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At first, I had trouble keeping the characters and their relationships to each other straight, so I made a few notes to help me, but I found this issue to be short lived as I was quickly pulled into the plot. I love how the author uses multiple characters to give us a well rounded view of this period in time. Reading about multiple characters' thoughts and plights, made me feel deeply immersed and involved in their lives. It stirred my compassion and kept me on the edge of my seat. I found the history covered to be so relevant for today, as we see human compassion struggling against nationalism. The author doesn't gloss over the hypocrisy in the history covered, but she lets the reader exercise their own judgment of the matter and there is much to contemplate. This is a novel not to be missed!

This is my first book by this author, but I will definitely look into her other books!