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The Puppet Maker's Daughter


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An illustrative story of a Hungarian-Jewish girl's choice to save those who can't save themselves and her family in the depths of WWII.

The Puppet Maker's Daughter is one of those novels that leaves you feeling immersed in the story. It feels like the characters are your parents, your brother, nephew, and your life. You are taken back to a world that you can only imagine, where you can smell the food, see the hospitals, and truly feel like you are there in the story. You feel the deep need to help others while also being utterly horrified at the atrocities happening day in and day out.

Karla Jay has created a beautiful, historical masterpiece. One that has left me researching more about WWII in Budapest. This wasn't an area you deeply cover in school when learning about the war. With this narrative through the eyes of 19 year old Marika, you are brought in to what it was like to live so close to the end of the war being a Jew in Hungary, and then the Germans invade. The line that captivated me from the beginning was, "Since the war started, our lives have been controlled as if we are the marionettes with mad puppeteers holding our strings." This line perfectly sums up the war itself and the story of the Hungarians in WWII.

Take a dive into a story that will captivate you from the beginning. It will take you through the horrors of the Arrow Cross Party, while also showing you the heroics of a family amidst the chaos. While you will feel the terror, horror and ultimate sadness of what was brought on to the Jewish people in Hungary in the final months of WWII, you will also see the utmost bravery, faith and strength. Follow Marika's story on having your world torn apart when you can see light at the end of the tunnel and how people you know might turn on you.

If you can read any historical fiction novel, read The Puppet Maker's Daughter. This is by far one of the best I have read. Thanks to the author Karla Jay for opening my eyes to the atrocities of what happened in Hungary and for providing such a factual fictional story that has me thinking and feeling long after reading it.

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About the author

Raised in Western New York and Pennsylvania, Karla M. Jay has worked as a speech pathologist since 1982. When she is not home in Utah gardening or writing, she is traveling, trying to see as many countries as possible--in particular, those with good coffee, ancient history, and great beaches. view profile

Published on January 27, 2022

100000 words

Contains graphic explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Historical Fiction

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