This review was written 10/5/09
Two tales of love Two stories of loss
One great emotional journey…
1992: Leo Deakin wakes up in hospital somewhere in South America. His girlfriend Eleni is dead and Leo doesn’t know where he is or how she died. He blames himself for the tragedy and is sucked into a spiral of despair. But Leo is about to discover something that will change his life for ever.
1917: Moritz Daniecki has survived fighting in the Great War. But at what cost? Abandoned in the Siberian wilderness, he is determined to return to his beloved Lotte, the memory of whose single kiss has sustained him throughout the war. What lies before him is a terrifying journey over the Russian Steppes. If he ever makes it, will she still be waiting?
This book had been on my wishlist for ages before I actually bought it, as I had been unsure as to whether I would enjoy it or not. Now I wish I’d bought it earlier. It was beautiful, and sad, (highlight for spoiler) but hopeful too.
The characters seemed very real to me, as in nothing was black and white, while I still had favourite characters there were no characters I could say were all good or all bad.
4.5/5 (I’m taking off half a point because the second story took a while to interest me)