“We Were the Lucky Ones” book review

I really, really want you to read this book because even though you might have read ALL the Holocaust/WWII historic fiction, this one is DIFFERENT.

What I loved about this book:

  1. The family tree simply drawn and conveniently located at the front of the book – to help you keep up with who’s who. I referred to it approximately 317 times while I reading and I was grateful for it every time.
  2. A South Carolina connection to the author! You have to read it to find out and “Presbyterian College” gets some ink.
  3. This book began as the author’s “passion” project to document the Kurc family from Poland
  4. Author Georgia Hunter had NO IDEA she came from a family of Holocaust survivors until she was 15 years old
  5. In the town of Radom, Poland where the Kurc family is from, fewer than 300 of the 30,000 Jews survived.
The Kurc family members all help tell the story

If you enjoy reading and learning about this time period in history, below is a list of biographical/historic fiction you may want to consider reading:

  • “The Librarian of Auschwitz” by Antonio Iturbe
  • “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr
  • “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer
  • “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak
  • “The Nightingale” by Kristin Hannah
  • “The Alice Network” by Kate Quinn
  • “The Lilac Girls” by Martha Hall Kelly
  • “Irena’s Children” by Tilar Mazzeo
  • “Secrets of a Charmed Life” by Susan Meissner
  • “Sarah’s Key” by Tatiana de Rosnay


And if you are REALLY into historic fiction, here’s a link from Bookbub of upcoming releases for 2019 you may be interested in: https://www.bookbub.com/blog/2019/01/25/historical-fiction-about-ww2-publishers-blurbs

I hope ya’ll have a fun weekend and if you need an idea for your Valentine who loves to read, let me know in the comments or send me an email. I have a list of great book-ish gift ideas that are easily purchased online or at your local bookstore.

Currently reading: “The Little Book of Hygge-Danish Secrets to Happy Living” by Meik Wiking, “The Rent Collector” by Camron Wright, and “Purpose Driven Life” by Rick Warren



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