Sunday, August 29, 2021

When The Summer Was Ours

  ~ I received no compensation and opinions are 100% my own or my family. ~

Synopsis (from Amazon):  Hungary, 1943: As war encroaches on the country’s borders, willful young Eva C├ęsar 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.

One (or more) Sentence Summary:  I was brought into Eva's story right from the very beginning. I was trying to find out how she appeared to have so much in her life while a war was going on. When she met Aleandro, I thought I knew where the book would take us, but I was wrong (as I often am).  The trials and heartbreak that Eva goes through after falling in love with Aleandro but engaged to marry Eduard. Will she follow her heart or her families (father's) expectation and marry Eduard. 

On top of this the Nazi's have invaded Hungary and Aleandro is taken off to Dachau concentration camp. We witness his struggles of living in a concentration camp and his dreams of Eva. What happens after the war and Eva and Aleandro find each other and what happens to Eduard? You will need to read When The Summer Was Ours to find out. 

Roxanne Veletzos was born in Bucharest, Romania and moved to California with her family as a young teen. Already fluent in English and French, she began writing short stories about growing up in her native Eastern Europe, at first as a cathartic experience as she transitioned to a new culture, then simply to pursue what had become an unrelenting passion. She has worked as an editor, content writer, and marketing manager for a number of Fortune 500 companies and has been writing fiction since 2012. Her first novel, THE GIRL THEY LEFT BEHIND, is based on her family's true story.

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