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1939: Irena is a young medical student living in Warsaw when the German army invade Poland. Those closest to her are dying, and when Irena realizes that no one is coming to Poland's aid, it's clear that she is alone. Forced to flee to Britain, Irena meets Richard, a RAF pilot who she's instantly drawn to, and there's a glimmer of happiness on the horizon. And then the war 1939: Irena is a young medical student living in Warsaw when the German army invade Poland. Those closest to her are dying, and when Irena realizes that no one is coming to Poland's aid, it's clear that she is alone. Forced to flee to Britain, Irena meets Richard, a RAF pilot who she's instantly drawn to, and there's a glimmer of happiness on the horizon. And then the war becomes more brutal, and in order to right a never-forgotten wrong Irena must make an impossible decision. 1989: decades later, Sarah's mother is left a home in Skye and another in Edinburgh following the death of Lord Glendale, a man she's never met, and only on the condition that Magdalena Drobnik, a woman she's never heard of, is no longer alive. Sarah's only clues to this mystery are two photographs she doesn't understand, but she's determined to discover the truth, not knowing that she's about to begin a journey that will change her life. Gripping, poignant, and honest, this is an incredibly powerful story about the choices we make under fire. It will stay with you long after you've turned the final page.


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1939: Irena is a young medical student living in Warsaw when the German army invade Poland. Those closest to her are dying, and when Irena realizes that no one is coming to Poland's aid, it's clear that she is alone. Forced to flee to Britain, Irena meets Richard, a RAF pilot who she's instantly drawn to, and there's a glimmer of happiness on the horizon. And then the war 1939: Irena is a young medical student living in Warsaw when the German army invade Poland. Those closest to her are dying, and when Irena realizes that no one is coming to Poland's aid, it's clear that she is alone. Forced to flee to Britain, Irena meets Richard, a RAF pilot who she's instantly drawn to, and there's a glimmer of happiness on the horizon. And then the war becomes more brutal, and in order to right a never-forgotten wrong Irena must make an impossible decision. 1989: decades later, Sarah's mother is left a home in Skye and another in Edinburgh following the death of Lord Glendale, a man she's never met, and only on the condition that Magdalena Drobnik, a woman she's never heard of, is no longer alive. Sarah's only clues to this mystery are two photographs she doesn't understand, but she's determined to discover the truth, not knowing that she's about to begin a journey that will change her life. Gripping, poignant, and honest, this is an incredibly powerful story about the choices we make under fire. It will stay with you long after you've turned the final page.

30 review for We Shall Remember

  1. 4 out of 5

    poppie

    I really didn't want this book to end. Very moving, sad and heart breaking in parts and thought it had been researched very well. A fairly powerful story and one that will remain in my mind for some time. Well worth reading Found the errors a little annoying but it didn't spoil the enjoyment of the story. I really didn't want this book to end. Very moving, sad and heart breaking in parts and thought it had been researched very well. A fairly powerful story and one that will remain in my mind for some time. Well worth reading Found the errors a little annoying but it didn't spoil the enjoyment of the story.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ellie Johns

    This book has sent my mind absolutely racing from start to finish, I've been sat there constantly saying "Oh my god!" and "I knew it!" So many times, that I can barely believe how much it's affected me. It's even got me hooked on World War fictional stories, which is probably going to be a bit of a brief obsession of mine. I would definitely recommend this story for the sheer fact that Emma's writing is absolutely beautiful, and she has even created this wonderfully strong heroine. Which makes t This book has sent my mind absolutely racing from start to finish, I've been sat there constantly saying "Oh my god!" and "I knew it!" So many times, that I can barely believe how much it's affected me. It's even got me hooked on World War fictional stories, which is probably going to be a bit of a brief obsession of mine. I would definitely recommend this story for the sheer fact that Emma's writing is absolutely beautiful, and she has even created this wonderfully strong heroine. Which makes the book even more pleasing, we see the main characters weaknesses as well, which opens her up emotionally to us. The entire story is throughout the entire World War 2 and the way that Emma switches between then and 1989 is wonderful, she really delves into both storylines with full force. I just can't get over how much I fell for this book, it's really opened my eyes to a very different style of life. I would highly recommend this story to any one who enjoys reading something a little different, because that's what it is for me it's very different. But it's loving, and it's shown how strong love as an emotion can be. Please read this book.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    A fantastic book. It took me a while to get into as it swapped between the two times and locations and I'm not always keen on books written in that way but once I got used to that I found myself really enjoying it. It was easy to lose yourself in the story and I found myself holding my breath while waiting to see what would happen next. I love how the book doesn't spell out for you what happens but the pieces just slot into place as the stories are told. While the ending wasn't the dream ending A fantastic book. It took me a while to get into as it swapped between the two times and locations and I'm not always keen on books written in that way but once I got used to that I found myself really enjoying it. It was easy to lose yourself in the story and I found myself holding my breath while waiting to see what would happen next. I love how the book doesn't spell out for you what happens but the pieces just slot into place as the stories are told. While the ending wasn't the dream ending I had in my head it was still brilliant and I couldn't help but have tears in my eyes. This is my first book by this author and I can't wait to read more

