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We Were Strangers Once

We Were Strangers Once

Book Review - We Were Strangers Once by Betsy Carter

We are continuing to honor Veterans Day (coming up this Saturday) with a work of historical fiction taking place during WWII. On Tuesday I featured a memoir by a Holocaust survivor (click here to read about The Choice by Dr. Edith Eva Eger.) Today's book begins during WWI with two world-renowned naturalists and their son, Egon. Fast forward to the brink of WWII and Egon is leaving behind a successful medical practice for the relative comfort of a tight-knit group of immigrants in Manhattan.

Reading We Were Strangers once by Betsy Carter in the clubhouse at Chestnut Towers in Chicago, IL

Reading We Were Strangers once by Betsy Carter in the clubhouse at Chestnut Towers in Chicago, IL

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Reading We Were Strangers once by Betsy Carter in the clubhouse at Chestnut Towers in Chicago, IL

Reading We Were Strangers once by Betsy Carter in the clubhouse at Chestnut Towers in Chicago, IL

I listened to We Were Strangers Once by Betsy Carter via Audible - it was performed by Suzanne Toren, who I thought did a phenomenal job with the voices of the wide variety of characters in this book. I've mentioned this many times before, but a narrator can make or break a book when listening to it on Audible...Suzanne definitely made listening to this book a real treat. If you're traveling for Thanksgiving and need to entertain yourself on a long drive, then I'd definitely recommend this one!

Reading We Were Strangers once by Betsy Carter in the clubhouse at Chestnut Towers in Chicago, IL

Reading We Were Strangers once by Betsy Carter in the clubhouse at Chestnut Towers in Chicago, IL

My favorite part about this book were the variety of characters and the complexity of the story. It is essentially about how a group of strangers came together and supported one another during the trying times of WWII. Egon left behind a successful medical practice to become "The Cheese Man" at a local grocery store. He begins working on animals who need help and only charges his clients what they can afford - often serving animals at no cost at all. Catrina is the daughter of poor Irish immigrants and serves as his assistant and love interest in the story. I have never met someone who loves dogs as much as I do - but I just found a fictional character who may just love dogs as much if not more than I do! Meyer is a writer who writes a little bio about the work Egon and Catrina are doing to help the neighborhood animals and accidently puts Egon's immigration status in jeapordy. 

Reading We Were Strangers once by Betsy Carter in the clubhouse at Chestnut Towers in Chicago, IL

Reading We Were Strangers once by Betsy Carter in the clubhouse at Chestnut Towers in Chicago, IL

We Were Strangers Once
$14.17
By Betsy Carter

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