Briar Rose In a nutshell: Briar Rose is the story of the Holocaust intertwined with the fairy tale of Sleeping Beauty. The story begins with the death of the “Gemma,” the grandmother of Becca. Through out Beccas life Gemma told the story of Sleeping Beauty many times to her. Now, however, after making a promise to her grandmother, to find her past, the once insignificant fairy tale might be a clue to her actual past. Before her grandmother’s death Becca had vowed to fulfill her grandmothers promise, which was to rediscover her origin. After the grandmother’s death, Becca became intrigued in what she had found in a box Gemma left behind.
In the box there were only vague clues about Gemmas past. Drawn to the mystery of her grandmothers past, Becca continued to search for clues. After finding out what could be a lead to Gemmas past, Becca decides to go to Poland were everything began. Once in Poland Becca tries to solve the mystery. When Becca goes to Joseph Potocki, a once close friend of Gemma, this is all answered There in Joseph Potocki’s house Becca finds the shocking conclusion to her grandmother’s past.
Gemma’s fairy tales were not all so make believe in the end. The story Joseph told was shocking. Gemma’s past was darker than Becca thought. As Joseph told his story, Becca began to realize not only the significance of the story; but also what Gemma actually went through. The story explained Josephs and Gemmas escape from the Holocaust. Joseph goes on to explain how he had saved Gemma by bringing her back to life, the escape from the concentration camps, and finally, freedom.
After finding the truth Becca returns home content, knowing she has fulfilled her vow. What’s so special: The book has a rich and intriguing story line. It uses the fairy tale of Sleeping Beauty intertwined with the Holocaust to make an all most life like story, that keeps you reading for more. The book is set-up with two stories, both being told side by side, with one exception: Becca’s retelling of Joseph’s story. One story retells certain memories Becca had with her grandmother, and the second story is about what is presently going on in Becca’s life. Should I care: This is certainly one book to look into. Using two stories intertwined, the book is intriguing and makes you read for more. It’s one book you won’t want to put down until you’re done.