Review: The Girl From The Train By: Irma Joubert

Review: The Girl From The Train By: Irma Joubert
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This book is a completely stunning, sweeping saga that details the darkest days humanity has known and the indomitable strength of the human spirit. Gretl is the epitome of a survivor. Going from the ghetto to the train that was supposed to take her and her family to the labor camps, to being rescued and taken in by Jakob’s family, only to be taken to Germany to an orphanage to be selected for a program that would lead her to South Africa and finding the family she was always meant to be a part of. 
The Girl From The Train is one of the books that will stay with you a long time after you finish the last page. There were parts of the story that I was very familiar with historically speaking, but as far as the history of South Africa and their customs and views on faith and people who have moved to the country were fascinating. It made for a complete story, I laughed, I cried and finally I cheered Gretl on for standing up for what she believes to be right and finally being honest with those she loves about her heritage and the horrors she has witnessed. 
The story spans from Gretl’s childhood all the way until she is in her twenties. It was very well written and paced to where the reader feels that they have been present for all these epic moments right along with her. The other characters are just as well written and so you often find yourself caught up in their stories as well. The final thoughts you are left with at the end of the story are differences in faith can be overcame by love if two people are destined to be together. I loved this book so much because of the strength of each of the main characters belief and how they all blend together. A truly moving story. 


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