The Girl from the Train, by Irma Joubert reminds me of the Piano Guys version of One Directions’ Story of My Life. If you’ve never seen the video, you should really do so. It turns what is an okay song into a beautiful classical music storytelling piece. While there are definite time jumps that sometimes are unexpected, we see the story of a girl. A girl whose whole world was taken from her due to the evil of WW2 and yet was given back to her in the end through her faith and connection with her family.
Six-year-old Gretl Schmidt is on a train bound for Aushwitz. Jakób Kowalski is planting a bomb on the tracks.
It is pure chance that links Gretl and Jakób together. But once they meet, a friendship and a bond is born that transcends circumstances. Taken first to live with Jakób’s family, eventually Gretl must leave for a new home due to lack of resources. She gets a new chance at life by going over to South Africa as a German war refuge. Of course, to be considered, she has to pretend that she is not Jewish, and must hide her knowledge of Poland, Russia, and anything communist. For Gertl, she gets a new life, a new family that loves her, and a new name, Grietjie. But the one thing she misses most has been left behind in Europe.
This book is good historical fiction. The Girl on the Train is captivating in many ways, and as we see Grietjie’s life unfold, the influence of Jakób in her life cannot be ignored and touches a part of me as the reader. The only negative I really had with this book were the jumps through time. I am giving The Girl from the Train 4/5 stars. I thoroughly enjoyed the book, and if you enjoy Historical Fiction from a Christian perspective, I believe you will too.
PS: The cover for Girl from the Train is Gorgeous!
This book releases on November 3
I received this book for free through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.