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lainy

    review to follow

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ruby Boyer

    I have no words to give this book justice. A very strong historical ‘story’ - several times it made me cry.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lynn Smith

    The story of Irena/Magdalena a medical student at the outbreak of war in 1939 Warsaw, who experiences the impact of Nazi occupation, the fear and the atrocities committed during same. The choices she makes to survive, the lives she saves the lives she cannot, the friends and family she loses are so well narrated. The narrative pulls you in and it is unexpected in many ways, Irena escapes to Britain and finishes her training but she remains determined to go back to Poland despite the ties she has The story of Irena/Magdalena a medical student at the outbreak of war in 1939 Warsaw, who experiences the impact of Nazi occupation, the fear and the atrocities committed during same. The choices she makes to survive, the lives she saves the lives she cannot, the friends and family she loses are so well narrated. The narrative pulls you in and it is unexpected in many ways, Irena escapes to Britain and finishes her training but she remains determined to go back to Poland despite the ties she has found and then being caught up within the communist regime behind the Iron Curtain and her story appears lost but the modern character manages to dig away at the history and her own personal connection with Irena. It is clearly well-researched in regards to incidents relating to the Polish doctors who faked a typhus epidemic to hide Jewish and others at risk in the Polish districts of Warsaw as well as the Polish Hospital in Scotland, and the Polish airmen in Britain during WWII. A really good read. I had to finish this once I started to read and get into the story, I literally could not put it down.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Roz Radmore

    Emma Fraser is a writer who does not hide from uncomfortable issues . Her books are refreshingly different , being partly set in Eastern European countries and I am looking forward to her next book . 1939 Warsaw , Poland . Irene is a young medical student when Germany invades Poland. Soon she is losing family and friends When Russia also invades Irene realizes that she must flee the stricken country . Going to Britain she meets Richard an RAF pilot . 1989 Sarah's mother is ill in hospital in Edinb Emma Fraser is a writer who does not hide from uncomfortable issues . Her books are refreshingly different , being partly set in Eastern European countries and I am looking forward to her next book . 1939 Warsaw , Poland . Irene is a young medical student when Germany invades Poland. Soon she is losing family and friends When Russia also invades Irene realizes that she must flee the stricken country . Going to Britain she meets Richard an RAF pilot . 1989 Sarah's mother is ill in hospital in Edinburgh when she is left a house in Skye and another in Edinburghj following the death of Lord Glendale . Neither of them knew hime and the will states she will only inherit if someone called Magdalena Drobnik is no longer alive . Sarah sets out to investigate on her mother's behalf , little knowing what she might uncover . Some secrets are best left hidden

  8. 5 out of 5

    Gwen Leader

    This is a first class story and I just couldn't put it down I was spellbound by it. But for me it was spoilt by the typos and inaccuracies, such as shopping for nylons in 1943 not possible there were no nylons during the war, also when he played the gramophone Glenn Miller's voice filled the room again no Glenn Miller didn't sing. Other than the typos and inaccuracies it was an excellent book, but typos and inaccuracies can spoil a book. This is a first class story and I just couldn't put it down I was spellbound by it. But for me it was spoilt by the typos and inaccuracies, such as shopping for nylons in 1943 not possible there were no nylons during the war, also when he played the gramophone Glenn Miller's voice filled the room again no Glenn Miller didn't sing. Other than the typos and inaccuracies it was an excellent book, but typos and inaccuracies can spoil a book.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Cathy Fleming

    Too difficult to put down This book was hard to read at times but so much more difficult not to become engrossed in the story. It only took a matter of days to complete reading and placing you into the situation of the characters either in England or Poland. Emma wrote this story with unlimited passion. Thank you

  10. 4 out of 5

    michelle reilly

    A fantastic book What a story line. One of the best books I've read for a long time. I couldn't put it down. The characters were so real and Emma Fraser 's research was spot on as I've a great interest in this era and have been to Poland myself. Well done Emma. A book I will remember for a long time. A fantastic book What a story line. One of the best books I've read for a long time. I couldn't put it down. The characters were so real and Emma Fraser 's research was spot on as I've a great interest in this era and have been to Poland myself. Well done Emma. A book I will remember for a long time.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Julie Davis

