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The things we cherished

1 rating: 4.0
novel by Jenoff

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Genre: historical romance,
Publisher: Doubleday,
Date Published: 07-12-2011
ISBN: 9780385534208
1 review about The things we cherished

"Memories are all I have to cling to. Thinkin about the things we used to have." Song lyrics

  • Oct 12, 2011
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"The Things We Cherished" is an energizing experience about two loves and a time prior to WWII when the world was in turmoil.

Charlotte Gold and Jack Warrington are defending Roger Dykmans who is accused of betraying his brother, Hans, who was attempting to help rescue Jewish people from Germany.

When Roger doesn't help with his defense, the attorneys travel to Poland attempting to uncover anything to help. They learn about Madga who Roger loved but was married to his brother, Hans.

The story moves back in time to 1940. We observe what was happening in Berlin with the German round up of Jewish people who lived in constant fear of betrayal and being taken away by authorities. Roger, who isn't Jewish, came to Berlin as a student to live with Hans and Magda.

With moving between time periods, the author slows down the pace of the story as if lengthening the drama and allowing the reader to know and feel for Magda who doesn't want to be captive in her own home, just because she's Jewish. Then, with her husband away for much of the time, she and Roger become romantically involved.

The reader is rewarded for staying with the story as the action and suspense pick up and the reader is left with a novel that is well worth the read.

This is a heartfelt story with an ending that will remain in the mind of the reader.

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October 12, 2011
Great review on an important part of our history! Thanks for sharing :)
 
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