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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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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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    Gail ONEONTA, NY, United States 02-16-15
    Gail ONEONTA, NY, United States 02-16-15 Member Since 2014
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    This has to be the most emotional book I have listened to. From the very first line to the last word I was totally engrossed. The story comes to life with the reunion of lost love over 60 years before and ends there. The Narrators bring so much life to the characters, the young woman in concentration camps the husband who she thought was killed at sea. It's heart wrenching to hear their stories and their determination to live at any cost, when it would have been easier to die. The nightmares they live with for the rest of their lives can never be erased. This is an excellent book and I was hooked from the beginning though at times it was difficult to listen to. It really makes you think of the evil that is still happening today in the world and not for the first time I am so grateful to live in the USA.

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    Karen 02-12-15
    Karen 02-12-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Heart wrenching..."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, It helped me to understand the depth of pain that was endured through times of war.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lost Wife?

    The beginning and the end. I went back and listened to the beginning after finishing the book. All the characters were wonderful.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I cried for all the heartache that was endured.


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    Kim 02-11-15
    Kim 02-11-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Good book, eye opening!!"

    Inspiring, courageous, and motivating! Great read, very worth the money and will read similar books in the future.
    Interesting to know some of the characters were based on real people.

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    M. Johnston 02-08-15
    M. Johnston 02-08-15

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    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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    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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    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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    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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