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A must read!

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The Girl from the train is by far one of the best books that I read this past year. Although the title is similar to Paula Hawkins' thriller The Girl on the train, don't get them confused because they are absolutely nothing alike.

The Girl from the train is a powerful and beautifully written novel of historical fiction. Set during the Second World War, the story begins with six-year-old Gretl escaping a train bound for Auschwitz. Lost and alone, she is taken in by Polish resistance fighter Jacob, who attempts to hide her Jewish roots.

The book follows Gretl throughout her life and highlights the immense impact that both the war and Jacob had on her. It is historical and dramatic, but it is also a love story. It perfectly balances all aspects.

I won't say more because I don't want to give anything away, and because I would never be able to describe this book in a way that would do it justice. All I can say is that you HAVE to read this book.

It reminded me a bit of Christina Baker Kline's Orphan Train (what's with all these train books?!?!). Overall, this was simply a well written book with a great story. Definitely a must-read!