The Warsaw Orphan

by Kelly Rimmer

Book, 2021



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Graydon House 2021


Instant New York Times bestseller! Inspired by the real-life heroine who saved thousands of Jewish children during WWII, The Warsaw Orphan is Kelly Rimmer's most anticipated novel since her bestselling sensation, The Things We Cannot Say. "Gripping... This one easily stands on its own." --Publishers Weekly "Heart-stopping." - Lisa Wingate, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author "A surefire hit." - Kristin Harmel, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author In the spring of 1942, young Elzbieta Rabinek is aware of the swiftly growing discord just beyond the courtyard of her comfortable Warsaw home. She has no fondness for the Germans who patrol her streets and impose their curfews, but has never given much thought to what goes on behind the walls that contain her Jewish neighbors. She knows all too well about German brutality--and that it's the reason she must conceal her true identity. But in befriending Sara, a nurse who shares her apartment floor, Elzbieta makes a discovery that propels her into a dangerous world of deception and heroism. Using Sara's credentials to smuggle children out of the ghetto brings Elzbieta face-to-face with the reality of the war behind its walls, and to the plight of the Gorka family, who must make the impossible decision to give up their newborn daughter or watch her starve. For Roman Gorka, this final injustice stirs him to rebellion with a zeal not even his newfound love for Elzbieta can suppress. But his recklessness brings unwanted attention to Sara's cause, unwittingly putting Elzbieta and her family in harm's way until one violent act threatens to destroy their chance at freedom forever.  From Nazi occupation to the threat of a communist regime, The Warsaw Orphan is the unforgettable story of Elzbieta and Roman's perilous attempt to reclaim the love and life they once knew.  … (more)

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LibraryThing member fredreeca
Roman and his family are barely surviving in the Jewish ghetto in Warsaw. There are so many things that have to fall into place every day just for them to stay alive. And when the round ups start, so do the agonizing decisions on whether to stay together or separate as a family.

Then there is
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Emilia. She is a very young polish girl. She is determined to help the poor children in the ghetto. She puts her life at risk many times to get these young children out. She meets Roman because of his family decisions and it sets these two on a course that will change their whole lives.

Kelly Rimmer brought to life the tragedy surrounding the Jewish ghetto. The starvation and the struggle to survive is all too real in this story. But, how these people made such agonizing decisions just astounds me. This read will stay with me for quite a while.

Now, the ONLY reason this is not getting a 5 star rating, is the beginning was just a tad too slow for me. But that ending…it was SPOT ON!

Need a heart wrenching, well researched WWII read with strong characters…THIS IS IT! Grab your copy today!

I received this novel from the publisher for a honest review.
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LibraryThing member susan0316
I have read other books about the extermination of the Warsaw ghetto by the Nazis during WWII but this novel gives a different view of it from two teenagers - one inside the ghetto and one outside who both fight against what is happening to the Jewish people. The main character is inspired by a
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real person who saved thousands of children from certain death. Even though I knew the basic story, this book was still a real page turner as I followed the lives of these two young people and hoped for a good outcome for both of them.

In the spring of 1942, fourteen year old Elzbieta is becoming aware of what is going on behind the walls of the ghetto. Up until then her main concerns were the city curfew and the Germans who patrolled the streets. When she becomes friends with Sara, a nurse who lives upstairs, she becomes part of a network of people who work with the children in the ghetto and try to help them escape. On one of her trips, she meets Roman. He lives with his parents, younger brother and a new baby. He and his brother are constantly trying to get food for his mother so that she can nurse the baby. When tragedy strikes his family and all is lost, Roman becomes part of the resistance group in the ghetto who plan to fight to take control from the Germans. Elzbieta and Roman become friends and there is a real possibility of love but his fervor for the rebellion in the ghetto puts Elzbieta and her family in danger and they need to flee. Will they be able to find each other again during the war or will the war and the fighting after the war with the Russian troops keep them apart forever?

This was a well written and well researched novel that was set during turbulent years in Warsaw. The two main characters were we written and I was cheering them both on throughout the story. Yes, there were tears as I read this novel but there was also a strong hope for peace and love for these two. If you enjoy WWII fiction, you definitely don't want to miss The Warsaw Orphan.

Thanks to the publisher for a copy of this book to read and review. All opinions are my own.
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LibraryThing member jetangen4571
war-is-hell, world-war-2, Poland, historical-novel, historical-places-events, historical-research, historical-setting, based-in-truth, family, family-dynamics, friendship, Warsaw, real-horror, childhood-trauma, children-in-peril*****

The beginning is so stark it could be a documentary. This is a
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truth-based representation of the ugliness of that time and place and the desperately hopeful actions by the few motivated by hope in a time of inhumanity. It is the tale of two teens from opposite sides of the walls of the Warsaw Ghetto and how, despite their own hardships, they were able to make a difference as the spectres of the death camps loomed. The descriptions are all too clear and the horrors all too real. Never again.
I requested and received a fee temporary Ebook from HARLEQUIN/Graydon House via NetGalley. Thank you.
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LibraryThing member Virginia51
This story will bring lots of tears to your eyes. It is always hard fir me to understand how some of these types of atrocities can occur but I think I understand how some people are just trying to survive themselves. This story tells of many of the horrors that people of the Jewish faith faced
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during this time in Poland. It also shows that there were some people in Poland that were trying to help the Jewish people. I felt this story was very emotional and inspirational. I received a copy of this book from Harlequin for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
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LibraryThing member Jynell
I haven't read a book by Kelly Rimmer that has disappointed me - every one of them has been fabulous. Her writing is beautiful and powerful and I love her stories that she shares. The vivid characters and scenes unfold in my head and I find myself lost in her books.

Thank you for allowing me to
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read this and give my honest opinion.
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LibraryThing member tinkerbellkk
An excellent book detailing some of the horrors of the Holocaust and how the Polish city of Warsaw was literally torn apart during this awful time. The author did a wonderful job weaving the experiences of actual people into the story - people who risked their lives to rescue children and fight to
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preserve their culture and country. I loved the characters - their incredible strength, resiliency and ability to move toward a future. Great read and highly recommended.
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LibraryThing member bereanna
Pretty gritty and graphic story of life in the Jewish ghetto of Warsaw die g Nazi occupation, the Jewish uprising, and finally the Polish uprising. Orphan finds meaningful work in ghetto and meeets boy. Their lives overlap Siri g the war and afterwards. I like this author and will read anything she
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