I'd like to say that this book deserves every single one of those stars. This is a 5 star books. It's told in two perspectivThis book. Where to start.
I'd like to say that this book deserves every single one of those stars. This is a 5 star books. It's told in two perspectives: One perspective is from the main character during World War Two, while the other perspective is about the girl who is discovering how she's connected to the main character during World War Two. Both view points complement each other very well.
I first came across this book when I was finding another book. I was hesitant on picking it up because I have never heard of it before and I wasn't much of a historical fiction reader. I had two other books with me, but I decided to give Tamar a go. I'm so glad I did. This book drew me in right away, mainly because of how you could instantly dive right into the plot. It starts out with the grandfather choosing a child's name, which of course if the name of the novel. Then it shifts gears and transports the reader to the late stages of WWII, which caught my attention even more. The plot itself was not hard to follow; It's simplistic, but I think that's the beauty of it.
I didn't drop the book all day yesterday (unless I had to, for daily activities). I basically neglected everything else to get as far as I could with this book. It was a little slow to begin with, but once it starts, it starts. There are so many things that happen all at once, and with the changing perspectives, it's the type of book that makes you say, "Oh, I'll just finish this chapter." And when the new chapter starts, as soon as you read the first sentence, your head does a follow up and says, "I suppose another chapter wouldn't hurt!" And that's how it was with me. I read well into the night, until sleep threatened to make me forget everything I read. That, and the words began to float around the page.
I probably say this with every single book I read, but the plot really thickens the closer you get to the end. The title of "Espionage, Passion, and Betrayal" perfectly describes this book in three short, sweet, but powerful words. It came to the point where I had to go back to third grade, and cover the line that was after the current one I was reading with my bookmark because I didn't want to spoil it for myself. I'd kick myself over and over if I had ruined it. As soon as I finished the last page, I flipped back to the first page and read the prologue again. Then it all really hit me.
The very first sentence, if read very carefully, lays out the conflict for the rest of the novel. And that's what I really loved about this book. In the end, you really saw it coming, but you didn't, because most if not all of us reads the first sentence of a novel wishy-washily because we're too impatient and we want to start diving straight into the book. It's beautiful.
Even though this book gets 5 stars, it's not a book I would reread, personally. So many things happen in the book, and it has to be read carefully to fully grasp the idea behind every detail. I said the plot was simple - and it still is - but make sure you read with care. If you have to reread the book, it takes away from the novel altogether because you already know what's going to happen. It's best to keep this book fresh in your mind, and with the details that you pay so close to (right?), you shouldn't have to reread.
This was a fabulous book. I will shove this book on you, because everyone should read this book at least once. This is the type of book that's not well known, but once people have gotten a hold of it, they're in for a ride. Then they'll tell their friends, who'd tell their friends, who'd tell their friends, who'd tell their friends, who'd tell their friends......more