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Three Sisters

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Romani sisters Livvi, Magda and Cibby, promised their father, that they would look after each other forever! Little did they realize the gravitas of that promise. At the time it was made, they were young and innocent. War was not a thing that these young girls even realized existed. But they loved their father, and they made that promise, which turned out to be central to surviving World War 2.

This is author Heather Morris' third book, following up, The Tattooist of Auschwitz and Cilka's Journey. Although all three are (loosely) linked, each can be read as a stand alone novel. Like her prior publications, this book is based on a true family's experience. Their story is incredible. I listened to the #audiobook, narrated by Finty Williams, and she does an incredible job telling the story of the Three Sisters. If you enjoyed Heather Morris' other books, or even if you did not read them, you can (and SHOULD) read this one! 

Thank you #netgalley and @macmillanaudio for the audiobook, in return for my honest review. #5stars
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Oh Heather Morris!  You've done it again!  You managed to suck me in.  I finished this one in a single day.  My house is a wreck and I don't even care.  This is one I'll be reading again!
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This is the third book in a series of historical stories from Morris. I struggled a bit to get into this story, but I did get there eventually, and I found the story to be beautiful and incredibly moving. I like that this story follows the sisters during their in the camp, but also afterward.
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The heartbreaking tale of three sisters and their journey through the concentration camps.  It was beautifully told but so hard to read at times because of the hardships they faced.  Still, Heather Morris does a fantastic (almost too good) job of making you feel like you are there with them; you feel their pain, their joy, and their love for one another.  I loved this book for the women it brought into my life but am sad for the story it told.

The narration was very well done.  The narrator's voice was soothing at the right times, making it easier to stomach some of the atrocities they had to read.  Excellent job!
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This book was quite a powerful read! Though it is challenging, and downright disturbing at times, to read about the terrors of the Holocaust and the evil that was present, I find it important to not forget the harm humans can do to others, and put things in perspective during our current challenges.

This book was written by the same author as "The Tattooist of Auschwitz", another great read. This book shares similarities, parallel story lines, and ups and downs, though through very different perspective and lenses.

Perhaps the strongest theme I see through this book is the power of love, and its ability to withstand and overcome hate and evil. 

The premise of the story is three sisters who make promises to put each other first and put love first as children. As the Germans are putting Jews into concentration camps and isolating them, the story delineates the family struggles along the way, the fractures upon the family unit, and this family's response by working to stay together.

The day-to-day tortures and stresses of being a prisoner in Auschwitz are clearly delineated. If beomes clear the main factor allowing survival is holding on to love, the fact the sisters can encourage and support each other, and the hope of a new tomorrow from this.

This is such a powerful story as the sisters survive the prison life, are able to escape, and slowly, with struggles along the way, rebuild their lives. Significant to me as a reader is the outlook and perspective the sisters have after being a prisoner. Examples include living inside a shed, and being thankful and proud to have this personal space, until they are able to work and save enough to get bigger living quarters.

The sisters eventually journey to Israel for a new start. I love this section of the book, as the sister's rebuild their lives and their families, and find new callings. There are certainly emotional challenges along the way, especially guilt and moral injury to the sisters and their families reflect on their survival and the passing of others. But I truly love the closing by focusing on mindfulness, healing and acceptance of the past to allow the sisters to move on into a new life. I think this is perhaps the main lesson of this book and applicable for any challenges we face these days.

I highly recommend!
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Thanks for the chance to listen to this audiobook. Compelling story about the bonds of three sisters during World War II. Interesting because it includes parts before they are forced into concentration camps and their time afterwards. Narrator was excellent.
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Three Sisters is another phenomenal book by the author that brought us The Tattooist of Auschwitz.  It’s based off of a true story of three Slovakian sisters that made a promise to their father to always protect each other.  No one could have imagined the pure nightmare that these girls would have to endure. It is so important for these stories to be told so that new generations don’t forget the horrific crimes committed against an entire group of people just because of their faith.  I’m grateful to the survivors that have found the strength to tell their stories.

