Welcome to Mailbox Monday, the weekly meme created by Marcia of To Be Continued, where book lovers share the titles they received for review, purchased, or otherwise obtained over the past week. Mailbox Monday currently is on tour, and this month’s host is Dolce Bellezza.
Here’s what I received:
Gracianna by Trini Amador — from the author and Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours for review
Inspired by true events, Gracianna is the story of Trini Amador’s great-grandmother, Gracianna Lasaga. As an adult, Amador was haunted by the vivid memory of finding a loaded German Luger tucked away in a nightstand while wandering his great-grandmother’s home in Southern California. He was only four years old at the time, but the memory remained and he knew he had to explore the story behind the gun.
Decades later, Amador would delve into the remarkable odyssey of his French-Basque heritage, a road that led him to an incredible surprise. In Gracianna, Amador weaves fact and fiction to tell his family’s tale.
Gracianna bravely sets off to Paris in the early 1940s — on her way to America, she hopes — but is soon swept into the escalation of the war and the Nazi occupation of Paris. After chilling life-and-death struggles, she discovers that her missing sister has surfaced as a laborer in Auschwitz. When she finds an opportunity to fight back against the Nazis to try to free her sister, she takes it — even if it means using lethal force.
As Amador tells the story of how his great-grandmother risked it all, he delivers richly drawn characters and a heart-wrenching page-turner you won’t soon forget. (publisher’s summary)
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