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זהו רומן היסטורי שעלילתו מתפצלת לשני קווים מקבילים ומתפרשת מאוסטריה שלקראת מלחמת העולם השנייה ועד ללוס אנג;לס של שנות התשעים אוסטריה1938 כריסטוף צעיר שגדל בבית יתומים עובד כשוליה אצל חרט בולים נודע כשמורו האהוב נעלם במהלך ליל הבדולח נאלץ כריסטוף לחרוט בולים בשביל הגרמנים בה בעת הוא חובר אל אלנה בתו האהובה והסוערת של מורו ובשיתוף עם המחתרת האוסטרית השניים עוסקים בשליחת מסרים מחתרתיים ומסמכים מזויפים בתוך כל הכאוס הנורא של המלחמה מתהדק סיפור האהבה ביניהם וכריסטוף מבין שעליו למצוא דרך להציל אותה ואת עצמולוס אנג;לס 1989 קייטי נלסון עוברת הליכי גירושים ובזמן שהיא מנסה להשליט סדר בחייה היא שולחת לבדיקה את אוסף הבולים של אביה שחלה בדמנציה ועבר לגור בבית אבות סוחר בולים בשם בנג;מין מגלה באוסף בול אוסטרי יוצא דופן מתקופת מלחמת העולם השנייה המודבק על מכתב אהבה ישן שלא נשלח קייטי ובנג;מין יוצאים יחד למסע המשתרע על פני עשורים ויבשות אל מאחורי חומת ברלין שזה עתה נפלה מסעם יחשוף סיפור על אהבה אובדן וטרגדיה


10 thoughts on “The Lost Letter

  1. says:

    I have goosebumps right now Hands down The Lost Letter is my favorite book of 2017 and I'm not a big fan of historical fiction If I could give this novel 10 stars I would The Lost Letter has all the feels beautiful writing and a fantastic storyThere are two storylines in this novel Part of this book takes place in 1989 and the other part takes place in 1938 In one storyline Katie lives in California and is the daughter of a stamp collector It's 1989 and she comes upon an unopened letter with an unusual stamp on it She is going through a divorce and her father is living in a home due to his late stage of Alzheimer's In the other storyline it's 1938 and The Faber Family is living in Austria They are a Jewish family Kristoff is Frederick Faber's apprentice He is learning to be a stamp engraver He eventually finds himself falling in love with one of Frederick's daughters and becomes involved in the resistanceThese two storylines eventually come together The author Jillian Cantor does a fantastic job of making this happen smoothlyI listened to the audio version It's fabulous The narrators are terrific I highly recommend this version if you enjoy audioBy the way I think this would make for a great book group discussion I also think it would make a great movie Do not miss out on this book It's wonderful Highly highly recommended


  2. says:

    A letter written in 1939 is found 50 years later and it was definitely worth waiting until the end of this story to learn its content Katie Nelson's father is in a nursing home and is losing his memory He has collected stamps as long as she can remember always telling her about the gem that could be found When she takes his collection to a stamp dealer to be evaluated the unopened letter with a stamp that catches the dealer's attention is found and is the gem of this story This is where Katie's journey to the past begins with her efforts to discover the story behind the unopened letter and the Austrian stamp I've read a good number of WWII novels but there is always so much to learn In this novel it was the stamps the postage stamps and the way letters and the stamps became a means of aiding in the resistance It wasn't just sending the messages but how stamp engraving tools and skills were used to forge papers to save Jews from the Nazis in AustriaIn these dual story line books I don't always find a meaningful enough connection but that is not the case here The links between past and present are beautiful and perfectly executed I also appreciate so much and am many times touched when an author tells us what their inspiration was for the book That seed that one idea that through the author's imagination comes to fruition A letter she sent to her grandmother saved for many years and found after her grandmother's death the remembrance of it and its significance A different kind of letter found than the one in the novel but yet sparking her creativity for this beautiful novel I also loved that in a note Jillian Cantor helps us separate the truth from the fictionAll of the characters in this novel including Ted are fictional but many ideas in the book are rooted not just in my own personal experience with watching my grandmother's memory decline but also in real historical events Though all the stamps and the engravers in this book are fictional there were real engravers who took part in the resistance That's one of the things that made this story so meaningful for me As always I'm taken by the strength and courage of the Nazi resistance and of course always heartbroken about the Holocaust what happened to the millions in the camps the millions killed and the impact of it on those who survived it Another reminder that we cannot forget Thanks to my Goodreads friend Diane I would have missed this if I hadn't read her review I received an advanced copy of this book from RiverheadPenguin Random House and Edelweiss


