In 1941, Hitler was cracking down and while Felix is still doing okay, his life is about to change even more than it has already had. One night he meets Inge and his life is changed, only, she tells him her name is Hannah and as things start to spiral out of control for both of them, he never gives up hope that he will find her one day.
And then they do see each other. Only Inge is married to a monster and Felix thinks she too is being held in the camp. But kept apart from the women, he can only hope that she can survive all this. But Inge is married to the Needle, the monster of the camp who runs crazy experiments on the prisoners. She is ignorant of what he does, but at home, his abuse to her speaks volumes. But this was a forced marriage, and she sees no way out.
So I loved that Felix held out hope for such a long time. I loved that he survived, that he made so much of himself, and that he fought to right the wrongs of the past. I was glad when Inge finally found her courage because as an abused woman, it was hard for her to find a way out. When she tried to demand answers, it never went well for her. The ending didn’t go the way I thought it would, but I think it went the best way for this duo. I did find Inge’s portion of the story a bit tedious and repetitive at times, with detail that felt like filler that slowed down the reading, and that’s the only reason I’m giving this 4-stars instead of 5. I didn’t notice the title tagline you see on Amazon til after I requested this, and honestly, whenever I’ve ended up with review books with a tagline, they’ve ended up a bit disappointing in one area or another. But overall, this is a good read.
You can read my review on Goodreads and Bookbub, as this was an ARC. The Fortunate Ones is available for preorder on Amazon for 99 cents.