Friday, January 15, 2021



This World War II story is both heartbreaking and eye opening. This author has a gift of pulling you into the story and making you feel like you are living the life instead of reading a book.

This book was simply amazing.  Lily Graham is an author that not only draws you in but also teaches you about history along the way.   This is a story of young fifteen year old Jewish twins, whose parents were killed. Asta and Jurgen, who are brother and sister, who had to flee their hometown of Hamburg, Germany to seek refuge from the Nazis with their aunt in Denmark.  When they get separated on their journey Asta is forced to go it alone.  The friends and strangers they met along the way that help them was so heartwarming. The hardships that they endured were so terrifying yet every flip of the page gave hope. This time-slip tale paints such a vivid picture of survival and experiences are beyond comprehension.  You’ll need to read this one with a box of tissues near by. 

The fear, the loss, the courage and the endurance that these kids had to face was absolutely heartbreaking.  This unputdownable, real life story is an absolute must-read.  This author writes well beyond her years.  I highly recommend Lily Graham and will definitely read anything this author writes.  Bravo Lily, well done.



Rating: 5 out of 5.

Author:  Lily Graham
Publisher:  Bookouture 
Publication Date: January 12, 2021 
Pages: 266 
Buy on Amazon 

‘Our parents were taken. And if we go home, the Nazis will take us too…’

Hamburg 1938. Fifteen-year-old Asta is hurrying home from school with her twin brother Jurgen. The mood in the city is tense – synagogues have been smashed with sledgehammers, and Asta is too frightened to laugh as she used to.

But when she and Jurgen are stopped in the street by a friend, her world implodes further. Her Jewish parents have been dragged into the streets by German soldiers and if she and Jurgen return to their house, they will be taken too.

Heartbroken at the loss of her parents, Asta knows they must flee. With her beloved brother, she must make the perilous journey across Germany and into Denmark to reach their only surviving relative, her aunt Trine, a woman they barely know.

Jammed into a truck with other refugees, Asta prays for a miracle to save herself and Jurgen. Crossing the border is a crime punishable by death, and what she and Jurgen must embark on a dangerous crossing on foot, through the snowy forest dividing Germany and Denmark. And when barking dogs and armed soldiers find Jurgen and Asta escapes, she must hold on to hope no matter what. One day she will find her twin, the other half of herself. Whatever the price she has to pay… 

A gripping and poignant read that will break your heart and give you hope. Fans of Fiona Valpy, Kristin Hannah and Catherine Hokin will be gripped by the story of a brave brother and sister seeking safety during one of the darkest times in our history. 


Lily Graham was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. She was a journalist before turning to writing fiction full-time. She moved to the U.K. with her husband and their dog, Fudge, five years before – to be closer to her parents. Her family is of British decent.

She has written seven novels including the bestselling, The Paris Secret, The Island Villa, and recently The Child of Auschwitz, which has been translated into multiple languages. Her novels have been published worldwide and translated into multiple territories.

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