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Astrid and Veronika by Linda Olsson
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Apr 02, 2013

it was amazing
bookshelves: to-cry-for, most-loved, unreal, favorites, 2013-reading-challenge

Poignant and heartwarming, the novel sets you into a quiet mood, experiencing saudade in the middle of a heavy rainfall. The book opens with a cold winter welcome, it feels slow at first, but as you go along the story, you are slowly opening up - to the slow talks, to the longer sunshine, to the serense streams of the river bend, to the peaceful poems and prose, and to the sharings of the two women - of different generations, but having the same broken past and dark secrets.

I learned about their stories of loss, of longing and of love. Some are of melancholic tone - but most of them cuts deep, you cannot help but shed a tear. And oh, TEARS!

What I learned about is how the old woman named Astrid told Veronika this:
"...Love comes to us with no forewarning, and once given to us it can never be taken away."

This is for us to remember that love is a gift, and may it come in such a quiet fashion, it will remain in our hearts forever.
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Reading Progress

April 2, 2013 – Shelved
April 2, 2013 – Shelved as: to-cry-for
April 2, 2013 – Shelved as: most-loved
August 10, 2013 – Started Reading
August 10, 2013 –
page 25
9.26% "And so the two meet."
August 20, 2013 – Shelved as: unreal
August 20, 2013 – Shelved as: favorites
August 20, 2013 – Shelved as: 2013-reading-challenge
August 20, 2013 – Finished Reading

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Cástol Sörlin Subtil och vacker!

Maria Ella Yes, subtle and beautiful is what the prose is.

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