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Sometimes Dreams Come True... And so do nightmares. When Naomi's daughter, Perle, starts to have nightmares about smokestacks and creepy doctors, Naomi is struck with terror - the terror of a mother who fears her daughter is in mortal danger. Naomi believes dreams are glimpses into the future. She, too, has had dreams of foreign soldiers with a strange flag invading her tiny Sometimes Dreams Come True... And so do nightmares. When Naomi's daughter, Perle, starts to have nightmares about smokestacks and creepy doctors, Naomi is struck with terror - the terror of a mother who fears her daughter is in mortal danger. Naomi believes dreams are glimpses into the future. She, too, has had dreams of foreign soldiers with a strange flag invading her tiny village. She knows in her heart that evil is brewing. Real-life has already been a living hell for Naomi. She must navigate the treacherous path of her unhappy arranged marriage with Hershel while keeping a scandalous love affair secret. And now something is coming. Her dreams - the dreams Hershel laughs at - tell her so. And the thing that is coming will make the hell she has been living seem ordinary and almost peaceful. The noose is tightening, and not even her nightmares can prepare Naomi, or her sleepy little village, from the sweeping scythe of the Nazi death machine.


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Sometimes Dreams Come True... And so do nightmares. When Naomi's daughter, Perle, starts to have nightmares about smokestacks and creepy doctors, Naomi is struck with terror - the terror of a mother who fears her daughter is in mortal danger. Naomi believes dreams are glimpses into the future. She, too, has had dreams of foreign soldiers with a strange flag invading her tiny Sometimes Dreams Come True... And so do nightmares. When Naomi's daughter, Perle, starts to have nightmares about smokestacks and creepy doctors, Naomi is struck with terror - the terror of a mother who fears her daughter is in mortal danger. Naomi believes dreams are glimpses into the future. She, too, has had dreams of foreign soldiers with a strange flag invading her tiny village. She knows in her heart that evil is brewing. Real-life has already been a living hell for Naomi. She must navigate the treacherous path of her unhappy arranged marriage with Hershel while keeping a scandalous love affair secret. And now something is coming. Her dreams - the dreams Hershel laughs at - tell her so. And the thing that is coming will make the hell she has been living seem ordinary and almost peaceful. The noose is tightening, and not even her nightmares can prepare Naomi, or her sleepy little village, from the sweeping scythe of the Nazi death machine.

30 review for The Children's Dream

  1. 4 out of 5

    Shirley McAllister

    The Premonition In a Jewish neighborhood in Poland the Aizenberg family lives with Herschel, his wife Naomi and their three girls Shoshana, Perle and Bluma. Perle and Bluma are twins and Shoshana is the eldest daughter. Naomi has dreams that are premonitions of things to come, it runs in her family. Twins run in her family and only one twin has the dreams. When she has a recurring dream of soldiers with a red flag with a spider in the middle she is frightened. Herschel, her husband, does not belie The Premonition In a Jewish neighborhood in Poland the Aizenberg family lives with Herschel, his wife Naomi and their three girls Shoshana, Perle and Bluma. Perle and Bluma are twins and Shoshana is the eldest daughter. Naomi has dreams that are premonitions of things to come, it runs in her family. Twins run in her family and only one twin has the dreams. When she has a recurring dream of soldiers with a red flag with a spider in the middle she is frightened. Herschel, her husband, does not believe in premonitions her tells her it is only a nightmare. When her daughter Perle begins having dreams about smoke stacks , creepy doctors and a red flag with a spider in the middle, Naomi is really worried that something is not right, something bad is coming. Naomi has a terrible secret she is hiding from her husband, she has a secret love Eli. They meet in secret until her parents pass away and she is certain that God is punishing her for her disobedience. She does not love Herschel, he was an arranged marriage by her father. She love Eli, but she knows she must let him go. Herschel has secrets of his own. Can the two of them forgive each other and save their marriage? No one in the Village suspects that in the near future Naomi's dreams will come true and that the Nazi's with the red flags with the spider in the middle will be marching down their streets. This book had so much about the customs of the Jewish people and Hanukkah. I was interested in the food and the celebration. In fact, I was interested in all the food listed in the book and looked some of it up on Google to find out what it was. It is also a story of communication or rather the lack of in a marriage. The strong husband is the boss and wife does what he says type of marriage. It is a story of the love between Naomi and her twin sister Miriam. The process of an arranged marriage is discussed and whom is a suitable match and why. I found it quite interesting that the girls and the boys were not allowed to talk to each other before marriage was arranged. This was a good first book of the series. I eagerly await the next book. Thanks to Roberta Kagan for writing another great book, to The Book Whisperer for publishing it and to NetGalley for making it available to me.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Keri

