Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Book Review

The Last Waltz by G.G. Vandagriff

Mrs. Vandagriff's book is full of history and rich storytelling. Her research and characters shine throughout the book.

The story starts with an engaged Amalia, an idealistic teen living in Austria right before WWI. Her fiance, a Baron who will help her family's social status, feels he can not be married and a soldier at the same time so he breaks off the engagement. Amalia is shocked and embarrassed and hides the breakup for as long as she can.
Almost immediately, two men seem to fall for her; one is a Baron and the other an idealistic Pole. Amalia is drawn to one through his kindness and the other through passion.
Amalia is still young and idealistic and makes a decision that will change not only her life but those around her.
With the outbreak of WWI, life becomes more complicated and tragic. Death seems to be around every corner and Amalia must learn to overcome the many obstacles in her path.
Amalia grows from a teenager into a strong woman who finds she can rely on the Lord and herself for strength and comfort.

Mrs. Vandagriff's story is full of history, romance and lessons to learn. Very well written and engaging! I found myself missing Amalia and her story when I closed the book.

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