Thursday, October 24, 2013

What Happens When You Lose the Love of Your Life?

Alyson Richman’s novel The Lost Wife attempts to answer the question.  The story is
set against the late 1930s and World War II.    This is a story worth finding out more about.  Will he find her?


Lenka grows up in Prague during the early part of the twentieth century.  She attends the Academy of Art where she meets her friend Versuka.  One night Lenka is invited to Versuka’s house for dinner where she meets her soul mate her brother Josef.   Their romance blossoms as the Nazi invasion moves ever closer to Prague.  One night they marry but Josef has kept some important news about her family from.  Lenka marries without this knowledge that her family will be able to make it out of Prague.  Will she choose to go?   Will Lenka’s family be safe in Prague?  Did Josef make it safely to the United States?

 My Thoughts:

This novel is not one that I would choose to pick up.  I am glad that I read it and am ready to share with you.  This story is sad but has a positive ending.  The author explores what happens when you lose the one you love.  The history of   Eastern Europe prior to world war two is the setting for the story.  For those of you who don’t know these were the first Jews to the Ghettos and concentration camps.  

One aspect of this story is the art involved.  The author describes the scene as if she is painting a picture.  You the audience see it through the eyes of an artist.  The particular artist is Lenka.  Josef shares what is the substance of emotion and conflict. 

This is a Read for Pink novel is the worth picking up!



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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

What happens When You meet a Literary Legend?

Captivating, mesmerizing, enchanting…  These are only a few words that describe
Hemingway’s Girl by Erika Robuck, a historical fiction novel.


  The heart of the story takes place during the depression in Key West, Florida. The year is 1935 and many people and families are struggling to survive.  Mariella Benton and her family are no exception to the struggle. She is a 19 year old half Cuban, half American young woman, growing up in Key West, Florida.  Hal Benton, her father has recently died.  Hal had earned a living as a fisherman and at the time of his death, there was very little savings for the family.  Eva Benton (her mother) has a strained relationship with Mariella.  Eva's grief over Hal's death leaves her in a state close to catatonia. Mariella now finds herself the sole supporter and caregiver of her mother and sisters.  A visit to the docks looking for work results in a chance meeting with Ernest Hemingway.  Mariella's life is forever changed by this meeting with Hemingway with a special offer.  Will she get the job?  What could she learn from the Hemingway?  How can Mariella pursue her dream and take care of her family when all of her wages are needed to maintain their current needs? 

My Thoughts

  However, the fictional story is so expertly interwoven with real events, real places, and real people; I had to keep reminding myself that book is a work of fiction.  The places were described so vividly that I could feel the sea breezes as I was reading.  The story has such an energy it almost leaps off the pages.  Hemingway’s Girl is a story that will stay with me.

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Sunday, October 20, 2013

In My Mailbox October 20, 2013

Welcome to another weekend  mailbox report.  We have some fun giveaways coming in a couple of weeks.   Here is a little taste of what has made our mailbox this week.

No Kidding by Romi Carrell Wittman

Christmas At The Beach by Wendy Wax

Our Virtual nightstand includes:

Celeste is reading  Someone Like You.