    I always find books set during WWII and the holocaust interesting even though difficult to read at times. Considering the cover I was expecting this story to take place at Auschwitz or another concentration camp. This book mainly takes place in Poland about 15 years before the Nazi takeover. It does a little jumping back and forth between times in Naomi's life, which got a little confusing at some points. It also jumps perspectives to different characters, I really liked the aspect. It's mostly I always find books set during WWII and the holocaust interesting even though difficult to read at times. Considering the cover I was expecting this story to take place at Auschwitz or another concentration camp. This book mainly takes place in Poland about 15 years before the Nazi takeover. It does a little jumping back and forth between times in Naomi's life, which got a little confusing at some points. It also jumps perspectives to different characters, I really liked the aspect. It's mostly a love story at this point and an introduction to the family along with their way of life in their small Jewish town. I really liked the dream premonitions aspect I just wish they had taken them more seriously. I'm assuming since this is the first in the series the next book will be more centered around the twins. It is well written and kept me interested throughout. I look forward to continuing with the series. I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Toni Osborne

    Book # 1 in the Auschwitz Twins series A strong feeling that something is about to happen “premonition” is the theme Ms. Kagan’s has penned in this latest. More fitting in my opinion would be “forbidden loves” since 90% of this story hovers around the unfaithfulness of the people involved. Having said this, whether I am right or wrong, the decision is up to you. In a few words: “The Children’s Dream” is a heart-breaking and gripping work of fiction that could possibly have happened. Poland in the Book # 1 in the Auschwitz Twins series A strong feeling that something is about to happen “premonition” is the theme Ms. Kagan’s has penned in this latest. More fitting in my opinion would be “forbidden loves” since 90% of this story hovers around the unfaithfulness of the people involved. Having said this, whether I am right or wrong, the decision is up to you. In a few words: “The Children’s Dream” is a heart-breaking and gripping work of fiction that could possibly have happened. Poland in the late 1930’s, the action set in an ultra-religious Jewish neighborhood. Sleepless and restless nights both Naomi and her daughter Perle believe dreams are glimpses into the future they both have nightmares about smokestacks, creepy doctors and strange flags invading their little village. Is this a premonition of what is to come..... Meanwhile Naomi is unhappy with her arranged marriage to Hershel and life is a living hell with him. When an old acquaintance happens to show up and steal her heart away, soon a scandalous secret love affair begins. Maybe she was not the only one having a secret to hide... My thoughts: Does arrange marriage succeed more than finding the love of your life: definitely not in this story. Most of the book covers the secret rendezvous between Naomi and Eli, the love of her life. Contrary to her husband Eli is considerate, charming and attentive while Hershel is strict and rule his house with an iron fist. No wonder eyes roamed...and other things too..... Naomi trysts with Eli go on for years till the day it all comes apart.... what a surprise when Hershel reveals secrets of his own... I did not see this coming, but I am not surprised. The pacing is slow and steady and every word is written with compassion: sorrow, despair, love and torment come out strong. Naomi sister Mariam, her three daughters: Shoshana, Perle and Bluma play interesting roles so does the many characters that populated this sad novel. The book ends when the Nazi pushes in and all Jews are rounded up including the Hershel’s family. Of course this ending opens the door for a sequel I await impatiently. Thank you Book Whisperer and Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book: this is the way I see it.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Pancha Mantilla

