The Devil's Madonna by Sharon Potts
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
A truly riveting and gripping novel, especially for those who remember the pre-World War II era and the War-or for those who have an interest in that era, but a great story for any reader who loves suspense (tons of it), thrills, convoluted plot lines, secrets, characters with something to hide, and threats to the characters.
Freelance children’s illustrator and artist Kali is pregnant with her first child. Married to Seth Miller, a man of Jewish extraction, and raised without religious beliefs herself, Kali converted to Judaism upon her marriage. Orphaned when her mother was killed in a car accident, Kali grew to adulthood in her secretive maternal grandmother’s home. About all she knows of her grandmother is that she was originally Austrian, and married an American. Kali’s late mother was also an artist, but had to hide her art from her own mother. Unbeknownst to Kali’s mother Dorothy during her life and to Kali, Lilian has much to hide, and her secrets begin in November 1938, less than a year before Germany invaded Poland and Britain declared war.
It’s common to speak of a page-a-minute thriller, but this novel truly is one. I couldn’t put it aside, and I know readers won’t either. Buy this one and settle in to read in peace-and be thankful for that peace.
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