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Szymon, the young village priest, stands silently with his parishioners as their church is ransacked and torched. Anna clings to him - her dear friend and confidant - and by some luck, the Germans spare them.
Five Septembers later, Anna and Szymon still cling together, now amid the turmoil of war. Though Anna dreads her engagement to a local ruffian and Szymon fears for his father's life back home, the two find solace in their friendship.
But when the Soviet army comes to "liberate" them, Anna endures an unspeakable atrocity and Szymon suffers his own tragedy. Now bound even more tightly by the sorrows they carry, they face a choice: honor the vows they've made to others or risk everything for the chance at salvation in each other.
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By Kimbuckeye on 10-31-17
Started out a little depressing, but those tumultuous WWII days were ugly anyway. I noted one review wanted more dramatic descriptions of the horrors the Poles experienced but after reading as many Petra Durst-Benning books as I have, I welcomed not reading of them again. I was pleased with the ending. It is an interesting and sweet love story.