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Amelia, St Helen and St Katharine

Salt to the Sea

Salt to the sea is a beautifully and smoothly written, deeply moving historical fiction book set in and around Germany in late World War 2. I would recommend this book to anyone but especially people over 11 who would understand more fully some of the content.

Salt to the sea tells the story of 4 young people in war torn Europe. They all come from different lands - one's a German, one's a Latvian, one's a Pole and one's a Prussian - but share a common goal. . . Escape. But when complications arise and the risks are ever increasing, will they all manage to flee on board a ship designed for a tenth of the cargo it carries?

The book includes many threads of many genres including a sense of romance, a bit of mystery/spy and some action. All of the characters points of view were charming in there own ways apart from Alfred's. Alfred to me appears obnoxious and self-centered with little care or feeling for others. I find this particularly telling during the final chapters narrated by him where all he cares about is whether or not he'll get him medals of valour or not when the others are wondering if their friends are alright or even alive.

Alfred is my only real criticism of salt to the sea apart from the fact that you feel like the book should finish around two thirds of the way through.

I hope that you found this review helpful in your search for a great new book to read. Thank you.

Posted on: 24th April 2017 at 10:02 am

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