    An orthodox Jewish family living in Poland before WW2. A mother raising her 3 daughters while facing that she´ll never have a good relationship with the man she had to marry. A gift or curse of prophetic dreams that is in her blood. And horrible nightmares about soldiers and nazi flaggs hunting her and one of her daughters. An amazing tale of surviving the day-to-day while trying to analyze dreams. The desperation of finding someone who would listen, or beg for it to be just nightmares. A combin An orthodox Jewish family living in Poland before WW2. A mother raising her 3 daughters while facing that she´ll never have a good relationship with the man she had to marry. A gift or curse of prophetic dreams that is in her blood. And horrible nightmares about soldiers and nazi flaggs hunting her and one of her daughters. An amazing tale of surviving the day-to-day while trying to analyze dreams. The desperation of finding someone who would listen, or beg for it to be just nightmares. A combination of longing for happiness and facing the hard truths. Yet if I'm being honest the thought of who is stronger in my mind right now is that I desperately need more of this story ...

  5. 5 out of 5

    Vivian

    With her way of writing Roberta Kagan makes you feel like you are part of the story, living what her characters are going thru, and you do feel the dreams and premonitions on this book, the pain, fear, apprehension, love and yearning. It is especially poignant, especially on the first pages to see the future that awaits the family thru the dreams of Naomi, because in them we see the horrors of Auschwitz and what will happen to them over there. We know that Naomi doesn't understand exactly what th With her way of writing Roberta Kagan makes you feel like you are part of the story, living what her characters are going thru, and you do feel the dreams and premonitions on this book, the pain, fear, apprehension, love and yearning. It is especially poignant, especially on the first pages to see the future that awaits the family thru the dreams of Naomi, because in them we see the horrors of Auschwitz and what will happen to them over there. We know that Naomi doesn't understand exactly what these dreams mean, but we as vessels of knowledge of history do know, and makes us the more terrified for them. Naomi has these dreams as well as one of her twin girls, and that's when she realized that the visions are more than dreams, but can predict the future. Full of details about pre World War II Jewish Polish life we get a full view of the Orthodox Jewish life and feel part of it. Even though this book deals mostly with Naomi, the mother's dreams, I assume that the following two books will give us more of the children's dreams. This book is Book Number One of a new trilogy by Roberta Kagan and can't wait to read the next one.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I have to admit that by the book cover and title we would be reading about the two on the cover and their dreams at Auschwitz. However, it technically is about children's dreams but in different generations of this family. It is also set in the early 1930's before the invasion. The Aizenberg family, Herschel an Naomi, the parents, Shoshana, the eldest daughter and Perle and Pluma, the twins, are living the life they are given. You marry who you've been chosen for and have a family. Naomi has drea I have to admit that by the book cover and title we would be reading about the two on the cover and their dreams at Auschwitz. However, it technically is about children's dreams but in different generations of this family. It is also set in the early 1930's before the invasion. The Aizenberg family, Herschel an Naomi, the parents, Shoshana, the eldest daughter and Perle and Pluma, the twins, are living the life they are given. You marry who you've been chosen for and have a family. Naomi has dreams/premonitions of soldiers and red flags with a black spider. Herschel doesn't believe her and all this is going to scare the children. Then Perle starts having those dreams also. The book mainly focuses on things with Naomi, Eli, Herschel, and his secretary (I have forgotten her name) and another woman. As time goes on, dreams become closer together until they seem to start coming true. You do learn a lot of the Jewish ways, if you are unfamiliar with them. Thank you Whisper Room and NetGalley for allowing me to read it for and honest review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

