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I received a copy of this audiobook via AudioBoom in exchange for an objective review. This is most probably a story I would never have sought/found on my own as it put me in the midst of an alien world where all I consider normal was turned upside down. The book begins in 1976 during the iron-fisted attempts by the South African government to maintain and strengthen apartheid in the midst of a changing world. First fact previously unknown to me: the S.A. government prohibited television until 1976, and no one in South Africa had been able to witness the moon landing in '69. I've rounded my rating up from what would be a 4.5 to a five; my one reservation was that the book strove to convey so much information that the eponymous love story sometimes suffered. But I went with the five stars because overall, I am very grateful that I was able to experience this book. I learned so much and was ashamed by how little I had known or cared about what was happening to my fellow human beings. The love story itself, while it sprang to life a bit too quickly, was a beautiful one. Romance readers should know, however, that while there is a sense of peace at the end of the book, there is no traditional happily-ever-after. I am grateful to Mark Fine for writing this book and for AudioBook for sharing it with me, and I hope that many readers and listeners will give it a try. The audio performance was excellent, and I was sorry to reach the end.
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The story of Elsa and Stanwell is raw and beautiful, the writing is impactful, emotive and attention capturing. This book is in the top 1% of books I've read, I can't recommend it highly enough.
The combination of this forbidden love and the setting combined to create a story that as tragic as it is beautiful.
The narrator did a fantastic job of matching voices to the characters and conveying the emotions and tones of the story.
I received a free copy of this book from the author and/or narrator and/or publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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