Audie Award Finalist, Fiction, 2014
In the wake of World War II, a young, enigmatic woman named Lily arrives in Montreal on her own, expecting to be married to a man she's never met. But upon seeing her at the train station, Sol Kramer turns her down. Out of pity, his brother Nathan decides to marry her instead, and pity turns into a deep - and doomed - love. It is immediately clear that Lily is not who she claims to be.
Her attempt to live out her life as Lily Azerov shatters when she disappears, leaving a new husband and a baby daughter with only a diary, a large uncut diamond, and a need to find the truth. Who is Lily and what happened to the young woman whose identity she stole? Why has she left and where did she go? It's up to the daughter Lily abandoned to find the answers to these questions, as she searches for the mother she may never find or truly know.
The narrator was very good, but I just couldn't stay interested in the story. There were a lot of side scenes that didn't take the plot anywhere. Then there would be one that was pretty interesting and add to the story. I kept thinking the story would get better because the summary sounded interesting, but it never went anywhere and the conclusion was disappointing.
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