“Winter Sky” by Chris Stewart

Chris Stewart has written a very good novel, “Winter Sky”.  I always gravitate toward books set during World War II, especially those written about the French Resistance, the Malice, and what the people had to endure and how their homelands were changed by the battles and bullets.

This story concerns a returning resistance member who has been wounded and does not remember even his name.  All he has is a photograph with him holding hands with his parents.  He returns to his village in Poland to try to search for something that will remind him of his past.  Even though the SS is actively searching for members of the resistance, and danger is ever present, he continues his mission.  This area of Poland is being squeezed by the fleeing Germans on one front and the Russians coming south.  The SS is determined to finish their assignment to find and kill all the members of this resistance cell.

Determined to find a home and his family, he tries to flee the pincers that is German troops vs. Russian troops.  His photograph shows a young woman seeming to hold hands with a younger child.  A young woman whom he met in his town persuades him to take two young children to safety with him.  Even though they will definitely slow him down, he consents to help them.

As I read this book, I was able to feel the fear, the cold, the hunger, and even the determination of this young man to reach safety with his charges.  I was pleasantly surprised at the ending of the book and the warmth that I felt reading this was worth it.

I received a free print copy of this book from NightOwlReviews.com.  No review positive or otherwise was required – all opinions are my own.

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