“If I have learned anything in this long life of mine, it is this: In love we find out who we want to be; in war we find out who we are.”
“She wanted to bottle how safe she felt in this moment, so she could drink of it later when loneliness and fear left her parched.”
“In the quiet, Isabelle felt the suffocating weight of missing him, even though he was holding her hand.”
“Love. It was the beginning and end of everything, the foundation and the ceiling and the air in between.”
One Million Page Princess
March 1st 2016
This book was recommended to me by a large number of important people in my life, so it got bumped to the top of my reading pile. I am so glad it did.
Historical fiction is probably my favourite genre, and this is one of the best I’ve ever read. I don’t think I’ve given very many books (if any at all) a full 5/5 star rating, but this one deserved it completely. Someone described it to me as a love story that takes place in France during the Second World War, however I don’t think I agree with that.
Yes, there are stories of love in this book, but we should be so lucky to hope there will always be stories of love. A majority of the time, stories of war are stories of men. This book is a rare and exceptional look at the effect of war on the strong women and children who are left behind to fight a different type of war on the home front. This book tells the story of two different women, sisters, who choose to handle the war and the holocaust in very different ways, but both with the strength of love behind them.
For the record, this book has a 4.8/5 star rating on Amazon, which is almost unheard of.
With spring break around the corner, if you’re looking for something to read, try this one. I promise you won’t be disappointed.