The watchmaker’s daughter

Reviewed by:

Ceil Carey, retired public librarian and long time book discussion leader



The watchmaker’s daughter


Larry Loftis


William Morrow

Publication date:





356 pages


The subtitle to this compelling book is The true story of World War II heroine Corrie ten Boom. Another wonderful book, The Hiding Place, has long been considered the end all and be all biography of watchmaker Carrie ten Boom who saved the lives of hundreds of Jews during the Holocaust. Author Larry Loftis comments that The Hiding Place actually tells only about ten percent of the overall story.

If you are unfamiliar with Corrie ten Boom and her story, this family, not Jews themselves, felt led to hide God’s chosen people in their home despite the danger to themselves. We follow the narrative from their peaceful home and business in Holland, through the dangers of sheltering Jewish people, the raids, imprisonment and concentration camps. Corrie lived through it, her sister and father did not.

But that is not the end of the story. Corrie begins ministries, has a long history of speaking engagements and counseling, all centering on faith and forgiveness. Don’t miss this inspiring biography.


5 out of 5

Suggested audience:

Particularly readers interested in biographies, World War 2 and the Holocaust

Christian impact:

This is a Christian classic demonstrating faith and forgiveness.

Also includes:

-many photos throughout the book

-the rest of the story

-appendix: Beje refugees

-author’s note




-photo credits



The Watchmaker's Daughter: The True Story of World War II Heroine Corrie Ten Boom

About Ceil Carey

The Evangelical Church Library Association, founded in 1970, is a fellowship of Christian churches, schools, and individuals.

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