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Marriage before Death: WWII Spy Thriller (Still Life with Memories) (Volume 5) Paperback – August 4, 2017
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The series Still Life with Memories includes the following volumes:
- I: My Own Voice
- II: The White Piano
- I+II (woven together): Apart from Love
- III: The Music of Us
- IV: Dancing with Air
- V: Marriage before Death
- VI: Book Bites: The Wrong Girl
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In this latest installment, Lenny – an American soldier separated from his unit – has been captured on French soil, out of uniform, by the Germans and faces a hangman’s noose as a spy. His finance, Natasha, unbeknownst to Lenny, has volunteered to work with the French Resistance and faces the same fate for providing arms and aid on behalf of the Allies to the Resistance.
To say more about how their relationship survives in the horrors of war, would spoil an incredible story. Lenny, in the present, is hoping that Natasha will remember, that a window in her memory would open and they could once again relive a time that had unified them for a lifetime.
Uvi Poznansky, a master story-teller, captures the sights, sounds and smells of World War II France, bringing them to life with an imaginative plot, excellent writing, a mastery of fine detail and the creation of imagery in her scenes. She draws you into the story as though you were there, experiencing what Lenny and Natasha experience. She has created characters that you care about and want to invest time in. And you, do, care about what happens to them.
I love this author’s writing, command of language and ability to construct fiction you can relate to. Can’t wait for the next book in the series.
Lenny, in the present, is remembering the couple's terrifying time in France, in 1944 in the long weeks before D-Day. Lenny's pain is that Natasha now is suffering from Alzheimer's. He tries to get her to remember when they were separated for a time: he was caught out of uniform and facing execution by the Germans; Natasha had disappeared into the French Resistance to help both the Resistance and the Allies. The story of how they survived such horrors is extraordinary. Also extraordinary is the author's deep and gorgeous writing, interweaving desperation with descriptions of "beautiful light streaming from high-arched, stained glass windows, rattling in the duel between the German artillery and ours."
These are the memories that Lenny aches to remember with Natasha, as her disease intensifies and she struggles against it. In so many ways, our inner wars are so much more painful than any "outer" war, and this is the core of what readers feel as this story unfolds.
I truly loved this story and recommend it - and the whole Still Life with Memories series. Five stars!