  3. says:

    Her father had been an avid stamp collector his entire life Katie fondly remembers going with him to resale shops and garage sales as he searched for unusual stamps Now in a memory care unit regressing to the past Katie takes his collection to an appraiser to see if there are any hidden gems A letter is found unopened addressed to a Miss Faber bearing an unusual stamp This will be the impetus for a search that will take us back to Austria in 1938 and to an Jewish engraver his daughters and his young non Jewish apprenticeA new take on the importance of using stamps to send messages by the resistance and though this story was slow to seduce it includes so much history that I was wondering over Of course the sympathetic characters eventually won me over as did the clarity of the writing and the seamless weaving of historical events Dual story line but had no trouble following and in fact enjoyed both one set in Austria and the other set during and shortly after the Berlin Wall was finally taken downThe author chronicles what is fact and how she came up with the idea for this novel in her end note The Lost art of letter writing so rare in this electronic age but meant so much in the past Left a record we won't be leaving left traces when the people involved were gone Wonder how we will be remembered​ if at all? The ending is conclusive and satisfying if a little too sentimental but then again there weren't very many happy endings in the Holocaust ARC from publisherPublishes June 13th by Riverhead books


  4. says:

    Author Jillian Cantor truly knows how to draw a reader inI could not put down this beautifully written book  At the end of every chapter my heart was pounding in anticipation  The Lost Letter is two compelling stories artfully woven together and destined to intertwine at the end  The first takes place in the late 1930s Austria and is about the Fabers a Jewish family  The father is an engraver and he has a young non Jewish apprentice Kristoff living with them to learn the trade Kristoff becomes smitten with the older daughter Elena a bit of a rebel who is secretly learning to engrave stamps in the night  When the war reaches their small town the Fabers are in danger and Elena along with Kristoff become part of the Austrian resistance using stamps to communicate right under the noses of the Nazis  The desperation of making it through this horrible time and the hopefulness of love are palpable as the characters secretly help others escape while biding their timeIn late 1980s Los Angeles a philatelist stamp collector is battling dementia and is living in an Alzheimer's memory unit  His daughter Katie is going through a divorce sorting through her dad's belongings and is getting his stamp collection appraised with the hope of finding a hidden gem   An unusual stamp is found on an unopened letter which leads her on a uest for answers  This fascinating journey takes Kate back to the 1930s Austria as she learns about the war Austrian resistance and her father's pastThe Lost Letter is historical fiction at its best; dual storylines wonderful relationships information about use of the stamp during wartime paired with incredible storytelling by author Jillian Cantor makes this one of my favorite books this year I am so thankful to have received an advance review copy of this book from the Great Thought's Ninja Review Team All opinions are my ownFor my book reviews and recommendations please sign up for my blog


  5. says:

    Kate Nelson grew up with a father who was an avid stamp collector He is currently in a nursing home and Kate decides to take his large collection to be appraised During the review an unusual Austrian World War II stamp on a sealed letter is discovered Kate along with the appraiser investigate the history behind the stamp and the origins of the letter Kristoff grew up in an Austrian orphanage and is an apprentice at a stamp engraver in 1938 His employer the Farber family are deeply religious Jews Kristoff works hard to learn his trade and does his best to assimilate into the local way of life He becomes very attached to the family especially one of the daughters named Elena When the Nazi invasion makes it to their small town Kristoff’s skills and allegiances are challenged as he is asked to design stamps for the Nazi party This historical novel is about love and survival during World War II It alternates between stories set in 1989 Los Angeles and 1938 Austria It is a touching book about sacrifice and resilience Jillian Cantor does a wonderful job of blending two time periods together in this beautiful book


  6. says:

