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The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian
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Aug 05, 12

Recommended to Kelly by: Goodreads Firstreads giveaway
Recommended for: history buffs, war buffs, romance buffs
Read from August 03 to 05, 2012, read count: once

Like his other novels, Bohjalian has crafted a phenomenal story of the real events which happened in Aleppo and the surrounding area in 1915. His characters are layered like a Vidalia onion, each layer sweeter as you get deeper and closer to the center of the character’s personality and their changes after seeing and participating in the violence of war, even if that participation is periphery.

While the violence is intense and somewhat graphic, it does not feel gratuitous, rather realistic and horrifying. Balancing the violence is a background story of a sheltered girl who begins to grow and mature as she moves out of her comfort zone to help the poor and refugees. Along the way she finds love.

In many ways this book reminds me of The Golden Hour by Margaret Wurtele and Secrets of the Cross Trilogy by Elizabeth Musser. Both show the tragedy and violence of war (and when good men do nothing) while incorporating a believable love story with in the larger action.
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