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The Hidden Village by Imogen Matthews
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it was amazing
bookshelves: historical-fiction, netherlands, wwii

This is a compelling story about a village built by rebellious Dutch citizens to help hide their Jewish (or in other way dissident) neighbors and countrymen. Located deep in the Hoge Veluwe National Park, this village really did exist and several huts have been reconstructed in the original location.

The author wrote her book after reading a non-fiction book about this village. However, her novel is not a rehashing of history, but a suspenseful and dramatic glimpse into the lives and inner thoughts of the villagers – both those being hidden and those helping them. The story takes us into their daily lives, scares, sicknesses, and ultimately their betrayal.

It a well-written, moving story of courage, hope, and survival.

My only criticism is that it ends quite abruptly. I would have liked to learn more about what happened to the characters after the war. Perhaps she’s leaving room for a sequel?

4.5 out of 5 stars
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Reading Progress

February 9, 2018 – Started Reading
February 9, 2018 – Shelved
February 9, 2018 –
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February 18, 2018 –
79.0%
February 24, 2018 –
99.0% "great story - off to write a review"
February 27, 2018 – Shelved as: historical-fiction
February 27, 2018 – Shelved as: netherlands
February 27, 2018 – Shelved as: wwii
February 27, 2018 – Finished Reading

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