    45 Stars → Three words beautiful moving and bittersweet This book is a uniue tale of the Austrian Resistance during World War II centering around the love story between the daughter of a Jewish stamp maker and his apprentice THE LOST LETTER is really historical fiction within historical fiction; the story alternates between the fall of the Berlin Wall late 80searly 90s and the German invasion of Austria late 1930sIn 1989 Katie Nelson whose life has been upended by her divorce and caring for an ailing father finds a curious stamp on a letter from the World War II era in her father’s extensive stamp collection With the help of an appraiser named Benjamin Katie is able to uncover the story behind the mysterious letterI enjoyed this book very much and was intrigued by both Katie and Benjamin in 1989 and Elena and Kristoff in 1939 What secrets did the stamp and letter hold? This book was a lovely blend of mystery romance and history I do love vintage stamps and this book gave readers a look at the intricacies of stamp engraving and how they were miniature works of art Highly recommendedDisclosure I received a copy of this book through Penguin’s First to Read Program in exchange for an honest review


  7. says:

    ”And you of tender yearsCan't know the fears that your elders grew byAnd so please help them with your youthThey seek the truth before they can die” “Teach Your Children” – lyrics by Graham Nash Katie Nelson living in LA is on the verge of divorce although she hasn’t shared that information with her family yet She’s just moved her father into assisted living facility due to his Alzheimer’s her husband growing distant in the months she spent taking care of her father before then As a child Katie often accompanied her father on his endless uests for stamps always looking for ”a gem” Thrift shops garage sales estate sales they went looking for those gems finding beauty in the ordinary She didn’t really understand it didn’t understand what about it excited him so much but she loved being a part of it being with him”Once we took a family trip to DC and saw the Hope Diamond at the Smithsonian he turned to me and said That’s what I’m looking for Kate Though I doubted my father would ever find it in the thrift stores of Southern California”But she doesn’t see them that way and now that her father has given her his entire stamp collection boxes and boxes of envelopes stamps she isn’t sure what to do with it She makes calls and eventually goes to the office of the only stamp dealer who returned her call Benjamin Grossman He tells her to give him a week or two and he’ll let her know if there is anything of value or of interest among the boxesIn 1938 Austria Frederick Faber known throughout Austria for his engraving skills and artistry has just hired Kristoff as his latest apprentice Kristoff has long admired Faber’s work so he considers this opportunity to learn from the hands of Frederick Faber a gift He will be paid five schilling a week but will also receive room and board with the family in their home The family consisting of Frederick his wife and their two daughters Elena seventeen one year younger than Kristoff and Miriam thirteenKristoff’s room was in the attic so it was cold even bundled under two blankets it was hard to stay warm Still it was far better than the orphanage he grew up in after his birth mother left him on the steps of the orphanage Frederick is getting on in age and his hands have begun to shake occasionally but Kristoff feels it is taking him longer to perfect his engraving than it should He has begun to feel as though these people are his family he loves waking up and seeing the woods outside the house of having such wonderful food prepared at the end of each day He enjoys the time he spends with the family and sketches Elena’s pictures when he is not working He enjoys partaking in their Jewish rituals feels at peace accepted In 1989 Los Angeles when Benjamin Grossman contacts Katie to let her know that he thinks he may have found something of interest a sealed letter with an unusual stamp he helps her try to track down information Katie wants to find this person if possible to make sure they get this letter that has been waiting for them all these yearsIn November of 1989 Katie’s grandmother is celebrating East Germany’s announcement of the opening of the Berlin Wall Another historic moment particularly for Katie’s grandmother who was born in East Germany and had waited praying that someday she would be able to return there to see the places she recalled as a child Eventually these stories merge over time but I wasn’t in any hurry to get there because this really is a lovely story It incorporates the stories of those postage stamp engravers who became a part of resistance movements during World War II how certain stamps were designed to assist the resistance how engravers were able to use their skills to provide forgeries that assisted others in leaving for life in safer countries I could not – I did not put this book down until I was finished reading the story the transitions between 1938 Austria and 1989 Los Angeles were very fluid it never dragged or felt disconnected The Author’s Note contained some additional information that you should make sure to read once you finish the story I loved her personal addition of a letter she sent to her grandmother saved by her grandmother had inspired this story It reminded me of the letter my grandmother sent to me which I received days after I had learned of her death A divine message ”Don't you ever ask them why if they told you you will crySo just look at them and sigh and know they love you” “Teach Your Children lyrics – Graham Nash


