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‘Three Voices illustrates the trauma and relief of a woman escaping the atrocities of the Holocaust, traveling the globe and eventually reclaiming her childhood.’Author Nora Sarel’s story of survival offers an interesting all-encompassing human dramatization that stretches out from the dim days of the Second Globe Battle to the autonomous State of Israel. A holding and inspiringly idealistic acc based on true events, you’ll appreciate each page of this heart-wrenching voyage of hope, inspiration and e book description gives a preview; ‘Whether she was hiding in an oven or the forest, in the monastery or in the cellar, Lena has been followed by one thing: loneliness. Now an elderly woman with nothing but her memories to tutorial her – she embarks on a journey to unravel the truth of her past, once and for all…Lena remembers everything from her childhood. She doesn’t know that her whole life is about to be turned upside down as she comes face-to-face with another Lena. A once-in-a-lifetime meeting between the two Lena’s and the town's priest, sends shockwaves that reverberate through the truth that was known to her…’Each Holocaust survivor has a special and individual story. However, these survivors’ stories didn’t end in 1945. They continue through to the show day. Their testimonies provide us with an understanding of how the happenings of the Holocaust have shaped their lives and are an ongoing testimony to the strength of the human spirit.An authentic and moving life story, Three Voices is a remarkable work and a highly recommended read.
Three VoicesBy Nora SarelReview By Ila Garg‘Three Voices, a novel by Nora Sarel, is published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. The cover has historical feels to it with a picture of a woman in sepia filter and some faint picture in red in the backdrop. There are some cottages and aerophanes in the bottom of the sed on true happenings around Holocaust, the protagonist of the story is Lena. Loneliness followed her everywhere—whether she hid in an oven or the forest, in the monastery or in the cellar, loneliness was always there with her. At present, she is an old woman. With nothing but her memories to tutorial her, she embarks on a journey to unravel the truth of her e three voice—First Voice I remember, Second Voice I don’t remember and Third Voice I wish to forget, represent the trauma and relief of a woman who nearly escaped the atrocities of the Holocaust, travelled the globe and eventually reclaimed her this 334-page book, the three special perspectives—past, show and future—come together to create a heart-wrenching tale that will move you completely. Lena comes face-to-face with another Lena as she reaches the end of her journey and takes her life back.Ratings: 4.5/5
“I place the distance of time between us and I went, I thought that the distance of time would heal..”-N. IsraeliThis is an autobiographical fiction. This is divided into three parts called; first voice, second voice and third voice.Lena is a Jew, caught in the globe war. Mr Stefanik takes Lena to woods to partisans. They war Nazis from the woods like guerrilla fighters. She is only 6 or 6.5. they don’t accept her and Mr Stefanik has to take her back. He gives her a fresh name: Elka Isdebska and declares her Christian. The battle was never ending as seemed to e description of passion of the priest for Tosha is superb. He is totally blind with passion and she is totally oblivious. He is consumed by carnal desires and when he grabs her, she resists with all her might. He becomes morose and vengeful. This episode reminded me of the deplorable behaviour of our so-called Hindu saints. Asharam bapu, Dixit of Ishwariya vidyalaya and Ram Rahim came to is is a story of grit and determination. I like the story. 4 /5 stars.
"Violin play, playPlay all night, playGive your violin heartUntil all my emotions flare up erupt"This is a lullaby from the book which beautiful much sums up the atmosphere of the 's a sad book, full of memories, full of forgotten things, people, events. Full of remembered ones some of which is better to forget again. The book is written in a very easy-to-read style which makes all these memories even easier to identify with. Divided into a three parts, the author leads us through story of loneliness, story based on past which is far away, in time and place, but yet important to remember if you wish to have show and learn something for the future.And even sometimes that path is painful, it is important if you wish to heal your wounds. Because if you left them forgotten, and not take care of them, even they are now only scars and nothing more, nothing amazing becomes from it. This book is a very amazing example why we all have to face ourselves and our past if we wish to have a future.
Perspective is the frame of the experience or the lens through which we look at the experience. Our perspective can either be positive or negative and decide which type we possess, we should be mindful about how we view our past because it is not the past but the perspective of our past that imprisons or limits us. ‘Three Voices’ is a memoir that describes the struggle of a woman for knowing her real identity. Set in the time when holocaust was the terror that ran in the veins of many, this book promises to give the reader moments of genuine heartache and create the eyes well up from the wounds and the experiences. But the light at the end of the tunnel cannot be ignored, for the hope returns when Nora decides to drop the baggage and welcomes the amazing and the grace with begin arms. Unless one treats the past as a lesson, it is very difficult to forgo the trauma. And through this book, the author successfully projects this idea.
