The Bookseller of Dachau by Shari J. Ryan⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠- Book Review


Historical Fiction

The Plot

This dual timeline book is set in Germany, during WW2, and in the recent past. In 2018, Grace Laurent learns that she has inherited a bookstore in the small town of Dachau and wonders how it is possible, given that her mother arrived from Germany in the 1940s as an orphan. When Grace visits the bookstore, looking for answers, she finds a pile of handwritten letters: the story of her grandmother Matilda, who fell in love with her Jewish best friend.

❤️ What I liked about The Bookseller of Dachau by Shari J. Ryan⁠

🔝 A different point of view on the holocaust. I read many books on the holocaust and WW2, and I liked that this was a bit different than most others, not focusing on the concentration camps, but on the people left on the outside.

👩 Matilda. Matilda is young, strong and in love. So in love that she hides Hans in her attic, without even telling her parents. She knows what she wants and what’s worth fighting for.

👩 Grace. Thanks to the inheritance and while discovering her family history, Grace starts looking back to her life in Boston, rethinking her priorities.

✍️ The writing. The book is evocative and full of emotions. The characters are multi-faceted, the plot is interesting, and the setting is very vivid.

To the score

⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4/5 Reading this book, I felt every emotion that the characters felt. The bookstore dedicated to preserving the writing of Jewish authors is the cherry on the top.

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