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Dora experiences great loss during the Holocaust and barely escapes Nazi pursuit on skis. Seeking refuge in Sweden during the remainder of the war, she eventually creates a new life in America, becoming an immigrant in her own right. Living in Reno, Nevada she faces challenges however soon falls in love, marries, and starts a family all the while finding and reconciling her Jewish identity. After twice divorcing the same man, Doreen ultimately finds solace in the love of her family. Her epic adventure from young girl to 105-year-old grandmother is both riveting and endearing.
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A Granddaughter's love letter to her Granny. She tells the story of her paternal grandmother and the strength that Dora possessed to overcome a lifetime of obstacles. Through her difficult but amazing life, Dora reminds us of the importance of family, love, and a positive attitude.
-Maureen Shearn Skelly
First time and very talented author Sophia Tova Stone takes us on the inspiring life journey her grandmother Dora Doreen Stone made during her 105 years on Earth. I was captivated by the courage and resilience Dora exhibits as a child that this skilled writer reflects throughout her life. The authors sensitive perspective of Dora's life in France, Norway and Sweden during WWII gives the reader a truly realistic experience of what it took to survive occupation while supporting the resistance. Dora's determination to come to America and start a new life after the was was my favorite part of the book. A must read, a great book club choice and a wonderful book to gift to friends.
I find the strength and determination of people remarkable. From a difficult life in Oslo to skiing through Norway to Sweden to escape the Nazis, to a new life and family in California and Maryland, a granddaughter tells this story lovingly.
I felt every happy, sad, and painful emotion of every character in the book. The term, “Crossing the Border”, takes on a whole new feeling for me now.
Wow! Couldn’t put it down - so blessed to have known her and now to hear the story of her amazing life! Thank you!!!
The library in Schous Plass Square that Dora loved to visit when she was a child.
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