I read The Light After the War, by Anita Abriel, at the invitation of Atria Books, a branch of Simon & Schuster, in exchange for an honest review. This enthralling book is based on the true story of Ms. Abriel’s mother and her best friend, their escape from a train on its way to Auschwitz, and how they rebuilt their lives after the war.
This book is both heartbreaking and heartening. We see Vera Frankel and her friend, Edith Ban, transform their lives as they journey across four continents in the joyful yet turbulent time following World War II.
This was another book I couldn’t put down – it has friendship and love, joy and sadness, fear and extreme courage. I followed Vera and Edith around the globe as both experienced love and loss, but prevailed, and created careers they loved. It had the perfect ending.
What made The Grumpy Book Reviewer grumpy?
- A lot of incorrect verb usage: Bring vs. take, Bringing vs. taking, Come vs. go, Come vs. gone, Was vs. were, Loaned vs. lent (loaned is not a word);
- Redundancies such as “wardrobe dresser” and “bread roll”;
- A question that ends with a period;
- A couple of missing commas.