The Plum Tree by Ellen Marie Wiseman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
The Plum Tree is a moving story about the horrors of war. The main character Christine is from a poor family in a typical German village, but Christine is anything but typical. Christine develops feelings for Isaac the son of a wealthy jewish family who employs Christine and her mother. As the Nazis gain power, life for all Germans begins to change, and the relationship that Christine has developed with Issac is threatened. With each new law, jews are further removed from society and Germany is pushed closer and closer to war. Christine struggles not only with her fears for Issac, but the very real challenges of living in Germany during the war. Her father is ordered to join the army and sent to the Russian front. Christine and her mother try to keep the household running, as new dangers face them each day. Air raids and aliied bombs wreak havoc for her little village, and Christine is horrified when she sees what is actually happening to the jews. The author does a wonderful job of creating a story that describes the horrors of war, not only for the jews, but for so many who are just trying to survive. I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys historical fiction. The Plum Tree is an important addition to the many books written about the horrors of World War II.
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