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All That Lingers

4.62  ·  Rating details ·  118 ratings  ·  31 reviews
In this novel of loss, of difficult decisions and survival against the odds and rebuilding lives, readers experience Vienna's tumultuous years from Austria's brief but significant 1934 civil war, through World War II and postwar occupation, to independence.
Three lives intertwine, bringing these events to life. Emma, who has lost those most important to her, fights to come
Kindle Edition, 409 pages
Published March 20th 2020 (first published March 2020)
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Bernie Langlois
Sep 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great historical novel with sympathetic characters and interesting twists and turns. Very readable...I highly recommend.
Charlotte Walker
Jul 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
All That Lingers is a thought-provoking family drama set in WWII Vienna. Although Emma is the main character, the narrative also focuses on Sophie and Friedrich. I enjoyed getting to know Emma and felt her happiness and heartbreak as I read her story.

I liked that this book offered different perspectives on life in wartime Austria: the threat, worry and uncertainty experienced by Emma and Leonie in comparison to the comfort of Friedrich and his wife. I was immersed in the narrative and found this
Gabriela Sarmiento
The book takes you through the life of a main character that at a young age has already found love, long-lasting friendship, and a nice job in the great city of Vienna a few years before WWII. Her days were filled with happiness and joy, although her mother had shown reserves about the future. Political events will unexpectedly change the course of things. For those who know a bit the city of Vienna and enjoy reading historic novels from the perspective of characters describing how uncontrollabl ...more
Christine Barrett
Feb 06, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great Read

I really enjoyed this book The story was good just didn't wrap up story in 1945 it continued the characters after the war and next generation Really good read
Beverly Steer
Jan 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All that lingers

This was another book that was so very hard to put down .I realized through Emma’s life what it was like at that time in history and the parallel to this time in America’s history. I only hope we can escape the utter damage to life and country
Vivien L.
Oct 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Really moving so far. Great attention to detail. A great escape and just the antidote to our crazy real life.
Oct 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
All That Lingers is a well written, thought out book that sheds light on life in Austria, before,during and after, all from the perspective of Emma, an ordinary woman, and her friends. Dealing with loss and uncertainty, Emma is a very real character, you feel her grief and her despair, your feel the loss that so many at the time went through. The addition of some twists and turns keeps the pages turning and I like that certain things were not shied away from.
War is not and should not be an easy
Oct 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the kind of book you stay up late to finish. It is a WWII book, but set in Austria verses most others set in France or Briton. It was interesting to hear from the perspective of someone in Austria as we don’t always think of the loss those citizens lived through.
Michele Hartshaw
Oct 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished-reading
I throughly enjoyed everything about this book. I honestly think it is in the top 10 of novels in this time Era! A must read, as it is a book that I couldn't put down and read it in 2 days. ...more
Christine Nassir
This was a wonderful book and I believe that this author should continue to write novels. Really makes her characters come to lif

This was a wonderful book. All of the characters are very believable and you can feel how the feel about situations. Such a historical fiction novel !!!!!
Robyn Reals
May 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone
There are scores of stories I really enjoy, put down, and move eagerly on to the next. I finished the last page of All that Lingers, and could not move my palm off the cover – story finished, pages ended, with this novel still in my lap. Not ready to leave people I had met weaving in and out of 1934 Vienna and Berlin to 1961 in New York, I dreaded parting with the physical book! I am personally blessed with friendships deeper than some family relations. I feel Emma, Leonie and Greta’s bond, it i ...more
Caroline Aland
Jul 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love historical fiction particularly about WW II. Irene is a wonderful story teller and kept me hooked to the very end. Excellent book! Highly recommend!!
Apr 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All interested in WWII historical fiction!
Shelves: netgalley
This novel is hauntingly beautiful. How can one call a novel about WWII beautiful in any way? It is beautiful due to the writing that draws the reader in and captures the friendship of three (3) young women who met in school at the age of 6 when a teacher had them line up in alphabetical order, Grünbaum, Hellmann, Huber and it seemed so simple to say, "Friends forever."

The novel begins in Vienna in 1934, and continues to 1961 in New York. In 1934, Greta Grünbaum is now married and we meet her a
Apr 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved, loved this achingly beautiful book! My emotions are in a puddle. Mainly set in Austria, specifically Vienna, this WWII to the 1960s takes us through all sorts of twists and bends, joys and heartaches, pain and anguish. I love Vienna, her history and culture, food, beauty and art. But as the author says, in the fifty years following WWII, Austria remained silent. I love that the author captured this perspective so wonderfully. The descriptions are gorgeous...and I don't mean just scenicall ...more
Ajitabh Pandey
Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with a review copy.

This book is set in WW II Vienna. Emma Huber and her friends, Leonie and Greta were leading a simple life - indifferent about the differences in their races and social status.

