The golden skies, the translucent twilight, the white nights all hold the promise of youth, of love, of eternal renewal. The war has not yet touched this city of fallen grandeur or the lives of two sisters, Tatiana and Dasha Metanova, who share a single room in a cramped apartment with their brother and parents. Their world is turned upside down when Hitler's armies attack Russia and begin their unstoppable blitz to Leningrad.
Shelby Sloane has big plans for the summer of 1981. She'll drive cross-country in her graduation present - a classic yellow Mustang. In California she hopes to find the mother who left her behind long ago and then return east in time to start college. Her childhood friend, Gina, is desperate to reunite with her boyfriend in Bakersfield and has convinced Shelby to bring her along. With Gina onboard, Shelby's carefully mapped out itinerary is quickly abandoned. Soon so is their "no hitchhikers" rule....
Chloe is just weeks away from heading off to college and starting a new life far from her home in Maine when she embarks on a great European adventure with her boyfriend and two best friends. Their destination is Barcelona, but first they must detour through the historic cities of Eastern Europe to keep an old family promise.
"A real romance"
Detective Spencer O'Malley had met the girl, Kristina, only a day prior to her death. Nearly falling in love with her on this chance meeting, he learns more about her life through his investigation of her mysterious demise. Kristina and her friends, all children of privilege, were supposedly close. They played, studied and occasionally slept together. Despite this, there were many secrets hidden within their relationship, more than O'Malley could have imagined.
"the voice of Connie is very difficult to listen to"
Life isn’t about the destination but the journey.... Chloe is eager to drink in the sights and sounds of the Old World as she embarks on a European adventure with her closest friends. Buried in the treasures of the fledgling post-Communist world, Chloe finds a charming American vagabond named Johnny who carries a guitar, an easy smile – and a lifetime of secrets.