The Runaway Family

The Runaway Family by Diney Costeloe

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


As much as I love historical fiction and books based on WWII, it is getting harder and harder for me to read the stories of people from that period of time. Although the stories of the survivors are good stories, the obstacles of what they have gone thru are horrifying.

The novel begins with Ruth Friedman and her four children. The night her husband was arrested and taken to Dachau, their family business and home were burned. With no place to live and four kids to feed and protect – Ruth begins her run for safety. The mother and four children acrosses Germany into Austria and beyond.

I absolutely loved the plot, the harshness of life that came upon Ruth and her little family, and the way she choose to deal with it. Her character is brave, strong-minded, and family-oriented. It’s hard to keep it together, on a run with four small kids and an elderly mother. I absolutely disliked both Ruth and her husband’s families. They were self-centered human beings with no care for others. There were a few characters in the novel that showed their support for Jewish people, a few had surprised me. As I read WWII novels, the hate Germans had for the Jewish population surprises me every time. What’s actually unsurprising is the hate people love to share. But that’s another discussion for a different day. Thank you NetGalley and Head of Zeus publisher for a free copy of the novel.



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