When We Were Brave (by Karla M. Jay) … emotionally heartwrenching book

Historical fiction set during WWII and I am hooked. This was a wonderful book that covered three different stories. You have a young boy, Isaak and his mother who are captured and moved from one concentration camp to another. Izaak’s innocence and naivety are both sweet and scary. My heart ached as he approached each change with hope and a positive expectation. The second story involved an SS officer who was appalled at the atrocities being done to the people who were “assigned” to the “work camps.” His willingness to share the horrors with an American contact, even though it put his life at risk, was admirable. Then you have the Müeller family. Though they live in the U.S., they are viewed as enemies of the States because they immigrated from Germany. The three stories flow freely as each chapter focuses on a different character. The author has done an amazing amount of research. I had just learned about the camps for German POWs during WWII. I am glad to have learned more about this facet during the war. This book is emotionally heartwrenching. You will be pulled into the book and will be held captive to the end. Put this at the top of your to-be-read list.

Thank you to NetGalley and Book Circle Press for my advanced review copy. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

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