Three Voices by Nora Sarel is primarily a life story of a woman. It is divided into three sections namely First Voice I remember, Second Voice I don't remember and Third Voice I remember. I wish to e story is a piece of memories..the memories of past which change you as a person. It is being narrated in first person narrative which makes you connect yourself with the author (the three voices to be precise) immediately. The author's easy language and narration will create you feel like you're conversing with the author. She has added a few snippets of some poems in between the chapters which heavily relates to the termination and courage is needed at every walk of life. Determination to face adversities and courage to accept truth. This is what this book taught me.
This is a sad story which shows the impact of battle on lives of Poland jews. It is a heart wrenching story of a girl and her childhood spent on moving to various hiding locations away from her parents to save herself from German soldiers and other Poles who hate Jews. This story shows how an innocent kid can learn life surviving skills when she cannot even have primary needs like food, water, clothes and bath. I liked the story and it is interesting to know a child's perspective on war. But, I felt narration would have been better. The story is told in the perspective of 3 various people and because of poor narration and less clarity, it becomes confusing to comprehend.
I bought these a small over a week ago and I've gone through all three. I'll probably read the rest of the series. Love the assortment of characters and the setting. Both the time and put are a bit unusual. I don't believe I've ever read a series of books set in Pasadena before and most of the books I've read that have been set in the 1920's were books that were written then or shortly thereafter. Also, a canine hero has been introduced which is always a plus in my ing through the reviews for these three books separately, I see mention that they aren't exactly mysteries in the usual sense. That may be real to some extent, but for me, they satisfy the all the cravings that create me go in find of a cozy, so it's a non-issue. I look forward to seeing where Daisy's further adventures take the whole Gumm/Majesty clan.
These really aren't mystery stories per se - but all in all they are fun stories to read. Daisy Gumm uses seances, tarot cards and a ouija board - even though she doesn't believe in any of them - to support others. In each story she gets herself into one predicament or another usually by trying to support someone. These stories take put in the early 1900's and the author's descriptions of fashions and mores of the times is interesting. There a few grammatical errors and some words missing here and there but not enough to spoil the stories.
First one of three was ok. It appears that the author must have signed a contract for three books. so she wrote three books. I plodded through the latest two. Been thinking about why the latest two were slow, but cannot place my finger on what it was exactly that was lacking. No true explanation for the fact that the heroine and the police officer didn't obtain along. Same with heroine and her husband. I love you. Let's fight. I love you, Let's fight. Set in the early 1900's, so that part was interesting. She held seances to create a living. That part was interesting. Author obviously forgot about that phase of the woman's life in the two other ones. Glad it was a freebie.
This collection is the first three mysteries in this series.. Gentle humor.I had read one of the later books in this series some time ago and really enjoyed ter several very dark and violent thriller books, I required a break so decided to go back to the beginning of ese books are set in the globe right after WW I, when so a lot of things were changing rapidly, a time I search st books I have read from this period are set in England, but the Daisy books are set in Pasadena, California. They create me think of my grandmother, who was about Daisy's age and lived in California during the e primary premise has the ever inventive Daisy setting herself up as a fake psychic at about at age 12, and suddenly as a young married woman with a badly wounded battle character husband, she uses that persona to help her family with trances, tarot readings, e plots are filled with period detail, charm, and it features a cast of well fleshed out regular characters who have complicated e mysteries Daisy "solves" in this trio, with the assistance of her spirit tutorial Rolly, contain a missing husband, embezzlement, a haunted basement, a missing young woman, bootleggers, and domestic e contrast between the lives of working people and the rich customers with more cash than sense who pay Daisy for her consulting and assistance is well delineated. As are the limited opportunities available for women who must be their family's ere are unbelievable descriptions of food, clothing, cars, etc. representing the pecially interesting is the battling dynamic Daisy has with a police detective who disapproves of her but becomes best mates with her handicapped husband.
I ordered this set for free (or close to it, it may have been .99 cents, I don't recall precisely) and I don't know whose idea it was to release the set for so cheaply- but it was a brilliant move. By the time I had finished the third book, I was so intrigued by the characters, I felt I had no choice but to order all of the other books in the series to search out what happens to them. At first, I thought Daisy's tone was a bit grating, but over the course of the series, I came to search her charming, and I enjoyed her frequent costume changes. It created me grateful to live in an era in which each happening of the day does not require disparate attire. The laundry bills must've been outrageous. That being said - this is a really enjoyable series if you are a fan of historical mysteries, cozies, or fashion. If you are a fan of all of the above - you are in for a treat.
