Beatriz Williams has the magic touch where writing is concerned. She takes the story and makes it a magical read!
The story in itself is a complicated one. Slightly larger than life characters - each very forceful and told in continuous timelines - both women were people to be reckoned with even at a very very young age. The men they got entangled with were equally large. The circumstances of their meeting the men who shaped their lives were momentous. It was anyway a momentous period in history and everything seemed to be touched with something slightly out of the ordinary.
One knew from the very first page that this was not going to be a story by the book. Told in a looking back at what happened form, one feels the history not just of the people involved but the history of the world as well. Events which were life threatening were happening around one, and it could not but affect even the most ordinary person. Not that these were ordinary people!
The historical background, the characterizations, the family history of the two girls all combine to give one two separate love stories which are emotional, poignant and very beautiful.
Loved the book and so appreciative that Netgalley sent it on to me courtesy of Penguin Group Putnam.