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Publisher's Summary

A woman unlocks the mystery of her father's wartime past in a moving novel about secrets, sacrifice, and the power of love by the bestselling author of Daughters of the Night Sky.

Beth Cohen wants to make the most of the months she has left with her elderly father, Max. His only request of his daughter is to go through the long-forgotten box of memorabilia from his days as a medic on the western front. Then, among his wartime souvenirs, Beth finds a photograph of her father with an adoring and beautiful stranger - a photograph worth a thousand questions.

It was 1944 when Max was drawn into the underground resistance by the fearless German wife of a Nazi officer. Together, she and Max were willing to risk everything for what they believed was right. Ahead of them lay a dangerous romance, a dream of escape, and a destiny over which neither had control.

But Max isn't alone in his haunting remembrances of war. In a nearby private care home is a fragile German-born woman with her own past to share. Only when the two women meet does Beth realize how much more to her father there is to know, all the ways in which his heart still breaks, and the closure he needs to heal it.

©2020 Aimie K. Runyan (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic Reviews

“Inspired by a true and powerful story, Runyan has written a wondrous story of courage, sacrifice, and most importantly, love. Expertly winding between WWII and present time, Across the Winding River accomplishes the almost-impossible: layering three stories that come together to take your breath away. Runyan captures the heart-thumping years after Pearl Harbor and then wanders through the terrifying battles of Hurgen Forest. The vivid narrative is born of impeccable research, and reaches through the pages straight to the reader’s heart. Uncertainty is the fire through which all the characters must pass. With a bit of mystery, a lot of heart, and beautiful prose, Across the Winding River will steal your imagination and you’ll be the better for it.” (Patti Callahan Henry, New York Times best-selling author of Becoming Mrs. Lewis)

“The past collides with the present in this intriguing story as one woman unravels the mystery of an old photograph found in her father’s World War II memorabilia, ultimately leading to a place of healing for herself and her family. A highly entertaining read!” (Ellen Marie Wiseman, best-selling author of What She Left Behind and The Orphan Collector)

“Cleverly plotted and brimming with emotion, Across the Winding River takes readers on an epic journey from present day America to the dramatic events of WWII in Europe. This is Aimie K. Runyan at the top of her game - delivering the perfect mix of non-stop action, romance, and heartfelt family drama, while shining a light on the heroism of women during the war. It’s an enthralling story from start to finish.” (USA Today best-selling author Julianne MacLean) 

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  • evielynn
  • 04-10-2020

Great story

Always something to keep you listening as long as you can. I especially love that it was clean without all the sex usually you have to put up with

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  • Thelma
  • 03-10-2020

Powerful Women!

Wonderful, breathtaking, and emotional Across the winding Rivers was truly a masterpiece.

This is the story of a family that had to do everything they could to survive the atrocities of the War, they had to hide where they came from, they had to do things they were not proud of, to be able to survive even if that meant to work for the enemy.

Beth Cohen is taking care of her dad, he is terribly ill and doesn't have much time left, she wants to make the most time with him, getting to know more about his past during the War days. how did he met her mother, did he had other children? she was so eager to know more about that side but she wasn't expecting to hear such a revelation, a revelation that will push her to seek and search and find answers before her Dad leaves this world.

Max is a War Survivor, he has a very complicated story about those days that he barely speaks about that time, but now Beth is on a mission to find what he lost, to find answers so he will finally leave this world in peace and with a more happy ending. Max spend those days retelling his story to Beth, confiding her secrets that he kept in his heart for so long and that only Her mother knew about.

Many great characters and situations made this book so amazing, we met great secondary characters that were pure evil and always seeking to find something to put in jail or even kill Johanna Patterson and her sister Metta. Two amazing characters that really gave so much to this story.

Mettas story was my favorite because she was a true heroine, she was strong and always wanted to help and protect her family. even if she had to do the unthinkable to married the enemy.

Johanna Patterson was another favorite character she was also very strong, she was trying also to protect her sister and her family. she was an amazing heroine too, not only she was smart and strong she designed and flew planes, that was so impressive, I never read a character that was a pilot or designed planes. it was so refreshing to read these amazing women.

Max character was also a great Hero, he really was kind, and I love how his story showed us the love or the romantic part during those terrible days.

My only complaint, I wish Metta had a better ending, she was my favorite, she was a woman that I respect and look for, she was an amazing example for many.

The Narrations by Kathleen Gati, Lisa Flanagan, and Michael Crouch AMAZING!! wonderful job, I did enjoy so much how you guys gave so much power to these characters, you made me feel every emotion they went through, thank you for such beautiful work.

Overall it was amazing, I enjoy this book so much especially the way it was written, with so many details from the War and so many details from the present moment

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  • Phillip White
  • 11-10-2020

Satisfying Story and Excellent Performance

My wife and I loved this book and listened to it together. After we got used to this switching of timelines, it all began to make sense and we enjoyed it to the very end. Excellent performances by all three narrators.

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  • Barbara Nigro
  • 16-01-2021

Not only a great story but educational

It’s not often you read about Germans in the resistance. Or the emotional toll living under Hitler took on the lives of any German with a conscience.
And I’m sure there were many unsung heroes.
A wonderful story
I listened as long as I could until finished. Will probably listen again. The lives of the characters were riveting.
I highly recommend

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  • ladyladd2001
  • 12-11-2020

i really enjoyed this book.

the book spans several generations. it is 3 different family's and how they come together.
It held my attention & is very well written.

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  • Denise R
  • 24-08-2020

Read it in 2 days

It certainly kept my attention. Although the story was a bit cliche’ I enjoyed it. I’ve read so many WWII novels with the recently divorced daughter, old parent in a care facility, one gone, secrets of the war, being in the resistance, etc. etc. etc. The narration was good except for the big gasps of air Max took after each sentence.

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  • Margaret Campbell
  • 20-08-2020

Too Many Coincidences

I was all set to give this book a 5star rating until I got near the end. There were just too many unbelievable coincidental happenings to be believable. I won’t list them because they would be spoilers........but I can’t imagine that the author could not come up with more plausible explanations for some of the points she was making. Overall.....a good book which I thoroughly enjoyed!

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  • Morgan Tarpley Smith
  • 06-12-2020

Well written and researched WWII novel

Conflicted about this novel. Love the ending and how all the threads are tied together but there is a lot of jumping around in the historical chapters with a range from 1947, 1939, 1944, 1943, all mixed up...and it was a bit hard to keep up with it all and truly invest in the characters right away. The writing and depth of historical detail was very good though. The narration was good too.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-08-2020

Loved It!!!

The narration was awesome! The storyline was unique and I love the historical part of it. I cant help wishing that the story told what happened to the villain in the end. Overall , it was very entertaining!

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  • Bookworm WA
  • 06-03-2021

Awesome book, dont miss out

Absolutely love this book, well written & awesome narration. Well worth your credit . Thank you x

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  • caroline Chandler
  • 02-12-2020

Wonderful book

Absolutely loved this story.. beautifully narrated.
The different narrator's gave the book depth. well worth the purchase.

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  • Regular customer
  • 22-09-2020

wonderful

loved the narration by the 3 voices.
loved the story line bringing all the threads together during the book and at the end.
just brilliant!

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  • Sheila McDonough
  • 13-09-2020

Starts well

I enjoyed the book, but the ending was such a quick wrapped up and
it let it down.

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