Title: The Forest of Vanishing Stars
Author: Kristin Harmel
Style: Historical Fiction
"We've all lost so much. When we find happiness, especially where we didn't expect to, we must hold it close with all our might."
Yona was taken from her family in Berlin when she was two years old and raised in the forest by a woman who teaches her everything she needs to know in order to survive. After her capture dies decades later, Yona finds herself alone until she comes across a group of Jewish refuges trying to escape the Nazi's. She begins to teach them everything she knows so that they can survive and they teach her about opening her heart after years of being alone in isolation. When Yona feels betrayed she heads to a nearby village that is occupied by the Germans. It's there her past and present collide.
Based on true events, The Forest of Vanishing Stars tells the remarkable story about survival in the midst of a terrible war in challenging elements. The story is heartbreaking, beautiful and enlightening. I had no idea that there were Jewish refuges who escaped into the forest and created a home while relying on each other and faith to get them though. The characters are captivating, brave and authentic. I also appreciate when an author writes a historical fiction novel that they take the time to research so that storyline is accurate. I also love when they include an authors note at the end. It gives me a little glimpse of how they poured their soul into writing. If you are a historical fiction lover then this book will not disappoint.
Thank you NetGalley and Gallery Books for the advanced readers copy in exchange for my honest review. 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐅𝐨𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐕𝐚𝐧𝐢𝐬𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐒𝐭𝐚𝐫𝐬 comes out July 6th! Pre-order your copy today!