Posted in Contemporary Romance, Romance, Young Adult

One Small Thing by Erin Watt@authorerinwatt @HarlequinTeen #BookReview

Happy Saturday book lovers! Today I am sharing my review of this complex young adult book filled with heartbreak and hope!💕

One Small Thing

One Small Thing by Erin Watt

My Thoughts

4 Small Thing Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟

The message of this book was perfect… find that one small thing every day that makes you happy…. if we all could prescribe to this school of thought, the world would be a happier place… and this book was the one small thing in my life today that put a smile on my face… this was a book filled with so much angst, heartbreak, frustration, but in the end hope!

It is Beth’s senior year and she wants to make the most of it, but this is not easy with her extremely over protective parents… Beth’s older sister Rachel died in a tragic accident a couple years ago and her parents are going to do everything to keep their surviving daughter safe…. this was tough! These parents were beyond overprotective… and it was really hard not to pass judgment because thank goodness I have never been in their situation, but they were just smothering their daughter…. Beth sneaks out one night to a party and meets Chase the bad boy new guy in school…. there is chemistry between them, however when they find out the true identity of one another they realize this relationship cannot happen…. so it is over before it starts, or is it?

I really liked Beth, I felt for her and my heart broke for her, what a hard place to be… how do you make your grieving parents see you and recognize your needs? Chase what a great guy… yes he did something he shouldn’t have, but at the core of it it was an accident…. an accident he will also have to live with for the rest of his life…. I really adored these two main characters, however every secondary character in this book was judgemental, irritating, and annoying…. I really cannot believe how ridiculous these kids were especially in regards to Chase…. I’m not sure why they didn’t take a cue as to how Beth was reacting??? My desire to reach through the pages and shake some people into reality, was quite overwhelming throughout most of this book!…. beth’s friends were so busy being righteous that they didn’t seem to care what her needs were?Ugh so annoying!

This was a quick enjoyable read filled with all the drama and angst you expect from a book set in high school… I really would love a follow up! I love to see what happens to Beth and Chase after high school and there are some characters I’d like to see get theirs, LOL 😝

Absolutely recommend to fans of contemporary young adult books with a lot of drama and angst… parents I’d recommend for your older teens, there is teenage drinking and sex….

*** many thanks to Harlequin Teen for my copy of this delightful book ***

About the Book

Beth’s life hasn’t been the same since her sister died. Her parents try to lock her down, believing they can keep her safe by monitoring her every move. When Beth sneaks out to a party one night and meets the new guy in town, Chase, she’s thrilled to make a secret friend. It seems a small thing, just for her.

Only Beth doesn’t know how big her secret really is…

Fresh out of juvie and determined to start his life over, Chase has demons to face and much to atone for, including his part in the night Beth’s sister died. Beth, who has more reason than anyone to despise him, is willing to give him a second chance. A forbidden romance is the last thing either of them planned for senior year, but the more time they spend together, the deeper their feelings get.

Now Beth has a choice to make—follow the rules, or risk tearing everything apart…again.

What was your one small thing today?

Berit☀️✨

Posted in Historical Fiction

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by #HeatherMorris @RCArmitage #LaleSokolov #TheTattoistOfAuschwitz #HistoricalFiction #AudioBookReview

The Tattooist of Auschwitz

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

⭐⭐⭐⭐.5 Heart-breakingly beautiful stars

Synopsis

The Tattooist of Auschwitz is based on the true story of Lale and Gita Sokolov, two Slovakian Jews who survived Auschwitz and eventually made their home in Australia. In that terrible place, Lale was given the job of tattooing the prisoners marked for survival – literally scratching numbers into his fellow victims’ arms in indelible ink to create what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust. Lale used the infinitesimal freedom of movement that this position awarded him to exchange jewels and money taken from murdered Jews for food to keep others alive. If he had been caught, he would have been killed; many owed him their survival.

