I was intrigued reading the copy for A Fifty-Year Silence, Love, War, and a Ruined House in France by Miranda Richmond Mouillot and the book did not disappoint. Truthfully I hated to put the book down at any moment because I found the story intriguing and well written.
Ms. Mouillot describes the very passionate relationship between her grandparents who were divoced for fifty years and the impact their lives had on her live, both as Holocaust survivors and as lovers. Ms. Mouillot researched diligently to try and piece together what drove the two apart and what caused the fifty-year silence that kept them tied irrevocably to one another and led them to live continents apart alone, never again entering into marriage.
As the writer explores the history of those early days of courtship, marriage and Holocaust she unravels a world of memories that both of her grandparents prefer to forget.
In a way, it's also a coming of age story for the author as she sorts out the intricacies of a relationship she neither understands nor can ignore. This true story is mystery, romance and tension all rolled up into one.
I highly recommend this book. I was not compensated for this review but did receive a copy of this book from bloggingforbooks.com.