This is one of those very special books that has the ability not only to move me, but to stay with me after I’ve read it. Set in post war Germany, an army colonel is posted to Hamburg to work on the de-Nazification and rebuilding process in the city.
This is a period in history which I’ve read little about, so it was shocking to discover just how poor living conditions were in Germany during those years.
The relationships in this book are beautifully drawn and I couldn’t help but feel for all the characters and the strange predicament in which they found themselves in such uncertain times. There is love, lust and loss within the pages of this book and not one character is left emotionally unscathed by the aftermath of the war.
It’s a fantastic read which I passed straight on to a friend who shares my taste in books. If I was to compare it to another book I felt the same about, I’d say The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller, Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier and On Green Dolphin Street by Sebastian Faulks. If you liked these books, then get this one!