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If you have a interest in historical fiction, particularly from the era of WWII, then this book is for you. The author tells the story from the very different points of view of the two main characters. Peter, a German infantryman on the Eastern front and Katharina, his mail-order bride living at home with her parents in Berlin. He marries for a honeymoon leave; she for a chance at a widow's pension. Ms Magee does a excellent job of showing how the tide of the war, as it goes from victories to defeat, affects the home front as well as the soldier on the battlefield. She makes it believable that their relationship, based on a 10 day leave, is what sustains them as their worlds fall apart.
I know that some have commented on the abruptness of the ending but I thought that was in keeping with the story. Life is seldom "happy-ever-after."
The narrator, Suzanne Toren, did a excellent job
Ending was unexpected and disappointing. Suzanne Toren brilliant narrator bringing each character to life👍 would not recommend the book.