“Karin said: ★★★★
Lily Verner, daughter of a silk miller, is grieving the recent loss of her husband and thinks back over a significant part of her life. She had learned to weave silk when her year in Switzerland was cancelled due to the threat the Nazi's were posing in Austria prior to the start of WW II. During the war she ended up running the mill, overseeing the weaving of parachute silk. At one time when faced with enormous pressure, she made a terrible choice she has lived with ever since, and in this novel she finally confronts it.
The characters are well done, and it is fairly easy to root for Lily and those she loves. There are mysteries which are well kept, and it's not easy to see certain answers just by reading the ending (which I always do).
One of the key elements in this story not seen in the summary is Lily's convincing her father to bring home three Jewish youths who have been allowed to leave Austria after the Nazi's conquered it. These three were employed at the mill, but as war began became persecuted for being "German" Jews, but mainly for being "German," despite the fact that they were Austrian. Stefan, in particular, becomes very close to Lily, and their budding romance becomes forbidden due to this persecution. Therefore, even if it wasn't already tagged racism (haven't checked yet), it should be.
I recommend this book.”