I received a copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are, of course, my own.
The Lost Diary of Anne Frank
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publication Date: October 30, 2020
Length: 200 pages
Publisher: Addison & Highsmith
The Diary of Anne Frank is a seminal piece of twentieth-century literature. It recounts the tragic and moving story of a young Jewish teenager faced with the horrors of Nazism. In it, Anne establishes a bond with her readers that transcends both time and space, making them her friends and confidants.
Readers feel a connection with each dream she had, each fear she endured, and each struggle she confronted. Her diary ended, but her story did not. The Lost Diary of Anne Frank picks up where her original journal left off, taking the reader on a credible journey through the tragic final months of her life, faithfully
adhering to her own, very personal, diary format in the process.
In The Lost Diary of Anne Frank, Anne receives mysterious help from many quarters. A strange lady on the other side of the fence haunts her dreams. Her mom once vilified, becomes a hero. Anne struggles with the existence of God and His presence or absence in all of her ordeals. She contrasts the depravity of man with what she sees as mankind’s evident virtues. Her longing to experience sensual pleasures is numbed by forced over-exposure. She finds that in the Nazi efforts to extinguish the humanity of their victims, a chorus of unity evolves among the captives. Anne’s vaulted dreams for fame and notice are ultimately traded in for the true longings of life, love, and peace. The Lost Diary of Anne Frank follows her story to the chilling end.
Dr. Johnny Teague is an author and historian having earned five degrees, culminating with a doctorate in exposition. History and life stories have been his passion. Through travel, interviews, and extensive study, he continues to build on his foundation. Preparation for this book has included interviews with Holocaust survivors, studies at the Holocaust museums in Houston, Washington, D.C., and at the Yad Vashem in Israel. His study has carried him around the world multiple times to research at sites including Auschwitz, Dachau, the Corrie ten Boom House, and the Anne Frank House.
My Thoughts & Takeaways
The Lost Diary of Anne Frank is a historical fiction story that picks up where Anne’s diary left off. It flows from the original diary into this one quite well, and made me realize I really need to go back and re-read the Diary of Anne Frank soon.
Teague writes the story in Anne’s voice and I do feel like that took some adjustment on the reader’s part but once it started flowing, it was definitely hard to put down.
Dr. Teague is a historian and he took eyewitness accounts and chose to tell Anne’s story through her diary as if her’s didn’t abruptly end. So while this is definitely and absolutely fictional, it is as close to the truth as Dr. Teague could determine through research that has since been discovered.
Dfinitely would recommend to anyone who likes to read WWII fiction or nonfiction and anyone who enjoyed Diary of Anne Frank but wants more.