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A Historical Fantasy
Reviewed in the United States on January 2, 2019
As a Dutchman, I am very familiar with circumstances and conditions during the war time. Although I was not born then, I was well educated in school, and heard many stories from my family and friends of the family who lived through it. My father hid in a haystack for a long time during the war. He was hungry and cold, hiding from the Germans. The books portrayal of food being loaded into vans to be taken to people hiding in the underground village is utterly ridiculous. There were severe shortages of food and other things. Gasoline was unavailable to most people. The Germans would notice vans being loaded full of food in broad daylight. People across the country were starving. The whole book is full of absurdities. In full disclosure, I read about halfway through the book, it was insulting and trivializing and I'd had enough. There was indeed a small underground community in the forest but it was hardly the easy existence that the author portrays, with reception rooms (seriously???), cake baking sessions (with ample flour and eggs!!!) and the like. It seems the author stumbled upon a historical fact, and used it to spin a cute story that is completely unrealistic. It offended me to have the author minimize the facts of the war time in order to write a fluffy story. People in in The Netherlands suffered mightily under the occupation. This should never be forgotten - or rewritten into a fantasy.