BOOK CLUB: Three Sisters

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Three Sisters by Heather Morris will grab you by the heart and squeeze. It will leave you questioning how it’s even possible that people could ever treat fellow humans in the manner that people were treated in the Death Camps during World War 2. 

You will feel joy for each little triumph no matter how small that the sisters are able to reach.

The three sisters, Cibi, Magda, and Livia each make a promise to their father and to each other that they will always be there. No matter what, they will stick together through life. 

It’s a promise that their father wants them to make before he passes away. Their promise brings him comfort.

The girls have never forgotten their promise, and years later as war comes into their lives, young Livia is ordered to pack a suitcase and be at the train station the following morning. 

Her sister Cibi, who arrived home the night before, announces that she will not allow Livia to go alone and she will pack a case and go with her. 

They are transported to Auschwitz where they both face the daily horrors of cruelty, physical and mental torture, starvation, and utter fear. Their courage is evident at every turn.

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Their sister Magda was in the local hospital when the round up came. She is able to stay with her mother and grandfather. She manages to stay at home by hiding in the forest or in a kind neighbour’s ceiling when guards call looking for more young Jews to send to the camps.

In time, all Jews are rounded up and they take Magda, her mother and grandfather. Magda is taken from her family and sent to Auschwitz where by chance she is spotted and her sisters are alerted that she is there. 

Again, it takes courage for them to be reunited.

This is a story that once read will stay with you.  This is a must read book.

Author: Heather Morris
ISBN: 9781760686765
Copy courtesy of: Echo Publishing

A selection of our Beauty and Lace Club Members are reading Three Sisters by Heather Morris. You can read their comments below, or add your own review.

7 thoughts on “BOOK CLUB: Three Sisters

  1. Three Sisters by Heather Morris is listed as the third book in The Tattooist of Auschwitz trilogy but reads as a stand-alone as the characters from the previous books are only mentioned in passing.
    This book focuses on 3 Jewish Slovakian Sisters who make a promise, when very young, to their father to stay together, no matter what. This becomes difficult when the youngest is selected to go to Auschwitz, but throughout the book the girls try to honour their promise and stay very close all of their lives.
    This book was well written and researched but was my least favourite of the 3 books as it was a bit slow to get going and was a bit longer than the other books.
    Thanks to Beauty and Lace and Allen & Unwin for my copy for review.

  2. Three Sisters by Heather Morris (Echo Publishing) is a harrowing, nightmarish story of courage and resilience. The three young Jewish Slovakian sisters of the title face the full terrors of the Nazi regime, both at home and in the Auschwitz Birkenhau concentration camps. It is only through their love and devotion to one another that they endure it.

    It is incredibly sad and depressing to think that human beings can inflict such horror on fellow humans… and yet it really happened. Abhorrent as it seems, this book is based on the true story of Cibi, Magda and Livia who were aged 19, 17 and 15 when they were taken to Auschwitz from their home in Vranov, Slovakia.

    Still despite all the terrors, cruelty and persecution chronicled in this book, it is ultimately a story of survival. Through love, determination and sheer grit Cibi, Magda and Livi somehow manage. Each sister promises to care for the other and it is this promise that sustains them, and keeps them going … It helps them throughout their ordeals and after the war when they try to build a new life.

    An incredibly heart wrenching story that has been well researched and is delivered with great sensitivity. Three Sisters will definitely haunt your thoughts…

  3. A compelling story told of three sisters set in the Nazi regime during the infamous Holocaust. Livia, Magda and Cibi embark on a journey that no person should ever have to endure. Their strength, determination, and utter devotion to one another, is nothing short of extraordinary.

    Three Sisters conjure up many emotions. It’s a part of history no one wants to think of, but the memory of those millions of heroic people who suffered needs be recognised. I have read many books of similar themes and I feel Morris has told their story tastefully. Three Sisters is based on true events and the third of its kind in a series all of which I have devoured.

    I am happy to recommend. Many thanks to Beauty and Lace Book Club and Echo Publishing for the reading and reviewing opportunity.

  4. I highly recommend Three Sisters by Heather Morris. I love Heather’s other books and this one didn’t disappoint.

    The story follow the three sisters who once promised their father that they would always be there for each other. Though the toughest of times the sisters looked out for each other.

    With so many WW2 novels available I am always drawn to those that offer something different. For me Three Sisters gave me this by following the Three Sisters after the horror of the war ended and they still had to fight for their ‘freedom’.

    Definitely make sure you read this, but make sure you have time as it’s hard to put down.

  5. Three Sisters by Heather Morris is a story that needs to be told. One of the sisters, Livia receives Heather’s previous book The Tattoist of Auschwitz and immediately recognises the name Lale Sokolov as someone whom she had known many years ago. Livia’s family get in contact with Heather and begin to share their incredible memories.

    Three sisters, Cibi, Magda and Livia made a vow as young girls that they would always stick together. However, noone every expected this pledge to be tested so much. Each of the sisters spends time in the Nazi concentration camps and endure the most depraved treatment and are witness to many horrific events; man’s inhumanity to man. Their devotion to each other and the memory of the vow they made years before helps them all to survive, and later to thrive.

    I have experienced a gamut of emotions when reading this book. I have loved reading of the close knit family and happy childhood memories. I have also cried with such distress and anger knowing that the stories are true, the photos are real and the damage can never be undone. I am so angry that anyone should be treated in such a manner and I am dreadfully sad for those who did not survive.

    Importantly, my family have seen me cry when reading this book. It has given me the opportunity to explain what I am reading and to help my children understand these distressing historical events.

    Heather has written a wonderful book, telling a story that should never be forgotten. Cibi, Magda, Livia and their families will keep these memories alive and Heather has played such an integral role in bringing awareness to the atrocities of our past.

    Thank you to the Meller family, Heather Morris and Echo Publishing for the opportunity to read these stories.

  6. ‘Three Sisters’ by Heather Morris is a powerful read that makes you feel all the emotions!
    It is about 3 sisters who promise their father they will always stay together before he passes away. Fast forward a few years and two of the sisters are taken to Auschwitz and are later joined by the third sister.

    A few years ago I had the opportunity to visit Auschwitz and reading the story of the Meller women and their incredible strength and hope made me feel really emotional.

    The book continues to tell the women’s story after life in Auschwitz.

    I still can’t believe this was a true story and I highly recommend reading it.
    Thank you Beauty and Lace, Heather Morris and the Meller family for sharing your stories.

  7. Thank you so much Beauty and Lace for the chance to read and review The Three Sisters. Even though I had not read the first two books of the series it didn’t matter, this was an amazing stand alone novel I thought.
    I love reading historical fiction but this book was a huge step above anything else I have read recently. Heather Morris did a fantastic job of making me feel like I was actually watching the events in the story unfold.
    The Three Sisters is a gripping story of 3 Jewish sisters from Slovakia during the Nazi regime and it is also a story of a promise once given, the sisters would always be there for each other and support one another.
    Reading about the horrors of the Holocaust and Auschwitz is never easy but i do feel like Heather really wrote about this period with a lot of respect for those who had to endure such hard times.
    Even though the book showcases the horror, the cruelty and the suffering of all who became victims to this Nazi regime, it was also a story that showed true grit, determination, love and so many emotions.
    I honestly could not put it down, Heather drew me in from the very first chapter and I do feel that she was extremely respectful to those who survived the Holocaust and to those who didn’t. It was a story that needed to be told.
    I highly recommend reading this amazing novel and I will definitely be purchasing Heather’s other novels.
    Once again thank you to Beauty and Lace, Heather Morris and also the Meller family and Echo publishing,

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