When the summer was ours : a novel

by Veletzos, Roxanne,

Format: Print Book 2021
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Summary
"This compulsively readable tale of loss and love during and after the Second World War is a masterpiece ." --Kristin Harmel, New York Times bestselling author

"A gorgeously written, impeccably researched historical novel, spanning decades and continents, and filled with a richly drawn cast of characters." --Jillian Cantor, USA TODAY bestselling author

This epic World War II tale of star-crossed lovers separated by class, circumstance, and ‚Äčtragedy--from the international bestselling author of the "gripping...filled with passion and hope" (Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author) The Girl They Left Behind --explores the impact of war on civilian life and the indestructible resilience of first love.

Hungary, 1943: As war encroaches on the country's borders, willful young Eva César arrives in the idyllic town of Sopron to spend her last summer as a single woman on her aristocratic family's estate. Longing for freedom from her domineering father, she counts the days to her upcoming nuptials to a kind and dedicated Red Cross doctor whom she greatly admires.

But Eva's life changes when she meets Aleandro, a charming and passionate Romani fiddler and artist. With time and profound class differences against them, Eva and Aleandro still fall deeply in love--only to be separated by a brutal act of hatred.

As each are swept into the tides of war, they try to forget their romance. Yet, the haunting memory of that summer will reshape their destinies and lead to decisions which are felt through generations.

From the horrors of the Second World War to the tensions of the 1956 Hungarian uprising and beyond, When the Summer Was Ours is a sweeping story about the toll of secrets, the blurred lines between sacrifice and obsession, and the endurance of the human spirit.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Twenty-year-old Eva has set her course in life. It's summer 1943, and soon she will marry a doctor and pursue her own medical studies to become a nurse. Eva knows what she wants and where she is heading, until a chance encounter with an artist in the square of her Hungarian town sends her plans into a tailspin. As the weeks pass, she finds more and more opportunities to meet with the artist, a young man named Aleandro, who is caring for his brothers in the Romani camp nearby. But when her father gets wind of what's been going on and exacts a terrible punishment, it starts the pair on a lifelong journey of love and loss. From the depths of despair in Dachau to the flush of new hope from the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, Eva's and Aleandro's paths rarely cross, but when they do, their old flame kindles with heartbreakingly incandescent longing. With exquisitely realized characters, Veletzos deftly frames this unforgettable romance against the backdrop of history."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Families -- Hungary -- Fiction.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Hungary -- Fiction.
Man-woman relationships -- Fiction.
Historical fiction.
War fiction.
Publisher New York :2021
Edition First Washington Square Press/Atria Paperback edition.
Language English
Notes Includes book club favorites reader's guide.
Description 358 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9781982187743
1982187743
9781982152130
1982152133
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