Monday, 24 June 2013

The storyteller

The other day I borrowed this book,

and I've barely put it down since, lol. I love her books, ever since I read 'My sisters keeper' book ending WAY better than the film I have to say, made me bawl my eyes out. Almost gave Mark a heart attack really as I was almost full term pregnant with Cameron at the time and finished it at like 2 in the morning. I was crying to hard I woke Mark who paniced and kept asking me what was wrong but I couldn't answer I was crying so hard! He was about to ring 999 when I managed to explain it was the book lol. Don't think he was too impressed.
Anyway while I didn't cry so hard at this one there were a few tears shed. Amazons description of the book is as follows:

Sage Singer has a past that makes her want to hide from the world. Sleeping by day and working in a bakery by night, she kneads her emotion into the beautiful bread she bakes.
But when she strikes up an unlikely friendship with Josef Weber, a quiet man old enough to be her grandfather, and respected pillar of the community, she feels that finally, she may have found someone she can open up to.
Until Josef tells her the evil secret he's kept for sixty years.
Caught between Josef's search for redemption and her shattered illusions, Sage turns to her family history and her own life for answers. As she uncovers the truth from the darkest horrors of war, she must follow a twisting trail between betrayal and forgiveness, love and revenge. And ask herself the most difficult question she has ever faced - can murder ever be justice? Or mercy?

I won't give away too much but basically Josef admits he was a Nazi who worked in Auswitch. In true Jodi fashion some chapters are from the perspective of Sage in present day, and some are from Sages Grandmother who was a prisoner in Auswitch during the war. Some parts are hard to read as you can imagine and it is genuinely terrifying to this this happened within my Grandmothers lifetime and in all honesty, I don't see why it might not happen again with the way the world is going. But I'm going off topic. It was really an amazing story, while I know about concentration camps from lessons at school and obviously I know it was beyond horrific what happened there, but the little details included in the story make it real. There was one part where a father promises his daughter than when she dies it will be by a bullet to the heart because it is quicker. That was a how he comforted his child. How dreadful to be in a world where that is a comfort to you child. Was worse when I found out that that story was actually true from her research. Unlike most of her other books I saw the twist coming a mile off but it was still well worth reading :)


  1. Ooooh just about to start this tonight! Picked it up from the library this weekend :)

  2. It sounds good - I have only ever read My Sister's Keeper which I am glad I read before seeing the film (hated how they changed the ending) like you I had a real blubfest at the end - I was in the car and Mr P had to do a mop up session when we reached our services stop LOL!!

  3. I couldn't get on with her books :( Glad you enjoyed it and great story re Mark nearly calling 999!!


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