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What I loved most about this novel is the unique way in which Gretl s story unfolds The Girl from the Train spans over around 15 years from the time Gretl is six to age 21 During this time, Gretl learns to adapt to different environments and changes her identity as needed This novel is a coming of age story It is also about overcoming tragedy and resiliency There is a great deal of history woven into this novel history of WWII, Poland and Africa specifically I was drawn to turn the pages What I loved most about this novel is the unique way in which Gretl s story unfolds The Girl from the Train spans over around 15 years from the time Gretl is six to age 21 During this time, Gretl learns to adapt to different environments and changes her identity as needed This novel is a coming of age story It is also about overcoming tragedy and resiliency There is a great deal of history woven into this novel history of WWII, Poland and Africa specifically I was drawn to turn the pages quicky to know what was next for Gretl and Jakob as they brought history to life.The Girl from the Train is highly recommended for readers of historical fiction Thanks to Thomas Nelson Harper Collins Christian Publishing for an Advanced Reader s Copy of this novel The opinions expressed are my own Sort of a World War II light version, missing much of the meat and potatoes usually found, while keeping the sugary dessert table over on the side I thought it was cute and sweet not my usual WWII read. #DOWNLOAD õ The Girl from the Train ï Six year old Gretl Schmidt is on a train bound for Auschwitz Jak b Kowalski is planting a bomb on the tracksAs World War II draws to a close, Jak b fights with the Polish resistance against the crushing forces of Germany and Russia They mean to destroy a German troop transport, but Gretl s unscheduled train reaches the bomb firstGretl is the only survivor Though spared from the concentration camp, the orphaned German Jew finds herself lost in a country hostile to her people When Jak b discovers her, guilt and fatherly compassion prompt him to take her home For three years, the young man and little girl form a bond over the secrets they must hide from his Catholic familyBut she can t stay with him forever Jak b sends Gretl to South Africa, where German war orphans are promised bright futures with adoptive Protestant families so long as Gretl s Jewish roots, Catholic education, and connections to communist Poland are never discoveredSeparated by continents, politics, religion, language, and years, Jak b and Gretl will likely never see each other again But the events they have both survived and their belief that the human spirit can triumph over the ravages of war have formed a bond of love that no circumstances can overcome I have no doubt this will be a popular book club title, however there were several aspects of the book that will prevent me from recommending First, the love story or romance was quite predicatable You could see it coming a mile away Second, religion was such a strong theme in the book but it quite jumbled The main character is thrown from a train by her loving Jewish grandmother in an attempt to save her from an unkown future She is later adopted by a extremely devout Protestant South Afri I have no doubt this will be a popular book club title, however there were several aspects of the book that will prevent me from recommending First, the love story or romance was quite predicatable You could see it coming a mile away Second, religion was such a strong theme in the book but it quite jumbled The main character is thrown from a train by her loving Jewish grandmother in an attempt to save her from an unkown future She is later adopted by a extremely devout Protestant South African family yet her savior is Catholic Third, the second half of the book was too much like a fairy tale Once she is adopted by the South African family, the main character s life changes on a dime These were whites living in south Africa during Aparthiedyet everything was sugar plums and roses with just a passing reference to the country s political unrest All that being said, many readers want a happy ending and loose ends to be nicely tied up That is why I feel this will be a popular book club titlenot its literary merit 4.5 starsA riveting WW2 story that follows a young girl s life from the moment her mother and grandmother push her off an Auschwitz bound train into the Polish countryside in order to save her life The detail is wonderfully memorable and the story absorbing though at times disturbing The story of Gretl Gretchen Grietje names depending on her country is so deep a tale, and I loved Jacob s parts as well except for the cursing parts from the war scenes One thing that shocked me was that So 4.5 starsA riveting WW2 story that follows a young girl s life from the moment her mother and grandmother push her off an Auschwitz bound train into the Polish countryside in order to save her life The detail is wonderfully memorable and the story absorbing though at times disturbing The story of Gretl Gretchen Grietje names depending on her country is so deep a tale, and I loved Jacob s parts as well except for the cursing parts from the