This is Alma Schindler Mahler’s love, or lack thereof, story. It starts as she is a teenager on vacation with her family and takes her through the years of courting, to marriage and children, and back to a need to define who will truly fulfill her and make her happy.
The cover — I mean, if that doesn’t make you want to pick this book up…I can promise you the story will. For music lovers and historical fiction fans, I urge you to get your hands on this one.
The writing is exquisite but does not slow down the pace at all. Each chapter had me racing to Google to find out more of the facts of Alma’s life along with photos and snippets from diary entries and letters. It’s obvious the amount of research Sharratt put in to complete this novel. Even the afterword accounts for what a fascinating life Alma led.
I empathized with Alma as a mother and wife and losing a piece of herself with it all. It’s so hard to find the balance, and I loved that this theme, while prevalent in the 1900s, carries so well into today’s world. It really proves how strong women have always been.
While this story is primarily about Alma and her life, what Sharratt does so well is write secondary characters with such detail and emotion. Even though some, like her sister Gretl, were barely in the book, I felt like I knew her so well. Guests at dinner parties she met once were truly three-dimensional. If this became a movie, which no doubt, it should, I would be the first in line for tickets.
My thanks to the publisher and HFVBT for a copy in exchange for an honest review.
MARY SHARRATT is an American writer who has lived in the Pendle region of Lancashire, England, for the past seven years. The author of the critically acclaimed novels Summit Avenue, The Real Minerva, and The Vanishing Point, Sharratt is also the co-editor of the subversive fiction anthology Bitch Lit, a celebration of female antiheroes, strong women who break all the rules.
Her novels include Summit Avenue, The Real Minera, The Vanishing Point, The Daughters of Witching Hill, Illuminations, and The Dark Lady’s Mask.
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