Rating: High Five
Who I'd Recommend to: Fans of Fans of Snow Treasure, Once, Number the Stars, and Each Little Bird That Sings.
Synopsis (from Amazon): In Mari's Hope, set in occupied Norway in the final years of World War II, young teen Mari has become a valued helper to the village doctor, while continuing to play a role in her family's efforts in the local resistance. As German war efforts begin to falter, the pressure increases to hold Norway firmly in their tight grip. But the freedom-loving Norwegians will do their best to thwart those plans.
The book pulled me right in from the start with Mari's memorable character. But really, what made this book better than all the others was the plot. The story isn't just centered in one town, like the others, but rather, multiple places, which really gave me a more vivid picture of what Norway was like during World War II. There are so many interesting facts about World War II in this book, too, but it never feels "teachy" or anything like that; instead, it helped further the story and ground the characters. The ending was so perfect too - touching, memorable, and an overall tear-jerker.
Overall, one of my favorite World War II books, and an incredible ending to this series.
Here's a little bit about Sandy Brehl, the (very talented!) author of the Odin's Promise trilogy. (P.S. we also have an interview up with Sandy!)
9/5 Rochelle Melander- Author interview http://writenowcoach.com/blog/
9/6/Rosemary Kiladitis https://momreadit.wordpress.com
9/7 Trisha Perry http://trishap00.blogspot.com
9/11 Jenni Enzor jennienzor.blogspot.com MMGM
9/12 Stephanie Lowden https://golowd.com
9/18 Suzanne Warr http://suzannewarr.com
9/20 Alex Baugh https://thechildrenswar.blogspot.com