Review From User :
I am sorry that this love story came to an end. It was more than a love story, it was a love affair of words that show the beauty of our souls. With the verse "I am my beloved and my beloved is mine. Song of Solomon 6:3, it is the main theme of this poetic love story. The verse also signifies the hope one can have having one as a beloved and being one of a beloved. The story is a loose historical fiction of actual events which makes it even more enjoyable to read. It starts in the year 2000 when the great grandfather of the groom and the great grand mother of the bride come upon each other and how it is that they know each other. Then the story goes back in time before the war in Prague. The main character of Joseph is a beloved that has found his beloved in Lenka. He is shown to have respect for the women in his life, his mother and sister and how he loves life. Lenka who has a younger sister; and who is loyal to her family. The loyality is tested when she stays in Prague right after her and Joseph are married. Joseph's family has obtained boat tickets to leave the country with his parents and his sister, however, Lenka will not leave without her family. You see the contrast of each one's story in the narration. The narration is told by each one and the longing for the other. The narration is seamless as you see the heartache of of Joseph and Lenka. It tears at your heart, however, it is good to see a love story so pure. I appreciate a love story without vulgarity because it gives a high view of a love relationship and everything else is gravy. And you get plenty of gravy.
The story shows the plight of the Jews and it also touches on the loyality that Lenka's family remain together and not be separated in the concentration camps. Where so many of other families did not stay together. They were seperated by one being sent to another camp, or by death or worse turning on each other. Evil has a way of doing that. It also shows what is evil and when we loose hope which we are created to hope and how hope is the only way we can continue. Hope is the fuel for the soul. I cannot do the justice of the characters or the story of how two people in love continue thru so much heart ache. One thing I also appreciated in this story is the Jewish tradition and what soulful people they are. To be reminded what it means when God given rights are taken away from a certain group of people that they cannot live, cannot work and to live in fear. I am my beloved and my beloved is mine...to see that in the grandchildren of Lenka and Joseph gives hope.
A rapturous novel of star-crossed love in a time of war – from the international bestselling author of The Velvet Hours.
In pre-World War II Prague, the dreams of two young lovers are shattered when they are separated by the Nazi invasion. Then, decades later, thousands of miles away in New York, an unexpected encounter leads to an inescapable glance of recognition, and the realization that providence has given Lenka and Josef one more chance…
From the glamorous ease of life in Prague before the Occupation, to the horrors of Nazi Europe, The Lost Wife explores the power of first love, the resilience of the human spirit – and the strength of memory.