MY MOTHER’S SECRET
J. L. Witterick
Published: September 2, 2014 (reprint)
Publisher: Berkley Trade Paperback
Every time I read a story based on the Holocaust, I am riveted and in awe of the horrific acts perpetrated on the Jewish people. Every story I have read has left me distraught but also so grateful for the few glimpses of hope and kindness that were shared during such an evil point in our history. MY MOTHER’S SECRET is just that kind of story.
The novel is written in a way that it can be shared with your teenager or your grandparents. The chapters are short and even though the pain of the words are difficult, it is a quick read. There are many lessons to learn while reading this book, including living without regrets, giving selflessly to help others, and that acts kindness will be rewarded. Even when Franciszka should have given up and been as angry as any other person who had suffered during the war, she found a way to give to others, to keep hope alive, and choose to do the right thing when she had so much to lose.
This would make an excellent choice for book clubs or for schools to use in their Holocaust studies. Discussion questions are included in the back of the book, but even without them, you will find much to discuss in the stories of Franciszka, Helena, and the families they meet. MY MOTHER’S SECRET is an amazing story and one that should be shared with generations to come.
|J. L. Witterick|
Originally from Taiwan, J.L. Witterick has been living in Canada since her family’s arrival in 1968. Today she works as President of Sky Investment Counsel. MY MOTHER’S SECRET is J.L.’s debut novel. She lives in Toronto with her husband, and their dog and cat. For more on J. L. Witterick, visit her website, http://www.mymotherssecret.com/. You can also find her on Facebook, HERE.
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