Waiting To Die by Sonia Murgatroyd is a powerful true story of the author’s Belgium mother Rosina, mainly of the World War II years and beyond.
This is a book that will break your heart. Many suffered during World War II but for Rosina and her family in Belgium, they really seemed to have suffering heaped upon more suffering. They suffered the most unimaginable tragedies that would haunt Rosina for the rest of her life. It is a testament to her strength of character that she survived.
The author tells of Rosina’s life before and during the Nazi occupation of Belgium, as a loving and loyal family is ripped apart by circumstances beyond their control. It was a time of sheer terror and unimaginable horrors.
Rosina is a very likable young woman whose heart is kind. Her care of her younger sister Sara shows her sacrificial love in action.
Life was to prove hard, even after World War II as we witness Rosina’s struggles with guilt and depression, and as a victim of domestic abuse.
This book is a snapshot of a life captured at a time in history. Rosina is likable, lovable and strong yet vulnerable. I wish I had known her because she is admirable too. Rosina is now one of my heroes along with Martin Luther King jr and Corrie ten Boom. She had an indomitable spirit and a heart full of sacrificial love.
Thank you Sonia Murgatroyd for introducing us to, and for sharing your mother with us. May God bless you.
I received a free copy from the publishers. A favourable review was not required All opinions are my own.
Thank you Julia for such a wonderful review. Sonia Murgatroyd is my mother and Rosina my grandmother- she was a very likeable character and I loved her deeply. She died when I was 18 years – many years ago, but we still miss her. She was a very inspiring lady! My mother has managed to capture Rosina’s character and though heartbreaking, it is still lovely to feel her come alive throughout the pages.
Bless you Andrea 🙂 You must have some wonderful memories. The bond between grandmother and her granddaughter will run deep. It was a privilege to get to know Rosina. XX