The narrator of the audiobook did an amazing job of bringing the story to life.  The emotions were brought through.  The pacing was well done.  I would definitely listen to another story narrated by her.
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4.5 stars rounded up. Based on true events, this was a moving and heart wrenching story about an incredible journey. Three sisters surviving and learning to thrive during and after the Holocaust, face tragedy and obstacles. I listened to the audiobook of this and could not stop listening as it was a captivating read. The ending where there were actual accounts of some of the sisters and their descendants was done beautifully. Three Sisters was a story about survival, love, family and promises. I highly recommend this one, if your heart can take it.
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Three Sisters by Heather Morris was another heartfelt, emotional moving account of what the Jews went through during world war 2. These sisters were close and a family that survived unspeakable conditions. HM is a great writer and has a gift when sharing WW11 details. This can be read as a stand-alone and is actually book 3 of a series. I’ve read all of them and highly recommend them. I chose to listen to this book on audio and loved Finty Williams as the narrator. This was 13 hours and 6 minutes. 
Thanks Macmillan Audio via Netgalley. 

 #NetGalley #AudioBooks #ThreeSisters  #Ww2Books #HistoricalFiction
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This is the third book in the Tattooist of Auschwitz Series but can be read as a stand-alone. 

Three Sisters by Heather Morris is a beautifully written heartbreaking story based on true events.  Morris is an auto-buy author for me because I love WWII Fiction and she has a way of bringing life lessons to the forefront in such a positive way. 

In Three Sisters, Morris shares the story of Cibi, Magda and Livia.  As families were being torn apart during WWII, these children promised their father that they would stay together, no matter what happened!!  Throughout the pages, we follow the three sister’s journey as they struggle to survive the horrors of the death camps and share their joy when they start a new beginning in Israel.  The three sisters stuck together, against all odds, just like they promised their father years before. 

At the end of the book, Morris shares with us actual accounts from the sisters and their descendants which was done beautifully and truly makes you feel connected to each person in the book. 

I listened to the audiobook, narrated by Finty Williams and she did a fantastic job and kept me captivated the entire time. 

I recommend this to any historical fiction lover!!
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I read the book and listened also to the Audio version.
The Narrator Finty Williams was perfect in how the book was read.
Having read the Tattooist of Auschwitz and Cilka’s journey I had great expectation for this story and wasn’t disappointed.
This is a true story about three sisters that survived their imprisonment in Auschwitz and later immigrated to Israel.   It is a heart breaking story that not only shows the strength of human endurance but also how often impulsive reaction overrides clear thinking.   This would result in a spontaneous action that could have had deadly consequences for themselves or other people. 
The return to the family home didn’t exactly have the welcoming mat out.
One of the things I hadn’t realized up to the point of reading the book that it wasn’t an easy accomplishment to immigrate to Israel after the war.  Lots of politics between the various countries made it hard and not always successful.
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Three Sisters is an incredibly moving and emotional story about Livi, Magda, and Cibi, a trio of Slovakian sisters who endure the hardships, heartbreak and cruelty that so many Jews faced during World War II. They make a promise to their father to always stay together and they try to uphold this promise through years spent in concentration camps at the hand of the Nazis. Based on a true story, it's a tale of triumph over evil, heroism, survival and courage. Historical fiction lovers will enjoy this latest book by Heather Morris. The Author's Note and Afterword Sections are must-reads!

I thoroughly enjoyed the narrator and her delivery.

Thank you to Macmillan Audio and NetGalley for this ARC.
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This is the story of three  Slovakian  sisters and their experiences during WW2. Livia, Magda, and Cibi are the ultimate story of courage, loyalty and suffering. They sacrifice so much for one another. If you enjoyed reading the first 2 of the series by Heather Morris, this book will not disappoint. Morris is skilled at  writing the heartbreaking tales of those during the Holocaust. 
**Huge thanks to NetGalley for the ARC
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This was such a powerful story about the remarkable journey of three truly inspirational sisters.

I haven’t read very much historical fiction this year but I was so excited for this one after reading The Tattooist of Auschwitz and Cilka’s Journey and I always find myself especially moved by the genre. While extremely difficult to read at times, I find it incredibly insightful and humbling to learn about such horrific true events and stories and to learn of the courage these survivors exuded.

I applaud Heather Morris for finding such extraordinary stories and all of the work and research she was done to share them!

- Make sure to stick around for the epilogue, Author’s note and the afterword.
- While listed as a ‘trilogy’, they are essentially standalones with overlapping minor characters. I do highly recommend reading them all though!

“𝗪𝗵𝗲𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝘆 𝗽𝘂𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝘀𝗲 𝗻𝘂𝗺𝗯𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗼 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝘀𝗸𝗶𝗻, 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝘆 𝘀𝗲𝗮𝗹𝗲𝗱 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗺𝗶𝘀𝗲. 𝗦𝗼𝗺𝗲𝗵𝗼𝘄, 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝘆 𝗴𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝘂𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘀𝘁𝗿𝗲𝗻𝗴𝘁𝗵 𝘁𝗼 𝗳𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗹𝗶𝘃𝗲𝘀.”
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An emotional 5-star read! 

