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The Lost Wife: A Novel | [Alyson Richman]

The Lost Wife: A Novel

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Erika S. 01-30-15
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    "Amazing story!!"

    There are not enough stars for me to adequately tell how much I enjoyed this book!! It was great! Excellent!

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    Melissa Ransom Pasco, WA USA 01-17-15
    Melissa Ransom Pasco, WA USA 01-17-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Heartbreakingly beautiful"

    A powerful story of love & family, and loss. Keep the tissues handy because you'll be crying the whole way through.

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    Patricia G. Iverson 01-15-15
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    "Wonderful and heart wrenching all at once"

    A realistic and accurate historical portrait of upper middle class Jewish life in Prague prior to and during World War II, woven together with a love story which ends tragically and happily at the same time. Enjoy the story of Lenka and Joseph, taking place during the horror that became "The Jewish Story" under Nazi rule. Wonderful and horrible, tragic and hopeful ... Well told, Alyson Richmond!

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    Kathleen 01-10-15
    Kathleen 01-10-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Very good book!"

    I strongly recommend this book! This book was so well written! It was very touching and at times hard to keep listening, but it is also a part of history and things people truly went through.

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    JSK Charlotte 01-09-15
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    "Left wanting more"

    I highly recommend the audio version of his work which contains award winning performances by Guidall and Toren and a touching, heart wrenching, and elegantly written story. If The Lost Wife does not make you ache for the characters and/or cause you to relive that first love then you are not alive.
    While I do not normally enjoy fictional works, I was impressed to find that the story is somewhat based on the experiences of real people. I really enjoyed taking a break from my normal fare and you will too. I only wish that the story told a little more at the end, but with the characters giving so much in the build up I am as content as I imagine them to be.

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    MC New York, NY, USA 12-16-14
    MC New York, NY, USA 12-16-14 Member Since 2015

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    "Great story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes-- it was a great story that was very enjoyable.


    What does George Guidall and Suzanne Toren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Absolutely


    Any additional comments?

    I wish the ending had been a bit less bland.

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    Xavier 12-01-14
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    "Last half of book is haunting"

    Was thoroughly disappointed and bored with the first part of this book. Boring writing, no build up or suspense, and am I the only person who is burned out on George Guidall? And then the war comes and the back is utterly haunting.

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    Amazon Customer 11-28-14

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    "Classic love story. loved it."
    Would you listen to The Lost Wife again? Why?

    Absolutely


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Both main characters stayed in the limelight, however the wife was the mainstay.
    You lived through her eyes and even felt hungry she she was hungry.


    Which character – as performed by George Guidall and Suzanne Toren – was your favorite?

    Suzanne I would have to say...
    Sultry voice had a texture of "memory"


    Who was the most memorable character of The Lost Wife and why?

    The wife.
    She had compassion for others, determination, watched other characters respond and still kept the story alive.


    Any additional comments?

    Apart from slightly graphic scenes (less is more) I adore this story and would recommend.

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    HODGEPODGESPV COPPELL, TX, United States 11-19-14
    HODGEPODGESPV COPPELL, TX, United States 11-19-14 Member Since 2011

    I have two rescue dogs. One Scottish born husband. And a love of books that goes back to childhood and bookmobiles!

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    "One I won't forget"

    As the Brits would say "It's BRILLIANT!" Alyson Richman is one hell of a writer to be able to switch back and forth between two equally engaging people who fall in love, get married, get separated, and, 60 years later, come back together. She shows you Prague before and after the Nazis take over, what might happen to people who "got out in time", and those who stayed...and how they could come back together.

    It's all so believable! Ms Richman has made all the characters believable. While some of the Germans only appear briefly, most of us have watched enough movies and TV drama to see them as full fleshed out. And the narrators! George Guidall and Suzanne Toren are as near perfect as one could wish. This is one book that I am glad I purchased in audible format rather than paper.

    I don't know why I've always had an interest in WWII in Europe rather than the Pacific, but I have. Many of books have been biographic. This one sounds like it was...the clarification will be in the epilog. It seems well researched.

    If you like a love story...an insight into what one person might have experienced in the camps...or what a person who made it safely to America might have experienced...how likes history, you should purchase this novel and more to share with your friends and relations!

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    Lyn NEW ULM, MN, United States 11-15-14
    Lyn NEW ULM, MN, United States 11-15-14 Member Since 2011

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    "Well read!!!"

    You hope you know how it is going to turn out, but the twists and turns are hard to imagine. Well read, well written, well worth reading.

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