    Set mostly in the 1930s near Warsaw, this hauntingly evocative book is the first in the Auschwitz Twins Series and is as wonderful as this author's other works. The beautiful writing hooked me immediately and didn't let me go until the remarkable end. In fact, it still hasn't released me after finishing it. We read of sorrow, despair, love, torment and several relationships. My favourite is that of sisters Naomi and Miriam. Naomi lives with her grim husband Hershel, to whom appearance, reputati Set mostly in the 1930s near Warsaw, this hauntingly evocative book is the first in the Auschwitz Twins Series and is as wonderful as this author's other works. The beautiful writing hooked me immediately and didn't let me go until the remarkable end. In fact, it still hasn't released me after finishing it. We read of sorrow, despair, love, torment and several relationships. My favourite is that of sisters Naomi and Miriam. Naomi lives with her grim husband Hershel, to whom appearance, reputation and financial comfort mean everything. Though blessed with three daughters and a nice home she is unhappy in her arranged marriage and seeks affection in another man. Her guilt is overwhelming and she believes her hardships are an atonement for her sins. She and daughter Perle are burdened with foreboding and very lucid dreams about spidery flags, blood and smokestacks. But Naomi is not the only one with secrets. And life is starting to change all around them. The Jewish culture has always intrigued me and I am always happy to learn more from Kagan's books. I really like the use of the vernacular and introduction of customs. The premise of this series is fascinating and the writing is intoxicating. My favourite books are not all about daisies and roses but real life. Some characters are likeable, others detestable, making a great mix! All are believable and convincing making for an engaging read. Historical Fiction readers who prefer some oomph and grit in their reading, please do read this book...and Kagan's others. She is one of my happiest discoveries in the past two years and I read hundreds of books each year. My sincere thank you to The Book Whisperer and NetGalley for the privilege of reading this achingly beautiful book. I am anxious to discover what will happen in Book #2!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Dunton

    Title: The Children's Dream Author: Roberta Kagan Release Date: March 1st, 2022 Page Count: 256 Start Date: September 2nd, 2022 Finish Date: September 10th, 2022 Review: Story: I was expecting a build-up with this story. Especially with it being a series. I was NOT expecting to be thrown into the series from the very first page. I wasn't expecting my emotions to be thrown all over the place with every chapter. This is definitely going to be a series that will stick with me. I will need to get physical Title: The Children's Dream Author: Roberta Kagan Release Date: March 1st, 2022 Page Count: 256 Start Date: September 2nd, 2022 Finish Date: September 10th, 2022 Review: Story: I was expecting a build-up with this story. Especially with it being a series. I was NOT expecting to be thrown into the series from the very first page. I wasn't expecting my emotions to be thrown all over the place with every chapter. This is definitely going to be a series that will stick with me. I will need to get physical copies of every book in this series. Right now, there are only three. I know that I've only read one of them, but I just KNOW that I will love the rest of the books in the series. I know that any book that comes from this series will become an auto-buy for me. I am even interested in trying to read other books by this author outside of this series. Her writing style is amazing. Characters: This story is told from multiple points of view. Some were characters that you can't help but to just adore. Even with their flaws. Like Naomi. She's just such an amazing woman. I'd of loved to see more from her three girls. I would have liked to have seen less of the father's point of view. However, I do understand the need to see his point of view. That's all I can say without spoilers. Critiques: None. Unless you count it being an emotional roller coaster! Final Thoughts: I really do recommend this book. Not only is it a very powerful story, but it helps understand how things were during that time from a Jewish point of view. The writing style is also very incredible. I am so looking forward to reading the rest of the series. I just know that I'm going to be emotionally wrung out by the time it's over. It's worth it though.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Vivian

    With her way of writing Roberta Kagan makes you feel like you are part of the story, living what her characters are going thru, and you do feel the dreams and premonitions on this book, the pain, fear, apprehension, love and yearning. It is especially poignant, especially on the first pages to see the future that awaits the family thru the dreams of Naomi, because in them we see the horrors of Auschwitz and what will happen to them over there. We know that Naomi doesn't understand exactly what th With her way of writing Roberta Kagan makes you feel like you are part of the story, living what her characters are going thru, and you do feel the dreams and premonitions on this book, the pain, fear, apprehension, love and yearning. It is especially poignant, especially on the first pages to see the future that awaits the family thru the dreams of Naomi, because in them we see the horrors of Auschwitz and what will happen to them over there. We know that Naomi doesn't understand exactly what these dreams mean, but we as vessels of knowledge of history do know, and makes us the more terrified for them. Naomi has these dreams as well as one of her twin girls, and that's when she realized that the visions are more than dreams, but can predict the future. Full of details about pre World War II Jewish Polish life we get a full view of the Orthodox Jewish life and feel part of it. Even though this book deals mostly with Naomi, the mother's dreams, I assume that the following two books will give us more of the children's dreams. This book is Book Number One of a new trilogy by Roberta Kagan and can't wait to read the next one.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Farida Yasser

