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Reviewed by Tiffany Ferrell for Readers' Favorite
A Tale Of Two Sisters: From Romanian Refugees to American Homemakers by David Barkey is about two sisters named Olga and Greta who live in Romania during World War Two. They are told by the Nazis that they have to leave their home by orders given to them by Hitler. They didn’t understand what was happening until their father arrived to tell them the terrible news. King Carol II of Romania lost his throne and the Soviet Union asked Hitler to clear everyone out of Bessarabia. They now understood why they were being evicted. The girl's father decided it would be best to go to Bulgaria. He would take their mother and the girls along with their grandmother to the train station and then would take a wagon with their stuff. He promised he would catch up to them in a few days...
As a lover of history, I found A Tale Of Two Sisters a very interesting and informative read. It’s always nice to read about World War Two from another perspective. Normally we have stories about people from Germany, Berlin, and Austria, but this is the first book I have read that talks about how Romania and its people suffered during the war. The characters were well written and easy to relate to. I enjoyed how this story kind of reminded me of an American Girl historical book. It’s a children’s book, but it also has historical accuracy within its pages. It’s a perfect coming to America story that’s filled with joy, sorrow, hope, and perseverance. David Barkey has done a wonderful job with this book, and I can’t wait to read more of his work.