My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Genre: Historical, Romance
Young lovers Josef and Lenka meet, fall in love, and marry just as WWII begins. They love each other, but due to circumstances out of Josef’s control (not Lenka’s, though…), they are separated. Without giving anything away, both Josef and Lenka live through some very difficult things.
Lenka’s experiences are incredibly sad and intriguing, but the chapters from her POV felt like an entirely separate book from Josef’s. After finishing the novel, I read an interview where the author said that she first wrote Lenka’s story, then decided to make Lenka fall in love. So she threw Josef and luuvv in there. And honestly, it showed.