Noa was thrown out of her parents’ home because she had become pregnant to a German soldier but needed to leave after the Germans took her baby. As Noa made her way out of town, she came upon a train of Jewish infants left to die (talk about heartbreaking.)
Noa took one of the babies, couldn’t continue because they both were almost frozen, and then collapsed near the circus. The circus members rescued Noa and the baby, but Noa had to perform on the flying trapeze with Astrid to earn her keep.
Even though Noa and Astrid worked together as a team on the flying trapeze, there was tension between them because Noa was terrified of flying especially since she almost fell to her death during practice one day. The tension subsided as Noa tried harder to please Astrid and when Noa found out the reason Astrid hid from the Nazi soldiers.
The first time Astrid immediately and very quickly disappeared when the Nazi soldiers burst into the circus building, Noa knew something was going on.
How did they know she was Jewish? Did someone tell on her? The circus owner kept up a good front and steered the Nazi soldiers from the Jewish performers he was hiding, but it was stressful for all.
THE ORPHAN’S TALE is another beautifully written book by Ms. Jenoff revealing another not well-known fact about WWII. The circus theme was quite interesting. I wasn’t aware of traveling circuses during that time, but it seems like the perfect way to help keep some of the Jewish community safe and hidden during the Holocaust.
THE ORPHAN’S TALE smoothly flows from Noa’s story to Astrid’s as we learn about their lives and their secrets that they both are afraid to tell. Despite secrets, their friendship strengthens even though there is a thin line that may destroy it.
I truly enjoyed THE ORPHAN’S TALE as I have enjoyed all of Ms. Jenoff’s books. Ms. Jenoff has a marvelous way of writing a story based on the unpleasant facts of WWII.
THE ORPHAN’S TALE had a different theme, and I always learn new things about the Holocaust when I read Ms. Jenoff’s books.
Ms. Jenoff always does exquisite research. You would think all has been known and written about WWII, but the circus assisting the Jewish people was interesting, enlightening, and wonderful to know how another group helped the Jewish people.
Don’t miss reading another heartbreaking but heartwarming book by Ms. Jenoff. 5/5
This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the publisher in return for an honest review for TLC.
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