My Review: I am a fairly easy to please reader and enjoy most types of fiction - historical romantic suspense novels included - and I found this book to be an easy and enjoyable read. The characters were believable and I was drawn into the storyline.
I definitely learned a few things in regards to the history. I hadn't known about Wagner's opera being an "inspiration" for Hitler - and I've taken (and passed!) a few music history courses. I also learned some sad yet realistic things about post-war conditions. So, definitely a winner on the "historical" part.
As far as the romance - it was fairly believable, nothing too out of the ordinary with a fairly obvious progression of their relationship.
The suspense part was a bit disappointing insofar as I had figured out the whodunnit fairly early on, though the details of it all are quite interesting when revealed at the end.
All in all, I would definitely recommend this novel if sweet, historical, somewhat suspenseful fiction is your cup of tea!
About Tricia: Tricia Goyer is the author of twenty-four books including From Dust and Ashes, My Life UnScripted, and the children's book, 10 Minutes to Showtime. She won Historical Novel of the Year in 2005 and 2006 from ACFW, and was honored with the Writer of the Year award from Mt. Hermon Writer's Conference in 2003. Tricia's book Life Interrupted was a finalist for the Gold Medallion in 2005. In addition to her novels, Tricia writes non-fiction books and magazine articles for publications like Today's Christian Woman and Focus on the Family. Tricia is a regular speaker at conventions and conferences, and has been a workshop presenter at the MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) International Conventions. She and her family make their home in the mountains of Montana. Visit www.triciagoyer.com for more info!
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