Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Book Review: We Were the Lucky Ones

To keep me sane occupied during my travels, I've learned to indulge in a good audiobook.
Tip- With Audibles you get Prime benefits and can listen interchangeably on your Alexa devices.  Love it!
The most recent story that I fell into was We Were the Lucky Ones.
It was written by Georgia Hunter and read by Kathleen Gati.
The book was 15 hours and 36 minutes long.

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Review:  We were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter

I love a good novel based on or inspired by true events.  This one was no exception.
The book tells the story of a large, close knit Jewish family living in Poland during WW2.
It documents the lives of the author's immediate family, including her grandfather.
For me, the best part of this book was the Author's note.  It really solidified the story and gave closure.
While the author touched upon their lives before and after WW2, its' focus was during the war.

The novel shifts gears each chapter with the story set on a different character's life.
Typically I find books with this type of setting to be overwhelming, but this one was done perfectly.
The timeline was on point and the story itself was meticulous in the details.

Every true story about WW2 teaches a history lesson from a different perspective.
This book taught me about a Brazilian ambassador's involvement in the war, that Poland was separated into two different territories (one harsher than the other), a war changing battle fought by a Polish army filled with refugee soldiers, that Ukrainians were manipulated into pursuing the genocide, and much more.
I have read many WW2 stories and I always stumble upon new facts.

As devastating as this true story was, it spoke to me of family values, perseverance, and hope.
The book was a roller coaster of emotions.  It made me cringe, cry, and even cheer out loud.

As a relatively sheltered generation, it's important to read these stories.
When we forget our history, it tends to repeat itself.
At the risk of getting political, prejudices are a modern day evil that need to be stopped.

I would highly recommend We are the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter.

Not only would I recommend the book, but I would highly recommend the audiobook.
I've listened to two novels read by Kathleen Gati already and she is  f a b u l o u s  !!
You can learn more of this family's story from the author's website,

Have you or will you read We are the Lucky Ones?


  1. I'd take everything in it with certain reservations, Western writers tend to depict the situation in Europe in WW2 especially in Slavic countries in a totally wrong way, often fabricating lies to suit their agenda, especially lies about Russians who were the absolute heroes of the war, without them half of Europe never would have been liberated.

    1. I have ready many WW2 books and the only one (so far) that depicted Russians as the bad guys was Lilac Girls. In that book they focused on the aftermath of the war in Poland. It read of the continued persecution that the Polish were under due to the continued Russian occupation of Poland. Do you think it’s false? The point of the novel was to be an account of Caroline Farraday, an American philanthropist that dedicated her life to the charity work of Polish Holocaust survivors.

  2. One that makes you think and remember the past is a winner indeed. Too bad so many are still intolerant, like the orange monkey, these days. But as for facts, one should always check, as anything written by man has a biased in some form.

    1. Yes, I will have to find some sort of fact checker. I’ve always been intrigued since my grandfather fought in the Sicilian army in WW2. The stories he told I always thought were fiction as a child.

  3. Hello good to have you visit....thenks.
    This sounds like a good book that I might like. I don't read as often as I used to..internet takes way too much of my time. :)

    1. Well if you don’t have much time for reading then audibles would be perfect for you!! Listen to a good book while doing all your things. Perfect :).

  4. Never tried audio book before.

  5. I have never listened to an audio book either, but have contemplated trying them out. I think I'm just so into reading at bed each night to help me fall asleep quickly that I just never took the plunge and borrowed on from the library. I do enjoy stories from the Holocaust (just finished The Paris Architect not too long ago- great book!) so I'll be sure to add this title to my list to check out sometime.

    1. I’m going to have to look that one up and download it. I’m always looking for a good suggestion. My favorite is the nightingale if you haven’t read it yet. It’s my all time favorite book.

    2. I just placed that on my library wish list. Thanks for the recommendation!

  6. 15 hours? You sure I'm going to be the lucky one?

    1. Lol it goes quick and makes 15 hours of traffic a lot more amusing.

  7. Sounds like a book that would be better the more you know about WW2 history. Anyways, I'm getting sick of the radio stations playing the same old songs over and over again, and the talk shows are mostly snooze fests... perhaps audio books are the answer!

  8. I was going to lie and say I was going to read it but that isn't being nice. I will probably forget the title tomorrow.


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