My Mother's Secret by J.L. Witterick
Based on a True Holocaust Story

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The book is a very good, and mild, introduction to the horrors of World War II in general and the Holocaust in particular.
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Inspired by a true story, My Mother’s Secret is a captivating and ultimately uplifting tale intertwining the lives of two Jewish families in hiding from the Nazis, a fleeing German soldier, and the mother and daughter who team up to save them all.
 
Franciszka and her daughter, Helena, are simple, ordinary people…until 1939, when the Nazis invade their homeland. Providing shelter to Jews in Nazi-occupied Poland is a death sentence, but Franciszka and Helena do exactly that. In their tiny home in Sokal, they hide a Jewish family in a loft above their pigsty, a Jewish doctor with his wife and son in a makeshift cellar under the kitchen, and a defecting German soldier in the attic—each party completely unknown to the others. For everyone to survive, Franciszka will have to outsmart her neighbors and the German commander.
 
Told simply and succinctly from four different perspectives—all under one roof—My Mother’s Secret is a testament to the kindness, courage, and generosity of ordinary people who chose to be extraordinary.
 

About J.L. Witterick

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JL Witterick grew up in Canada, experiencing the multi-cultural environment which influenced her thinking about how different people can live in harmony.  She has always been interested in Holocaust stories, finding the courage of many during this period to be touching and inspirational.  She loves to write and wanted her debut novel to be meaningful.  The warm response that she has received from readers is like a dream come true.  My Mother’s Secret is a bestseller in Canada and has been published in several countries around the world. Witterick has donated 100 percent of the advance from the book to various charities.  These include providing books for children from impoverished communities, funding for medical research, and financial support for animal shelters.  She loves all animals and considers her dog and cat to be part of her family.  Witterick hopes that by writing this story and donating the proceeds from the advance, she will have honored those known as The Righteous Among the Nations.
 
Published September 5, 2013 by Berkley. 209 pages
Genres: History, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Fiction
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Above average
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Aug 31 2013

Instead of universalizing the tale, the underdeveloped characters and thin descriptions flatten the effect.

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Good
Reviewed by ManoflaBook.com on May 06 2013

The book is a very good, and mild, introduction to the horrors of World War II in general and the Holocaust in particular.

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