Despite the clumsy writing the characters do endear themselves to you: particularly when we get to follow Paulina's rebellious daughter. She breathes some life into the story and her harrowing journey to photograph Holocaust survivors brings everything into sharp focus.
The book seems well-researched and could serve as a gentle introduction to Jewish history. It might suit younger readers, for whom it could spark an interest in history in general and who may subsequently discover some of the other much tougher works on the topic.
I wouldn't therefore completely dismiss this book. It may not be the best example of well-crafted literature but it does have a certain homely, accessible charm and sometimes that's exactly what you need.