    Well... I'm a little bit confused, the book was supposed to be about a Jewish family going through the crimes and pogroms of WWII, so i thought the beginning would be describing their life pre-war and then we see how the dynamic changes when the Nazis enter Poland. This obviously didn't happen, it was all about Naomi, the mother, from her early years and then with more focus about her life as a married Jewish woman, maybe because this is book 1 in the series, the author wanted to give us more ins Well... I'm a little bit confused, the book was supposed to be about a Jewish family going through the crimes and pogroms of WWII, so i thought the beginning would be describing their life pre-war and then we see how the dynamic changes when the Nazis enter Poland. This obviously didn't happen, it was all about Naomi, the mother, from her early years and then with more focus about her life as a married Jewish woman, maybe because this is book 1 in the series, the author wanted to give us more insight into the story for us to form kind of connection with the characters, which she managed to do. The storyline wasn't an original one, it felt like reading a women's fiction book from the 1960s, but that said though, it wasn't bad, it started a little bit rocky, but after the first few chapters i was really invested in the plot. The characters were ones you could Invision clearly in your mind, sometimes the writing was a little bit basic on how their thoughts were shown, but that didn't take from the essence of the story. I quite enjoyed it. * I received an ARC of this book through netgalley and the publisher*

  11. 4 out of 5

    Claire Wilkins

    Based on a true story. In the days before the 2nd world war, Jewish fathers chose their daughter’s husband, if they were poor, like the Aizenberg family they looked for a rich husband and if their daughters were pretty and had a decent figure they were generally successful. In this story the bride Naomi…..married Herschel, a successful businessman, but a cold soul. Naomi was in love with a different man Eli, a poor scholar. It interfered with her marriage, but her husband was unaware of her affai Based on a true story. In the days before the 2nd world war, Jewish fathers chose their daughter’s husband, if they were poor, like the Aizenberg family they looked for a rich husband and if their daughters were pretty and had a decent figure they were generally successful. In this story the bride Naomi…..married Herschel, a successful businessman, but a cold soul. Naomi was in love with a different man Eli, a poor scholar. It interfered with her marriage, but her husband was unaware of her affair, she obeyed him. I found it very repetitive, especially with Naomi and her love for Eli. Also how cold her husband Herschel was and how he worked with a woman who adored him. The dreams/nightmares almost seemed to be in the background despite the title. Naomi and one of her twins had frightening dreams, Herschel laughed, but Naomi was very scared as she believed these dreams would come true. I give it a 3.1/2. The characters are well developed, and the story ends with a cliff hanger so I will certainly read part 2.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kay Schuch

    I wasn’t going to give this book a good rating as I was rather confused at how the story began and then proceeded to narrate the story of exactly what it had to do with the dreams. It felt like the first chapter had no place in the telling of the story and the title of the book really didn’t seem to fit. Then, in the last chapters, it all came together. The proverbial light suddenly came on and it became very clear! Wow! I ended up really enjoying this book and the story that evolved and will co I wasn’t going to give this book a good rating as I was rather confused at how the story began and then proceeded to narrate the story of exactly what it had to do with the dreams. It felt like the first chapter had no place in the telling of the story and the title of the book really didn’t seem to fit. Then, in the last chapters, it all came together. The proverbial light suddenly came on and it became very clear! Wow! I ended up really enjoying this book and the story that evolved and will continue to evolve in the continuation of the series! I’ve no idea when the second book will be ready for publication. But I will be eagerly awaiting book 2 so I can see what happens next. Book 1 was filled with enough intrigue to pique my interest as to where this book will lead in the history of some of the most horrendous crimes against humanity perpetrated by the monster, Dr. Joseph Mengala during WWII! Yes! Read book 1!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jastuart314gmail.com

    Read a BookFunnel ARC. This is a must read. Historical fiction based on real events. Many are the quotes that basically say to forget history is to allow it to repeat. It has been more than 70 years since the events depicted. Most survivers have already died, but through research the author has done an outstanding job of bring these events bach to life at a time when most are doing everything in their power to bury and change history. We can only hope that through her (and other authors) efforts, Read a BookFunnel ARC. This is a must read. Historical fiction based on real events. Many are the quotes that basically say to forget history is to allow it to repeat. It has been more than 70 years since the events depicted. Most survivers have already died, but through research the author has done an outstanding job of bring these events bach to life at a time when most are doing everything in their power to bury and change history. We can only hope that through her (and other authors) efforts, we may be spared another repeat of such evil as had sway during the Holocaust. A bloodcurdling drama unravels in the shadow of Mengele's dark, twisted obsession. Ernst must face his nemesis as he battles to save Shoshana, Bluma, Perle, and ultimately, his heart. Marcel Petoit has weaponized Gisele's dark secrets. Will she escape his evil grip? Will Herschel and Naomi ever see their girls again?

