End of the Line
By: Sharon E. McKay
Publisher: Annick Press, Ltd
Wartime Amsterdam, Holland 1942
Beatrix finds herself left at the tram station, as the Nazis take her mother from the tram. Lars, a tram operator tells the Nazis Beatrix is his niece. He and his brother Hans have no idea how to even begin to cope with a 5 year old and yet they are willing to try eventhough if they are found harboring a Jew it will mean certain death. They enlist the help of their neighbor, Mrs. Vos, who although does her best, she cannot always shield Beatrix from the horrors of war as she waits daily for her mother to return.
In today’s society it would be hard to understand that a perfect stranger would be willing to jeopardize their lives to save the life of someone they didn’t know, since we are taught from a very early age to not speak to strangers, yet that is exactly what happened to 5-year-old Beatrix, as her mother is taken away by the Nazis. This book tugged at my heart strings. I felt their fear as they waited for the “all-clear” to sound from the bombings, their hunger and their cold and the uncertainty of their future as they waited for the war to end. All throughout this book the horrors of war brought out the worst and best in people.
This is definitely a book I would recommend, especially if you like a book based upon historical fact about World War II. I can promise you, it is a story that will stay in your thoughts long after you have read the last word. Superbly written!
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Annick Press, Ltd, through NetGalley blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.