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The Light After the War by Anita Abriel
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A must read for lovers of historical fiction and romance novels. It is a light easy read on topics that are typically mixed with heavy emotions. On top of it all is the fact it is based on a true story—the author’s mother’s experience during and after WWII.

The story begins after the war and covers the experiences of a young woman coming of age post-war with her best friend. While there are flashbacks to the woman’s holocaust experience, the author only touches on war experience in small bursts. The reader gets to experience what it is like to come into one’s self while moving to different countries and cultures when trying to find a home post-war. At the root of the story is the strong bonds of friendship and the love that finds them.

While the novel has some unexpected twists in the last 50 pages, it ends with the reader feeling most loose ends tied up and happiness after great sadness. There are several good quotes that make you think in the simple language the book is written in.

Thank you Atria Books for the ARC in exchange for my honest review.

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Reading Progress

September 24, 2019 – Shelved
September 24, 2019 – Shelved as: to-read
November 9, 2019 – Started Reading
November 11, 2019 – Finished Reading

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