What Only We Know (by Catherine Hokin)

I am a huge fan of WWII historical fiction. This book was also a dual timeline and added to my desire to read it. What an emotional journey you will take as you open the cover and get engrossed in the story of Liesse and Karen. The experiences Liesse has as she endures the horrors of WWII and the treatment Jews were subjected to were heartwrenching. As you travel with Karen during the present day, your heart will ache as she deals with the loss of her mother. And her misconceptions of her parents’ marriage and relationship will cause her such angst. The author does a great job of peeling back the layers of Liesse’s life and the impact Michael and Andrew have on her. The melding of the two time periods was touching and the emotional and mental trauma the two main characters endured had you reaching for the tissues. While I could judge Karen harshly for the way she handled things, especially the relationship with her father, I think he played a role in how she was affected by the loss and needed a father who could step beyond the loss he was experiencing and simply provide the comfort, love, and compassion she desperately needed.

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

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