Georgia Hunter We Were the Lucky Ones

Last updated date: June 26, 2019

DWYM Score
8.5

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 98 expert reviews, the Georgia Hunter Georgia Hunter We Were the Lucky Ones placed 9th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note September 19, 2019:
Checkout The Best Fiction Book for a detailed review of all the top fiction books.

Expert Summarized Score
8.0
11 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.6
2,153 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Asides between chapters act to provide a backdrop of important world historical events. Characters know only what they would have known at the time so I was on pins and needles as I continued to read.
- Dear Author
February 18, 2017 | Full review
Some historical events depicted in this book were so horrific and made me so depressed, I had to stop reading and compose myself. So, why on earth would anyone want to read a depressing book about a horrific historical event? My short answer is that if we know what happened in the past, we can keep it from happening in the future.
- Opportunity Muse
June 30, 2018 | Full review
It is a compelling story, and one that deserves to be told.
- Hen Scratches
December 13, 2018 | Full review
I was also a big fan of Hunter’s writing in We Were the Lucky Ones. She used several techniques that really made the story. This was great for overall perspective. She also moved the story along in short chapters highlighting different members of the family. This made the reader invested in the entire Kurc family.
- Novel Visits
February 14, 2017 | Full review
We Were the Lucky Ones paints a startling picture of what it took to survive the type of persecution the millions of Jews faced. The perseverance of the characters is inspiring. Thus, the novel serves as a testament to the survivors. I thoroughly enjoyed We Were the Lucky Ones. For the Kurc family to all survive the holocaust is remarkable.
- Econogal
April 6, 2018 | Full review
Hunter does an excellent job of bringing history to life, with just enough gruesome details of what happened during the Holocaust while conveying the desires and hopes of the Kurcs as they fell in love, got married, and had children during this horrific period.
- Self Awareness
It is therefore important to remember that this is a novel based on actual events. According to the author, she decided to write her family’s story as a fictional novel for a couple of reasons. However, the fact that so much of the book is actually true, including the seemingly improbable moments, is nothing short of incredible.
- The Art of Why Not
The author gives impeccable historical information regarding the war at the beginning of each chapter. These are great reference points as to what is happening around the world. This book is paced well and the feeling of hope is never lost even during the most arduous times.
- Good Book Fairy
March 2, 2017 | Full review
The writing is without exception vivid and emotional. Overall this is a strong piece of storytelling – emotional, beautifully written and actually lives up to the hype and quotations on the back.
- Book And A View
March 24, 2017 | Full review
The author interweaves the multiple accounts of her great-grandparents and their five children into a single timeline from 1939 through 1946. Each chapter is spoken from the perspective of a different family member and continually moves the story and timeline further along.
- Bronze Anthology
What experts didn't like
Still, the characters remain flat and unknowable, while the novel itself is predictable. Too beholden to sentimentality and cliché, this novel fails to establish a uniquely realized perspective.
- Kirkus Reviews
My problem is that the romance seemed to follow an outline used by romantic novelists designed for successful sales. In other words, at certain parts of the book, I felt I was reading a romance novel, and I have never, ever read a romance novel in my life.
- Opportunity Muse
June 30, 2018 | Full review
In addition, the omniscient point of view created distance between me as a reader and the story, so that I could never feel immersed in it; I was being told the story rather than experiencing it with the characters.
- Hen Scratches
December 13, 2018 | Full review
It is not a good read for anyone who is not emotionally prepared to face the evils man is capable of inflicting on another. Overall, it is a four bronze star read; minus one star because even though it is a story that stays with you, it is not a book I would gain new insight by re-reading.
- Bronze Anthology

From The Manufacturer

When Georgia Hunter was fifteen years old, she learned that she came from a family of Holocaust survivors. We Were the Lucky Ones was born of her quest to uncover her family’s staggering history. Hunter’s website, georgiahunterauthor.com, offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the extensive research this project has entailed. She lives in Connecticut.

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