  14. 4 out of 5

    Victoria Baldin

    The Children’s Dream by Roberta Kagan This is Roberta Kagan’s first book in the Auschwitz Twins Series. This book gives us the background of Naomi and Herschel Aizenberg. The book starts in 1935, they live in Poland in a small Jewish Shtetl (Village). They have three daughters Shoshana, who is twelve and five-year-old twins Perle and Blume. Naomi and Perle both have the gift of seeing the future in their dreams and they keep having recurring dreams about soldiers dressed in black and a red and whi The Children’s Dream by Roberta Kagan This is Roberta Kagan’s first book in the Auschwitz Twins Series. This book gives us the background of Naomi and Herschel Aizenberg. The book starts in 1935, they live in Poland in a small Jewish Shtetl (Village). They have three daughters Shoshana, who is twelve and five-year-old twins Perle and Blume. Naomi and Perle both have the gift of seeing the future in their dreams and they keep having recurring dreams about soldiers dressed in black and a red and white flag with a black spider on it but they have no idea what the dreams mean. The book ends with the Nazis marching in to Poland as WWII begins. I can not wait for the next part in the series! I would like to thank Net Galley and The Book Whisperer for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

  15. 5 out of 5

    Carrie Stader

    Attention: Some spoilers mentioned. I started reading this authors works last year & fell in love with her style. This novel is written differently from past readings. I like that it explains Jewish lifestyle & has the family become closer toward the end. It's considered a WWII novel although hints of the Nazis existence are spread out in dreams until the last chapter. Somehow I thought there had been news of Hitlers rise to power & thoughts of Jewish prior to 1939 but this novel had it be a com Attention: Some spoilers mentioned. I started reading this authors works last year & fell in love with her style. This novel is written differently from past readings. I like that it explains Jewish lifestyle & has the family become closer toward the end. It's considered a WWII novel although hints of the Nazis existence are spread out in dreams until the last chapter. Somehow I thought there had been news of Hitlers rise to power & thoughts of Jewish prior to 1939 but this novel had it be a complete mystery & surprise to Naomi & even her husband who worked in the city with non Jewish clients. This has sparked me to want to research exactly what a private Jewish sector would have known at the time.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Paula

    The Children's Dream by Roberta Kagan is a truly well-told story and hooked me from the first page to the last. Kagan crafted rich characters and described vivid settings and scenes. It left me very sad reading how trapped Naomi felt in her marriage, and it got difficult to read toward the end, knowing that these scenarios happened when the Nazis stormed towns and gathered people. The story left me a bit unsettled thinking of that time in history. It was interesting to read about the various Jew The Children's Dream by Roberta Kagan is a truly well-told story and hooked me from the first page to the last. Kagan crafted rich characters and described vivid settings and scenes. It left me very sad reading how trapped Naomi felt in her marriage, and it got difficult to read toward the end, knowing that these scenarios happened when the Nazis stormed towns and gathered people. The story left me a bit unsettled thinking of that time in history. It was interesting to read about the various Jewish traditions, however. I would definitely recommend this book and this author. I look forward to reading more from Roberta Kagan. #TheChildrensDream #NetGalley

  17. 4 out of 5

    Vanessa

    The Children's Dream by Roberta Kagan is the first book in the new The Auschwitz Twins Series This book starts in 1935 in Poland in a small Jewish Shtetl (Village). where Naomi and Herschel Aizenberg live, They have three daughters Shoshana, who is twelve and five-year-old twins Blume and Perle. This book leads up to WWII, the both suffer from nightmares that foreshadow the coming Nazi invasion. This book is beautifully written from the beginning till the end and had me hooked from the very firs The Children's Dream by Roberta Kagan is the first book in the new The Auschwitz Twins Series This book starts in 1935 in Poland in a small Jewish Shtetl (Village). where Naomi and Herschel Aizenberg live, They have three daughters Shoshana, who is twelve and five-year-old twins Blume and Perle. This book leads up to WWII, the both suffer from nightmares that foreshadow the coming Nazi invasion. This book is beautifully written from the beginning till the end and had me hooked from the very first few pages. I highly recommend this book Big thank you to NetGalley and The Book Whisperer for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

