March 6, 2013

Review: The plum tree by Ellen Marie Wiseman

A deeply moving and masterfully written story of human resilience and enduring love, The Plum Tree follows a young German woman through the chaos of World War II and its aftermath.
“Bloom where you’re planted,” is the advice Christine Bolz receives from her beloved Oma. But seventeen-year-old domestic Christine knows there is a whole world waiting beyond her small German village. It’s a world she’s begun to glimpse through music, books—and through Isaac Bauerman, the cultured son of the wealthy Jewish family she works for.
Yet the future she and Isaac dream of sharing faces greater challenges than their difference in stations. In the fall of 1938, Germany is changing rapidly under Hitler’s regime. Anti-Jewish posters are everywhere, dissenting talk is silenced, and a new law forbids Christine from returning to her job—and from having any relationship with Isaac. In the months and years that follow, Christine will confront the Gestapo’s wrath and the horrors of Dachau, desperate to be with the man she loves, to survive—and finally, to speak out.
Set against the backdrop of the German home front, this is an unforgettable novel of courage and resolve, of the inhumanity of war, and the heartbreak and hope left in its wake.
Loved it. The romance between christinse and issac is so passionate. The story was also a good veiw into the German home front, showing that not all Germans believed Hitler. I loved that the plum tree became a symbol in the story. i cried when christinse discovered that he was still alive. great story. 
Reviewer Rating: 5 STARS!!!
Reviewed by~Emma Ritchie (Student at Franklin High School)
Thank you to the publisher for the donation of this book to the Read for your Future book program in exchange for a honest review!



  1. Oh this books looks great, seems like a very powerful story and the cover is awesome too. I'm going to check this out soon.

  2. Sounds like a great read, Barbara. Congrats to Ellen on her Christmas Eve debut! I'm always intrigued by stories that use times of unrest as the backdrop. Thanks for the review!

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