Wednesday, 22 June 2016

The Runaway Family by Diney Costeloe.

The Runaway Children by Diney Costelo - Book Review @ Sarahs Book Hub

"THE RUNAWAY FAMILY was previously published as EVIL ON THE WIND.
Germany 1937: Fear and betrayal stalk the streets. People disappear. Persecution of the Jews has become a national pastime.
When Ruth Friedman's husband is arrested by the SS, she is left to fend for herself and her four children. She alone stands as their shield against the Nazis. But where can she go? Where will her family be safe?
Ruth must overcome the indifference, hatred and cruelty that surrounds her as she and her family race to escape the advancing Nazi army's final solution..." 

I found this little gem of a book in a charity shop for 90p. It was already on my TBR list! So I was very pleased with this find.
I really enjoy historical fiction (or non fiction for that matter!) and this book was no exception. Set in the late 1930's and 40's, during world war II, being Jewish, living in Germany was terrifying for Ruth and her family. A family that have to flee Germany after Ruths husband is arrested - because he's Jew. He's taken to a work camp, leaving ruth alone with four children. Ruth doesn't hear anything from her husband for quite sometime, she doesn't know if he's even alive!
She has to protect her family from the Nazis, fleeing from place to place to keep her children safe.This story is very sad indeed but very good, too!

I truly loved this book. I love the writing style. I connected with the characters and I found this book very hard to put down! It is sad in places, which is to be expected because it's a holocaust fiction story. I did find Ruth a little naive at times, I liked her character though. Wasn't so sure about the ending.. I found it a little... abrupt. It was a very good book thought and I rate it 4.5 out of 5 stars.

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What have you been reading lately? Let me know in the comments :) 
Sarah xXx


  1. Glad you enjoyed this book! I'm wondering about the ending now lol! Such good finds were coming across in charity shops! Love it!

  2. I am also intrigued to hear how this book ends. maybe I should go and have a hunt in my local charity shop :)


  3. I have to admit I don't think it would be one for me as I'm not keen on historical books but what a bargain!! Thanks for sharing with #ReadWIithMe

  4. I like historical fiction too as I find it often teaches me a bit about history too. In a way though having studied this period in depth for A level, I'm not so sure I want to read about it.

  5. I've not heard of this book but definitely one that I would read. Although very difficult to read at times, books about the Holocaust are so important.
    Thank you for sharing