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Publisher's Summary

In the best-selling tradition of The Girl from Munich and The Tattooist of Auschwitz, an extraordinary tale based on the true story of how the author’s mother survived World War II against all odds.  

In 1946 two young Hungarian refugees arrive in Naples determined to start a new life after losing everyone they loved before the war. Vera Frankel and her best friend, Edith Ban, are haunted by their terrifying escape from a train headed for Auschwitz after their mothers threw them from the carriage, promising they would follow. But instead the girls found themselves alone in a frozen, alien land. They managed to find refuge and barter for their lives by working on an isolated farm in Austria until the end of the war. 

Armed with a letter of recommendation from an American general, Vera finds work and new hope at the United States Embassy and, despite her best intentions, falls in love the handsome and enigmatic Captain Anton Wight. But as Vera and Edith grapple with the aftermath of the war, so too does Anton, and when he suddenly disappears, Vera is forced to drastically change course. Their quest to overcome their terrible losses and rebuild their lives takes Vera and Edith from Naples to Ellis Island to Venezuela and finally Sydney as they begin to build careers, reunite with old friends – and find love. 

Heartbreakingly moving and compelling, The Light After the War is inspired by the story of the author’s Holocaust survivor mother and her escape with her best friend from a train to Auschwitz. 

Praise for The Light After the War 

"You will be swept away by this fast-paced, heartbreaking and hopeful tale of friendship, family, second chances and the enduring power of love, based on the true story of the author’s mother in war-torn Europe." (Kristin Harmel, best-selling author of The Room on Rue Amelie

"A heartfelt and memorable tale of family, love, resilience and the triumph of human spirit." (Pam Jenoff, best-selling author of The Lost Girls of Paris)

©2020 Anita Abriel (P)2020 Simon & Schuster Australia

Critic Reviews

‘I was utterly moved and transfixed by The Light After the War, a beautiful novel that spans a decade across four continents in the wake of World War II. You'll be swept away by this fast-paced, heartbreaking, and hopeful tale of friendship, family, second chances, and the enduring power of love, based on the true story of author Anita Abriel's mother and her fascinating journey away from war-torn Europe in the 1940s. A must-read for anyone interested in the emotional toll of the Second World War.’
'Fans of Georgia Hunter’s We Were The Lucky Ones should race to grab Anita Abriel’s The Light After The War, spanning continents and set against a vividly drawn canvas of World War II and the post-war period. Based on Abriel’s own family history, The Light After The War is a heartfelt and memorable tale of family, love, resilience and the triumph of human spirit.'

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This Author Definately Has Potential

I am guessing this author is young because she is still in the developmental stage. This story was good however she needs to develop her characters with more depth and definately has too much 'He said', 'She said' going on. She is yet to learn that people are quite capable of following a conversation by what's said without the need to keep saying who said what. Would I listen to another of her books? Yes, in a couple of years time.

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Good read!

i liked the fact that it is based on a true story of the author's family. A bit drawn out at times, but worth persevering!

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Good story, poor narration.

I struggled to finish this book. I understand this is based on a true story and the content was, at times heart breaking. However, I found the narrator difficult to take seriously and found myself laughing out loud at the accents of some of the characters all performed by the one female narrator( especially one character who would not have been out of place in a castle in Transylvania on a dark and stormy night).
I think employing one female narrator to voice all characters distracted from the story itself and caused unintentional humour in places that were quite clearly intended to be serious.

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The accents really put me off this book. Took so long to get in to the book and was very distracting to hear the “accents”

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Most enjoyable

Found this a book I couldn't put down. Loved the courage and strenght of the people concerned. Found I was feeling thier pain and heartbreak . Narration also very good. Was happy they had a good life and found happiness.

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WW2 and after ... a war of hate vs love

Well worth a listen. A worthy saga of Jewish survivors of WW2 and how they adapt or dont, afterwards. Great performance. Highly recomd.

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Disappointing plot/ misleading synopsis

Mills and Boon imitation with underdeveloped characters like Edith. Very shallow insight into the psychological impact of trauma and internal life of characters, very scant superficial information about locations that can be found on google culminating into a hurried Hollywood ending.

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Wonderful

One of the most wonderful books I have ever listened to. Could not recommend this enough. The book brings about empathy for the main protagonist whilst keeping a keen direct view of empathy as an outcome. I want to know more about Edith and Vera. Amazing!

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I should have listened to the sample. It’s a romantic miniserie. I just couldn’t face finishing the book.

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An Inspiring Story

One can't really imagine what Jewish people went through in the Second World War but this book helps us to understand a small part of it. Couldn't put this book down.

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