The Warsaw Orphan

Fans of Historical Fiction should be eager to read Kelly Rimmer‘s latest book, The Warsaw Orphan, this summer. This is an interesting story loosely based on real events in Warsaw, Poland during World War II that has its emotional moments as Rimmer vividly describes the war-time atrocities, bleakness and terror that were felt on the streets of Warsaw during Nazi rule.

The Warsaw Orphan has a slower pace, but I was impressed by Rimmer’s depiction of the era – from the German propaganda, rumours, and their ruthless actions, to the fear of the Polish people – which were balanced with glimpses of family and friendship. The story felt a bit heavy with dialogue, but the characters were well-developed, and even though a few weren’t likable, they had believable faults which helped showcase different aspects of the war.

The story is told through the points of views of Elzbieta and Roman, young people who deal with events and emotions quite differently. It’s through their eyes that readers feel the despair and desperation of the Jewish people living within the ghetto walls, and those trying to help them escape.

This is a poignant story that doesn’t hold back as it describes the horrors of war. But while it can be brutal in its telling, Rimmer also gives her readers glimpses of hope within strong themes of courage, strength, and resiliency. Put your hold on WPLs copies now!

— Laurie P.