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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (718 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Beth Gutcheon Narrator: Elizabeth Marvel Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In this beautifully written tour de force of a novel, Beth Gutcheon takes readers back to the coastal village of Dundee, Maine. There, in a Victorian summer house called Leeway Cottage, we witness the scenes of a long 20th-century marriage.

In April of 1940, a rich girl of the Dundee summer colony named Sydney Brant marries a gifted Danish pianist, Laurus Moss. But almost at once, their views of the world and their marriage begin to diverge. When Laurus chooses to leave Sydney in the fall of 1941 to help build a Danish Resistance from London, Sydney is dismayed. By the time they are reunited four years later, Laurus' family and the reader have been through one of the most stirring stories of the war: Denmark's courageous grass-roots rescue of virtually all 7,000 of the country's Jews.

In the decades to come, many people, especially their three grown children, will wonder if these two very different people understand each other at all. If they do, how do they stay together? Laurus likes to claim that in heaven you get to see the movie of your life, with all the blanks filled in. In their old age Sydney fears what he might see and why he wants to know; their children fear he'll die and there won't be any movie.

But there will be.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Carrie | 2/9/2014

    " Oh, I so identify with this young girl who can never please her mother no matter what she does. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kerstin | 2/9/2014

    " This book was so good. It's really fascinating, and it weaves in some tragic scenes from the Holocaust right near the end for a heart-breaking finish. My only beef with it was that it seemed a bit fragmented; I never really saw one continuous theme throughout -- more like 4 different themes and it felt like the author couldn't really decide what the point of her book was. Considering it took place over 100 years, I can give her a little slack, but it was still a really good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sally | 1/7/2014

    " I have to admit that the reason I liked this book so much is only that I just returned from Maine and coincidentally picked it up. It was in the enormous pile of ... I have to get through these someday, because I continue to buy more books, and never read any of the ones in the pile of books that "I must have thought I would like when I bought it"... The story of the Danish Jews was very interesting. Except for the fact that the whole point of being in Maine was Sydney and Candace, I could have done without them! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Katherine | 12/7/2013

    " I am not quite sure what to think about this book - part of it reads like a Anne River Siddons novel and part of it a much more compelling description of the occupation of Denmark during the WWII when the whole country came together to get their 7,000 Jewish residents to safety. Since I didn't know this part of history it was interesting. For some reason I have been reading a lot of WWII-set books lately and I am finding it harder and harder to understand the Nazi mentality. The ending of the book left me devasted... "

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