What a treat! I have been looking for a various type of detectival mystery. I have always been fascinated by the globe of flappers and prohibition. But there are not that a lot of amazing books about that time, none that I have been interested in anyway. Alice Duncan weaves a story like no other. Her books (especially the Daisy Gumm books) are about the close bonds of family and not giving up (not even thinking about giving up) just because things got lots harder. It is about how looking at life as an adventure is the method to go. And if a few pesky murders happen along the way, well, lets just solve them and obtain on our way. Daisy is practical, a small ditzy, loving and caring, sarcastic, infuriating, headstrong, adventuresome, funny, lovable, and in short (sorry, too late...) just the kind of person I would like to have as a bestie. Love the books. Thank you Alice for bringing her to life and for Annabelle Blue and Mercy Alcutt. p.s. love their names.
I bought this yesterday and search myself already half method through the second book. I thought I'd stop and write a fast review to encourage others to take a look at Daisy Gumm Majesty Mysteries.Had I read the usual reviews that outline how a 10 year old Daisy found her life's work in an Ouija board, turned it into a viable career that supported herself and her family in the early 1900's or seen the Romantic Times Top Pick Reviewers Choice Award before I read the first page using the Look Inside feature, I would never have bought this set. I would have missed out.Daisy doesn't pretend to anyone but her rich customers that she actually talks to spirits, et al. She has two goals. To comfort the living and to help her family. She has a husband, crippled by the war, loving parents, the best cook in the US for her aunt, and meets an annoying detective who becomes her husband's will figure out who done it beautiful quickly. That's not the beauty of these e stories are told from Daisy's point of view. Her speech, inflections, ways of structuring sentences and replies are believable for the period. Horses on a mansion lawn look "swell". Her descriptions, thoughts about, and interactions with other characters both round them out in their roles and are realistically framed within the cultural norms of the period. For instance, her initial response when she learned a man was gay didn't whitewash or overdo what may have been a normal response for that period. How other characters dealt with the knowledge was well written - speaking of subtle avoidance in person, name calling behind his back, etc. She talks about the pros and cons of using the Model T over the mule. The type of sewing machine she was able to obtain and with which she created such and such a dress, fashionably modest with only 6 inches of ankle showing. It's necessary for her work...She doesn't apologize for her work and, in fact, studies to ensure she can adjust to any circumstances a grieving person may introduce. She never gives a negative seance or reading and only works for people who can afford to throw away money. Not good folks don't go to her because they don't have time to grieve and rich folks have too much time and cash on their hands so they grieve in all kinds of ways. To Daisy, it's providing an option in how a person chooses to grieve.Of course, the law doesn't exactly see it that way, nor does her to Romance, the sexual tension other mystery writers test to introduce between their characters just isn't showing itself yet. She loves her husband who can no longer "be a husband" to her. She won't obtain it anywhere else. There is tension building between the detective and she but it's not sexual, at this moment. Given her situation, her husband will have to die for anything to happen there. If this is a Romance novel, I've been unforgivably biased versus them.Anyway, half-way through this set, I can see where it may be going for some of the characters. I think I know who done it for book esn't matter. I would have Daisy over for a seance just to meet her.
I am enamored and thoroughly obsessed with Daisy Gumm Majesty. I got this box set for a decreased price through a book club. What a delightful find! I immediately bought the entirety of the series after reading these 3. I love the history of the 20s, private struggles from the Battle and the method of life. That said, these books don't dwell on it so much that you become bogged down; rather, they follow Daisy's never boring zany life and adventures. I want this series could continue the rest of my life; that's how much I adore them. If you like light-hearted fun to read mysteries, you're going to fall in love. Do yourself a large favor and just buy this set. I hope you have fun them as much as I do. A well earned 5 stars for certain.
I enjoyed reading these, primarily because it was interesting the method she described her life and the globe back in the time period of the stories. The mystery part is not really mysterious, and it's fairly obvious what is going to happen. So I wouldn't really call it a mystery, but as a story, I enjoyed it. The author tells the story through Daisy's eyes, and I like how she talks about things and how she interacts with the others in her life. It was an simple read with very small violence (there's some gunplay in the latest book which is very minor), and it's nice to read something with a female lead hero who isn't a sissypants, even if she does complain a lot.
