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.
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!