Where the Lilacs Bloom Once Again: Friddie’s story...
Age Range - 12 and up
Genre - Historical Fiction
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Age at time of review - 65
Reviewer's Location - Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
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Beautiful, charming, and confident, Friddie lives her young life “as if the universe [is] solely hers.” Friddie is obsessed with being a “free Romanian woman.”  She defies tradition, runs away from an arranged marriage, and meets and marries the man of her dreams. Friddie believes her life is charmed. It is until the horrors of war infect her country. Her world shatters the day she is arrested for consorting with a spy: her husband. Repeatedly beaten mercilessly, thrown in prison, and eventually sent to a forced labor camp, Friddie refuses to believe her beloved is anything less than a good man, less that he would forsake her. But her soulless interrogator gleefully piles up evidence against her husband. When all is stripped away, Friddie must face the harsh truth that her husband may not be the man she thought he was.




“… divine beauty is in the small details, in the simple things.” The detailed descriptions transport the reader to a different place and time. Where the Lilacs Bloom Once Again is a stunning depiction of how one family suffered through a tumultuous time in history. It is a truly vivid and emotional portrayal of love, betrayal, and survival. The photos, family tree, timelines, and transcribed letters all add to the intimacy of the story. The believable dialogue between extraordinary characters draws the reader closer to each person. Like a precious gem, this story has many facets. Whether you love history or drama, there is much to be gained from this extraordinary narrative. Based on true family events, author Roni Rosenthal’s well-researched labor of love is unforgettable. Be captivated and allow yourself to be moved! Read Where the Lilacs Bloom Once Again.


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