Alice Duncan is a master at conveying the atmosphere of the 1920's. Daisy, her family and her clients are all well developed characters that you can either identify with, or easily imagine knowing. The series is told from Daisy's POV; her reflections and motivations are refreshingly honest; albeit extremely liberal for the times. Each book could be read alone; but, reading them in order is like watching the progression of a favorite TV series. I suspect you will fall in love with Daisy and her family if you choose to embark on this delightful ice Duncan's Mercy Alcutt Mystery series is equally delightful and set in the same period.
As an avid Philippa Gregory reader, I have read everything she has published. I love the Wideacre trilogy and even search delight in the outlier novels such as "The Wise Woman" and "Fallen Skies". This current novel, however, has none of the magic of "Taming of the Queen" or the "White Queen" series. Instead of creating a vivid Scottish world, Gregory has given us a fairly two dimensional heroine who's obsessive desire to best her sisters drives every decision. Margaret Tudor spends most of the novel reciting epic wars and whining. We are not given any of the rich detail of Gregory's previous novels nor do we feel very strongly for Margaret. There is small story telling and lots of listing of events. Margaret's globe just happens around her and we as the reader are not part of it. She is a petulant woman kid and her story is incredibly reminiscent of her granddaughter's life. I found myself waiting for the book to be over. Gregory had the possibility to recreate the magic she had done with Katherine Parr but fell incredibly flat. I still love Gregory but will not be rereading "Three Sisters" anytime soon.
I am a amazing fan of this era in time. I had no knowledge of Margaret, Henry VIII, older sister. Having visited Amazing Britain latest summer, imagining what it was like to live in that time and in those locations was amazing fun. Very small is known of this sister and the author created her fictional lying come to life.
Margaret is portrayed as a loving, kind, powerful woman who maintains her integrity while exercising her perceived freedom to love and marry for love. All this during a period of history when women's rights and feelings were ignored. Well done.
Thank you for this look at the Princess mentioned , but not elaborated on. This was a various look at Katherine of Aragon. Margaret is a combination of her Grandmother Margaret and her own Mother. Couldn't stop reading until the end.
While the main hero in this book was initially hard to like, I was drawn into the globe as I am with all of Ms Gregory's books. The hero of Margaret grows and changes throughout the book, which was interesting. I really didn't wish to place it down after the third or fourth chapter. I thoroughly enjoyed it and am about to begin the next book. Excellent!
I like all of Philippa Gregory's books regarding this historical period and this one didn't allow me down. While the main hero wasn't really likable the book itself was fascinating and gave a fresh perspective on the happenings that were event during that period.
As usual Philippe Gregory never disappoints. Her stories pull you in like you are there witnessing everything that is being told in a method only she could.I loved this book I was intrigued from page one to the end and I loved how she told the story of 2 Tudor sisters and Queen Katherine , King Henry The VIII's wife. She told a story with true happenings that happened and beautifully mixed it with fiction I recommend this book highly you won't loose interest i assure you. This is another NY Times best seller guaranteed
This is the third book I've read by Liane Moriarty, although I think it might be the first novel she wrote. I've enjoyed them equally -- reading them is like gossiping with mates about their lives and relationships. The characters have issues that are sadly all too common (adultery, domestic violence, work-family balance issues) but their relationships are beautiful convoluted compared to most people I know. The writing is humorous and compassionate. This particular novel is about 3 sisters who are triplets, and it alternates between their points of view, as well as including brief passages from strangers who have observed them at various points throughout their lives. I think the style is effective for the story. It is a fast-paced, entertaining work of contemporary fiction.
Also highly recommended is Moriarty's Huge Small Lies (so freakin' good!!!!).This is a fun-wild-ride read! It has to be; it takes put in Australia & spins the lives of sisters who are triplets. Moriarty does such a amazing job of weaving stories through stories & various points of view. I have two more of her books on my Kindle & will be adding them into this list soon.Families are funny, messy, loving, sometimes horrible, complicated, & various - & these three sisters are fine examples of all of the above.
Annie became someone so true to me. I couldn't place this book down!! I had to search out that Annie would be ok. The author did such a amazing job of building the story line. I will miss all of the characters for sure. Thank you Ms. Hammond!
The story was very sad, kid abuse is never okay, but unfortunately it's a fact of life that cannot be denied. That being said, the characters were so intetestimg. If you've ever thought you were losing your sanity, you'll, understand Annie's mind frame. I absolutely loved Bobo. The author managed to inject a sense of humor into this sad story which I found quite entertaining. I will definitely be reading more of Ninie's books.
The author takes you on a thrill ride in this story. The protagonist returns to her childhood home to test to remember the ten years of memory that she lost after a tragic happening in her young life. The only one who can support her is a grandmother walking on the fence between senility and stability. You will fall in love with this old woman who's hero is full of spit and vinegar in a amazing way. You will travel into the nightmare situations that plague the young woman as she gets closer to the reason for her memory loss and the one who is guilty of the deed that caused it. This is another up-all-night read.
