The Vow by Felicity Goodrich
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It happens in the chill of a September night, 1939: Their small Polish village is raided, burned to the ground. Anna, a devoutly Catholic teenager, watches as her friend is shot, as her father is dragged off for conscription in the German army.

Szymon, the young village priest, stands silently with his parishioners as their church is ransacked and torched. Anna clings to him—her dear friend and confidant—and by some luck, the Germans spare them.

Five Septembers later, Anna and Szymon still cling together, now amid the turmoil of war. Though Anna dreads her engagement to a local ruffian and Szymon fears for his father’s life back home, the two find solace in their friendship.

But when the Soviet army comes to “liberate” them, Anna endures an unspeakable atrocity and Szymon suffers his own tragedy. Now bound even more tightly by the sorrows they carry, they face a choice: honor the vows they’ve made to others or risk everything for the chance at salvation in each other.

 

About Felicity Goodrich

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Felicity Goodrich, a New Hampshire native, graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2008 with a BA in English, as well as with degrees in history and music. She went on to complete a graduate program in history at California State University in Sacramento and later worked as a librarian and as an archivist. She is active in animal rescue and currently lives in Northern California with her boyfriend and their two cats. The Vow is her debut novel.
 
Published April 12, 2016 by Lake Union Publishing. 274 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction

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