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18 July 2007 @ 11:32 pm
The Lieutenant's Lover by Harry Bingham  
As soon as I read the first page I knew that this book wasn't going to be my complete cup of tea...
Misha is an aristocratic young officer in the army when the Russian revolution sweeps away all his certainties. Tonya is a nurse from an impoverished family in St Petersburg. They should have been bitter enemies; and yet they fall passionately in love. It cannot last, and Misha must flee the country as Tonya faces arrest and possibly death.

Thirty years later, Misha has survived the War and seeks to rebuild his life in the destroyed city of Berlin. Drawn into spying for the British, he learns of a talented female agent from the Soviet quarter. Can it be his lost love? And how will they find each other, as the divide deepens between East and West?
First of all, the man writes romance like a textbook. The depth of feeling is there yet as conversational as buying ham over the delicatessen counter. The historical research was thorough and authentic, rendering the story with elaborate backdrops within a sweeping time span of over seven decades - from the birth of Soviet Russia to the fall of the Berlin Wall.

I couldn't connect emotionally with Tonya and Misha, and when that happens; well, it's a bumpy road to the end of the journey.

Verdict: 2.5/5 - Read the Tatiana and Alexander trilogy by Paullina Simons instead.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows review is very soon! Not that I want to review it - it's too sad to contemplate the actual end...
 
 
 
Miss Pinkpinkfairy_dust on August 9th, 2007 03:00 am (UTC)
"Read the Tatiana and Alexander trilogy by Paullina Simons instead" - I totally agree with this statement. I look at this site regularly because we seem to have similar taste in books. I read The Lieutenants Lover a few months back and I thought bascially the same as you. To me it was bascially a man's version of Paullina's trilogy. A love story that she took three books to write he rushed through in about 400pages.

For me it was readable, but definately lacked emotion :)
Jen: Good German - Jake and Lenadumblydore on August 11th, 2007 10:35 am (UTC)
Thanks for reading! If at least one person's reading this LJ besides me, then I'm happy to keep going. LOL.

Hehe, that makes me laugh - "a man's version of Paullina's trilogy": that is just so true! However, I'd add in a man's "crappy" version.