The Lost Wife by Alyson Richman
Here is a description from her website :
“Josef Kohn is a successful New York obstetrician who still dreams of his first wife, Lenka, an art student he left behind in Czechoslovakia while fleeing the Nazis.
Lenka, who he believes died during the war, continues to haunt his dreams, while his second wife, Amalia, remains more of a ghost to him than is Lenka. As we follow Lenka’s journey to the ghetto of Terezin, where she is forced to draft technical drawings for the Germans and is a witness to the secret paintings of an underground group of artists involved in their own form of resistance against their captors, we see not only the endurance of the human spirit, but also of the artist, whose desire to create and document, cannot be extinguished.
From the glamourous ease of pre-War Prague, to the ensuing horror of Nazi Europe, we experience both the dawning of Lenka’s and Josef’s love affair to its tragic unraveling. Each character must forge their own path for survival and each must struggle to adapt to post-war America, while their secrets, their past, and the ghost of their first marriage, are known only to them.
The Lost Wife is a story that explores the depth — the power — of first love the resilience of the human spirit, and our capacity to remember.”
See why this book made me realize how thankful I should be every single day?!?!? First of all, I am not in Nazi Germany. Second, I have never been hungry… really hungry. Third, I have my education. Okay this list is certainly endless!!!! It is a wonderful book. The author goes back and forth between telling Josef and Lenka’s stories. Books that are made up of two stories keep me entertained and want to keep reading. It is heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time. I love history.
I recommend picking up a copy of this books.
What are you thankful for? What should I read next? Have you read The Lost Wife?XOXO, Emily