About The Opera Sisters

About The Opera Sisters

The Opera Sisters

Based on the true story of the Cook sisters, who smuggled valuables out of 1930s Nazi Germany to finance a daring, secret operation to help Jews find hope for a new life in England.

British sisters Ida and Louise Cook enjoy their quiet, unassuming lives in south London. Ida writes romance novels, and Louise works as a secretary. In the evenings, the sisters indulge in their shared love for opera, saving their money to buy records and attend performances throughout England and Europe, becoming well-known by both performers and fellow opera lovers.

But when Hitler seizes power in 1933, he begins targeting and persecuting German Jews, passing laws that restrict their rights and their lives. The sisters continue their trips to the German opera houses, but soon, Jewish members of the opera community covertly approach the sisters, worried that they will be stripped of their wealth and forced to leave their homes and the country. Danger looms on the horizon, threatening to spill across all of Europe’s borders.

Ida and Louise vow to help, but how can two ordinary working-class women with limited means make a difference?

Together with their beloved opera community, the sisters devise a plan to personally escort Jewish refugees from Germany to England. The success of the plan hinges on Ida and Louise’s ability to smuggle contraband jewelry and furs beneath the watchful eyes of the SS soldiers guarding various checkpoints. But how many trips can they make before someone blows a whistle? Or before the final curtain falls on Germany’s borders?

The Opera Sisters is a riveting and inspiring novel of two unlikely heroines whose courage and compassion gave hope to many Jews desperate to escape Nazi persecution.

My review

I’ve read a bunch of books about the World War II time period. The time period is pretty fascinating. I don’t think I’ve read one that touched me quite as much as this one did though.

This book tells the story of Ida and Louise Cook. These were ordinary young women who happened to love to go to the opera. Little did they know when they started attending that they would be able to use the opera to help Jewish people escape from Germany. These young women were heroes. They touched so many lives in ways that they could have never dreamed they would be able to. And that is amazing.

I loved the way the author wrote this one. Many of the scenes were from the point of view of Ida or Louise. But quite a few of them were from the point of view of the people who needed help as well. And that’s part of what made the book so powerful.

This is one book you will not regret reading. I didn’t want to put it down!

I was sent a copy of The Opera Sisters as a gift from the publisher all opinions are my own.

Purchase links

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