THE GIRL FROM THE TRAIN is my kind of book!
I can’t help it. Ever since reading MANDY by Julie Edwards (better known all over the world as actress Julie Andrews) I have absolutely loved any story about an orphan.
The orphan in this new title, Gretl, has got her hands full. Right after slipping Gretl and her sister out through the opening of a train bound for Auschwitz, her mother and grandmother are blown to bits when the Polish Resistance blows up the train. A resistance fighter named Jakob winds up with Gretl, and the story takes off from there…
I’ll say no more, since I don’t believe in spoilers. This story is impossible to put down. Interestingly, it was originally written in Afrikaans by a South African writer, Irma Joubert, and this is the English translation. A quick check of Amazon revealed that it’s the first of Ms. Joubert’s books to be available in English, so…may this one be the beginning of a trend!