The Lost Letter

The Lost Letter

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Austria, 1938. Kristoff is a young apprentice to a master Jewish stamp engraver. When his teacher disappears during Kristallnacht, Kristoff is forced to engrave stamps for the Germans, and simultaneously works alongside Elena, his beloved teacher's fiery daughter, and with the Austrian resistance to send underground messages and forge papers. As he falls for Elena amidst the brutal chaos of war, Kristoff must find a way to save her, and himself. Los Angeles, 1989. Katie Nelson is going through a divorce and while cleaning out her house and life in the aftermath, she comes across the stamp collection of her father, who recently went into a nursing home. When an appraiser, Benjamin, discovers an unusual World War II-era Austrian stamp placed on an old love letter as he goes through her dad's collection, Katie and Benjamin are sent on a journey together that will uncover a story of passion and tragedy spanning decades and continents, behind the just fallen Berlin Wall. -- Page 4 of cover.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2017
ISBN: 9780399185670
Characteristics: 322 pages ; 22 cm


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Oct 14, 2017

Great story. Fun, loving, happy ending

Oct 02, 2017

What a fascinating book based on historical fact!
Worth reading!

Sep 24, 2017

Although the premise of the story was a good one, I felt the writing wasn't that smooth. A quick read, with interesting twists.

AL_KATI Jul 24, 2017

A nice WWII historical novel that doesn't so much focus on the war (and no mention of the Holocaust) so if you're a bit "over" WWII, this might be a nice way to ease back in. Two dual narratives keep the plot moving.

Jul 22, 2017

I agree with above comments, I have read a lot about WWll survivors and resistors but still found it compelling. I do not enjoy chapters back and forth between time periods. A nice little romance included and a mystery, what's not to like? A little far fetched for non-fiction readers.

Jul 16, 2017

A nice WWII historical fiction/romance story centered around the art of stamp engraving and lost loved ones. More about the relationships of the characters and just a bit about some resistance efforts. Does not delve into the atrocities of the war. I'm not a fan of chapters alternating between time periods. It interrupts the flow of the story. I much prefer a nice chronological flow. Good pick when you're in the mood for some light historical fiction.

Jun 27, 2017

I found this book to be an engrossing tale and it was all about a stamp on a letter. Katie brings her father's stamp collection to a dealer named Benjamin for appraisal and he brings her attention to the Austrian stamp with an edelweiss on the steeple of a building and that stamp will changer their lives forever.

As with other books I have read about WWII, I learned about another aspect of the war and how ordinary people worked to help good triumph over the evil of the third Reich. The story is told with dual storylines showing Austria at the beginning of the war and 1989 California. Fans of books like "The Sweetness of Forgetting" and "The Lake House" will find this a rewarding read. Recommended!


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