Det Glemte Brev
Title: The Lost letter
Author: Jillian Cantor
Published in English: 2017
Dansk titel: Det glemte brev
Dansk Udgivelsesår: 2018
Forlag: Lindhardt og Ringtoft
Finished Reading: May 2019
Genre: Historical & Historical Fiction
This is my personal review without spoilers of the actual plot.
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.
A beautiful, poignant and devastating novel, The Lost Letter shows the lasting power of love.
This is probably the best book I’ve ever read. The more I think about it, the more I’m certain, that, that statement is correct. This work is unbelievable. I have goosebumps and tears in my eyes. It’s only recent I’ve gotten an interest for this historical fiction genre but I must say with a pearl like this I find this the best genre of the lot.
We get to experience two storylines in this novel as Lucinda Riley does as well and it’s amazing. One in the past, 1939 and in the “present” 1989. The two storylines comes together nicely and Cantor did an amazing job of making this happen, smoothly and heartfelt.
I had problems putting this book down and I ended up finishing this in four hours, you’re drawn in right away and the way the chapter’s ends will make it difficult for you to have any sort of breaks in the book.
This is historical fiction when it’s best. Dual storylines, wonderful relationships in both time lines, information that are valid for future knowledge and best of all an amazing storyline. This book right here is the one I’ll recommend everyone I come across, whom will ask me for some book advice. I’ve never felt such a huge desire to devour a book as I did with this. I liked all of the characters we come across; especially Katie is so easy to relate to as a character, you just want good things for her. Spoiling is super difficult to avoid, go ahead and read it, and then you’ll know what I mean.
The book couldn’t have gotten a better ending even if I were allowed to try.