Are Lyuba and Günter star-crossed lovers? When they first meet in 1933 Soviet Russia, their young love is filled with hope and naiveté until Günter disappears. Her fleeting relationship with him has devastating consequences, forcing her to take a humiliating way out to save herself and her family. This choice unleashes a sequence of fatal events that shatter her life, affecting everyone involved.
In June 1941, World War II comes to Russian soil, hurling Lyuba, along with millions of others, into the inhuman grinder, testing the limits of her strength and resilience of her heart. Will it be strong enough years later to allow her to reveal the ugly secret she has buried from the only person the war has left for her to love?
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Reviewed by Amy Raines for Readers' Favorite How Dare The Birds Sing: A Novel of Love and Fate by Marina Osipova is the story of a young Russian girl named Lyuba who finds herself in love with Gunter, a young German pilot. Gunter proposes to Lyuba but is taken away to Germany before the young man can even ask her mother’s permission to marry her. As the war between Russia and Germany ramps up, Lyuba finds herself proving her loyalty to her country over and over. Even after losing the most precious people in her life, she still tries desperately to help fight the war exploding around her as well as the battle taking place in her heart. Will the loss of those dearest to her build a frozen wall around her heart? Will she ever meet Gunter again? Will Lyuba ever find peace and happiness in the face of so much pain, conflict and turmoil in a time of desperation and war? How Dare The Birds Sing by Marina Osipova is a bold story with a twisting and turning plot as she highlights the blooming and loss of love during the Holocaust. The characters are interesting and easy to relate to as the reader is taken to unexpected places along Lyuba’s journey through Russian and German territory. I love the way Osipova describes events so that the reader has to turn the page just to see where Lyuba will wind up going next and why. I recommend How Dare The Birds Sing to anyone who loves a romance full of adventure in a time when some romances are frowned upon or completely forbidden. I loved this book.