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The Red Ribbon by Lucy Adlington |REVIEW

The Blurb:

As fourteen-year-old Ella begins her first day working at Birchwood, she steps into a world of silks and seams, buttons, lace and ribbons.

Ella is a dressmaker, but this is no ordinary sewing workshop. Hers are no ordinary clients. Every dress she makes could mean the difference between life and death.

This room, this place, this world, is all about survival.


Title: The Red Ribbon

Author: Lucy Adlington

Publisher: Hot Key Books 

First Published: 21/09/2017     This Edition: 21/09/2017     Pages: 287

Date Started: 21/09/2017   Date Finished: 26/09/2017

My Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ✨ 

Four of us: Rose, Ella, Marta and Carla. In another life we might all have been friends. But this was Birchwood.

This book guys.. 😭

I won a copy of this book via Readers First and I wish I got around to this sooner!

It’s a YA, Historical Fiction which is set back when WW2 was happening, however we see the concentration camps. The Red Ribbon is a mix of truth and fiction, Lucy Adlington tells us in the afterword that it is based in a real place ‘Birchwood’ which she translated from Birkenau, the German word. This book is set in a vast labour and extermination camp complex called Auschwitz-Birkenau, in Poland.

I honestly didn’t know much about what happened in concentration camps as it wasn’t something I was taught about much or seen anywhere. This book has been an eye opener, and I highly recommend it, it was beautifully written, I loved the characters in the story, we follow a girl named Ella and how she deals with life in Birchwood and her new best friend Rose, I just adored their friendship, how they’re both there for each other and look after one another. Marta was okay, I don’t have much to say about her, she just looks out for herself pretty much and Carla, you guys will find out if you read this book.

It was a beautiful ending, I had to hold myself back from sobbing because it was just so, ugh, wonderful! I still want to know a little bit more, even though the ending satisfied me, I wanna know what happened to a few of the other characters that were in this book.

Instead of chapters this book is done in colours for example Green, Yellow, Grey it’s a nice change to have instead of actual number chapters. Another bonus to this book, the inside of the hardcover (I’m not sure about the paperback edition) is absolutely gorgeous as well as the cover! If you want to see the inside of this book, you can see it on my Instagram!

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  1. Reblogged this on History Wardrobe and commented:
    Great review thank you. The true story of the dressmakers of Auschwitz is absolutely startling. I couldn’t resist writing about it. It’s a lovely lovely hardback edition too.

    1. It was an absolutely amazing story, I enjoyed reading all about it, I don’t read a lot of historical books but this book is now one of my favourite reads of this year!❤️

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