
The Warsaw Sisters is no exception. As readers follow the lives of twin sisters who follow different paths in German-occupied Poland, these two women chose their own paths—ones which require courage and faith (even though they may not realize that faith until later). While their lives seem to go in separate directions, Antonia and Helena are both fighting for what they believe is the right thing to do. They refuse to just accept what is expected of them.
I appreciate how Barratt doesn’t shy away from the evils of WWII while also not giving the readers too much detail. We can feel the pain, sorrow, anger, and grief of these sisters but also the hope and tiniest moments of joy in the darkness.
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