The Lost Wife
A rapturous new novel of first love in a time of war-from the celebrated author of The Last Van Gogh.
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 Jo
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It was one thing for the author to give away the ending in the first chapter (what a great hook to make me want to keep reading so I could…moreAbsolutely!
It was one thing for the author to give away the ending in the first chapter (what a great hook to make me want to keep reading so I could find out how their reunion went!) but then the least the author could do was give us a real conclusion!(less)
Let me say first and foremost that I do not read love stories, I loathe books such as those by Nicholas Sparks and Nora Roberts, I have a specially designed crucifix to guard me against the genre of Mills and Boon. And yet... paradoxically, I loved this novel and it is, essentially, a love story, a story of first love, lost love, remembered love. This novel does not abound with all the hearts and flowers of the aforementioned publishers. And, it has quietly, stealthily crept up on me in the last ...more
Richman effectively pulls the reader in by creating interesting characters and an equally compelling story. It is hard to fathom what the Jewish population in Europe had to endure during the reign of terror u ...more
The first few pages of the prologue reveal that a man and a woman, married and then separated for 60 years by the Nazi invasion of Prague, and both thinking the other dead, meet at the wedding reception of the grandson of one and the granddaughter of the other.
Now you might think that revealing this much in the very beginning of the book would reduc ...more
In Pre War Prague the hopes and dreams of two young lovers are shattered when they are separated by the Nazi Invasion.
I listened to this novel as opposed to reading it and I really enjoyed the narrators as they were both eloquent and easy to listen to. This is s a story that explores the horrors of the beautiful city of Prague under the occupation of the Nazi's during World War Two. Having visited both Terezin and Prague many years ago I was very interested in rea ...more
Favorite quote: “And I saw for the first time how, despite the isolation of our own lives, we are always connected to our ancestors; our bodies hold the memories of those who came before us, whether it is the features we inherit or a disposition that is etched into our sou ...more
The Lost Wife by Alyson Richman appears to be on everyone’s reading list at the moment and is receiving some great reviews, so I had to bump it up my ‘to be read’ list to see what all the ‘hype’ is about. It tells the story of Lenka and Josef who meet on the threshold of the start of WWII. It is a sad story of true love lost during a most awful time in history. The story alternates between Lenka’s account of her time in the concentration camps and Josef’s time in America. The structur ...more
This book is essentially a love stor ...more
For as many things as I liked about this book, there are several things I disliked. I'll start with the negative.
First, I didn't like the way the romance tried to blend in with the story. There were times when it felt like it shouldn't be there, and yet, I found myself only wanting to finish to see if Lenka and Josef ever found each other again ...more
The basis of the book is, of course, a romance story, but the heart of the book takes place in Terezin where the Nazi's established a prison camp that was less of a death camp and more of an authentic work camp. Certainly the conditions were every bit as grueling and no less horrifying as Auschwitz and Birkenwald, but there were ...more
An elderly man is sitting at his grandson's rehearsal dinner when suddenly a woman catches his eye from across the room. He goes to her, transfixed, and looks at her like he's seen a ghost. This woman, the grandmother of the bride, does not recognize him but he remembers her. "Lenka", he says, "it's me Josef. Your husband."
And that was all it took to suck me in...
Set against the backdrop of WWII Europe, The Lost Wife tells the story of Lenka and Josef young ...more
From the very first page, “The Lost Wife” is so powerful as to pull you in and force you to keep reading. I read 48% on my Kindle the first night.
Using the technique of the two protagonists as their own narrators keeps them front and center, and makes their story more personal and believable. Had there been an omniscient narrator it is doubtful that this would have been the case. This technique renders the many events in their lives and the distances between them, both in time and s ...more
Lenka and Josef alternate telling the reader their story, they also switch between past and present. The book starts out telling you the ending (Which I hated!) and then goes back to tell the story of how it got there. Lenka and Josef were Jews living in Prague before WWII broke out. Josef was able to escape to the US with his family, while Lenka (stubborn and determined!) chose to sta ...more
I flagged this book as 'to read' in October 2011. I skimmed the blurb at that time and added it to my list based on the time frame alone. World War II is sort of my thing after all. It wasn't until I noticed the book at the library that I actually absorbed the basic premise of the story and to be honest, my first thought was 'uh-oh.' I knew the minute I picked it up that it would be coming home with m ...more
Beautiful and true to the facts storytelling of the brave and talented artists of Terezin who risked their lives to paint and draw the truth. The ...more
The themes explored in this novel surprised me. I expected the Hol ...more
This is the story of two young people in Czechoslovakia who fall in love just before World War II breaks out, how they married in hopes of both securing visas to America. When the time comes, however, Lenka chooses to stay in Prague with her family while Josef goes to America with his. In the sixty years that pass, each believes the other to be dead, and each lives in the sh ...more
Recently I read another book that dealt with an individual losing track of someone during WWII. It was such a sadly written book which made me sad all day long. It really dragged me down. This book was different. It also dealt with a sad subject, but it was so well written and I was pulled into the pages and came to really care about the two main characters. I wanted to know what was happening to them. This author has a w ...more
I'm still thinking about Lenka and Joseph and the their destiny.
THE LOST WIFE is a love story, but love in all whole expression of the word: family love. Sibling love. Friendship love. And love beyond death. And loyalty. Loyalty to whom we love. what I read is what I saw when I went to Poland in ...more
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Is that the first sign of love?
You hear in the person you're destined to love the sound of those yet to be born.”