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 Josef one more chance. From the glamorous ease of life in Prague before the Occupation, to the horrors of Nazi Europe, The Lost Wife explores the power of first love, the resilience of the human spirit, and the strength of memory.
©2011 Alyson Richman (P)2012 Recorded Books, LLC
This story touched my soul. It had all the parts of a great book, Intriguing characters, crisis, suspenseful plot and a twist.
Well done Alyson Richman!!
My friend told me about this book and I read it years ago. It has always been one of my favorite books. I recommend it to anyone!
It is incredibly sad and it reminds us of the cruelty we as humans are capable of. You read about the horrific events that occurred and the strength these people had to endure the loss and the abuse, it is very humbling and very educational. Although this particular story is one of fiction the author does a very good job describing what conditions were like for these people who did nothing wrong.
Thank you to Alyson Richman! It will forever be in my heart!
This book was written beautifully and revealed the heart and soul of it's characters with such depth at times, it nearly took my breath away. The horror that individuals faced in the camps/ghettos during WWII always sobers me with such a reverence for their perseverance and will to live. This book was incredibly sad and at times I wanted to stop listening but felt I owed it to these souls who suffered so much to hear their stories. Although the book is fiction laced with true characters who lived through these horrors I believe that there are so many other stories that were never told due to the survivors premature and unjust deaths. I recommend that you listen to this book with a box of tissue at your side.
Am nearing 84, have 3 children, 5 grandchildren and 1 half Japanese great grandson all delightful. Enjoy listening & reading
There have been many stories and movies about the theme of this book but not one moved me as much as this. The narration was perfect allowing the listener to see the images the author lay before them. Having grown up in the the same period in stark contrast to the characters in this book my generation learned of the plights of European Jews and prisoners of war through movies and recollections of those who sought peace and freedom here in Australia. I sincerely thank the author for another insight into this terrible period of history.
Such a touching, yet heart wrenching love story. This is one of those stories, so well presented, that will stay with me for a long time.
This book in an of it's self is a art. It was beautifully written !!! I am in awe with the ability this book has to evoke emotions of happiness, heartache and anger. A story about two young people who fall in love and are never able to forget the other. This story is about love in all it's ways-1st love, familial love, compassion and resilience.
Although I am satisfied with the ending I would have liked a little more about the "what happens after".
From the first moments of the book you know they will meet again after the war and against all odds. They very least this the author, Alyson Richmond, could do is allow us more than simply their meeting again. I was disappointed to not hear any of their happy story beyond the night of meeting again at the wedding. So much profound sadness these people have felt and traveling the story with them, I only wanted to hear a little of their happily ever after.
I actually found myself googling the main characters, even though I knew they were fictional, just to get a visual in my mind. Wonderful narration, pace and style of writing.
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