One extraordinary woman will come of ageâand come into her ownâ in this haunting, elegiac portrait of an ever-changing America during the tumult and uncertainty of World War II.
After the death of her mother, Elise Braun is sent to live with a new family in the United States and to start a new life. Her father only wants to save his daughter from the impending war in her native Germanyâand the horrors of the new Nazi regime. But Elise can only feel a sense of abandonment and resentment toward the one man who is supposed to protect her. An accomplished pianist, music has become her only solace from the loneliness and loss that makes it so difficult for her to love or trust anyoneâ¦
Devastated by his wife's death, Herman Braun knows that he's incapable of caring for the daughter he loves so deeply. He also knows that Germany is becoming a treacherous country in the hands of a tyrant, one he must defy at any priceâeven the price of sending his daughter away to a strange new land. It's a choice that may cost him his familyâand his life.
Now, with the war over, Elise has grown into the beautiful and brave young woman her father always hoped she would be. But underneath the polished faÃ§ade, she remains torn between her love for her adoptive home and the heartbreak caused by her homeland. As she struggles to find her place in a harrowing new world, she must also learn to acknowledge her love for her father, the man who traded his happiness for her ownâ¦
âCaptivating and hauntingly beautiful, this debut is a true gem.ââRomantic Times Book Club (4 Â½ stars)
âA lyrical, lush, and lovely novel from a clever and talented new writer.ââJane Green
âA gripping, heartwarming storyâ¦complete with fascinating characters and a page-turning plot.ââDorothy Garlock
Marie Bostwick was born and raised in the Northwest. Since marrying the love of her life twenty-four years ago, she has never known a moment's boredom. Marie and her family have moved a score of times, living in eight U.S. states and two Mexican cities, and collecting a vast and cherished array of friends and experiences. Marie now lives with her husband and three handsome sons in Connecticut where she writes, reads, quilts, and is privileged to serve the women of her local church.
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