It happens in the chill of a September night, 1939: Their small Polish village is raided, burned to the ground. Anna, a devoutly Catholic teenager, watches as her friend is shot, as her father is dragged off for conscription in the German army.
Szymon, the young village priest, stands silently with his parishioners as their church is ransacked and torched. Anna clings to him—her dear friend and confidant—and by some luck, the Germans spare them.
Five Septembers later, Anna and Szymon still cling together, now amid the turmoil of war. Though Anna dreads her engagement to a local ruffian and Szymon fears for his father’s life back home, the two find solace in their friendship.
But when the Soviet army comes to “liberate” them, Anna endures an unspeakable atrocity and Szymon suffers his own tragedy. Now bound even more tightly by the sorrows they carry, they face a choice: honor the vows they’ve made to others or risk everything for the chance at salvation in each other.
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About the Author
Felicity Goodrich, a New Hampshire native, graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2008 with a BA in English, as well as with degrees in history and music. She went on to complete a graduate program in history at California State University in Sacramento and later worked as a librarian and as an archivist. She is active in animal rescue and currently lives in Northern California with her boyfriend and their two cats. The Vow is her debut novel.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I selected this book because I was familiar with the area in Poland and this period in Polish history. I was certainly not disappointed in the quality of the story and how it wove the interactions into the events taking place as the Germans and the Russians competed to see who could treat the Polish people the cruelest. The story is keyed on the vows people made both inside and outside the Catholic church. The reader quickly develops an emotional investment in the story, and the enchantment grows as the story continues. The writing is clear and not too difficult. Descriptions of the Polish village were brief, but not enough to detract from the action. Some of the people were somewhat stereotypical and shallow, especially where the German and Russian soldiers were concerned. Definitely a beautiful love story set against a backdrop of strong inhumanity. Perhaps a small light in a dark history.