*Briar Rose is the story of the Holocaust intertwined with the fairy tale of Sleeping Beauty. This story takes place in the present time. .
*The story begins with the death of the Gemma, the grandmother of Becca. Throughout Becca*s 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 Gemma's death she had vowed to fulfill her grandmothers promise, which was to re- discover her origin. After Gemma'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 her origin.
*Drawn to the mystery of her grandmothers past, Becca continued to search for clues. After finding out what could be a lead to her Gemma*s past, Becca decides to go to Poland were every thing began. Once in Poland Becca tries to solve the mystery and it leads her to Joseph Potocki, whom she believes is her grandfather. Sadly he is not her grandfather, but Joseph Potocki tells her about her grand father and what he did. Slowly Gemma's past is all answered. .
*There in Joseph Potocki's house Becca finds the shocking truth to her grandmother's past. Gemma's fairy tales were not all so make believe in the end.The story Joseph told was amazing.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 Joseph*s and Gemma*s escape from the Holocaust.
*Joseph goes on to explain how he had saved Gemma by preforming C.P.R. and bringing her back to life, the Horrifying escape from the concentration camps, and finally freedom. .
*After finding the truth Becca returns home content, knowing she has fulfilled her vow.*.
*I bought this book at Borders Books and Music in Salt Lake City. It was a good book, I bought it because I finished my other book and I also figured it would be a to easy book, because of the larger words, but it turned out to be okay because it had a large vocabulary.