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The Lost Wife by Alyson Richman
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Jul 09, 12

Read from July 05 to 09, 2012

Set in the background of pre- WWII Czechloslovakia, this is the love stort of Lenka and Josef, young adults who fell in love, while the world was crumbling around them. With their parents blessing they rush to get married, to leave the country as husband and wife. Ultimately, Lenka has to choose between her safety and her family and refuses to leave her parents and sister behind.

Josef goes off to America, the sole survivor in his family to make it across the ocean and ultimately becomes a doctor. He believes Lenka is dead, seeing her name on a list of jews who perished in Auschwitz.

Lenka managed to survive the camps, barely, and married an American soldier who helped rescue her. She is convinced that Josef is dead, along with his family.

When Josef and Lenka are reunited at a Rehearsal Dinner before their grandchildren's wedding, neither can believe their eyes. Could it be true? Is it possible?

Being a first generation American with parents who emigrated to the US to escape the horrors in Germany during WWII, for me this book was a must read.
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