The Winter Guest
Mira, Aug 26 2014, $14.99
In 1940 in Biekowice, Poland the Nowak patriarch died in a cart accident while the matriarch was hospitalized with severe injuries. Though acrimonious rivals with diverse opinions about the German invasion; the oldest children, twins Helena and Ruth take charge of their younger siblings (Michal, Dorie and Karolina) even as the Nazis blitzkrieg Poland.
Though she knows she should ignore the wounded foreigner, Helena rescues Jewish American soldier Sam Rosen. Initially telling no one about him she hides the paratrooper as he heals. When Helena and Sam fall in love, jealous Ruth reacts with bitterness; while opportunistic neighbors plot against the family.
The latest Pam Jenoff WWII Poland thriller (see The Kommandant's Girl and The Diplomat’s Daughter) is another excellent historical as readers obtain a vivid sense of life during the Nazi occupation. The strong cast makes for a powerful drama enabling us to see the deadly era through the eyes of the five Nowak siblings (especially the diverse bias of the twins) and Sam. As the truth fails to set them free, The Winter Guest is a fantastic 1940s war novel.