Book Review: A Kind of Woman by Helen Burko

Title: A Kind of Woman

Author: Helen Burko

Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery, Thriller

Age Group: Adult

Rating: 5 stars

Purchase: Amazon

Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

He is married to the Devil, but can he be her advocate?

Jacob Barder, a successful New York attorney, returns home to New York after being trapped in Europe during the Second World War and miraculously surviving the Holocaust. Barder does not return alone: with him is his new wife, Rachel, a beautiful blonde woman whom he met in Warsaw shortly after the war – a Jewish survivor who lost her entire family and remained alone in the world. Jacob fell in love with her and brought her to the states. Now he will defend her in the biggest battle of her life.

A Jewish lawyer’s wife is accused of committing Nazi war crimes

One evening, in a Broadway theater, Rachel is attacked by a woman who accuses her of being Matilda Krause – a German SS officer who served at the Nazi concentration camps. Rachel’s arrest and police investigation open the way to a sensational trial that will be written in the pages of history. With no one willing to protect a Nazi officer, Barder decides to defend his wife himself. Why would a Jewish survivor speak for a Nazi in the court of law? Barder is called to make an impossible case in the name of his beloved wife, and that of humanity altogether. The jury, the judge, and the readers will be astounded by what he has to say.

In A Kind of Woman, Jacob Barder is a successful New York attorney who has returned home after being trapped in Europe during World War II, and miraculously surviving the Holocaust. With him is his new wife, Rachel, a beautiful woman he met in Warsaw shortly after the war, a Jewish survivor who lost her entire family.

One evening in a Broadway theater, Rachel is attacked by a woman who accuses her of being Matilda Krause – a German SS officer who served at th Nazi concentration camps. Rachel is arrested, and the police open an investigation. When the evidence against Rachel rises, and no attorney is willing to defend her, Jacob Barder takes the stand himself, to defend his beloved wife in the most impossible case he’s ever worked on.

This book completely blew me away. From the moment I started reading, I couldn’t stop. Then upon reading that the author is a survivor of World War II herself, makes this book all the more raw and real.

Helen Burko does an amazing job crafting the characters of both Rachel and Jacob. The trial just about borke my heart. This is an astonishing, honest, view of war and its consequences, and of humanity.

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