You all know by now that I am the queen of light-weight reading, so I’m sure you’ll wonder about me writing about a book about World War II, but I just couldn’t resist this book. Lost in the Fog is the story of Rachel Van Meers, an illegitimate child born in Belgium before World War II. Rachel started life in a difficult situation and it went downhill from there. Her mother was not exactly mother of the year, her grandmother was cranky, and she was about to experience the joys of enemy occupation. This is a great first-hand account of life in Belgium during the war. We are shown the atmosphere of distrust, the lack of food, and the under-the-table bargaining.
She had a tough life, but this book is never depressing. She tells her stories of oppression, but they are more than balanced by her strength, wit, and ability to laugh at the ridiculousness of the human condition.