    Set in an Orthodox Jewish community in 1930s Warsaw, this book features a mother, Naomi and her daughter Pearle, who have terrible dreams that are actually premonitions. During the lead up to WWII, the both suffer from nightmares that foreshadow the coming Nazi invasion. This poignant book provides an extensive look into life in the sheltered Jewish communities in Poland and their customs. You can tell how much research the author conducted while writing this book, and the details of the holiday Set in an Orthodox Jewish community in 1930s Warsaw, this book features a mother, Naomi and her daughter Pearle, who have terrible dreams that are actually premonitions. During the lead up to WWII, the both suffer from nightmares that foreshadow the coming Nazi invasion. This poignant book provides an extensive look into life in the sheltered Jewish communities in Poland and their customs. You can tell how much research the author conducted while writing this book, and the details of the holidays they celebrate are especially fascinating. The characters often make poor choices, and I exclaimed out loud in frustration with them on more than one occasion. The book ends with a cliff hanger and leaves the reader eager to find out what happens in the sequel. Many thanks to The Book Whisperer and Net Galley for this digital ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sheri

    The first page is a glimpse into the future and the rest of book builds up to that future. Twin sisters run in the family and the older twin has dreams that show the future. This book is part of a series and it does a wonderful job of setting the stage for future books. It is not a WWII book, but a book about the family in the 17 years leading up to WWII. I was very intrigued with the Jewish customs as I’m not familiar with them. It is a story of love and family obligations and how they do not a The first page is a glimpse into the future and the rest of book builds up to that future. Twin sisters run in the family and the older twin has dreams that show the future. This book is part of a series and it does a wonderful job of setting the stage for future books. It is not a WWII book, but a book about the family in the 17 years leading up to WWII. I was very intrigued with the Jewish customs as I’m not familiar with them. It is a story of love and family obligations and how they do not always point you in the same direction. I can’t wait to read more books in this series.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Frieda Thompson

    The Children's Dream I really hate it when I read books out of sequence! If I had read this 1st, Mengele's Apprentice would have been more enjoyable. I was so disappointed in it b/c I thought it was a standalone! This book has so many intertwined branches you might need to take notes in order to keep up! However, it is quite enjoyable. It takes place in a small, traditional Jewish village outside of Warsaw, ending with the German invasion. Very interesting. I recommend you read this book, THEN re The Children's Dream I really hate it when I read books out of sequence! If I had read this 1st, Mengele's Apprentice would have been more enjoyable. I was so disappointed in it b/c I thought it was a standalone! This book has so many intertwined branches you might need to take notes in order to keep up! However, it is quite enjoyable. It takes place in a small, traditional Jewish village outside of Warsaw, ending with the German invasion. Very interesting. I recommend you read this book, THEN read Mengele's Apprentice next! 🤪😁

  21. 5 out of 5

    Caroline Palmer

    I think this book should be titled ‘The Mother’s Dream’ more than ‘The Children’s Dream’ because the main dream in the story is the mother’s not the daughter’s. It is an incredible look at life in Poland for Orthodox families during the World Wars. But I find it incredible that with the father’s work in the city he didn’t hear anything about the rise of the Nazis in Germany and what they were saying against Jews.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Vicki

