Book review: Three Sisters by Heather Morris

 Well hello to you my reader chums! I'm a big fan of historical novels, I love reading books based on a time period I haven't experienced and learning more about what life was like back then. It always fascinates me and if you've read my previous reviews, you will probably see a theme.

I really enjoyed the Tattooist of Auschwitz, Cilka's JourneyThe Twins of Auschwitz, and The Red Ribbon; I couldn't wait to read the Three Sisters and learn more about their story. If you're thinking of reading The Three Sisters by Heather Morris, here is my full review.

Book review: Three Sisters by Heather Morris


Based on the true tale of sisters Cibi, Madga and Livia, this book follows their journey of living in Auschwitz. The sisters made a promise to their late father that they'll stay together no matter what and this is what the premise of the book is all about. Years later, when the youngest Livia is 16, the Nazis order her to Auschwitz and Cibi the oldest sister, won't let her go alone. Together, they fight to survive the unimaginable at the camps. Magda the middle sister stays with her mother and grandfather, hiding from Nazis at their neighbour's house and in the forest. However, one day the Nazis finally find them and she is transported to the death camp. In Auschwitz-Birkenau, they are reunited once more and make another promise together: to survive.

Characters and relationships

The characters in this book are what make the entire story if I'm honest. The sisters Cibi, Magda and Livia are all completely different and their personalities and bond are what makes the story so special and inspiring. Cibi has that older sister's resilience, ensuring to look after both of her sisters and does anything to keep them both safe and alive. She is brave in every sense of the word, caring and sacrificing many things. I adored reading about her bond with Livia and how together, they were even stronger. Livia may only be three years younger, but throughout the book, you can tell she has that innocent energy about her and I loved seeing that grow and develop, but also admire how incredibly strong she was, at an age you barely know yourself. Magda completes the three sisters and brings out something different in them all, but I especially loved how Cibi and Madga cared for their baby sister and put her above and beyond anything.

Their relationship really shows the importance of family, health and love, and if you can believe it, you can get through anything together. Their bond with their mum and grandfather was also incredibly special, and I could feel the love between them bouncing off the pages.

Overall thoughts

Overall, this book broke my heart in so many ways. Even though it was based on a true story, I know a lot of what happened was real and that is the hardest thing to swallow. To think the sisters experienced life like that, I couldn't help but admire their strength and courage to get them through every day in the camp.

The story is beautifully written, highlighting the endeavours of went on in the day-to-day but also showing the importance of the sisters' bond and their journey through years in the camp and beyond. It's inspiring reading the harrowing scenes they witnessed and experienced, and their determination to survive is stronger than anything.


Despite the harrowing and heartbreaking scenes throughout the book, the ending was uplifting, wholesome and inspiring. It really put everything into perspective and left the book on a positive note. 

I hope you enjoyed this review. What is your favourite type of book?

Thank you for reading <3

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