22 britannia road

It seems my "to read" list is getting longer faster than I can keep up with it.  I guess that's good because I won't be stuck without something to read for a very long time.  However, given my inability to make decisions, it causes problems when it's time to start a new book.I recently finished 22 Britannia Road by Amanda Hodgkinson. Silvana and her son Aurek, are reunited with her husband Janusz after being apart for over six years due to World War II.  Originally from Poland, after spending the war hiding in the forest.  Silvana and Aurek spent most of the war hiding in the forest.  When they meet Janusz in England, Aurek has a difficult time adjusting to a "normal" life in the city.  Both Silvana and Janusz struggle with wartime secrets and the need to share their secrets in order to become a family again. The format of the book allows the reader to get to know the main characters by telling their back stories bit by bit throughout the book. This book was not happy (as most books about WWII tend not to be), but it was a good story about survival and the lengths that some are forced to go to in order to carry on.  Although I enjoyed this book overall (three out of five stars), I think I would have liked it better if it wasn't quite so miserable.  I'm all for a good story about misery and hard times, but I don't particularly enjoy it when even the happy times are miserable. Does that even make sense? There is a definite resolution to the story, which is supposed to be happy, but the tone throughout the whole book is so not happy, that I had hard time feeling happy that things turned out alright. The bottom line? A good story that is definitely worth your time.