Sunday, February 3, 2013

The Lost Wife

The Lost Wife
by Alyson Richman

Genre: Historical Fiction

Synopsis: In pre-war Prague, the dreams of two young lovers are shattered when they are separated by the Nazi invasion. Then, decades later, thousands of miles away in New York, there's an inescapable glance of recognition between two strangers. Providence is giving Lenka and Josef one more chance. From the glamorous ease of life in Prague before the Occupation, to the horrors of Nazi Europe, The Lost Wife explores the power of first love, the resilience of the human spirit- and the strength of memory.

Review:  What a beautifully written book!  The story is so poignant and engaging.  It is a story about the Holocaust and Czechoslovakian Jews but it's more about the romance between Lenka and Josef and what happened to them while they were separated by an ocean during the war.  The story keeps you reading and you can't help but feel for the characters.  Richman does a great job with character development.  The only thing that disappointed me in this book was the ending.  I wanted to know more about what happened after Lenka and Josef met up when they were in their 80s but the author leaves us hanging.  I like closure in books and this one didn't go far enough for me.

Rating: 4 stars

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