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  • Wonderful reading.

    This is an exceptionally fine novel. Thoughtful, beautifully written, and interesting. One of the best I've read in quite some time.

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  • Acceptance

    The lifelong challenge of accepting who you really are is explored with great sensitivity in this story. Between the actions of a good man punished for his morality and the failure of ambition of another, Gustav provides the support and steadiness required in lives of turmoil.

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  • Charming

    A moving story about two boys and lifes twists and turns. Transports you to a different time

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  • Love's Labour's

    An interesting read. Set in a small town in the middle of Switzerland just after the end of WWII we see Gustav growing up with his widowed mother, just barely scraping by. Gustav becomes friends with Anton, a musically talented, Jewish boy. Anton suffers with performance anxiety, and Anton seems to be the only one who can settle his nerves. The story line moves back and forward in time, but is easy to follow as we learn more about Anton's family and the fears and acts of compassion and bravery performed to save the Jews who escaped Germany during the war. Gustav and Anton grow apart as they age and Anton pursues his musical career. A brief encounter during a childhood vacation ties the two together more than they know. The two come together through their lives to overcome the adversaries that have separated them since that one brief encounter.

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  • All's well that ends well

    Not my favourite Rose Tremaine book. I did like the ending which was satisfying without being too sentimental. Insights into Switzerland in the Second World war and treatment of Jewish refugees was interesting.

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