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The Forest of Vanishing Stars

A Novel

by Kristin Harmel

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The Forest of Vanishing Stars by Kristin Harmel
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Lucy S. (Westford, MA)

Magical and Heroic - Goodness vs Evil
This was a different WWII novel, a young woman can use her lifetime learning to rescue people suffering from the war; she overcame her solitary lifestyle, using her knowledge of the forest to keep the group safe. Love, courage, goodness vs evil. The book was suspenseful and kept one's attention - the details made you feel you were there watching Yona grow and apply her knowledge and learn how to live a life not so solitary, learning about typical interaction among different people. The end of the story seemed a little rushed after all the wonderful details that filled the novel - that kept my review at 4 stars instead of 5.
Sandra O. (Alexandria, VA)

Jewish Survival in Polish Forests
This well-known author has written a story of the hundreds of Jews who lived in the forests of Poland during WWII. It is based on factual details; a unique female hero who has instincts beyond belief. She is told that the "knowing of impossible things is a gift from God".

The story is a sad tale and it is important to read the author's notes. The cover is beautiful. The title foretells what the story's ending will be. There were many sentences that one wants to hold in thought. It is not a summer beach read book; it should be read in a quiet surroundings with a note pad by your side.
I would suggest it as suitable for a book group that is interested in the fate of the Jewish people in Poland.

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