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The year is 1794, and the beautiful and resilient Countess Anna Maria Berezowska has narrowly escaped death amidst the chaos caused by the violent dissolution of Poland.
Anna is soon reunited with her longtime love, Lord Jan Stelnicki, and the two lovers marry even as their beloved Poland is ripped apart. As the couple struggles to raise a family in the face of an uncertain future, Anna's capricious cousin, Zofia, returns with a surprise of her own. Although Zofia's past schemes still resonate, Anna's doubts turn to fear as Jan's patriotism draws him to the battlefield.
Offering new hope for a conquered Poland, Napoleon Bonaparte arrives in all of his pomp and glory. With the aid of new Polish legions—Anna's friends and family among them—Napoleon battles his way across Europe in an effort that culminates in the doomed 1812 winter march into Russia.
Against this backdrop, Anna and Jan valiantly fight to hold on to a tenuous happiness, their country, and their very lives.
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By Debbie on 05-07-15
Late 1790s and Early 1800s Poland . . Great Story
This is the sequel to Push Not the River, and it is just as good . . . amazing history, including Napoleon Bonaparte's wars, which many Polish men took part in hopes of liberating Poland . . . the heartbreak and hopes of the people and especially Anna and Jan Stelnicki during the war years makes the story personal and memorable . . . Zofia, Anna's cousin, still both free spirited and loved by her family, adds flavor and humor . . . Overall, an excellent listen, not to be missed . . .
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
By Esta Sue on 10-15-17
Continuation of Battles
This second book, in the trilogy, was a bit hard to get thorough. Way to much military battles and deaths for my comfort zone. Looking forward to reading the third book to see how all the principle character's lives finally turn out.
On a very positive note, the narration was excellent. The pronunciations of Polish words was spot on and the descriptions of day to day life, of the elite class, working class and the military are very descriptive.