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Six-year-old Gretl Schmidt is on a train bound for Auschwitz. Jakób Kowalski is planting a bomb on the tracks. As World War II draws to a close, Jakób 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 first. Gretl 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 Jakób 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 family. But she can't stay with him forever. Jakób 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 discovered.

Separated by continents, politics, religion, language, and years, Jakób 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.

©2015 Irma Joubert (P)2015 Thomas Nelson Publishers

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  • john
  • 12-04-16

Excellent story covering the middle of the 20th C.

OK, granted it's a "chick book," but an engaging one. As usual, the women can look deep into the eyes (which are discussed at length, as well as other parts of the facade) and tell everything they would wish to know about men. That said, it's an intriguing story and well worth the read. It gives much info about wartime Poland & South Africa of the post-war & cold war period.

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  • Paula Boudreault
  • 27-12-15

Story pulled me in from the beginning.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Great story and beautiful narration.

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  • lyndsay.sine
  • 30-06-16

Kind

It is a very interesting book mixing in facts with romance. Good read, loved it

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  • lendo
  • 18-06-16

Awesome!!!!

This book was well read! This story is amazing!!!! A must read! Better than Nicholas Sparks!

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  • Cathey Johnson
  • 29-05-16

Stunning

Very interesting and entertaining story. I highly recommend it. Very good voice as well who did the reading.

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  • Jo F Cordell
  • 04-11-16

Recommend without reservation

A beautiful story that transcends time and place. It touches the the rawness of the human
Condition with a promise of hope that could only come from the heart of love.

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  • jennifer wilson
  • 02-08-17

great story and performance

I loved this story. I didnt want to get out of my car! Love and war.

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  • Mary I Pollock
  • 31-10-16

The Girl from the Train

It is easy to listen to. Held my interest, didn't want to shut it off. The story was a little overly sweet.

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  • Amy
  • 27-06-16

Wonderful!

This is now my most favorite book! I hesitated purchasing this book. I thought it might be boring. The story and the performance was marvelous. I strongly recommend this book. I believe you will not be disappointed.

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  • Nordic Artisan
  • 15-05-16

Unique and amazing

An atypical story of survival, love and belonging. The story kept me listening every chance I got!

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