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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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    Ladybug 02-08-15
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    "Great story!!!"

    This book engaged me from the first minute and held my attention to the end. It's a great story, based on actual people and events in WWII Europe, even though it's a novel. The narration by the two voices made the reading even better. Excellent listen! I highly recommend.

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    jalcomic New York, NY United States 02-04-15
    jalcomic New York, NY United States 02-04-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book"

    I really enjoyed this book couldn't wait to see what happens at the end very week written

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    Lisa M. Bondi Fairfield, Ct 02-02-15
    Lisa M. Bondi Fairfield, Ct 02-02-15 Member Since 2014
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    "iffy ending"

    loved the narrators, story and almost the entire book until the end. It just seemed like the whole book was leading to the end obviously don't all books? but this one especially and it was kind of an abrupt end.

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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
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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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    "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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