Book Review: I Love You My Child, I’m Abandoning You

Title: I Love You My Child, I’m Abandoning You
Author: Ariela Palacz
Genre: Hisotrical Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Rating: 4,5 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

An exciting human documentary taking place in France during the Holocaust

Little Paulette is an excellent pupil, surrounded by a loving family. But one day she is suddenly forced to confront the cruel reality of the Holocaust, together with the rest of French Jewry. Paulette is forced to separate from her family, and as a result, abandoned by her father. But despite her difficult and shocking life experiences, she remains naïve and optimistic, holding on to her thirst for life even in the darkest hours.

An authentic and moving life story

I Love You My Child, I’m Abandoning You is an exciting human documentary, taking place in France during the Holocaust. It honors the memory of the French Jews who perished in the Second World War, while simultaneously giving voice the persistent will to live, and the strength and bravery that characterize those who survived and gave rise to the future generations of the Jewish people.

An existential odyssey that puts a spotlight on the human need and right to belong

Ariela Palacz shares her life story through the character of little Paulette Szenker, sensitively weaving past and present into an authentic and moving journey that shifts between WWII France and contemporary Jerusalem. A story about the human spirit and the thirst for a family, a tradition, and a nation, that will touch your heart.

I Love You My Child, I’m Abandoning You is a novel by Ariela Palacz that is set during the Holocaust, in France. Paulette is an excellent pupil surrounded by a loving family. But when the cruel reality of the Holocaust catches up with her and her reltives, she’s forced to seperate from her family, and abandoned by her father. While going through some life-altering experiences, Paulette stays naïve and optimistic, even at the darkest of times.

This book is heartbreaking. Most of the books about the Holocaust are, but this one in particular made me extremely sad and angry. The pacing was a little slow, but that suited the book. The story took time to develop, but the reader needs that time to get to know Paulette and her ordinary life, before the horrible seperation and before tragedy begins.

That the book is based on true events makes it all the more horrible, and makes it an even more emotional read. Don’t expect a happy story.

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