The Lost Family

51GOPtTjFeLI loved Jenna Blum’s Those Who Save Us. So, I was excited to pick up The Lost Family, her newest. But, ultimately, it was a disappointment. I enjoyed the first 2/3rds of the story, but it fell apart for me in the last third. Peter is a well-known single chef in Manhattan who survived Auschwitz who has sworn off relationships since his wife and daughters were killed in Germany. Years later, June comes into the restaurant and he falls for her. Unfortunately, their subsequent marriage is fairly loveless and their daughter creates a bit of a mess. When the focus shifts from Peter and June’s story to Elsbeth’s (their daughter), the story lost track for me. I wanted to love this, but I just didn’t.
two-and-a-half-stars

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