‘Within These Walls Of Sorrow’ by Amanda Barratt

About the Book
“As superbly written as it is haunting in its truth.” –Kate Breslin, best-selling author of For Such a Time

Zosia Lewandowska knows the brutal realities of war all too well. Within weeks of Germany’s invasion of her Polish homeland, she lost the man she loves. As ghetto walls rise and the occupiers tighten their grip on the city of Krakow, Zosia joins pharmacist Tadeusz Pankiewicz and his staff in the heart of the Krakow ghetto as they risk their lives to aid the Jewish people trapped by Nazi oppression.

Hania Silverman’s carefree girlhood is shattered as her family is forced into the ghetto. Struggling to survive in a world hemmed in by walls and rife with cruelty and despair, she encounters Zosia, her former neighbor, at the pharmacy. As deportation winnow the ghetto’s population and snatch those she holds dear, Hania’s natural resiliency is exhausted by reality.

Zodia and Hania’s lives intertwine as they face the griefs and fears thrust upon them by war, until one day, they are forced to make a desperate choice . . . one that will inexorably bind them together, even as they are torn apart.

Amanda Barratt’s meticulous research and lush, award-winning writing shine once again in this moving look at a group of unsung heroes who fought for hope and humanity in the most harrowing of times.

“An unflinching tale that implores readers to stop and see, not a massive crowd of people, but individual hearts and souls. This book will linger in your heart and mind long after you’ve read the final page.” –Amanda Cox, Christy Award-winning author of The Edge of Belonging

About the Author

ECPA best-selling author Amanda Barratt fell in love with writing in grade school when she wrote her first story—a spin-off of Jane Eyre. Now, Amanda writes romantic, historical fiction, penning stories of beauty and brokenness set against the backdrop of bygone eras not so very different from our own. She’s the author of over a dozen novels and novellas including The White Rose Resists: A Novel of the German Students Who Defied Hitler and My Dearest Dietrich: A Novel of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Lost Love.

Amanda lives in the woods of Michigan with her family, where she can be found reading way too many books, plotting her next novel, and jotting down imaginary travel itineraries for her dream vacation to Europe.

Connect with her on Facebook and visit her online at amandabarratt.net.

My Rating: 5 Stars!

‘Who among us knows what we are capable of doing to survive until the choice is before us?’

To review a book such as this is a hard thing indeed. Amanda Barratt has written a powerful and unflinching look at a period of history that is incredibly painful. Barratt’s research into this dark time is impeccable and she does not hold back the gritty details.

I’ve read many books on the subject of the Holocaust, but Barratt makes it come alive in an achingly intense way as we come to know the characters in this book.

A word of warning: this story is hard to read at times. Many times. But read it we must. We don’t just read about an event in history. We get to know it personally from those who lived it. A truly stunning account of a devastating time. Barratt’s telling will resound long after the last page. Well done!

My thanks to the publisher for a copy of this book .

  1. Print length 433 pages
  2. Language English
  3. Sticky notes On Kindle Scribe
  4. Publisher Kregel Publications
  5. Publication date January 17, 2023
  6. File size 2549 KB

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