Book: The Forest of Vanishing Stars
Author: Kristin Harmel
This is my 77th read for the year
This is the story of Yona. Stolen from her German parents when she was a baby, she grew up with her kidnapper in the deep forest. She never knew she was taken until her kidnapper reveals the truth on her deathbed in 1941. Now Yona is alone in the forest - until she comes across a group of Jewish people fleeing the Nazis. She has no idea that a war is going on. She vows to help these people and teach them how to survive in the forest. She continues to help as the group grows until one day she is betrayed. She feels that her time with this group has come to an end and she wanders into a German village. What happens there changes the course of her life forever.
This book wasn't that good. I had hope for it in the beginning - liked the idea of someone being able to survive in the woods and then teach the terrified Jewish people to hide and survive. The truth is - a lot of Jewish people did survive this way (the author reveals this at the end of her book in her author notes). That would have been an intriguing story. Instead, she develops a far fetched story that turns into a love story and she loses me. I never really liked any of the characters. Their emotions were almost too extreme to be believable.