war scenes One thing that shocked me was that South Africans actually would have the guts to seek out and adopt Aryan children from among the war orphans, that soon after the horrors of what race superiority could come to I suppose I had simply thought people in general wouldn t have come out and said anything about being Aryan after seeing what Hitler s abominable racism came to This gives light haired Gretl an opportunity to escape Poland s new suppressive government, but necessitates her continuing to keep secrets from her war years, as she fears being cast out for who she is or what she has experienced.Religion Throughout the book characters go to church and praysometimes to God, sometimes to Catholic saints Mary I liked the faith content, but when it came down to the divide between the Catholic and Protestant churches, it never specified why there was a divide between the two systems of theology Obviously it would only make the book longer and less focussed to include it, but it seemed it was hinted implied that only tradition and prejudice stood between the two rather than true spiritual conviction For example No matter how much I understand about Catholicism, I have real theological reasons to never consider becoming one myself It isn t personal preference and it isn t tradition Content Best for adults simply because the war related themes are so heavy Language I was very disappointed to find two instances of the heavy curse derivative of profanity b y in a war scene Other language used is cussing using the names of the saints, which didn t bother me by word used but only by principle of cussing being a bad habit I m not really sure what I think about this one It was interesting and unique in certain ways, yet not clean like I would have preferred from a Christian book Maybe it wasn t supposed to be Christian I got conflicting ideals on that, because there were many swear words but also the story was heavy on faith Catholic and Protestant The two ideals contradict one another, since Paul warned us in Ephesians 5 3 5 to abstain from all uncleanness and foolish talking, which includes inappropria I m not really sure what I think about this one It was interesting and unique in certain ways, yet not clean like I would have preferred from a Christian book Maybe it wasn t supposed to be Christian I got conflicting ideals on that, because there were many swear words but also the story was heavy on faith Catholic and Protestant The two ideals contradict one another, since Paul warned us in Ephesians 5 3 5 to abstain from all uncleanness and foolish talking, which includes inappropriate language.The Catholic content included many occurrences of praying to Mary Though I understand and respect that this is a realistic look at the Catholic religion, this bothered me greatly as that type of prayer is blasphemous according to 1 Timothy 2 5, in which we are told that Jesus is the only Mediator between God and us humans.A couple of times, the Lord s name was taken in vain, unfortunately.I liked the journey of this story The complete depravity Gretl went through from one location to the next was crushing My heart ached for her, yet I was amazed at her optimism and that she kept trying to learnandinformation She really was a wonderful heroine, so for that, I am happy to have read this book.The romance was a bit awkward for me at times, particularly when mostly physical reactions were emphasized I didn t mind the age difference, as I looked up to Dolley Madison when I was younger, and she was 17 years younger than her husband, President James Madison.Since I can t really decide whether or not I enjoyed this book enough to keep it, I think I ll put it in my reread pile Perhaps another read at a later date will give me fresh perspective on this story I had to give this book a fairly low rating It wasn t the subject matter which was a problem, although the story itself was one which we have read many times before When I read the blurb, I was really curious as Gretl, the main character, was the daughter of a Nazi soldier rather than a Jewish girl, and therefore I thought perhaps this book might provide a different angle on the experience of a child in the Second World War.The issue I had was with the plot and the writing There is no doubt t I had to give this book a fairly low rating It wasn t the subject matter which was a problem, although the story itself was one which we have read many times before When I read the blurb, I was really curious as Gretl, the main character, was the daughter of a Nazi soldier rather than a Jewish girl, and therefore I thought perhaps this book might provide a different angle on the experience of a child in the Second World War.The issue I had was with the plot and the writing There is no doubt the author was well versed in the history, particularly of Poland during the war But a novel should wear its history lightly It should be the background of the fiction I felt with much of this novel, it wasof a history lesson shoehorned into a fictional format such that the fictional characters were just an excuse to describe actual events As such it felt dry and there were parts that just lost me completely.When Gretl finally goes to South Africa, I felt the story actually