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Winter Journey | [Diane Armstrong]

Winter Journey

Halina Shore is a Polish born forensic dentist living in Australia. When she travels to Poland to take part in the investigation of a war crime, she finds herself at the center of a bitter struggle in a community that has been divided by a grim legacy. As the investigation proceeds, her professional assignment becomes a confronting personal odyssey as the truth about her own past begins to emerge.
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Publisher's Summary

Halina Shore is a Polish born forensic dentist living in Australia. When she travels to Poland to take part in the investigation of a war crime, she finds herself at the center of a bitter struggle in a community that has been divided by a grim legacy. As the investigation proceeds, her professional assignment becomes a confronting personal odyssey as the truth about her own past begins to emerge.

Inspired by a true incident that took place in Poland in 1941 but was concealed for 60 years, Diane Armstrong's gripping novel is a detective story that is part mystery, part history, and part forensic investigation. It is also a tale of love, loss, and unimaginable sacrifice.

©2005 Diana Armstrong; (P)2005 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.

What the Critics Say

"The best and worst of the human spirit are dredged up in this profoundly moving, compelling, and superbly written story." (Australian Women's Weekly)

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    Mary 02-20-07
    Mary 02-20-07
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    "Thoughts on the book"

    First, the reader gets 5 stars. She was wonderful. The burning of the Jews in the barn was a very sad event and I am glad the author wrote a book about it. The world needs to know about it. However, while listening to the book, there were times that I just wanted to hit the fast forward button. Parts of the book were so melodramatic and half way into the book, you know the truth about the main character. The book would have been better with some abridgement. Also, parts of the book (not related to the burning) were unbelievable.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Janet Spicewood, TX, United States 12-13-09
    Janet Spicewood, TX, United States 12-13-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Tedious with an annoying protagonist"

    In light of the keystone tragedy in the story, the main character's personal crisis is narcissistic and in self-pitying. The author tends to state (and re-state) the obvious and by over-explaining the characters and the science she leaves little suspense and nothing for the reader to discover. Not recommended.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl Bartlett, TN, United States 05-05-09
    Cheryl Bartlett, TN, United States 05-05-09
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    "Moving account of some terrible history"

    While I agree that the age of the main character did not jive with the timeline, the storytelling was strong and moving.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Linda C. Ingalls Sandy, Utah United States 02-11-13
    Linda C. Ingalls Sandy, Utah United States 02-11-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Tough but enlightening story."
    What made the experience of listening to Winter Journey the most enjoyable?

    Learning things I never knew before about the murder of Jews during WWII.


    What other book might you compare Winter Journey to and why?

    Anya - it also takes place in Poland during WWII.


    What about Deidre Rubenstein’s performance did you like?

    Clear reading and not too slow.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Very difficult to imagine what happened but apparently it did all over eastern Europe during WWII.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Laura 09-22-11
    Laura 09-22-11 Member Since 2009
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    "I enjoyed this book!"

    I thought that this book started out rather hard to follow. It wasn't long, however, that everything fell into place. This was a good book to listen to.l

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    Matthew Toronto, Canada 05-09-11
    Matthew Toronto, Canada 05-09-11 Member Since 2015
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    "starts off okay but then descends into schlock"

    Starts off okay but then it gets very predictable and a bit over the top. I was engaged for the first half, but then I just couldn't take it any more and had to put it down

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lia Sutton, Australia 01-31-11
    Lia Sutton, Australia 01-31-11 Member Since 2009

    I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!

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    "Very Moving Story"

    I really enjoyed this book it was wrtten excellently, interesting subject matter and well researched actual events. Very moving.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Nette 09-20-10
    Nette 09-20-10
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    "Excellent Story"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was a real eye opener to the tragic things that can & unfortunately do happen during war times. I highly recommend this book. It is the first book I have read (or listened to in this case) of Diane Armstrong & I really like her style of writing. I shall be keeping an eye out for more of her work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Caryl SPRING VALLEY, MN, United States 06-23-09
    Caryl SPRING VALLEY, MN, United States 06-23-09 Member Since 2012
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    "Good read, well written"

    Honest protrayal of main character very believeable. Well woven fictional story, using some of the truths of life during World War II and after.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Wanda Creuse, France 03-26-08
    Wanda Creuse, France 03-26-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Time line..."

    I had a few problems working out how old the main character was and also a lot of her motivations. A rather stereotypical tale about how the Poles hated the Jews... or rather the stereotypical belief that they did.
    Interesting parts but overall, boring.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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