How have I been lucky enough to come here, to be alive, when so many others are not? I should have died.… But I am here.
1945. Surviving the brutality of a Nazi prison camp, Marta Nederman is lucky to have escaped with her life. Recovering from the horror, she meets Paul, an American soldier who gives her hope of a happier future. But their plans to meet in London are dashed when Paul's plane crashes.
Devastated and pregnant, Marta marries Simon, a caring British diplomat, and glimpses the joy that home and family can bring. But her happiness is threatened when she learns of a Communist spy in British intelligence, and that the one person who can expose the traitor is connected to her past.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I thought this book was excellent. It grabbed me from the first page and I practically read the entire book in one sitting. I simply couldn't put it down. I thought the characters were well developed and the story line twists were always exciting. The setting of the story, post WW II Europe, was also very interesting. There aren't alot of contemporary novels (that I'm aware of) that showcase what happened after the war ended and communism began to take over in the east. The author did a great job of balancing between historical elements and fictionalization. The story was also very romantic. Loved it!
There is no doubt Jenoff has found her niche in the world of books. For WWII historical fiction, they are an enjoyable read; but, they lack much beyond that. However, with that said, they will hold your attention and you will find her characters easy enough to like. Personally, I love to travel and have been to most of the places in the novels and she is excellent at bringing those places to life again and again throughout her stories.
I was glad she decided to write a sequel to the first book (the better of the two) and I flew through the story in two evenings. I did feel, however, that not as much thought to detail and plot was given to her latest installment. At times, it was so predictable and unrealistic that I just wanted to turn ahead to get through the passage. I never fully believed in the relationship between Paul and Marta. I wanted to...I really did...but this book at times seemed like a "formula" no better than a Harlequin romance. Like her other book,...
The two stars I gave this book are all for the beginning. We meet Marta, an undeniably strong young Jewish woman, who has fought with an anti-Nazi insurgency and then captured, imprisoned and beaten for months by Nazis. But she refuses to give up any information. Just when she can't go on any longer, the Nazis are defeated, the prison is liberated and she meets Paul, a handsome American soldier who finds her in her cell. So far, so good. I like this Marta, and can understand her attraction to her savior. But then the coincidences start to fall thick and fast, one right after the other, and eventually you are pretty much convinced that WWII must have killed off absolutely everyone except about six people, because these same people run into one another just about everywhere: castles in Austria, cafes in Paris, gardens in London, the streets of Munich, and best of all, deep in the woods somewhere near a train track, close to a border! I found it impossible to truly connect...
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