HOUSE of GOLD by Natasha Solomans

House of Gold

Such is the power and wealth of the Goldbaums that on dull days, it’s said, they hire the sun just for themselves.

This story is  loosely based on the Rothschilds, one of the oldest and wealthiest families in the world.

It’s 1911 and Greta Goldbaum is set to be married off to her cousin in the English branch of the family to a man she has never met. The Goldbaum family has branches in Vienna, Paris and England and nothing happens without their knowledge and their money.

Their marriage if off to a rocky start and Greta is miserable. She’s young and wants to run around in her bare feet and dig in the dirt, which horrifies her family and her husband.

When in 1914 an Austrian Crown Prince is murdered by Serbians, throwing everyone into WWI. This is when Greta begins to see the world for what it  is.

I really enjoyed the historical aspects of this. It was really well done.

What I didn’t care for was the pages of family drama. There was quite a bit that could have been just left out. For me it’s a like not a love.

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October 23rd 2018 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

THE WINTER SOLDIER by DANIEL MASON

The Winter Soldier

It is 1914 in Vienna, Austria. Talk of war surrounds the privileged as well as the poor. Lucius is still in medical school, and wants nothing more than to be a doctor, even if it means joining the army and automatically becoming one. Up to this point he has only cut on pigs and has had almost no hands on experience.

Sent to the remoteness of the Carpathian Mountains, where he should find a well stocked medical unit,he finds a church turned into a hospital being run by nuns. One nun in particular. Sister Margarete has had more experience than any doctor and proceeds to teach Lucius the ropes.

The conditions are grim and yet he finds himself drawn to the nun and yet still wondering about her past and her honesty.

This wasn’t so much about the War. This was about the people impacted by that war. And the choices the people make when their backs are against the wall.

I wasn’t that interested in the beginning of the book or at the end. Not that it wasn’t written well, I just felt it dragged a bit.

Netgalley/ September 11th 2018 by Little, Brown and Company

 

 

 

Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

Lilac Girls
Inspired by the life of a real World War II heroine, this debut novel reveals a story of love, redemption, and secrets that were hidden for decades.

The story of three women, and their own experiences with WWII.

One, a wealthy young woman living in New York and doing the best she can for the orphans and other displaced persons in France. Caroline Ferriday, finds herself in a relationship with an actor, who is also married and has a wife in France.

In Poland, we find Kasia Kuzmerick, a teenager whose youth is about to be ended when Poland is invaded. Kasia has a strength unlike I have ever seen. No matter what horrors she endures, she still puts one foot in front of the other and survives. But along with the physical scars, the emotional scars are heartbreaking.

In Germany, Herta Oberheuser, a young idealistic German doctor, is looking for a place she can use and practice what she has learned. When she answers an ad, her life and the lives of many others will be impacted.

Based on real people this story is one we all need to read. No matter how many articles or books I read on the Holocaust, it never gets easier and yet it must be told. This story of hope, courage, love, and selflessness is one I will recommend to one and all.

This book was difficult to read but the story was much more difficult for those living it.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Martha Hall Kelly   Martha Hall Kelly

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Martha is a native New Englander but has become nomadic, splitting her time between New York City, Martha’s Vineyard and Atlanta, Georgia. She worked as an advertising copywriter for many years and raised three splendid children, while researching Lilac Girls, her first novel. When Martha is not chasing after her new puppy she is hard at work on her next book. You’ll find more info about the true story behind Lilac Girls at her website: http://www.marthahallkelly.com and lots of visual inspiration for the book on the Pinterest account she is madly in love with.

 

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