The Forest of Vanishing Stars (by Kristin Harmel) … a view into the depths of atrocities with the resilience of humanity

My favorite books are WWII historical fiction and I love Kristin Harmel’s gift with words.  This tale of WWII, with a twist of fantasy, was a little different than most of the books I’ve read.  But it was a wonderful story of survival by groups of people as they hid in the forest.  Their resourcefulness and dedication to each other was admirable.  The characters were well developed and while there were some you didn’t like, there were lots you grew to love.  There are plot twists that have you gasping out loud.  And the story has you sitting on the edge of your seat wondering if they’ll survive.  Once again, the author has transported me into the depths of the atrocities of Hitler’s regime.  But she also allows us to celebrate the resilience of humanity.  What a wonderful story.  A must for your to-be-read list.

Thank you to NetGalley and Gallery Books for my advanced review copy.  All opinions and thoughts are my own.

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