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Gifts of War
Ford, Mackenzie
Bantam Dell Pub Group
Publish date: 2009-07-07
$26.00
385528957
Hardcover

Synopsis:

During the Christmas Truce of 1914, Hal Montgomery, a British soldier, is given a photo by a German soldier, Wilhelm Wetzlar, and they make a pactHal promises to find his enemy's English girlfriend, Sam, and let her know her fianc? is alive and thinking of herSeveral weeks later, Hal-now injured-is discharged from the army and goes to Stratford on Avon to fulfill his promiseBut things take an unexpected turn when he meets the woman in the photo and falls in love with her himselfAs their romance blossoms, Sam shares with Hal her most private confidence: Her newborn son is of German lineage, information that threatens her reputation and her job as a schoolteacherFearful that he will lose Sam, Hal holds tight to the secret-and the photograph-that brought them together.

Review:

During the Christmas Truce of 1914, Hal Montgomery, a British soldier, is given a photo by a German soldier, Wilhelm Wetzlar, and they make a pact. Hal promises to find his enemy's English girlfriend, Samantha, and let her know her fiancÚ is alive and thinking of her. Several weeks later, Hal - now injured - is discharged from the army and goes to Stratford on Avon to fulfill his promise. But things take an unexpected turn when he meets the woman in the photo and falls in love with her himself. As their romance blossoms, Sam shares with Hal her most private confidence: Her newborn son is of German lineage. Fearful that he will lose Sam, Hal holds tight to the secret - and the photograph - that brought them together.

* Recommended for fans of The Kommandant's Girl by Pam Jenoff, or North River by Pete Hamill.

   
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