On behalf of Zoe at https://zooloosbookdiary.co.uk/zooloos-blog-tours and Rebecca Mascull, I am excited and honoured today to be reviewing The Seamstress of Warsaw. Thank you to Spellbound Books and Rebecca Mascull for a copy of this novel in exchange for an unbiased and honest review.
A man learns a shocking truth about his past.
A mother writes a diary as the ghetto walls go up.
From the bombed streets of London, to occupied Warsaw, to the Polish forests bristling with partisans, will their paths cross?
Will their pasts be reconciled?
And will they survive the deadly assaults on their freedom and their lives?
THE SEAMSTRESS OF WARSAW is a tale of endurance and loss, family and blood, stories and histories, that questions the nature of who we are and where we are going, when the road ahead is burning.
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It’s 1940 and Daniel makes a lifechanging discovery about his parentage that takes him from London to Poland to find his real family. Daniel’s family is Jewish and it is the worst time possible to be travelling however he is determined in his mission.
I love dual timeline novels and I always enjoy multi-perspective narration so the writing style and organisation was completely up y street and worked so well. Both Daniel’s and Helena’s stories are touching and emotional. I devoured each chapter and was desperate to know more but also devastated each time I had leave them. Both characters became a part of me and I felt every part of their journey with them.
Rebecca does an amazing job of capturing the holocaust and the Polish/Jewish ghettos. The desperation and hardship contrasted by the hope and strength of humans is hauntingly beautiful and elegantly written. The detail is breath-taking and heart-breaking at times.
I adored this book but it isn’t always comfortable to read in places, which is a quality I admire and enjoy in books. I’m not new to the stories of WW2 but there is so much in here that I wasn’t fully aware of and it really has opened my heart and eyes.
Rebecca is such a beautiful writer and this book needs to be read. It’s amazing!
Author Bio – Rebecca Mascull
Rebecca Mascull is an author of historical novels. She also writes saga fiction under the pen-name of Mollie Walton.
Rebecca’s latest book under the Mascull name is coming on September 18th 2021, THE SEAMSTRESS OF WARSAW, the powerful tale of two people unknowingly connected to each other, caught up in the whirlwind of World War II, whose perilous journeys we follow from the Blitz to the Warsaw Ghetto and beyond, published by SpellBound.
Mollie Walton’s The Ironbridge Saga series is set in the dangerous world of the iron industry: THE DAUGHTERS OF IRONBRIDGE (2019). The second book in the trilogy is THE SECRETS OF IRONBRIDGE (2020), set in the brickyards of the 1850s. The third book is set in the coalmines and servants’ quarters of the 1870s: THE ORPHAN OF IRONBRIDGE (2021). All three are published by Bonnier Zaffre. Mollie’s next trilogy will be set in WW2 North Yorkshire and the first book of this saga will be out in March 2022, published by Welbeck.
Her first novel as Rebecca Mascull, THE VISITORS (2014) tells the story of Adeliza Golding, a deaf-blind child living on her father’s hop farm in Victorian Kent. Her second novel SONG OF THE SEA MAID (2015) is set in the C18th and concerns an orphan girl who becomes a scientist and makes a remarkable discovery. Her third novel, THE WILD AIR (2017) is about a shy Edwardian girl who learns to fly and becomes a celebrated aviatrix but the shadow of war is looming. All are published by Hodder & Stoughton.
She also completed the finishing chapters of her friend and fellow novelist Vanessa Lafaye’s final work, a novella called MISS MARLEY, a prequel to Dickens’s A CHRISTMAS CAROL. This novella is published by HarperCollins.
Rebecca has worked in education, has a Masters in Writing and lives by the sea in the east of England. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Literary Fund, based at the University of Lincoln.