March 24

A Kind of Woman by Helen Burko {Book Review}

After the War, everyone is struggling to start over. Jacob and Rachel are each traveling alone, until they meet each other. Instantly they find a connection, and agree to travel together. There are obstacles along the way as they try to run away to a country they can start over, possibly together.

The story line is slow, but intriguing. This isn’t a situation many people are put in. Jacob and Rachel each have their own personal stories of how they survived the war. They may be strangers, but they come together for the common goal of starting over and creating a new life. I could never put myself completely in the shoes of the characters, but I still try to imagine, considering the situation, if I could put so much trust in a stranger like they each did with one another.

The book is full of historical facts that that went along with the plot, making this work of fiction seem like it could have been a true story. So many people who survived the war, still had so many obstacles to overcome as they came out of hiding. In this story, after Jacob and Rachel had already formed a connection, Rachel is accused of working with the Nazis. Jacob makes the decision to use his education from before the war, when he was a New York lawyer, and defend her in court, as his wife. I enjoyed reading Jacob and Rachel’s story. It’s not your typical love story with all the war conflicts and accusations. I give this book 5/5!

A Kind of Woman

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