Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves – The Cruel Romance: A Novel of Love and War by Marina Osipova

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Delighted to showcase Marina Osipova and her book The Cruel Romance: A Novel of Love and War and to welcome her to the Cafe and Bookstore.

About the book

October 1941. A small village outside Moscow. Serafima bids farewell to Vitya, a Soviet officer going to the front. With only moments left together, she places a cross around her beloved’s neck and reluctantly releases him into a cruel world where nothing is certain, especially whether she will ever see him again. Days later Germans invade her village and take over her tiny house. Serafima and her mother must comply with orders, endure abuse, and stay put or their village will be annihilated.

As World War II intertwines Serafima’s and Vitya’s life with that of a young German violinist and a Russian intellectual, their destinies are irrevocably altered. Can they rise to the challenge of agonizing moral choices and learn to…

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