Thursday, March 07, 2024



Tasha is only sixteen years old and is finally tasting freedom.  She was taken from her mother’s arms as soon as she was born.  She was taken by an SS guard, just a few days before the gates of Auschwitz were opened forever.  She desperately searches for her mother, but she is not the only one trying to find lost family members.  She longs to be reunited with her mother but it is much harder than she expected.  She finally is faced with the hardest decision of her life, does she stay in war torn Europe and continue to search for her mother or does she leave to build a future of hope for herself in England?

The War Orphan written by author Anna Stuart is a phenomenal continuation to the Women of War series.  This heartbreaking and wonderful story was unputdownable.  The twist and turns of this story were heart wrenching.  I loved the character of Alice, her love and compassion for the orphans was so lovely to read and touched my heart.  Though the unexpected happenings in the book were heartbreaking it also made me reach for the tissues.  I loved this installment to the series and look forward to the next book.  I highly recommend this book.  


Rating: 5 out of 5.



Author:  Anna Stuart
Publisher: Bookouture
Publication Date: March 7, 2024
Pages: 417 
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1945, Auschwitz: I stumble out of the gates, tightly grasping the hands of two smaller children. Hunger swirls in my stomach and the barren landscape swims before my eyes. I can barely believe it. We’re free. We survived. But what happens now…

Sixteen-year-old Tasha Ancel turns to take one last look at the imposing place that stole her freedom and her childhood. She has no idea how she continued to live when so many others did not. For the first time in months, her heart beats with hope for her future and that of the smaller children who cling to her now.

Tasha was torn from her mother’s arms by an SS guard days before the gates of Auschwitz opened. Now she only has a lock of her mother’s fiery hair. Desperate to be reunited, Tasha asks everyone she meets if they’ve seen a woman with flame-red hair. But with so many people trying to locate their loved ones in the chaotic aftermath of war finding her feels like an impossible task.

Officially an orphan, Tasha is given the chance to start a new life in the Lake District in England. She knows her mother would want her to take the opportunity but she can’t bear the thought of leaving Poland without her.

Tasha must make a heartbreaking decision: will she stay in war-ravaged Europe and cling on to the hope that the person she loves most in the world is alive, or take a long journey across the sea towards an uncertain future?


Anna Stuart lives in Derbyshire with her campervan-mad husband, two hungry teenagers and a slightly loopy dog. She was hooked on books from the moment she first opened one in her cot so is thrilled to now have several of her own to her name. Having studied English literature at Cambridge university, she took an enjoyable temporary trip into the ‘real world’ as a factory planner, before returning to her first love and becoming an author. History has also always fascinated her. Living in an old house with a stone fireplace, she often wonders who sat around it before her and is intrigued by how actively the past is woven into the present, something she likes to explore in her novels. Anna loves the way that writing lets her ‘try on’ so many different lives, but her favourite part of the job is undoubtedly hearing from readers.

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