I loved this. It was well written and well researched with rounded believable characters. It made a nice change to have a book with a religious element based in the Orthodox Jewish community, and a refreshing reminder that the label attached to a faith is less important than the actions of the individual.
But all that makes it sound too worthy, and that does the book a disservice. This is a cracking read on many levels. I really empathised with the characters even though their lives and stories were so different to mine. It was a real page turner with realistic character development. It made me cry on the tube several times with its sensitive handling of loss, grief, mourning and the human realities of the Holocaust, and yet managed (improbably) to maintain an atmosphere of love, humour, forgiveness and hope.
How can something so good be free? Snap it up free if you can, but even if you have to pay, it will be worth it. I will definitely be buying more of this authors work.