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Official Review: Roses in a Forbidden Garden

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Official Review: Roses in a Forbidden Garden

Post Number:#1 by kandscreeley
» 31 Mar 2017, 08:57

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Roses in a Forbidden Garden" by Elise Garibaldi.]

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4 out of 4 stars
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Roses in a Forbidden Garden: A Holocaust Love Story is an absolute must read. This is the inspirational survival story of a young, Jewish girl at a time when Jews were an Enemy of the State. The persecution starts off subtly enough. First, you call the Jews names and blame all your problems on them. Next, you ban them from going to school. After that, you make them wear stars identifying them as Jews, remove them from their homes, and relocate them so that they are all together. The final step is to use them as slave labor and kill off the ones that are not productive enough. So how does one not only survive this but manage to find true love? That is what we learn in this story.

This story follows the life of a young girl named Inge Katz as well as her family. We start off in November of 1938. Inge is no longer allowed to attend school, but she and her cousin Ruthie have found employment as apprentices. They work as seamstresses in a shop that makes dresses and dream of one day opening their own shop. The war grows ever closer, though, and the two girls are eventually separated. Inge finds herself in a labor camp called Theresienstadt along with her mother, father, and grandmother. She tries to stay upbeat, but every day is a struggle simply to stay alive.

This book is written by Elise Garibaldi, who is the granddaughter of Inge Katz. Because this is written by a family member one might expect the book to be of a lower quality or have many errors, but this is not the case. Ms. Garibaldi does a wonderful job relating all that her grandmother went through. The book is professionally written and edited making it very easy to read. In fact, Ms. Garibaldi does a great job capturing the thoughts and feelings as well as the general mood of that time. For instance, Inge is packing to leave her family home. She is scared but trying to remain positive for her family’s sake. Despite the fear, Inge takes the time to make sure that she packs matching shoes to go with her outfits. It’s the little details like this that make the story come to life.

I also enjoyed the pictures that were scattered throughout this book. There are pictures of Inge Katz, her cousin Ruthie, as well as others. My favorite picture was of Ruthie and Inge wearing hats that they made out of scraps left over from work. These images help to put faces to the names given in the book which again brings the whole story closer to home.

As I stated earlier Roses in a Forbidden Garden is a very well-written book with few errors. I must applaud Elise Garibaldi and her editor as they have left me with very little to discuss as far as the negatives of this novel. The only thing I can say is that there are a few formatting errors such as the caption on a picture being forced to the next page instead of directly underneath it. However, these are barely worth mentioning and in no way detract from the book.

Overall, I rate this book a 4 out of 4 stars. I highly recommend this book to everyone. Yes it talks about atrocities from history, but even in the midst of all that was going on, there was hope and optimism. I can only hope that the sharing and reading of stories such as this will keep this kind of cruelty from reoccurring!

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Re: Official Review: Roses in a Forbidden Garden

Post Number:#2 by Henry Kaisemutala
» 02 Apr 2017, 03:43

Wow! It is a sad but very interesting story of a strong resistant lady. It is obviously good for me.
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Post Number:#3 by kandscreeley
» 02 Apr 2017, 06:50

Yes Henry. She's definitely a survivor. It's worth a read.
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Post Number:#4 by Lest92
» 02 Apr 2017, 08:12

Wonderful review! Books about WWII are never easy to read, but in my experience, they have so much to teach us even now as well as tell the stories of the survivors - I definitely want to read this one.
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Re: Official Review: Roses in a Forbidden Garden

Post Number:#5 by kandscreeley
» 02 Apr 2017, 08:36

Lest- You're right. Books on this era are hard to read. They're worth it though. Especially this one. Thanks for your comment.
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Post Number:#6 by Pilar Guerrero
» 02 Apr 2017, 19:41

Thank you so much for this review.
Not long ago I also reviewed a book about a Jewish girl who was saved from the Nazis by an English businessman. These stories bring hope and also shed light into a historical period that we need to learn from so as not to repeat it. I think I want to read this book some day.
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Post Number:#7 by kandscreeley
» 02 Apr 2017, 19:49

Thanks Pilar. It's amazing what these people suffered. This is a great book to read.
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Post Number:#8 by olaiya oluwafemi
» 03 Apr 2017, 06:56

Good review because each path of the book is taken into account. No matter how the situation there is hope, one can fight to survive and overcome in life. This book is a must read because we need to know the history to not repeat it.
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Post Number:#9 by kandscreeley
» 03 Apr 2017, 07:28

You're right Olaiya. This book gives us hope even in normal circumstances. We must never lose hope. Thanks for stopping by.
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Post Number:#10 by debo9967
» 03 Apr 2017, 12:42

Great review! Seems like a heartwarming story, especially considering the central character's optimism, despite all she has to go through. I'll check this one out for sure.
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Re: Official Review: Roses in a Forbidden Garden

Post Number:#11 by kandscreeley
» 03 Apr 2017, 13:12

I'm so glad debo9967! It really is a worthwhile read. I am humbled and amazed by the grace with which Inge suffers these atrocities!
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Post Number:#12 by bookowlie
» 04 Apr 2017, 08:34

Great review. It's important for people to understand these personal stories from the Holocaust, so that this dark period in history won't be repeated. It's very heartwarming that the woman's granddaughter honored her by writing about her experiences.
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Post Number:#13 by kimmyschemy06
» 16 Apr 2017, 23:46

Sounds like a very interesting and touching book. I usually don't feel comfortable reading about atrocities but this sound like going back in time and place in history. Great job on the review. Congratulations to Elise Garibaldi on such a high rating.
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Re: Official Review: Roses in a Forbidden Garden

Post Number:#14 by kandscreeley
» 17 Apr 2017, 07:27

Thanks bookowlie and Kimmyschemy! It really is worth a read.
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