    I thought this book was going to be more about what the twins go through during the Nazi takeover. Though that will all be in the second book. This book is mostly about Naomi, her family, her growing up and getting married and her relationship with Eli. It's all just story building which ends with the actual start of the Nazi invasion. It's a quick read but I was expecting more than just the building of the story. I thought this book was going to be more about what the twins go through during the Nazi takeover. Though that will all be in the second book. This book is mostly about Naomi, her family, her growing up and getting married and her relationship with Eli. It's all just story building which ends with the actual start of the Nazi invasion. It's a quick read but I was expecting more than just the building of the story.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Amylynn Salmon

    it's ok I picked this book to read about the war but it seemed long that it finally mentioned the soldiers coming but it was disappointing because it was over so quick..so much happened in the book but it seems like nothing fit.. I don't know. I couksnt put it down because I kept trying to get to the soldiers when they came for the family. It was over as quickly as Instarted to read about it. frieda, I'm still trying to figure out when she was killed... Sigh it's ok I picked this book to read about the war but it seemed long that it finally mentioned the soldiers coming but it was disappointing because it was over so quick..so much happened in the book but it seems like nothing fit.. I don't know. I couksnt put it down because I kept trying to get to the soldiers when they came for the family. It was over as quickly as Instarted to read about it. frieda, I'm still trying to figure out when she was killed... Sigh

  24. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    The Children’s Dream is by Roberta Kagan. This is the first book in a series of three. I am waiting on book two which comes out in a little over a week. Like all her books, Roberta Kagan keeps you interested in the story all the way through. You feel like you know the characters very well. The story takes place in Warsaw and then at one of the camps. It follows the family of Herschel and Naomi before the Nazis come and after. Herschel and Naomi have three children, Shoshone and twins, Bluma and The Children’s Dream is by Roberta Kagan. This is the first book in a series of three. I am waiting on book two which comes out in a little over a week. Like all her books, Roberta Kagan keeps you interested in the story all the way through. You feel like you know the characters very well. The story takes place in Warsaw and then at one of the camps. It follows the family of Herschel and Naomi before the Nazis come and after. Herschel and Naomi have three children, Shoshone and twins, Bluma and Perle. As a twin herself, Naomi understands the dreams Perle has because she has them to. Are they dreams or premonitions? Like many of her other books, this one is hard to put down

  25. 4 out of 5

    Krystal Partelow

    Thank you NetGalley for allowing me to read The Children’s Dream by Roberta Kagan in exchange for my honest feedback. From the first page of this book I was captured and could not put it down! Twins share everything except the dreams that soon become reality. This was a great historical fiction book amazingly written. Surprises, love, cheating and lies. My first Roberta Kagan book and already on to the next in the series!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kirby Decker

    Great story, but… I found the author’s style to be a little choppy and repetitive at times. Almost as if it was written in another language and translated to English. I enjoy the flashbacks to give background knowledge and context. The characters openly admit their flaws and they are easy to like and root for. I’ve bought the 2nd book in the series and interested to see how the story develops further.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kate Humphrey

    Thank you Netgalley for an ARC in return for an honest review. I have very mixed opinions about this book. On one hand, I LOVED the Orthodox representation. And how much Chanukah played into this book. But, I felt the writing was clunky and I never felt like the characters had substance. I also do not know what the target audience would be. But, overall, not bad!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Debbie Trammell

    Good book I have read most if not all of Roberta's books. She is a wonderful writer. And her books are always well researched. Looking forward to reading more of this series. These dreams in this book are very interesting. This is a very emotional book. I recommend this book and all of her others. Good book I have read most if not all of Roberta's books. She is a wonderful writer. And her books are always well researched. Looking forward to reading more of this series. These dreams in this book are very interesting. This is a very emotional book. I recommend this book and all of her others.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lori Henrich

    If I had known the story wasn’t going to be finished with this volume, I might not have read it. Some of the sentence structure was pretty bad. Made it a bit difficult at times. Thankfully the issues aren’t close together. If you like series book then give it a try. The others aren’t out yet as of the post. So if you don’t want to wait it may might be better to wait.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sarah B White

    The Children's Dream! Based on a true story! Imagine being awakened at night by explosions and finding that your neighborhood is under attack. This is how this book begins. Follow the lives of people in this book and see what changes, if any, they make in their lives before the war, World War II, begins. I enjoyed this book and hope you enjoy it also. The Children's Dream! Based on a true story! Imagine being awakened at night by explosions and finding that your neighborhood is under attack. This is how this book begins. Follow the lives of people in this book and see what changes, if any, they make in their lives before the war, World War II, begins. I enjoyed this book and hope you enjoy it also.

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