The Forest of Vanishing Stars by Kristin Harmel

Reviewed by Holly (Library Patron)

This book was a very interesting read. The story is set in the geographical region of Poland/Russia during WWII. The plot has many twists and turns. It begins with the main character being abducted and taken to the forest to be raised by an older woman. The main character, Yona, lives in the woods and learns survival skills from the old woman. As the war becomes a more dominating factor many people, mostly Jewish, are attracted to the woods and live there to avoid the wrath of Nazi soldiers. The characters are well developed and readers can feel along with them as their circumstances evolve. Also reading the Author’s Note at the end of the book gives readers historical references and empowers this fictional novel. If you generally like reading WWII period pieces, this is a must read.

Located in Adult Fiction (FIC HARMEL)

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