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Early on a grey November morning in 1941, only weeks after the German invasion, a small Ukrainian town is overrun by the SS.

Deft, spare and devastating, Rachel Seiffert's new novel tells of the three days that follow and the lives that are overturned in the process.

Penned in with his fellow Jews, under threat of transportation, Ephraim anxiously awaits word of his two sons, missing since daybreak. Come in search of her lover, to fetch him home again, away from the invaders, Yasia must confront new and harsh truths about those closest to her. Here to avoid a war he considers criminal, German engineer Otto Pohl is faced with an even greater crime unfolding behind the lines and no one but himself to turn to.

And in the midst of it all is the determined boy, Yankel, who will throw his and his young brother's chances of surviving to strangers.

A Boy in Winter is a story of hope when all is lost and of mercy when the times have none.

©2017 Rachel Seiffert (P)2017 Little Brown Book Group

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  • DAVID
  • 10-05-2018

Cosy tale of the onset of the Holocaust

Despite the bleak subject matter this is a rather cosy tale.
Stock characters - you can tell where it's all going once the main persona have all appeared on stage. Predictable - a few moments of angst - but really a comfy end to what was really a horror beyond comprehension.
The unconvincing nature of the tale was further heightened by Jilly Bond's insistence on using a cod accent for EVERYONE: Ukrainians, Nazis & Ukranian Jews all gett zee acszent layed onn reaaalleee thickkk.
Very annoying.
Mercifully short.

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  • Mrs K Atfield
  • 20-07-2017

Superb, Seiffert does it again, must read.

Would you consider the audio edition of A Boy in Winter to be better than the print version?

It's not better or worse just more convenient if you are driving a lot.

What did you like best about this story?

The period fascinates me, and her writing is very, very good

Did Jilly Bond do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

Unfortunately not, quite irritating reading, but the story was so good I could tolerate
the reading. I do usually like her reading but not on this occasion.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Absolutely!

Any additional comments?

Whether you read it or listen to it, you have to give this a go.

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  • becmc
  • 25-03-2018

heartbreaking tale

found it a struggle at first due to the style but then it leaves you constantly with your heart in your mouth