Wednesday, April 10, 2019

REVIEW for Occupied: A Novel Based on a True Story by Kurt Blorstad

Paperback, 257 pages
Expected publication: April 9th 2019 by Odin Publishing

As WW II breaks out, a father finds himself in the U.S. while his wife and sons are home in occupied Norway. Based on the son’s true-life journals from 1935-1945, this is the story of a family separated by war and uncertainty.

My Thoughts…

I am a WWII era fan.  I love the history of the war, the people of the time, and cannot ever get enough of it.   Occupied is an interesting twist to what I have already read.   This book is told by a child as he grows up during WWII.   His father goes to America to make a better life and before the rest of the family can join him the war starts forcing them to stay in Norway.  

The area that this family stays in is rural, there isn’t all the bombing that you’d get in a big city, there is occupation by the Germanys, and there is Nazi’s invading their town.   I enjoyed learning how it affects a family without a father there to make decisions for them.   The sons are forced to keep secrets, work against the Nazi’s without being found out, and keep the family fed, safe, and healthy.   

Occupied was easy to read, easy to follow, and hard to put down.    I enjoyed seeing how the family grew up, how their dynamics changed, and how the war would change their lives.   For this family I feel it made them stronger and a tighter family unit.  

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