    I have developed a fondness for books set in either war featuring strong women and this was a good example of the genre. I enjoyed working out the connection between the characters and it was fascinating to learn more about the fate of Poland in the war.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Michele Bailey

    I really enjoyed this book. It was well written and very thought provoking. The flow of the story line was just right. What horrible atrocities that were committed in WW2. This is a superb fictional account of such horrors.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Patti

    Filled with mystery, danger, heartbreak, and tender love, "We Shall Remember" brings to life the work of the Polish Resistance during World War II. It is a fascinating and educational read. The author clearly did her research. I will definitely be reading her other books. Filled with mystery, danger, heartbreak, and tender love, "We Shall Remember" brings to life the work of the Polish Resistance during World War II. It is a fascinating and educational read. The author clearly did her research. I will definitely be reading her other books.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Tina Milledge

    Good one.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Cat

    In loved this from start to finish, a romantic fiction but with very gritty, sad , fact based chapters about German occupied Poland during the Second World War "May we never forget" In loved this from start to finish, a romantic fiction but with very gritty, sad , fact based chapters about German occupied Poland during the Second World War "May we never forget"

  16. 4 out of 5

    Karina

    What a heart wrenching book, it made me cry. The author did a wonderful job of telling the “Polish” side of WW2, a narrative we don’t often find. She almost makes you feel the fear, the uncertainty and terror of living in a country occupied by the Nazis. I wished for a different ending but the ending was “right” for the person Irena is :)

  17. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    Rating: 3.5 stars

  18. 4 out of 5

    Aoife

    I love reading stories about World War Two, in particular when they star women kicking ass as nurses and dashing men in uniforms. We Shall Remember is definitely slightly different than the typically, mainly british-based novels I've read but it certainly didn't take away from Irena's loyalty and bravery. The first part of the book is such a guessing game as he reader tries to figure out who Magdalena Drobnik is, and what she has to do with Irena and Richard. There was a while I really wondered I love reading stories about World War Two, in particular when they star women kicking ass as nurses and dashing men in uniforms. We Shall Remember is definitely slightly different than the typically, mainly british-based novels I've read but it certainly didn't take away from Irena's loyalty and bravery. The first part of the book is such a guessing game as he reader tries to figure out who Magdalena Drobnik is, and what she has to do with Irena and Richard. There was a while I really wondered about whether or not Irena's friend was still alive from the start of the book as I had felt that those letters were so vague and may have been staged. Irena definitely annoyed me at times, her refusal to give in to Richard when she clearly felt so much for him - they could have had so much more time together! And then her refusal to try and leave Poland afterwards. It makes me sad that they didn't have any children or legacy left behind other than Lena, who wasn't blood-related or carried their name and essentially Irena was on her own for so long. I maybe would have liked Neil to have been introduced earlier and maybe a bit saucier things happening between him and Sarah but for such a brief character, he was a very strong, vivid one. The chemistry was definitely there.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Clare Hardy

    Well this book told me that the old saying "don't judge a book by its cover" is true. when I looked at the book I thought it was a book for ladys, and it is so much more. We all have read about the horrors of war but this book made it so real for me. I feel that I was lost in this story. It made me sad when I had finished this book as all good books should leave you wanting just one more page. Well this book told me that the old saying "don't judge a book by its cover" is true. when I looked at the book I thought it was a book for ladys, and it is so much more. We all have read about the horrors of war but this book made it so real for me. I feel that I was lost in this story. It made me sad when I had finished this book as all good books should leave you wanting just one more page.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Fi

    A far 'meatier' read than I was expecting, and all the better for it. Cleverly alternates between past & present, with a mystery which keeps you guessing, and some very gritty events in Poland before you reach the poignant ending. Highly recommended; it's a book you don't forget in a hurry. A far 'meatier' read than I was expecting, and all the better for it. Cleverly alternates between past & present, with a mystery which keeps you guessing, and some very gritty events in Poland before you reach the poignant ending. Highly recommended; it's a book you don't forget in a hurry.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sue Smith

    A really good read. The book is slow to get going but by half way through the plot becomes gripping. It becomes hard to put down!!!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ann Fleet

  23. 5 out of 5

    Liewen

  24. 5 out of 5

    sue rosser

  25. 4 out of 5

    anthony cleworth

  26. 5 out of 5

    Alice

  27. 4 out of 5

    clive peter evans

  28. 4 out of 5

    Maureen Burrows

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Hill

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

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