The Survivors by Kate Furnivall

Walking Through The Fires

The Survivors by Kate Furnivall is a powerful epic historical novel that consumed me from the start.

The novel is set in 1945 mainly in a displaced persons camp in Europe. The war is officially over but for thousands of people there still is nowhere to go. An air of suspicion hangs over the camp as people await their future.

War alters people. They behave by a different set of rules and moral code. They do what they have to do to survive. Lies easily roll off the tongue. Whose version of the truth is correct? Favours are still being called in. Past secrets lie hidden until a face from the past threatens to reveal them.

A mother’s love is fiercely protective. It governs her movements as we witness a close bond within the novel. The pair fight for life for each other.

We always have the choice to do the right thing but there are still those who are governed by hate and greed.

Kate Furnivall has perfectly captured the atmosphere within the camp in this epic read. The war was far from over for many. Despair was never far away. The Survivors was a powerful read. I will leave you with this quote:

The hating has to stop somewhere. We cannot build a future on hate.”

I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.


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