I really like Hammon's writing, I've read several of her stories now and am always is book addressed a woman's absence of memories of her whole childhood before she was 11, after she suffered a traumatic event. Everything was inaccessible to her. It created her timid and limited her relationships. Anne lost who she was, which crippled her emotionally and was destroying her career and sanity. As pieces of her memories seeped out into her artwork, her livelihood came crashing order to confront her Boogie Man, she returned home to stay with her grandmother, where she grew up. She attempted to tap other people's memories to use as e shocks to her system in recovering those memories nearly knocked her off her pins.I've always felt that when your mind decides you can't handle something, might as well leave it in a box in the back of your memory closet. Your brain is just protecting you. But what I've unconsciously place away were precise events. Like getting locked in a crypt for several hours while the child that shut me in there was distracted by his dog getting hit by a car. I can remember that it happened but nothing about the fear as it got dark, how I felt or what I thought. The consequences of that were that I can't read Edgar Allen Poe and I'm not a fan of horror movies. But remembering that experience is not necessary to is was a amazing tale, with interesting turns.I recommend Ninie Hammon's writing.
Ninie Hammon takes you on a roller coaster ride of emotions in this amazing tale of finding Anne's childhood. She goes back to live with her Grandmother Bobo to test and piece it together. Strange things and hallucinations occur making Anne think she's mad.......but just when you as the reader is convinced of one thing BAM!!! It clobbers you over the head. Extremely well written just like all of Ninie's books
Annie is a hero that captivates you from the very start. Some parts of the book seem unexplainable and then all the pieces click into place! Each time you think you have figured something out, the plot twists and drops and climbs and lurches. Like a crazy roller coaster ride, this book can take your breath away. I highly recommend that you obtain on Ninie's ride!!
It may surprise reader's, but the truth is that this type of story is not all that rare. In the therapy office, that is. As the therapist I am consulting, this abuse and it's consequences are familiar to me. The triumph of working through the mess to mental health is the goal. This tale follows a typical course, memories begin to break through, and a amazing therapist can direct the mind towards resolution and healing. Mental confusion is so painful, I hope any readers out suffering from it will seek help.
I absolutely loved this book. It is so various than I usually read, thrillers and paranormal books. Anne can't remember anything about her life from about age 11 back. Eyes begin showing up in the pictures she draws for her children's books that she did not draw. She goes back to her childhood home to search answers about her childhood. I can usually somewhat figure out how a book will end but this book was written so well, I was really surprised and love the ending. Read it. You will fall in love with like I did.
The book, about a woman who doesn't remember her childhood has enough twists and turns to hold it interesting. A couple of things have that feeling of being just a small over the top, I guess if books didn't they would be beautiful boring. This one was doubly interesting to me as I had read it before while recovering from surgery and I didn't remember much of it. So I was in the same boat as l in all its a amazing book, and although you may guess the ending you wont really guess it all.
I had the pleasure of getting to read The Memory Closet by Ninie Hammon. I wanted to begin off with saying Ninie is an incredibly talented author. I can only hope to someday be half the writer she e Memory Closet is a book that will hold you wondering what happened and each time you think you know the answer, Ninie throws another thing at you that makes you doubt your conclusion. Even when it got towards the end and I thought FOR SURE I was right, I was wrong again and Ninie threw me down another hole in the ground. The ending was certainly something I never is book not only kept me on the edge of my seat white knuckling the armrests the entire time I was reading, it also drew emotions. I found myself rooting for Anne the entire time, and pitying her as she got closer to her answers. There were plenty of times where I stiffled a laugh (and a few I burst out laughing from the comfort of the charting room at work at three in the morning - don't obtain me started on how embarrassing THAT was.) and even times where my heart broke for the nie is a captivating writer that leaves you wanting more at the end of the chapter. I will certainly be reading more from this ank you again, Ninie!
As a door opens into the character's lives I want I could change their stories. Sadly, as the author bares the tale of an eight-year-old girl raped and brutalized by her foster father, I know related stories are acted out daily. Beautifully written, rich characterization: sadly truthful fiction.
I'd like to apologize to the people at the hair salon today because I know I was downright rude but the pace was picking up in this book and I was enthralled for the entire two hours that you tried to talk to me, wash my hair and/or bring me water. LOVE to lose myself in a book like that! So, sorry. Not sorry.
