This luminous novel by New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Freeman weaves a vivid tapestry of war, family, and a love that transcends the ravages of time
When Brooklyn-born Barnard graduate Kathy Ross travels to post–World War II Berlin to help displaced refugees, she never expects to fall instantly, irrevocably in love. But David Kohn, a young American physician, is tormented by the deaths of his parents in the Holocaust, and uncertain about the future. Kathy impulsively marries David’s cousin Phil—a decision that will have far-reaching consequences for everyone involved. The charismatic heir apparent to a fur empire, Phil gives Kathy everything she could ever want, including a cherished son. But through the years—even as she forges her own career—Kathy is haunted by her yearning for the one man she can’t forget.
Published posthumously, this thinly plotted romance by the author of The Last Princess strains credulity. Recent Barnard graduate Kathy Ross travels to war-ravaged Hamburg in 1945 to aid in resettling refugees. There she meets David Kohn, an idealistic young doctor whose parents died in the Holocaust while he barely escaped to the U.S., and Phil Kohn, David's distant cousin who is in Germany to covertly bring stolen art back to New York. David and Kathy are immediately attracted to one another, but David, deeply disturbed by his return to his native land, is unable to declare his love. Kathy marries Phil and soon is struggling against the demands of Phil's crass and materialistic family. When Phil become physically abusive, she takes their young son and leaves for San Francisco and a new, successful life incognito--never, however, forgetting her love for David. Seriously burdened with stock characters and heavy predictability, the book is buried under such lines as ``Her body said `yes' but her heart said `no.' ''