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  • Loved, LOVED this Fascinating Book!

    From start to finish, this book practically had me holding my breath! I absolutely loved the Transylvanian history, the writing, the characters, the secrets, the escape...and though grim, the realities of war make it feel like nonfiction in places. And though the subject is difficult, this certainly is not a dreary or bleak book; rather, it is full of hope and determination. The author mentions her inspirations in her notes. Romania has fascinated me for years so I was thrilled to discover this gem. Finding out this is the first of a trilogy is very exciting! Mica is a 17-year-old girl who lives in Romania during the reign of Nicolae Ceausescu where conditions aren't much better than those of the Great War. Many other countries didn't even realize what went on in Romania then...it must have seemed so very distant. Even listening to Radio Free Europe could mean death. Mica's dear parents were anti-communist and as such visited by the Secret Police. Subsequently, the family had a plan in place, should the inconceivable happen. And it does. Mica must leave her home and country on her own to get to Hungary. But she shelters a secret. She is also held up in Hungary and in the interim works as a translator. As with human nature, not all her choices are wise but she seeks to make a difference for the good. After a lengthy wait, she eventually makes her way to her father's brother in America. What happens from Point A to B to C is told here, all incredibly interesting. The vivid descriptions are brilliant. As someone who lives in Central Europe part time I can relate to differences in cultural mentalities, outlooks and priorities. So, I really connected. What a unique storyline as well. Historical Fiction readers should definitely include this on their to read list because it really is that good and well worth your time. General Fiction and Women's Fiction readers would find a lot here to enjoy, too. My sincere thank you to Wayzgoose Press and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of this enthralling book. Much appreciated. Am already anticipating Book 2!

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