The Love That I Have by James Moloney. (2018).
*4.5 out of 5 stars*
At 16, Margot has left school to commence work in the mailroom of a concentration camp in Germany in 1944. Margot is shielded from most of the brutality but is shocked when she is told to burn the prisoners’ letters instead of sending them. She decides to steal some letters to send on, only to find herself drawn to their words of hope, despair and love. This is how Margot comes to know Dieter when she reads his beautiful and passionate letters to his girlfriend, coincidentally also named Margot so it’s like the love letters are for her.
I tend to mainly avoid holocaust books these days, purely because I’ve read quite a few and I sometimes feel ‘overdone’ with it. But, the blurb of this book stood out to me and I couldn’t not pick it up. I’m glad I did because it was a haunting yet beautiful story. We get to experience Margot’s viewpoint for the majority of the book with a section devoted to Dieter’s point of view. The book is well-written and I could picture the events happening as I read them; as a female who was 16 once I could easily relate to Margot.
I imagine readers from young adult upwards who enjoy historical fiction with a touch of romance will greatly appreciate this moving story.