This was quite an intriguing mix among the characters presented. I certainly could see this as a blockbuster film if the *right* cast was chosen. I certainly could see where this could be developed into a sequel if given the opportunity with the characters. Enjoyable!
PRETTY BABY is THE GIRL ON A TRAIN meets THE HAND THAT ROCKS THE CRADLE.Every bit as creepy, twitsty and unsettling as Kubica's debut novel THE GOOD GIRL, this story had one extra element that created me wake up at 3:30am this morning to binge-read this book: she captured the raw nakedness and vulnerability of motherhood brilliantly. At times, I felt like I was watching a slow motion train wreck that I knew I couldn't stop, yet I couldn't not watch either.And--no spoilers--it left enough quasi-open-ended questions, that perhaps PRETTY BABY may one day be chased with a sequel. I can only hope!Highly recommend, especially if you're loving the trend of psychological suspense.
Beautiful Baby was a fairly well written novel. Although I am not particularly fond of mystery/drama/adventure stories, I found it to be quite readable. I liked that the story was told through several voices as characters and their personalities are my favorite parts of fiction. I definitely got to know Heidi, Chris and "Willow". The story was extremely sad. If the reader is in a poor state, I would not recommend reading. What did I take away from this novel? Hmmm....not a lot, which is why it gets 3 stars in spite of the crafting.
Beautiful Baby is a compelling, heartbreaking story, grabbing my attention from the first page and never letting go. When Heidi sees a filthy, bedraggled teenager clutching a baby at the train station, she is compelled to support her. After several encounters, Heidi brings Willow and the baby, Ruby, home with her. Willow's presence in her house threatens to destroy Heidi's own family, with consequences that nobody could foresee. Both Willow and Heidi are consumed with staggering grief and loss, feelings which reach a dramatic, unexpected climax that took my breath away.
You meet a woman named Heidi who is a amazing wife, amazing mom and amazing overall person. But she's not a excellent as you think as the story goes forth because she has so much hidden inside her. She becomes intrigued by this young woman and baby she sees at the train station so much so she wants to support her. She goes versus her family and her own judgment to support a stranger that she soon discovers may have been best to ry Kubica, once again captured my heart with this psychological thriller that I had a hard time to place it down. It did not live up to Kubica's book Amazing Girl but it is able to stand on its own to represent a amazing book. I have fun the book very much and would recommend this to anyone who is all in for a amazing page turner.
I found this an absolute gripping read that kept me turning to my Kindle to search out what happened next, and trying to guess who Willow was, who Ruby was, and pre-empt how things might all turn out. I love this author's style. It reads very simple to me.I had sympathy for every hero at most times in the book, (minus Joseph and Isaac!)I thought the author wrote the three perspectives of Chris, Heidi and Willow brilliantly, with a flowing, natural voice for each. It must be very hard to do, but Mary Kubica has the knack of making this look easy.Having read The Amazing Girl latest year, I'm looking forward to her fresh book.
Mary Kubica does such a amazing job writing from various characters' points of view. This book is a roller coaster of "what the hell is going on?" - & you'll hold turning pages to see what the hell is going on! Your feelings too will change throughout the book - just when you think you've got a hero down, you'll be questioning the cold & rainy Chicago spring weather, a hungry, dirty, young girl with a baby appear at the train each day. Why & would you support them to search out why? Does the "why" matter or is it more about you & your "why"?
This was more psycho babble than thrilling. Heidi who takes in Willow has some mental issues having lost a baby due to cancer of herself, and results in her substituting Willow's Ruby as if it were her dead Juliet. The husband Chris is always busy working, Zoe lacks compassion and is upset for the intrusion in her home of Willow and baby Ruby. When it is finally created clear in the latest few pages, one sits and wonders why did I waste so much time on this, and I was glad that I skimmed thru it after the halfway point.
This book was very meaningful to me. I admit to crying and feeling that I want I could have helped. Such a attractive love story that helps to soften the harshness of this reality. So glad I read this book. I hope a lot of more will.
Portrayed the love between her Grandmother and Grandfather very well. Love shone from each page. This family had a rocky street to travel. However amazing times were liberally sprinkled throughout like raisins in a holiday bread.
This book is an inspiring journey to the reader, telling the true people’s nature through all the feelings rainbows: love, moments of happiness, hate, fear, jawless and gossip but the most necessary feeling to survive is Hope.A most interesting historical book taking put in the true globe where people just wanted to stay alive.
