First Line Friday — The Warsaw Sisters

10 Nov

What a powerful book! Amanda Barratt has done it again — written a historical novel that allows the reader to enter the story, experiencing the time and place. WWII-era Poland is the setting of The Warsaw Sisters, and the story comes alive with the first person voices of twin sisters Antonina and Helena. Don”t miss this book!

Here are the first lines:


That was how I remembered our names. Spoke in a single breath, always blended together.

On a golden August morning in 1939, sisters Antonina and Helena Dąbrowska send their father off to defend Poland against the looming threat of German invasion. The next day, the first bombs fall on Warsaw, decimating their beloved city and shattering the world of their youth.

When Antonina’s beloved Marek is forced behind ghetto walls along with the rest of Warsaw’s Jewish population, Antonina turns her worry into action and becomes a key figure in a daring network of women risking their lives to shelter Jewish children. Helena finds herself drawn into the ranks of Poland’s secret army, joining the fight to free her homeland from occupation. But the secrets both are forced to keep threaten to tear the sisters apart–and the cost of resistance proves greater than either ever imagined.

Shining a light on the oft-forgotten history of Poland during WWII and inspired by true stories of ordinary individuals who fought to preserve freedom and humanity in the darkest of times, The Warsaw Sisters is a richly rendered portrait of courage, sacrifice, and the resilience of our deepest ties.

Amanda Barratt is the bestselling author of numerous historical novels and novellas including THE WARSAW SISTERS, WITHIN THESE WALLS OF SORROW, and THE WHITE ROSE RESISTS. Her work has been the recipient of the Christy Award and the Carol Award, as well as an Honorable Mention in the Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards.

Amanda is passionate about illuminating oft-forgotten facets of history through a fictional narrative. She lives in Michigan and can often be found researching her next novel, catching up on her to-be-read stack, or savoring a slice of her favorite lemon cake.

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7 Responses to “First Line Friday — The Warsaw Sisters”

  1. Anne Bennett November 10, 2023 at 2:14 pm #

    I love that first line. I almost missed you since the blogger right before you on the list had the same exact book! Wow.

    I am subbing for Friday56 until Freda comes back. If you’d like to link up over at my blog I’d appreciate it. Friday56 Or keep me in mind if you want to add a quote from page 56 next week (or add one to this week’s book.)

  2. Anne Bennett November 10, 2023 at 2:15 pm #

    Did you get a previous message from me?

  3. Anne Bennett November 10, 2023 at 2:18 pm #

    I just about missed your blog link since the book right next to yours was highlighting the same exact book. Weird!

    I am subbing for Friday56 until Freda comes back. If you’d like to link up over at my blog I’d appreciate it. Friday56 Keep me in mind for next week or add a quote from page 56 to your this week’s book. I am very intrigued to read this book and look forward to getting to know you through our blogs.

    • rbclibrary November 10, 2023 at 2:24 pm #

      Thanks for the invite!

  4. Nicole Santana November 10, 2023 at 11:13 pm #

    Happy Friday! 😀
    I’m currently reading Forged in Love by Mary Connealy. It’s a good story so far!
    “How late do you work?” Mariah jerked as if he’d startled her.
    I hope you have a great weekend! 😀❤️📚

  5. Vidya Tiru November 17, 2023 at 12:25 am #

    i know i want to read this book!!! definitely soon..
    My post is here

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