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The Lost Wife

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

13 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

This is a great historical thriller that focuses on the long term cost of WWII on the innocent

In 1934 in Prague Lenka Maizel and medical student Josef Kohn fall in love. They marry as the German troops enter Prague. He pleads with her to leave the country but she refuses as she needs to be with her family. Josef manages to get to New York while his wife and i...
In 1934 in Prague Lenka Maizel and medical student Josef Kohn fall in love. They marry as the German troops enter Prague. He pleads with her to leave the country but she refuses as she needs to be with her family. Josef manages to get to New York while his wife and in-laws are sent to the Terezin concentration camp.

In 1947 Josef the obstetrician meets Amalia from Vienna at the public library. Like him she is a war refugee who lost her family to the Nazis. Believing he is a widow they marry. However, Lenka survived the Nazis by thinking of her Josef waiting for her every day. After being freed by the allies, Lenka married twice and had one child. Thirty eight years of marriage ends for Josef when Amalia died but he knows his love lives for a ghost who died decades earlier. Several years later, Josef's grandson is marrying another war refugee Lanie's granddaughter.

This is a great historical thriller that focuses on the long term cost of WWII on the innocent. The story line rotates perspective over six decades between Lenka and Josef. The changes of life brought on by Nazis is harrowing as Jews lived in a wonderful Prague Spring only to either escape to America or sent to the camps. Alyson Richman makes a strong case that even Hitler cannot kill true love.

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on August 17, 2011

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

The Lost Wife is the fourth novel by American author, Alyson Ric

The Lost Wife is the fourth novel by American author, Alyson Richman. In the year 2000 in New York City, Josef Kohn and Lanie Gottlieb meet: they are attending the rehearsal of the wedding of their grandson and granddaughter. The old man feels the woman looks familiar, ...
The Lost Wife is the fourth novel by American author, Alyson Richman. In the year 2000 in New York City, Josef Kohn and Lanie Gottlieb meet: they are attending the rehearsal of the wedding of their grandson and granddaughter. The old man feels the woman looks familiar, and soon discovers why. He realises she is Lenka Maizel, the woman he married in Prague, more than sixty years earlier. Richman tantalises the reader with the meeting of a long lost couple, then fills her novel with the story of their separate lives. The account of how Josef and Lenka meet is pure romance. What happens after they are separated becomes a Holocaust story. The scant two-page epilogue might be a disappointment to readers who want more of the present-day interaction between the main characters. Richman explores love, family loyalty, the choices we make in life, loss, grief, heartbreak, resilience under duress, hope and despair. She gives the reader some wonderfully evocative prose: “He took the record from its sheath and placed the needle down. And the room filled with a rain of notes” and “He played more beautifully than I had ever heard him play. The music resonating like a heart torn wide open, each note released onto golden wings” are just two examples. Richman’s extensive research into the Holocaust aspect and Terezin (and of this there is quite a lot in the novel) is apparent. A thought-provoking and moving read. 

posted by cloggiedownunder on April 25, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2013

    The lost wife

    Very good world war ll

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2013

    Very Good Read

    Beautifully written, major page turner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2013

    Ten stars

    Amazing story of survival and unthinkable evil. We shoukd all been made aware of this horrific time so that we never allow such evil to exist again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2013

    Loved it!!!

    Beautiful story of family, everlasting love and determination under the most horrific conditions. Couldn't put it down, didn't want it to end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2013

    Beautifully written. I liked that it was based on a true experi

    Beautifully written. I liked that it was based on a true experience. Reading about the victims of the Holocaust makes me appreciate all that I have. This will stay with you long after you read the last page. I loved the author's reference of colors to describe moods, personality traits places and things.

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  • Posted August 22, 2013

    Beautifully written, descriptions often like reading poetry. A must read!

    A tragic yet beautiful love story about our bonds with family, friends, lovers and our enemies. The depth of emotion touches the reader and is often like reading poetry. Difficult to read, at times, an imagine what others have endured, and continue to endure. My favorite read this summer.....and I read a lot!
    cewCT

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2013

    Loved lt

    Read this book you wont regret it

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  • Posted July 5, 2013

    Highly Recommended - good read

    Great story, told so well. The characters really came to life, and I understand they are based somewhat, on real survivors. Loved her writing style.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2013

    A magnificent read

    I cannot remember when I fell in love with a fantastic story such as this. My favorite genre to read is historical fiction. However the account of the lives of Lenka and Josef were so deep and difficult because of the times of their generation that I read their lives story mesmerized. I wept through the reading of this book many times. I also reread chapter 1, only to weep again. Their story interjects my daily thoughts as I mentally review their love and their hardships.

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  • Posted April 15, 2013

    I'm an avid reader and this is one of the best book's I've ever

    I'm an avid reader and this is one of the best book's I've ever read!!!!  I could not put it down....I know I will think of these characters for months to come.  This would make a FANTASTIC book club selection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2013

    Rivetin

    If you love historical fiction and books about the holocaust this book is an essential read. I could not put it down. The characters stayed with me for days. It was captivating

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2013

    ONE OF THE BEST

    This is in the top 20 books I've ever read. It is well written and truly hard to put down. Loved it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2013

    Worthwhile read

    About first love and enduring memory in the face of unimaginable circumstances. Deeply felt, beautifully written,this talented author is one to watch

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  • Posted December 5, 2012

    LOVED THIS BOOK! I could not put this book down, held my intere

    LOVED THIS BOOK!
    I could not put this book down, held my interest all the way to the end. This has got to be one of the best love stories I've read in a long time. I will read this authors other books ASAP.

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  • Posted November 30, 2012

    worth to read

    Very interesting and catching story. Good writing style.
    I hardly could put the book down.

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  • Posted September 24, 2012

    A Definite Read

    An absolutely beautifully writtern love story that captured the feelings of young people in love - with each other and also their family - and their separation due to the war. The author captured each of the characters lives during this hard time and what each had to endure, whether it be surviving the concentration camps, or surviving in America. The Lost Wife was superbly written, and brought actual people to life in the story.

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  • Posted September 7, 2012

    Great Book

    Good story, great writing style. I loved it!

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  • Posted September 3, 2012

    Emotional book!

    I was drawn into this novel from the beginning ... A love story and marriage interrupted by the dark days of the Holocaust. The book goes into vivid accounts of Jewish families placed in Terezin where the living conditions are unbearable. It only gets worse when families are moved to Auschwitz, where the gas chambers and crematoriums burned seven days a week. This book is heart-wrenching, but a book everyone should read to understand the tragic events that occurred during this very bleak time in history. It's not a book you'll soon forget. I highly recommend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2012

    The Lost Wife

    I haven't given 5 stars for a very long time, and i'm an avid reader of many genres. I couldn't put this down

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2012

    Couldnt stop thinking about these characters!

    I loved this book so much that I set my alarm so I could read it in the morning after staying up late reading it at night.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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