I read the audiobook edition of this book and found myself captivated by the sister's journey--remarkably based on a true, impeccably researched story, 

Three Sister's tells the story of three sisters, Cibi, Magda and Livi, who have vowed to protect one another -- a vow made with no foresight in to the horrific troubles that lay ahead as the sisters will enter Auschwitz death camp during WWII. 

What I made this read impactful for me were the three perspectives of the Holocaust from before, during AND after. Seeing how lives were altered post-WWII was incredibly thought provoking for me.

The bond of sisters. The magic of hope. The endurance of survivors. Those are the themes that run through this story. A must-read.
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I was so excited to receive the audiobook ARC for this novel!  I love Heather Morris's previous novels in this trilogy and was not disappointed with this one!  This book, Three Sisters, is also based on a true story.  It was wonderful reading the afterword telling all about the real people in the story.  Even though this book has many parts that are sad and hard to read, it is an uplifting story about these three sisters and how they supported and took care of one another throughout their lives.  I also liked the fact that it told about their lives after Auschwitz, which is something that Holocaust novels often leave out.  I loved the reference to the "tattooist".  It helped me remember his compassion and kindness in such horrible conditions.  

The audiobook narrator, Finty Williams was also wonderful.  She was able to convey the emotion that the characters were going through.  She kept my interest through the entire novel.

Thank you to McMillian Audio, NetGalley and the author for an ARC of this audiobook.
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Three Sisters

I feel somehow inappropriate saying I loved a book about the Holocaust. So, instead, I’ll say that I loved a book about resilience, strength, and the titanium strength of family ties. 

As the eldest of three sisters, from a close Jewish family, and an avid historical fiction reader, I was really excited to see this book on offer at NetGalley. Having read the first book in the trilogy, I knew that the writing and storytelling wouldn’t disappoint but I WAS worried that the book might be too difficult, emotionally, to get through. And I was almost right. I had to stop the audio many times because I was overcome with grief and anger. Especially knowing that the novel is based on a true story. 

The discussions about survivor’s guilt and the guilt of “not suffering as much as someone else” were handled beautifully and touched upon a subject that I don’t see discussed often. 

I also really liked that the story didn’t end with the escape from the camps, nor  the eventual reunion with their hometown. Listening to the journey after, and then the sisters’ aliyah to Israel was almost better than their initial stories of survival. A happy ending is not the usual case in a story about the Holocaust - even survivor stories - so this was a welcome twist and pleasant departure. 

Let me be clear… the story is horrific. The writing and the final message were superb. 

The voice actor was magnificent and kept the words from sounding maudlin or overly sappy. 

I loved the epilogues, and notes from the author and various members of the real life sisters’ families. 

This is definitely a special book and I will work to find a way to incorporate it into my class in the future. 

Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for the ALC in exchange for my honest opinions.
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Three sisters are sent to Auschwitz. They promised their father earlier in life that they would always stay together. At the notorious death camp, they make another stay alive.

This book was hard to read at times, but beautiful, too. The sisters stay strong in the face of extreme hardship, buoyed up by their love for each other. So although this story was rough on me emotionally (I kept thinking of the stories passed down to me of relatives that died in the concentration camps), I'm so glad I read it!

Three Sisters is the third book in the Tattooist of Auschwitz series. Every book has been outstanding!

I read part of this book in ebook ARC format....then listened to the audio book. Narrated by Finty Williams, the audio is just over 13 hours long. Williams does a great job of voice acting. Very moving audio performance!

Very thought provoking....emotional.....and beautiful! Glad I read/listened to this book!

