genre: historical fiction
synopsis: a welsh girl befriends a german prisoner of war
setting: a welsh village during world war ii
what i liked: i’m really liking the trend of unique perspectives on otherwise familiar material; i really liked getting a glimpse of what it was like to experience the war from some distance, and yet be brought to reckon with it in such an invasive way. i also really liked the two main characters.
what i didn’t get: how the subplot – which was interesting to me – was meant to drive the story forward
content warning: there is a rape scene, toward the beginning of the book (which sets up much of the rest of it), which i knew to expect from reviews, and which i glanced at only long enough to see how much further i should skip ahead. from the glances alone i could tell it’s far more graphic than i would have expected and have previously come across (except maybe in gone girl or the girl with the dragon tattoo, which i admittedly do not remember well enough to compare). also, the way the character processes it afterward is not healthy and may also be triggering.
final thoughts: i really liked the book and thought it presented a unique perspective on a war that so many authors have been writing about lately (which i love!). but if you think you’ll be triggered by anything above, then i would pass this by.