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
The author does an amazing job weaving multiple stories of Holocaust victims and survivors into this well narrated work of historical fiction. It is through stories like this, and the art that survived, that the world can witness albeit second hand what occurred during that time. And to possibly understand what is felt by those who survived.
I have just listened to this book a second time and am more moved by it than the first read. The author and both narrators are amazing. Like other readers, I would like to know more about what happens at the end (I did read the author's comments about this. . . maybe a second book?)
Such a sad heart wrenching narrative that was so beautifully told. I loved The voices of Lenka and Joseph. Outcome of your story make me feel I should make every day more meaningful with the freedoms I enjoy with a loving safe family.
My long commute and chores are now a pleasure!
I found this story to be very sad, but it is a story that everyone should read. I am not sure I would listen to it a second time, but I will tell you that I found myself knowing what a blessed life I have lead.
This book had me riveted after the first chapter. I couldn't stop listening, and it has stayed with me for quite a while now. I loved the narration and the story. I would (And have) recommended this to everyone I know.
First love as the Germans start their project to eliminate all Jews leads to adventures apart. Each thinks their love is dead. But love conquers. After 55 years.
Yes, for sure. I bought it to hear about Prague's WWII history as we are going there for trip. It turned out to be so much better than I had expected.
When we find out who the two old people are at the wedding that happens in chapter 1, and ends with finishing that moment. i was in tears! Didn't want the story to end. Wanted to keep going to see how they moved forward.
No, but that is only because I never re-listen to books I've already listened to.
The Lost Wife has it's own lane for the most part, but you could compare it to The Diary of Ann Frank or Auschwitz, mostly because they are set in a similar time, but the stories aren't very similar.
This was a tough one to review, as most of the content is extremely emotional and heartbreaking. The Lost Wife truly does take you back to another place and time. You feel everything Lenka, her family and her husband are feeling. Extremely well written.
The only problem for me was the ending. I wanted more. We had waited the entire book for this wedding and the reuniting of two lost lovers and I just didn't feel like I got enough.
I would definitely recommend this book especially to people who enjoy historical books.
I didn't want to put it down! Then I didn't want it to end! Well written, great story, beautifully performed.
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