I have read a lot of books of this genre from the World War II era and this was a nice addition. It wasn't my favorite, but it was well written and interesting. I enjoyed the different perspective in this story as the protagonist returns to Poland in 1944 after being in a Nazi camp for years. The focus on the challenges after does set this book apart somewhat from many other similar books. The biggest issue I had with this book is that sometimes the pacing was a bit off- some parts were especially slow, though the end felt a bit rushed. However, I still liked this book and enjoyed the insights and perspective of Maria. I thought Kostya's perspective was a nice piece to the story as well. Their characters are very different but the interactions between the two are interesting. I also found his backstory to be quite interesting as well.
Thank you to the publisher for an advanced reader's copy of this book. All opinions are my own.