The Warsaw Orphan by Kelly Rimmer. (2021).
**4.5 out of 5 stars**
1942. Elzbieta is aware of the growing discord outside of her comfortable Warsaw home. But she has no idea what goes on behind the walls of the Jewish Ghetto nearby until she makes a discovery that propels her into a dangerous world of deception. She eventually meets the Gorka family who must give up their newborn daughter or watch her starve. For Roman Gorka this final injustice stirs in him a rebellion not even his newfound love for Elzbieta can suppress. His recklessness puts their families in harm’s way until one violent act threatens to destroy their chance at freedom forever.
Every time I pick up a new release by this author I know it’s going to be a fantastic read but also it’ll probably hurt my heart at some point. This one is no exception! In this novel we are following Elzbieta and Roman both separately and when their lives intersect; Roman lives in the Jewish Ghetto in Warsaw, Elzbieta on the outside. Both perspectives were very absorbing and both will invoke strong emotions in readers. The author has written that this book is inspired by the real-life heroine who smuggled thousands of Jewish children to safety during WWII so as you can imagine, there are many powerful and heartbreaking scenes throughout the story.
Overall: this historical fiction makes for very compelling reading and I would not hesitate to recommend.