The Forgotten Girl by Heather Chapman
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: Received eBook to review.
Genre: Historical Fiction
Book Description: It is 1906, and sixteen-year-old Stella's life in Durliosy, Poland, is bleak. Her only hope of surviving is to travel to America, a land of freedom and opportunity, and reunite with her brother in Baltimore. There she'll find new challenges, and perhaps, if she can put her painful past behind her, a new chance for love and lasting happiness.
My thoughts: This is a beautifully written book depicting the life of a Polish immigrant in the early 20th Century. I was captivated and amazed by the courage of the main character, Stella. Her story and life were not easy, but definitely worth the time to read about.
It was a great reminder of the life of the early immigrants to the United States. Stella came by ship from Poland at about the same time my Great Grandmother came from Wales. Boarding a ship did not mean that they automatically were admitted to the the United States, they had to be healthy and have someone her to sponsor them. Their lives were not easy, there was prejudice and poor jobs awaiting them. But they came to have hope for a better future.
I loved reading about Stella's growth. A strong young woman became a stronger woman because of her decisions and trials. The book contains some romance, but it not the focal point of the story. The book is one of resilience, hope, and the determination to do and be better.
If you love historical fiction based off of a real person, you will eat this book up. It is clean with chaste kissing and a bit of violence.
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(The kindle version was 99 cents when I put this post together on 2/16)
About the Author: (Taken from Goodreads) Being the youngest of four sisters (and one very tolerant older brother), Heather grew up on a steady diet of chocolate, Anne of Green Gables, Audrey Hepburn, Jane Austen, and the other staples of female moviedom. These stories inspired Heather to begin writing at an early age. After meeting and marrying her husband Mark, Heather graduated magna cum laude from Brigham Young University and finally settled down in a small farming community in southeastern Idaho with her husband and four children. In her spare time, Heather enjoys time spent with family, volleyball, piano, the outdoors, and almost anything creative.
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