Whatever flaws we might identify or frustrations we might feel are trivial in comparison to a reader's pure joy in losing himself/herself in a narrative. When all the elements come together: an intriguing plot, thoughtful, profound themes, complex, troubling, characters, and language that create us shudder for its honesty, clarity, and confidence; we gratefully set all analysis aside and give ourselves up to the sheer magic of a amazing book. And for me, Two Princes and a Queen, is such a Shmuel David weaves a tragic but fascinating story of lost love and survival, with intriguing twists and turns that will easily captivate the reader's attention from the beginning. The author paints this true-life story in a very vivid and moving e book description says it all; 'Hanne is the teenaged son of a well-off Jewish family living a comfortable, sheltered life in Yugoslavia. In the face of persecution versus Jews, Hanne and his parents joins a harrowing voyage down the Danube River, eventually meant to reach pre-State Israel. The passengers aboard the three creaking river-boats are constantly torn between hope and despair in their attempt to reach safety.On his death-bed, Hanne implores his son, Alan, to search out what became of his first love, Inge, whom he was forced to leave under tragic circumstances during the river journey. Alan becomes inexorably drawn to delving into the past. He pores over his father’s journals as well as other survivor diaries and letters, together with recorded interviews with Erica, the one survivor left in NYC, and learns the bitter truth contained in Inge’s death camp t by bit, Alan uncovers the horrendous story of the young lovers’ harrowing voyage down the Danube River along with Hundreds of other jews attempting to flee the Nazis for Israel in a historic fiasco that came to be called the Kladovo-Sabac Affair. While focusing on a touching love story, this historical novel also tells the ill-fated, real-life stories of other people who shaped the journey.'Each Holocaust survivor has a special and individual story. However, these survivors’ stories didn’t end in 1945. They continue through to the show day. Their testimonies provide us with an understanding of how the happenings of the Holocaust have shaped their lives and are an ongoing testimony to the strength of the human is commendable work had me immersed from the beginning. The story flowed from stage to stage with ease, and the author displays exceptional ability when it comes to storytelling. There are plenty of attention-grabbing moments in this page turner that will take the reader on an unforgettable journey. It’s one of those books that come along once in a while that makes you wish to read it non-stop until you obtain to the end.I’ll certainly be looking forward to reading more from Shmuel David in the future. I would definitely recommend this book. Five stars from me.
Two Princes and a Queen by Shmuel David is a historical novel about Kladovo-Sabac Affair. It talks about the historical voyage on a rundown river-boat down the Danube River by hundreds of Jews who for the sake of sake of saving their life from Nazis were moving to Israel through this risky route. This historic fiasco is what they call as Kladovo-Sabac Affair. The book also covers real-life stories of people who were part of this journey in one method or the other. When it becomes a point of saving your life, any kind of risk averting death looks small. The story revolves around Hanne, his parents, and his son Alan. Basically, it involves three generations. Such kind of stories takes a wider frame to reflect the differences and similarities between the three generations. It reflects very well when you see Hanne's and Alan's childhoods in this interesting e survivors of that devastating river-boat voyage are known as heroes of Kladovo-Sabac Affair. Hanne was also one of the survivors who were there in one of the river-boat escaping to Israel. He was a teenager at that time and was traveling with his parents. The opening chapter of Two Princes and a Queen by Shmuel David shows Alan living with Rachael in one of the five boroughs of Fresh York City. In fact, Queens is the easternmost and biggest in the zone among those five boroughs. Alan still misses Israel badly in terms of summers, the smell of eath after plowing, and his mother tongue Hebrew which is not very common here. Rachael keeps forcing Alan to visit a therapist to obtain a cure of his dreams full of nightmares and anxiety but to no avail. Alan's grandfather Emil David was Belgrade Architect in an is working for an investment bank. They have two daughters. The elder one is Nina, eight-year-old. They have a huge frame photograph of Alan's grandparents in their house. Alan's grandmother's name was Louisa. When Hanne was on his deathbed, he tells Alan to discover about his first love, Inge, and search out her whereabouts. Inge had to leave Hanne forcefully under some strange circumstance during the river journey. Hanne was a teenager when he was traveling with his parents in one of those three creaking river-boats. It was a matter of hanging between the two extremities of hope and despair. In fact, it was a bleak attempt of reaching safely to their destination. Alan investigates a number of journals and newspapers to search out the truth. During his research, he finds out a number of astonishing facts. Overall Two Princes And A Queen Is an interesting historical story.
i have also read this book in hebrew, the original language of the book, and i found it amazing! It is an exciting book about Jews trying to escape during Nazi times. Based on a real story it is full of suspense and believable characters and portrays very well the struggle that a group of jews had to survive as they fled from Nazi clutches . I can highly recommend this book. The translation into english is excelllent!