deteriorated There was a lot of extraneous detail about her life as a child which did very little for the pace or the plot And then when Jakob finally arrived in South Africa, the romance was almost started too soon and then drawn out It meant that the thrill of the romance was over and there was still a long way to go I understand the writer is highly religious and therefore religion played an enormous role in the story, but as someone who isn t religious, it felt too much to me I wish I could have seen past the flaws, but I just couldn t And it wasn t just because it was translated as there was nothing wrong with the language itself It was the whole structure of the novel which let it down 5 stars I absolutely loved this book One of the best books I ve read this year Will definitely be on my top 12 for 2015 It was about the Jews and WW2 and it mentions Auschwitz, but it wasn t about that at all It was about a little girl who was on her way to Auschwitz but fled from the train at six years old and was found by a Polish boy man of 19 years old He takes her to his family farm where she lives for three years, but they can t keep her for any longer His real family is growing and 5 stars I absolutely loved this book One of the best books I ve read this year Will definitely be on my top 12 for 2015 It was about the Jews and WW2 and it mentions Auschwitz, but it wasn t about that at all It was about a little girl who was on her way to Auschwitz but fled from the train at six years old and was found by a Polish boy man of 19 years old He takes her to his family farm where she lives for three years, but they can t keep her for any longer His real family is growing and his mother tells him he must find a new home for her Plus the mother is worried, the little girl is after all, a Jew He finds an article in the paper where they are looking for Aryans to be adopted by South Africans He takes her to several orphanages until he finally ends up at a Red Cross one that is aware of the project and says they will take her He has no idea what happens to her nor she him for ten years.Of course, the book lets the reader know and it s a mesmerizing tale that kept me totally engaged throughout the whole book Then they find each other Find out , buy, borrow, rent the book Thanks Thomas Nelson and Net Galley for the free e galley in exchange for a free review Rarely is there a historical novel that that so perfectly places all of its elements in a balanced way The Girl from the Train is a love story, but it s not a romance It s a book about the consequences and far reaching effects of war, but also a harrowing coming of age tale of overcoming tragedy and lasting friendship The writing style is sparse at times, but yet says everything that needs to be said The historical details are captivating and haunting, and the same can be said of the charact Rarely is there a historical novel that that so perfectly places all of its elements in a balanced way The Girl from the Train is a love story, but it s not a romance It s a book about the consequences and far reaching effects of war, but also a harrowing coming of age tale of overcoming tragedy and lasting friendship The writing style is sparse at times, but yet says everything that needs to be said The historical details are captivating and haunting, and the same can be said of the characterization.I ve read very few, in any, novels of World War II set in Poland I found the setting here to be fascinating and such a tumultuous backdrop for Gretl s story From the farmland of Poland to a new home in South Africa, following Gretl and Jakob s story was enthralling from page one The plot is varied in that it starts out with high stakes and many intense events and scenes I didn t mind the slower paced second half as it provided a nice complement to the intensity of the beginning I m sorry to admit that this is the first story I ve ever read concerning the relocation of German orphans to South Africa It provided an interesting lens through which Gretl viewed the world despite the uncertainty of her life up until that point, she made every effort to fully engage in her new life Gretl truly grows up throughout this entire story Jakob, already mostly grown when they meet, also goes through his own developments Despite tragedy, horrible circumstances and even their own mistakes, the resiliency that they show throughout the story truly captivated me I loved these characters and hated to see their story end, even though it was an altogether satisfying conclusion The ending what a tender, realistic, well deserved ending The Girl from the Train is definitely one of my top picks for 2015 It wasn t really on my radar at all for this year, and what a sad thing it would have been to have missed it I have been and will continue to recommend this book to others, especially readers of historical fiction.Thanks to Thomas Nelson and the Fiction Guild for my advance copy This review is my honest opinion WWII fiction seems to be everywhere today and I have enjoyed many of them This particular novel left me wanting I wanted to feelfor these characters I just felt that as a reader I was kept at a distance seeing the circumstances surronding the characters but not feeling them 3.5 stars.