Special Feature: The Winter Orphans by Kristin Beck

I love reading historical fiction that is based on a true story. There are, naturally, tons of stories throughout history that are just waiting to have an author give voice to. Some might be family stories, some might be big figures in history, or just random people that an author stumbled upon in their research for a new novel. Sure an author could come up with their own story, but as the saying goes—-truth is sometimes stranger than fiction. And for me, often the stories based on real events and characters, are often the best.

Author Kristin Beck has written a lovely historical fiction novel that is based no real events and characters and I am simply so excited to check it out! Beck is known for her first novel, Courage, My Love that was released in 2021 with rave reviews. This latest novel will no doubt leave readers feeling satisfied. It is already getting wonderful reviews from early readers and I am simply thrilled to share about this one with you all today!

The Winter Orphans focuses on two young girls and their incredible journey to escape the Nazis. While this might sound like a heavy novel, Beck is a talented writer with a beautiful prose and will leave readers feeling happy that they chose to pick this one up. If you love historical fiction, especially WWII fiction, then you are not going to want to miss this one! It is out now so be sure to get it on your TBR list and pick up a copy now!

Summary

A poignant and ultimately triumphant novel based on the incredible true story of children who braved the formidable danger of guarded, wintry mountain passes in France to escape the Nazis, from the acclaimed author of Courage, My Love.

In a remote corner of France, Jewish refugee Ella Rosenthal has finally reached safety. It has been three years since she and her little sister, Hanni, left their parents to flee Nazi Germany, and they have been pursued and adrift in the chaos of war ever since. Now they shelter among one hundred other young refugees in a derelict castle overseen by the Swiss Red Cross.

Swiss volunteers Rösli Näf and Anne-Marie Piguet uphold a common mission: to protect children in peril. Rösli, a stubborn and resourceful nurse, directs the colony of Château de la Hille, and has created a thriving community against all odds. Anne-Marie, raised by Swiss foresters, becomes both caretaker and friend to the children, and she vows to do whatever is necessary to keep them safe.

However, when Germany invades southern France, safeguarding Jewish refugees becomes impossible. Château de la Hille faces unrelenting danger, and Rösli and Anne-Marie realize that the only way to protect the eldest of their charges is to smuggle them out of France. Relying on Rösli’s fierce will and Anne-Marie’s knowledge of secret mountain paths, they plot escape routes through vast Nazi-occupied territory to the distant border. Amid staggering risk, Ella and Hanni embark on a journey that, if successful, could change the course of their lives and grant them a future.

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