Leonie and Greta were relatively more well to do than Emma. During the pre-German occupation, a socialistic revolution in Austria was crushed in which Theo Berger, Emma's fiance was killed. As a result of this shock Emma had a miscarriage. And then c
Gitika  Agrawal Goila
Thanks to Netgalley for providing a digital copy in exchange for a honest review.

Thebook spans over more than four decades, 1934-1960. Austria, in 1934 was witnessing the rise of Nazism due to the growing influence of Hitler in neighbouring Germany. Anti-semitism was widespread. In 1938, after the Anschluss- the annexation of Austria into Nazi Germany without even a shot being fired, Jews fled the country.

The book follows the life of Emma and her friends in Vienna. Emma was at the brink of happi
Sydney Long
Apr 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021-reads
Set in WWII Vienna, All That Lingers brings to light yet another perspective of the perils of a world at war. Before WWII finds it way to beautiful Vienna, Emma and her friends celebrated life and were planning their futures. But as war and reality invades, things begin to fall apart, lives are lost and fear of what’s right and what’s wrong set in. As time passes, Emma questions her role in the war, did she do enough, what could she have done to protect her friends, to stop the evil. Survivors g ...more
Apr 16, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Special thanks to Netgalley for providing a digital copy in exchange for an honest review

I'm not gonna lie, I wanted to DNF this at 30%. It just so happened that I didn't have another book to read while having a long wait at a boring family dinner, so the only thing I had to entertain myself was this book. I've never been so thankful for a boring family dinner, because this turned out to be pretty great.

I thought this was going to focus on the war and Emma hiding her Jewish friends. That's wha
Niki Mcneil

Book 1 of 2021 did not disappoint. I am not much of a historical person in general, but this is the third book I’ve read in the last year that made me wonder if a certain History teacher is why I think I don’t like history but maybe I actually do?! So even if you don’t think that’s your jam, imo it’s worth checking out All That Lingers by Irene Wittig. The weaving of the characters families throughout the span of the book was done in a way that you felt as if you were a friend of the family by t
Regan Olafson
This book left much to be desired. Character development was lacking, introducing too many characters at once with little detail. We jumped right in with little backstory. There was little explanation of Austria's involvement in WWII and the people within. I felt as though I needed to feel the WHY or WHAT would make others do such things, and we only scratched the surface. There was no emotion, and I need to feel something; pride, shame, fear. This is a subject that brings with it such feeling, ...more
May 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book had so many anguishing moments that I not only was near tears, but I felt anger.
Austria was a country during the war that turned not only on the Jewish people, but their friends to get ahead.
The heartache Emily suffered and as the years went on knowing or not knowing for sure if your friends were safe or dead could make you feel guilty you survived or why didn’t you do more?

The author has written characters that are so believable that you feel your following their path of emotions. I
Susannah Colt
Apr 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hold on to your hat as you take off on a wonderful roller-coaster ride of emotions on the Irene Wittig express. You will fall in love with the characters right off the bat and will have trouble putting the book down. The story covers a long stretch of time masterfully weaving in the history of the times that is a character in and of itself. I learned a lot about Austria's role in World War II. I highly recommend it!! ...more
Mar 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Heartbreaking & Painful

Totally enjoyed reading this book but the suffering was so agonizing & never ending!! Poor Emma my heart just hurt for her for the pain & suffering she kept having to go through over & over. How these ppl survived, i just don't understand. For all those that like to to read about WWII this is a must read!!
May 01, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021
Engaging historical fiction

Well written, thoughtful fictional account of war torn Vienna leading up to and beyond World War II. The characters were believable and I found myself rooting for them as they fought to overcome the effects of the war on their lives. Really good story.
Mary Feliz
May 02, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
By chance, I’ve recently read a number of historical novels centered around WWII in Vienna. This one has a subtly different theme about the responsibilities of ordinary citizens in the face of utter defeat, despair, exhaustion, and turmoil. It echoes through unresolved and ongoing issues in the world today.

This one covers similar ground in a fresh way. Brava.
Rolf D Hubmayr
Jun 29, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: gave-up
Reads like Cliff notes on history wrapped in a soap opera
Feb 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved it,loved the history and the characters,a really good read .
Rachael Burrows
This was a great book about WWII. I’ve read a ton set during this time but little about what went on in Austria. This was eye opening and I felt what the characters were feeling.
The first part of the book about the descent of Austria in nazism and madness is superb, but the after-war part left me somewhat cold.
Apr 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This well written and researched novel of the turmoil of pre and post WWII Vienna and it’s effects on 3 main characters is a story of resilience, character and kindness. The period comes to life with the moral choices one had to make through the Nazi and Occupation periods of Austrian history. A quick read except for times when the emotion of the moment requires a rereading and contemplation of how one might have dealt with a similar situation. Thoroughly worthwhile read.

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