There have been many books about the Holocaust – and there will be many more. What makes this one so memorable is Lale Sokolov’s incredible zest for life. He understood exactly what was in store for him and his fellow prisoners, and he was determined to survive – not just to survive but to leave the camp with his dignity and integrity intact, to live his life to the full. Terrible though this story is, it is also a story of hope and of courage. It is also – almost unbelievably – a love story. Waiting in line to be tattooed, terrified and shaking, was a young girl. For Lale – a dandy, a jack-the-lad, a bit of a chancer – it was love at first sight, and he determined not only to survive himself but to ensure that Gita did, too. His story – their story – will make you weep, but you will also find it uplifting. It shows the very best of humanity in the very worst of circumstances.

Like many survivors, Lale and Gita told few people their story after the war. They eventually made their way to Australia, where they raised a son and had a successful life. But when Gita died, Lale felt he could no longer carry the burden of their past alone. He chose to tell his story.

Review

Before starting this book i knew that it was going to be a tough one, I was not silly enough to think that it was going to be a fluffy romance, but ahh this book!!

I also did not know that it was based on a true story, i know obviously Auschwitz is true, but this is also the true story about Lale Sokolov and his “romance story” with the love of his life Gita.

The horror that one man can endure and feel has been put into this book and is sometimes overwhelming, and that is a good thing, it should never be forgotten what happened in these camps, it should never be forgotten what these people went through.

Lale was taken to Auschwitz in 1942 he was 26 years old.

He offered his services when the Nazi’s came to his town, he was told that one member had to go and help them and the rest of the family would be saved, Lale stepped up to the mark, his older brother had a wife and a child so he thought that it would be best for him to stay and look after her.

At that time he and the rest of the world were unaware of the horrors that he would see and endure, he just thought he was helping his family!

On arrival he was stripped of his name and given the number 32407 which was tattooed onto his arm, along with the thousands of other arrivals.

He was set to work, firstly lugging bricks, and then on the rooftops of the new buildings of the ever extending camp.

One day he got really sick with typhiod, a disease that was swarming through the camps, a man took care of him, his name was Pepan.

Pepan was the man that had Tattooed him on the day that he arrived at the camp, after that Pepan took him under his wing and used him as an apprentice, he taught him the trade and also how to keep his head down and his mouth shut!

One day Pepan disappeared, so Lale was crowned the new “Tetovierer” (Camp Tattooist) – Lale never saw Pepan again.

Because Lale was fluent in 5 or 6 languages he learned to hover around and collect information, and because of his new job he was given preferential treatment, he was given better lodgings and extra helpings at dinner, which Lale saved and gave out to his friends in Block 29 where he was first stationed.

While he was tattooing new prisnners one day he met Gita, he tattooed her arm with the number 34902, he never forgot that number, they tried to meet each other and sometimes managed fleeting glances and stolen kisses, much to the dismay of his German Officer in charge of him, his extra rations soon started to go to her.

He also managed to gain gems and money from dealings with some of the other prisoners, so he started exchanging these for extra food, this was like currency in the camps and Lale soon became the man to go to for anything.

There are, as you would think, a lot of harrowing stories inside this book, but also a lot of love.

My heart was in my mouth a few times, especially with Josef Mengele hovering around and telling him that he will be next!

The Authors Notes, and Following at the end of the book is beautiful and the Afterward from Lale and Gita’s son Gary made me tear up.

🎧🎧 – Narration by Richard Armitage was outstanding, his accents were wonderful and his voice was just perfect for this story.

Save a credit for this one guys, it is well worth it.

Prepare yourself,

Vicci

P.S – I had the opportunity to visit Auschwitz a couple of years ago, and it was truly the most strange place I have ever been, it is still as grim as it is portrayed in books and pictures, and the government and workers there have done well to keep it as it should be, a museum that portrays the horrors that went on there.

They haven’t “Disneyfied” it, and they are very respectful.

You cannot just go and walk around chatting, you have a guide and you go around in small groups, you have earphones on and the guide talks into a microphone so you don’t hear anyone else talking.

Krakow itself is beautiful, and seeped in history and well worth a visit.

We should never forget!

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Learn more about Lale and his story here:- The Tattooist of Auschwitz – and his secret love