The Vow by Felicity Goodrich is unlikely love story in a small Polish village during the heat of World War II. It is a story of love beyond measure and a love against all odds.
The story opens in September 1939 where Anna and her family are running to hide from the German soldiers who are raiding their village. The soldiers are looking for men to fight. Family is caught and huddled with the rest of the villagers. The villagers watch as men of all ages are forced into the army and carted off to fight in a war they didn’t believe in. Father Szymon Wielinski tries to minister to his parish as they fight fear and uncertainty. Rumors come in that the Russians are coming from the east and the German army is weakening. With the war raging around them, they have a battle among themselves. Anna and Szymon become good friends and they seek each other’s comfort as bad news comes from the world outside. Soon Anna and Szymon fall in love, not willing to acknowledge as Szymon is committed to his oath to the church. Rumors fly about their relationship that it forces them apart until they realize that they do not what to be apart. Will Anna and Szymon be able to be together? Will Szymon be able to put aside his commitment to the Church for his love of Anna?
To say that I loved this book is an understatement. I LOVED this book. I read this book in one day. Not because it was an easy read but because the story was so thrilling and exciting that I could not put in down. The story was beautifully written with a love story unlike I’ve read before. The struggles and conflicts are dealt with such reality that Anna and Szymon. The descriptions of the war, while in the background, give just enough to give the reader a sense of the atmosphere of the villager. One of my favorite quotes from the book is from Szymon when he says “I am not cast out of God’s love, only yours.” I love the truth behind this statement as men try to dictate the measure of God’s love. This book was heartwarming and romantic. Probably one of the most romantic love stories I’ve read in a long time. I highly recommend The Vow.
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