**I voluntarily read a review copy of this book from St Martins Press (and Macmillan Audio). All opinions expressed are entirely my own.**
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In my opinion, Heather Morris does it again!!  First thanks you NetGalley for this audio book.   I lovedThe Three Sisters by Heather Morris as much or more than I did The Tattooist of Auschwitz and Cilka's Journay.  Although it's the third in the series, there is not need to read the first two (although why wouldn't you).  The book is based on the true lives of three sisters, Cibi, Magda, and Livi.  It follows their lifes from the time that they make their father to always stay together to the end where they go to Israel.   Born in Slovakia before the war, this seemed like a promise that would be easy to keep.  It was not, although doing so probably saved their lives.  The war comes to their town and Jewish girls are being "rounded up" to be taken to work camps.  If you are familiar with this time period you know what work camps are like.  Livi is told to report for the camp, and when Livi finds out, she goes with her.  Magda is safe at this time in the hospital.  The story then goes to the camps and Auschwitz.  If you read the first two books there is a similar theme in what happens in the camps. There are references to the characters in the first two book, but I never found this book repetitive or boring.    This book does not end with the sisters fleeing the camp.  It goes on to the tell of the difficulties of getting on with life when everything is gone.  I loved this book and highly recommend it!!
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Three Sisters was the third book by Heather Morris that I had the opportunity to read. It was not my favorite of her books but I appreciated that Heather Morris was able to share the sister’s story with her readers. These stories must continue to be handed down and talked about through future generations so that a Holocaust can never happen again. As in her two previous novels, Heather Morris was able to convey and portray through dialogue and acts the love, anguish, terror, regrets, bravery, courage, determination and resilience all three sisters experienced during the Nazi occupation and their time in Auschwitz/Birkenau. I listened to the audiobook that was brilliantly narrated by Finty Williams. She was able to give distinction between the various characters. 

Cibi, Magda and Livia grew up in a loving home in Vranov, Slovakia. The three sisters lived with their mother, father and grandfather. All was well with the girls until the Nazis arrived. Their father asked all three of his daughters when they were still young girls to promise him that they would always stay together and look out for one another. The sisters never allowed themselves to forget that promise they made to their father. When the Nazis ordered Livia, the youngest of the three sisters, to report to the synagogue to work for the Germans, Cibi, the eldest of the three sisters, would not allow Livia to go by herself. It was ten years since the sisters made that promise to their father, but not one of them forgot about it. Cibi was 19 years old in 1942. She would not let Livia go by herself. Cibi insisted that she would accompany Livia and watch out for her. Neither sister could have ever imagined what the German’s intentions were on that fateful day.  It was Livia’s and Cibi’s fate that they were brought to Auschwitz by cattle car. Their middle sister, Magda would be spared that fate for now. Magda had been sick and was in the hospital recuperating when the Nazis were making their selections for deportation. For two years after Cibi and Livia were taken to Auschwitz, Magda remained at home but felt remorse and guilt that she was at home and her sisters had been taken away. In 1944, two years after Cibi and Livia had been taken to Auschwitz, Magda, her mother and grandfather were transported to Auschwitz as well. The sisters faced starvation. They were forced to perform strenuous and senseless hard labor each and every day no matter how hot or cold it was outside. The daily brutalities that the evil and hateful guards showed the prisoners were more than anyone should be made to endure. They saw death all around them each day. The sisters helped each other to survive.Then as the war started to go in favor of the Allies, the Nazis made the prisoners of Auschwitz/Birkenau go on a death march. The sisters were lucky enough to escape and hide in the forest for many days until they were finally rescued. When the three sisters made their way back to their childhood home they were disillusioned and disgusted to find someone else living in their home. They discovered that the attitudes of the Slovs toward Jews had not changed much since the end of the war. Even though the war was over and the sisters had suffered unmercifully in the camp, beyond anyone’s comprehension, anti Semitic feelings about the Jews were still present. Cibi, Magda and Livia decided that Israel would become their new home. Once in Israel, it was still hard to lose the memories of what they had endured in Auschwitz. All three sisters found it impossible to eradicate all that they had witnessed and lived through from their thoughts, dreams and daily lives. The ghosts of their past were always present along with some secrets. Could the sisters ever find that carefree and happy life they each sought? 

Three Sisters by Heather Morris was inspired by real events. Cibi’s son contacted Heather Morris after reading The Tattooist of Auschwitz to ask her if she would tell her mother’s and aunt’s stories. Heather Morris interviewed and spent quality time with many members of the sister’s family and with each sister so that their story could be told in its entirety. Within the pages of Three Sisters, there were also references to Lale, Gita and Cilka. This powerful and insightful novel was the last in the trilogy. It was commendable that Heather Morris was able to relate all these stories in her three novels. Three Sisters was an exploration of courage, a reminder of how important family is and the continued efforts to keep a most important promise made so long ago.I highly recommend this book.

Thank you to Macmillan Audio for allowing me to listen this advanced audiobook through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. Three Sisters will be available on October 5th.
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