Stolen Years is based around a little known and little talked about period of history. During World War II teens were forcefully taken from their homes in Poland and forced into slave labor in Austria. This story focuses around a teen named Anna and the other teens she works with on the farm.
The farmer is abusive and neglectful and the teens are forced to work for several years. Many of the workers are killed or left to die. The story is heavy and depressing at times.
I did like the story line, but I think it would have benefitted from some trimming. I found myself getting bogged down by all of the cruelty and repelled slightly by the storyline. I did not really feel myself connecting with any of Anna's friends. I did enjoy reading about Anna but I also felt a disconnect from her. All of these things made the story hard to finish. I would only recommend it to those interested in WWII, little known stories in history, and fans of Austria.
*Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with a copy of this story in exchange for an honest review.