Florian's Gate

Florian's Gate

by Davis Bunn


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The author of The Lion of Babylon, Book of Hours, and The Sacred Divide offers a fascinating story blending a family epic with mystery and romance. The Iron Curtain has been torn open, setting Poland on the road to democracy. But can true freedom come to those still bound by tragic memories? When Jeffrey Sinclair begins working in a high-priced London antique shop, he discovers that Alexander Kantor, his enigmatic relative and employer, has a reputation for acquiring priceless antiques under mysterious circumstances. As Jeffrey learns the business and becomes more deeply involved, he discovers that the source of the antiques is not the only secret Alexander has hidden. And Katya Nichols, the woman Jeffrey is coming to love, also has secrets to hide. Her shrouded past acts as a barrier that separates the two of them.

Jeffrey’s new life takes him to places he had never imagined, to the secret treasure troves of Europe, to poverty-stricken men and women also haunted by the past and hoarding their few valuables. But the journey takes him inward as well, into his own pain and the related wounds of those he loves, a place where only a divine Father can bring hope and light.

A family epic blending mystery and romance set in the luxurious trappings of contemporary London and the turbulent economies of Eastern Europe.

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ISBN-13: 9781619700666
Publisher: Hendrickson Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 02/28/2013
Pages: 341
Sales rank: 463,403
Product dimensions: 5.55(w) x 8.49(h) x 0.90(d)

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Florian's Gate 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Florian's Gate is the first in a series of three (3) novels; next is The Amber Room, then The Winter Palace. I found these to be an interesting history lessen on countries about which we do not often hear. The main character is an American who works in a relatives London antique shop. His descrition of the antiques is vivid and breathtaking, but the stories of how the pieces come to be in the shop are even more interesting. Especially interesting was first, the very rich heritage the people of Poland have (Books 1 and 2), and that the older relative's own narrative of being taken by the Nazi's is the author's own father-in-law's story, which he had never told until he told Mr.Bunn and his wife. The three books are intense, and enjoyable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Keeping in mind it was written over 20 years ago, this book was interesting for the insights it provided on the effects of Communism in Eastern Europe. There were also some great discussions about suffering. It was a good read for these reasons, but not necessarily for the plot...which was slow moving and didn't contain the intrigue which was hinted at in the summary.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroufhly enjoy Mr. Bunn's novels. This one is no exception. It has intrigue, faith, love and is an interesting story revolving around the antiques trade. The rest of the series (and the rest of his books) are just as inteeresting to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just couldn't get into this story.
Anne_Baxter_Campbell More than 1 year ago
I have to give him this: that Davis Bunn knows how to write. His descriptions are vivid and put you right into the place and action. Fast paced and intriguing, particularly if you love antiques and history! Jeffrey Sinclair, a young American bored with his job, is suddenly offered a dream job by an obscure and slightly scandalous uncle, Alexander Kantor. Kantor has a prosperous antique business in London, and he wants to be free to travel. After teaching his nephew the ropes, he leaves for parts unknown, giving Jeffrey his business. Jeffrey is a little overwhelmed and hires a young woman, Katya, to assist him, someone who can hold down the shop while he has to attend auctions where pieces from the shop are sold. His uncle reappears, and he wants Jeffrey to go on a buying trip, but Jeffrey will need a translator--so he takes Katya along. Danger and intrigue mingle with the antiques there, and it grows even more so when Kantor and Jeffrey go after more antiques in Auschwitz. Kantor dissolves in the face his worst memories, and Jeffrey must convince his uncle's clients he is also worthy of their trust.
DLiesner More than 1 year ago
Florian’s Gate is a story of history, tragedy, intrigue, faith, love and restoration. There was just enough fiction to make the sometimes-painful truth of our past bearable to read. Florian’s Gate is a gift I hope many will open and ponder.  For me it was life-changing as much touched my heart as true spiritual and historical legacy.   Jeffrey Sinclair, starting a new life assisting in a London antique shop, Alexander Kantor, his mysterious relative and mentor, and Katya Nichols whom Jeffrey hires as an assistant have secrets.  Each is striving to make peace with their past and to be released from control by something in their past.  My Prussian background made the details and descriptions of the locale, people, and intrigue particularly meaningful.  The graphic detail Jeffrey gives of accompanying Alexander’s visit to the Holocaust location was very moving as the reader was taken on an intimate tour of a great tragedy that left many mentally and emotionally ravished for the rest of their lives. Each journey with Jeffrey and Katya delivered a veritable mountain of research on period antique furnishings and the smuggling that took place in that time period. Interestingly each furniture acquisition brought revelations for Jeffrey and Katya through the personal tragedies and triumphs of interesting secondary characters.  I received a free copy of this book/Ebook/Product to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
KayMKM More than 1 year ago
Excellent, well-researched novel. Multi-layered plot with great characters. An adventure of integrity into the lives and minds of a down-trodden, but stalwart people. This story provides many scenes for contemplation. I highly recommend this book to those who enjoy ruminating over history and human character as they read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Florian's Gate is a different writing style than the usual books that Bunn has written. The amount of research Davis Bunn did to create this book and the rest of the books that complete the series, is simply amazing. There is more truth than fiction in this series and I found that the more pages I turned, the more I appreciated the knowledge of an era that I hope will never be forgotten. There are so many pages and passages that will always be with me and such profound understanding of forgiveness that may or may not happen explains the human soul during the Holocaust and what war does to a human being and the world. This series deserves more than 5 stars. Thank God for an author like Davis Bunn and thank you Mr. Bunn for sharing your gift of writing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was somewhat slow moving and for me the plot wasn't particularly intriguing, but I read the whole book and di fin the history of it interesting.
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I was looking forward to reading this book for I have enjoyed other books by the author. The synopsis intrigued me and I felt it had potential. I had a hard time getting pulled into the plot and characters of this book. It moved at a slow pase and took awhile for everything to develop.