I want this is a fantasy novel and all those happenings are just an imaginary happenings in some nonexisting world. Then I would say this is amazing suspense novel about searching the past and finding there what you don't expect in a globe of darkness and despair called Globe Battle Two: a love story. A story that survives even their actors are divided by battle and not knowing is the other one alive.Unfortunately, this is not a fantasy novel and The Globe of Darkness and Despair really existed. Thus, this book gives us a possibility to revive the past and follow the path of Jews who tried to save themselves from horrors of Nazi occupation. I myself never heard for Kladovo-Sabac Affair before, and it was, in one hand, interesting to read what happened to Jews in ex Yugoslavia, on the other hand, it was not good to search out that their attempt to escape failed. It was even harder to me to read this book then documentary books about that period because in this case, I could connect to true people. People who loved each other. And lose each other.I'm afraid I'll never stop expecting history to be better then it was...
In Two Princes and a Queen, Shmuel David creates a touching love story about Hanne and Inge, two young lovers during the Holocaust who are forced to flee from prosecution. Hanne and his parents are forced on a voyage down the Danube River, meant to reach Israel, but the journey is far from easy. Meanwhile, Hanne falls in love with Inge, but is then forced to leave her under tragic circumstances during their journey across the ars later, on his deathbed, Hanne implores his son, Alan, to uncover what happened to Inge all those years back. Alan, in the mean time, grows deeply involved in his father’s story, and the tragedy he went through. Set during some of history’s darkest times, the book sketches the characters and plot well, and creates an astonishing plot that moves swiftly yet touches of historical fiction set during the Holocaust should pick up this book and give it a shot.
The globe has only heard about atrocities committed by Nazis on Jews. This is history lesson and we read this in terms of numbers and dates. So the true horror of situation doesn’t come out in terms of human tragedy. But through a book or film we can see the human tragedy that the holocaust was.Hanne is living in Yugoslavia with his family. They have to flee from there when it becomes to much a life and death struggle. They go to pre Israel in a create shift boat. What happens next?The book is amazing and gives the perspective of persons who has to face this persecution first hand. I gather that this is translated from Hebrew in English and translation is amazing but sometimes becomes jerks. But that is understandable. You should read it if you wish a human angle of those events.3.5/ 5 stars.
I highly recommend this book which tells the tragic story about the horrible fate of jews from Austria and Yugoslavia in a failed attempt to be rescued just before the outbreak of WW2 and in the year after. Man, women and kids were to board on three boats ( named after two princes and a queen) on the Danube heading to Palestine, under the rule of Britain at the time. Among them was the author's family including young Hanna, his father to be. This heart breaking story is about the human relations on the boats, especially the love story of Hanna to a young nurse who perished with almost all the people along this saga. The book tells about amazing and evil, cruel destiny of politics combined with harsh conditions and cold weather, the glory of some who sacrificed their lives helping to others, but above all - the love story which ended so tragically. It also puts a silent blame on the British rule who did not support to rescue the innocent victims and also, to a lesser extent, on those who tried to support the British on the expenses of the people on the boats. Mr. David created an impressive effort to unblock this untold story which should be told especially in our times!
An awesome and real story about the saga of Jews trying to escape their destiny planned by the s human beings at their best and worst, trying their best to survive.Once you begin reading you cannot leave this book.Highly recommended!
This is a love and family story that will definitely surpass the try of time. As a person living in a country that was part of Yugoslavia, I found this story particularly eye-opening. The story is touching, terrifying and awe-inspiring in so a lot of ways. It is beautifully written, it flows nicely and it is full of twists, so much so that it seems wonderful that it actually happened to true people. But it did and we must never forget that. A real page turner!
Emily is the pianist in her family's female trio. At seeing the trip perform a concert the Duke is in awe of her talent and offers to sponsor her soloist career. This is a well told story and unbelievable characters. Perfect plot twist and plenty of romance and love.
A Regency story that tells it's story line and plots in the melody world. Engaging, simple to read, likable men and women and the occasional villains. Angst, drama, family, social class, societal rules for women in the melody globe of men. Ms. Hamilton had so a lot of friendships, romances and redeemed villains I was a bit overwhelmed. Enjoyed her fresh book as usual.
The special characters in this story grabbed my attention. A nice amount of musical terms were interjected. Some of the actions of the main characters seemed modern for the time period, but the plot was sweet.
Another amazing romance by Hanna Hamilton! Emily and her two sisters play as a trio. The Duke noticed Emily's exceptional piano playing and wants to sponsor her in Europe! Things liven up from there! Have fun