Saturday, February 27, 2021

This or That #Giveaway Week 4 ~ Orphan Number 8 by Kim van Alkemade OR The Things We Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer #OrphanNumber8 #TheThingsWeCannotSay

 

I have sooooo many books! 

The This or That Giveaway! feature that I post every Saturday is a way for me to clear my shelves and to share some of the many books I have. It's a way for me to cull my collection and give someone else the chance to enjoy these treasures.

Good luck and be sure to stop back next week!

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I read this book with my book group back in 2016. We all loved it and had a great discussion. I didn't review it at the time but it would have earned 5 ⭐s from me.

Orphan #8
by Kim van Alkemade
Paperback ~ August 4th 2015

In this stunning new historical novel inspired by true events, Kim van Alkemade tells the fascinating story of a woman who must choose between revenge and mercy when she encounters the doctor who subjected her to dangerous medical experiments in a New York City Jewish orphanage years before.

In 1919, Rachel Rabinowitz is a vivacious four-year-old living with her family in a crowded tenement on New York City’s Lower Eastside. When tragedy strikes, Rachel is separated from her brother Sam and sent to a Jewish orphanage where Dr. Mildred Solomon is conducting medical research. Subjected to X-ray treatments that leave her disfigured, Rachel suffers years of cruel harassment from the other orphans. But when she turns fifteen, she runs away to Colorado hoping to find the brother she lost and discovers a family she never knew she had.

Though Rachel believes she’s shut out her painful childhood memories, years later she is confronted with her dark past when she becomes a nurse at Manhattan’s Old Hebrews Home and her patient is none other than the elderly, cancer-stricken Dr. Solomon. Rachel becomes obsessed with making Dr. Solomon acknowledge, and pay for, her wrongdoing. But each passing hour Rachel spends with the old doctor reveal to Rachel the complexities of her own nature. She realizes that a person’s fate—to be one who inflicts harm or one who heals—is not always set in stone.

Lush in historical detail, rich in atmosphere and based on true events, Orphan #8 is a powerful, affecting novel of the unexpected choices we are compelled to make that can shape our destinies. 

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I just realized as I was getting this post ready, that I am offering two historical fiction books this week. This is a fairly new genre for me and I have discovered some fantastic books and authors. I read and reviewed this book when it came out in 2019. Another great 5 ⭐ read for me!


The Things We Cannot Say
by Kelly Rimmer 
ARC ~ October 17th 2019

In 1942, Europe remains in the relentless grip of war. Just beyond the tents of the Russian refugee camp she calls home, a young woman speaks her wedding vows. It’s a decision that will alter her destiny…and it’s a lie that will remain buried until the next century.

Since she was nine years old, Alina Dziak knew she would marry her best friend, Tomasz. Now fifteen and engaged, Alina is unconcerned by reports of Nazi soldiers at the Polish border, believing her neighbors that they pose no real threat, and dreams instead of the day Tomasz returns from college in Warsaw so they can be married. But little by little, injustice by brutal injustice, the Nazi occupation takes hold, and Alina’s tiny rural village, its families, are divided by fear and hate. Then, as the fabric of their lives is slowly picked apart, Tomasz disappears. Where Alina used to measure time between visits from her beloved, now she measures the spaces between hope and despair, waiting for word from Tomasz and avoiding the attentions of the soldiers who patrol her parents’ farm. But for now, even deafening silence is preferable to grief.

Slipping between Nazi-occupied Poland and the frenetic pace of modern life, Kelly Rimmer creates an emotional and finely wrought narrative that weaves together two women’s stories into a tapestry of perseverance, loyalty, love and honor. The Things We Cannot Say is an unshakable reminder of the devastation when truth is silenced…and how it can take a lifetime to find our voice before we learn to trust it.

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22 comments:

  1. I love popcorn and that is my go-to snack when I'm reading. Yum! I love Diet Dr. Pepper but I try to limit how much I drink, so I'm usually drinking iced tea, even in the winter.

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  2. I never eat while reading (no food smudges), so in winter I enjoy hot tea and in summer a glass of red wine in the evenings.

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    1. Those are good choices. I admire you not eating while reading.

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  3. I like to drink Diet Pepsi when I am reading a book.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  4. I like having coffee or hot coco, depends on the time of day.

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    1. Hot coco sounds good. I never think about that as an option.

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    1. Oh me too! I haven't had any in awhile though, I'll have to get me some soon.

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  6. It used to be an ice-cold coke, but I've stopped drinking soda. So lately, it's fruit punch Koolaid!

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    1. I love my soda ice cold too. I don't drink very much any more but every once in a while I just gotta have one.

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  7. I love to read out on my balcony (in the good weather) with a glass of iced tea!

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