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by Eliza Graham (Goodreads Author)
February 1945. Europe is in ruins and the Red Army is searing its way across Germany's eastern marches, revenging itself upon a petrified population. The war is over, but for some the fight for survival is only just beginning. Alix, the aristocratic daughter of a German resistance fighter, is alone and desperate to flee before the Reds come. But when a ferocious snowstorm ...more
ebook, 400 pages
Published February 22nd 2011 by Pan Publishing
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"Write the story then shuffle the chapters" seems to be the current method of novel-writing. I lost interest, as the story jumped around the various time settings. There was potential in the scenario for a gripping story, but this wasn't it.
This is one of the most absorbing and thought-provoking books that I've read for a long time. As the Red Army advances on a terrified nation, Alix (a Baron's daughter) is trying to flee but is trapped in her house by a raging snowstorm. What happens that night has far-reaching effects on many peoples lives and we are taken back and forth in time, to Alix's family and friends. This is a riveting tale of love, heroism, cruelty, kindness and the re-building of lives in the aftermath of the War. I w ...more
Disappointing. I loved Eliza Graham's Playing with the Moon and was looking forward to Restitution but I was left very dissatisfied by it. I didn't like the way the story kept moving backwards and forwards in time every chapter; I found it hard to keep track of what was happening and who was who and it made the story too fragmented and choppy. I also felt I should have been more moved by the plight of the characters and their circumstances but I wasn't. I persevered with it but it was only OK fo ...more
This is an all consuming look at life in Germany as the Red Army approaches and follows the fortunes and misfortunes of Alix, the daughter of a German resistance fighter. When her family is destroyed , Alix must survive against all the odds. This is a well thought out story and focuses on love, loss and the tenacity of the human spirit.
Oct 27, 2008 Frogface rated it 5 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Recommends it for: People interested in history. People who like a good, meaty historical read. Or a family saga.
1945. The Red Army sweeps through Germany. One family are caught in the middle--they're not Hitler supporters and they've done their bit to resist him, but they're aristocrats and the Russians have marked them out for special attention. Yet love flowers at a time of horror and hope over-rides fear and hatred.
I really enjoyed this book! I started it in the morning and had it finished by 5 pm that evening--just couldn't put it down! The chapters switch between different times and characters and all were equally compelling and easy to follow.
Eliza Graham is an Oxfordshire-based UK author whose adult novels reflect her fascination with how historical events affect families. She has also written young adult novels, and, in her pen name, Anna Lisle, a historical novel (Allegra).More about Eliza Graham...