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Publisher's Summary

A heart-wrenching novel of love, resilience and courage in World War II, from the author of Sisters of War - perfect for listeners who loved The Tattooist of Auschwitz and The German Midwife. 

Ukraine, 1943 

On a train from Ukraine to Germany, Lisa Smirnova is terrified for her life. The train is under Nazi command, heading for one of Hitler’s rumoured labour camps. As she is taken away from everything she holds dear, Lisa wonders if she will ever see her family again.

In Nazi-occupied Kiev, Irina Antonova knows she could be arrested at any moment. Trapped in a job registering the endless deaths of the people of Kiev, she risks her life every day by secretly helping her neighbours, while her husband has joined the Soviet partisans, who are carrying out life-threatening work to frustrate the German efforts.

When Lisa’s train is intercepted by the partisans, Irina’s husband among them, these women’s lives will take an unimaginable turn. As Irina fights to protect her family and Lisa is forced to confront the horrors of war, together they must make an impossible decision: what would they be willing to lose to save the people they love?

©2021 Lana Kortchik (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"A powerful and hard-hitting novel, it tackles the themes of loyalty and compassion, and emphasizes the hard choices that need to be made in wartime." (Deborah Swift, author of The Lady's Slipper)

"The author, Lana Kortchik, has done her homework, and it shows. Her writing style is crisp and vivid, and she gives us dialogue that jumps off the page." (Harry Fox, author of The Stonegate Sword)

"Pulls you in to the bleakness of war, the longing for peace, and the exhilaration of profound, unconditional love." (Marie Silk, author of Davenport House)

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