Today’s book feature is Ludwika, by Christoph Fischer. I recently had Christoph over to my blog as my Friday Guest Author, featuring his newest book, Body in the Snow. But this book is in the genre that many of his books are written in, historical fiction. Christoph’s books, although fiction, are fact-based historical settings, often with events and characters written from actual people and places. I’m a huge fan of Christoph’s writing and storytelling, and this book in particular, has won many awards, recently, The Readers Favorite Book Award 2016.
It’s World War II and Ludwika Gierz, a young Polish woman, is forced to leave her family and go to Nazi Germany to work for an SS officer. There, she must walk a tightrope, learning to live as a second-class citizen in a world where one wrong word could spell disaster and every day could be her last. Based on real events, this is a story of hope amid despair, of love amid loss . . . ultimately, it’s one woman’s story of survival.
My Review: 5 Stars
In keeping with historical fiction of World War II, Fischer takes us on a journey of one woman’s life in Poland, living on a farm in a small town, where the Germans are beginning to occupy. She is faced with a decision to go to Germany with a German SS officer who has taken a shining to her in exchange for safety, and the safety of her family who are to remain on their farm. Her biggest fear is having to leave her daughter behind, a heart tugging decision, which reminds me a lot about the book Sophie’s choice.
Once in Germany, and the beginning of the third Reich occupying much of Europe, Ludwika finds herself in the midst of several occurring circumstances while trying to find work, as a Pole, to survive and hide from the Nazis after unfortunate circumstances happen with her German suitor.
This book takes us through the trials and sufferings of one courageous woman, her sacrifices and sufferings to survive, and her undying desire to find her family.
A deep look into humanity, humility and determination, Ludwika will capture your empathy as she takes us with her on her perilous journey to survival.
Though parts of this story are true, the author notes about his research and his choices to use fiction to help create this incredible story. A captivating read!