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In the spirit of We Were the Lucky Ones and We Must Be Brave, a heartbreaking World War II novel of one mother's impossible choice and her search for her daughter against the odds.

As a Russian Jewish émigré to France, Vera's wealth cannot protect her or her four-year-old-daughter, Lucie, once the Nazis occupy the country. After receiving notice that all foreigners must report to an internment camp, Vera has just a few hours to make an impossible choice: Does she subject Lucie to the horrid conditions of the camp, or does she put her into hiding with her beloved and trusted governess, safe until Vera can retrieve her? Believing the war will end soon, Vera chooses to leave Lucie in safety. She cannot know that she and her husband will have an opportunity to escape, to flee to America. She cannot know that Lucie's governess will have fled with Lucie to family in rural France, too far to reach in time. 

And so begins a heartbreaking journey and separation, a war and a continent apart. Vera's marriage will falter under the surreal sun of California. Her ability to write - once her passion - will disappear. But Vera's love for Lucie, her faith that her daughter lives, will only grow. As Vera's determination to return to France and find Lucie crystalizes, she meets Sasha, a man on his own search for meaning. She is stronger with Sasha than she is alone. Together they will journey to Lucie. They will find her fate.

©2021 Alexis Landau (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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I loved this book. The narrators were great and it was well written and interesting.

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Amazing story, great performance

This is a gorgeous book—poetic, sweeping, lush, poignant. I stayed up late listening to the end because I had to find out what happened.

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I loved this story right from the beginning. You will cry with the ending it is soo beautifully written

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an old story told in a new way

I loved this story because it told a different perspective of WW2. Most books you find about the war detail the actual happenings, but this one delved in on the personal traumas that the war caused. Once I started it I could not stop. It had me on the edge of my seat till the very end. A great read for WW2 enthusiasts.

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War and its' struggles

I loved this audible book so much I listened to it twice back to back. The backdrop of the wartime struggles, of escaping and of losing caught me up and I wanted to absorb every word. I love this narrator and can understand Vera's loss and never forgetting. you won't regret this one.

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way too whiny and self indulgent covered in sticky faux glamour and infidelity...more gross than engrossing

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NOT THE BEST

From other reviews I thought this book was going to be wonderful....not so at least for me. The narrator for Sascha was like listening to someone reading the news. I tried to return but it was too late so finished just because. No big surprises especially the end. Towards the end I was over the whole thing and just wanted it to be over.

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Great story

The narrators were great. I can't imagine what it was like back then and the choices you have to make. I never wanted to stop listening because I wanted to know what happened to Vera and Lucie. Did Vera find her.....I do wish it had an epilog, but since it didn't, I made up my own continued ending!

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I loved this book!


I loved this book! I could not put it down. I miss the characters already! It was flawless. This is an extremely powerful mother-daughter story about an impossible choice that will stay with me forever, much like Sophie’s Choice and Sarah’s Key. Told from 3 points of view, and masterfully researched from war-torn France to the golden age of Hollywood, this book is an emotional and ultimately uplifting must-read.