  8. says:

    The Lost Letter is one of the best books that I have read this year Jillian Cantor writes an intriguing and fascinating tale of Austrian resistance to the Nazis highlighting the innovative ways resistance workers used to evacuate Jews from Austria I collected stamps as a child so the storyline focusing on stamp engraving and its use during World War 2 to aid the resistance completely captivated me Cantor uses a dual timeline format World War 2 and the present and ties them together so well Sometimes dual storylines end up a bit convoluted or implausible towards the end to make the two story lines come together Cantor blends the two stories perfectly and seamlessly I highly highly recommend The Lost Letter; it is absolutely fantastic I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review


  9. says:

    This is a good and moving story a light read despite its WW2 backdrop Everything in the narrative focuses on one central mystery an unopened letter with a striking stamp However I had some problems with how it’s told mostly the very ordinary nature of the prose I think this is largely a uestion of taste I’m not a great fan of simple unimaginative writing There wasn’t a single sentence in this book that I couldn’t have written myself and I want from people who write for a living I suppose if an author doesn’t describe things very well you’re compelled as the reader to imagine the things yourself and I understand the attraction of this Sometimes over elaborate description can be annoying as if the author is trying to seize control of your imagination Interestingly the book I’m currently reading The Zookeeper’s wife is so far at least guilty of this trait If this is underwritten the Zookeeper’s Wife is probably overwritten It’s also a story where romance is dominant and I’m not a great fan of romance fiction All in all a bit too tidy fluffy and light for my taste


  10. says:

    From the Publisher’s Summary“A historical novel of love and survival inspired by real resistance workers during WWII Austria and the mysterious love letter that connects generations of Jewish families A heartbreaking heartwarming story for fans of “The Women in the Castle” “Lilac Girls” and “Sarah’s Key” I AGREE with the blurb description I enjoyed this storybut if I’m honestI enjoyed the three books mentioned above a little The Publisher’s Summary was also uoted as saying“A gorgeous and thrilling novelPerfect for book clubs and fans of “The Nightingale”I wasn’t a huge fan of “The Nightingale” by Kirsten Hannah as most readers werewhich was one of the reasons I didn’t read this book sooner but I owned a copyI was testing out a few of the books I owned and this novel held my attention right away so I kept reading I loved the book called “The Hours Count” by Jill Cantor I enjoyed it A LOTButI wasn’t thrilled with Jill Cantor’s book called “Margot” at all I read “In Another Time” by Cantor with mixed feelings “The Lost Letter” has received the highest rating from all other books by Cantorso I hoping I’d love this as much as “The Hours Count”Not AS MUCH ‘but close’Jill Cantor gives us two storylinesIn Austria 1938 Kristoff a non Jew orphaned as a child is an apprentice to a Jewish stamp engraver Mr Faber Faber is the head of his family married with adult kids Kristoff’s lives with the familyloves the wife’s cooking the siblings loves feeling part of their family His heart is throbbing for Elena from afar and he continues to improve with his stamp engraving skills Elena won’t give Kristoff a second look at the beginning of this story She’s down right rude to Krisroff Buthathings change Eventually the feelings soon become mutual Elena was also ‘secretly’ working in her father’s shop during the sleeping hours at night training herself as a philatelist Elena and Kristoff worked side by side each other at night when the rest of the family was sleeping Trust and love develops between them Then the war reaches their community The entire family becomes part of the resistance Kristoff is forced to engrave stamps for the Germansand as the brutal chaos of the war develops Kristoff has to find a way to save himself and Elena In Los Angeles California 1989 we meet Katie Nelson Her husband has left and wants her to sign the divorce papers he sent her Her father has Alzheimer’s diseaseand is in nursing home Katie’s father was an avid stamp collector Katie goes through her father’s stamp collection and takes it to an appraiser Benjamin who discovered an unusual stamp on a love letter Katie and Benjamin journey together to uncover the story behind the letterone that’s passionate and tragic What I liked about this story was the concepts and history I also liked learning about the vintage stamps themselvesBUTthe writing felt flat to me I enjoyed getting to know the characters but I wasn’t emotionally pulled in to them naturally So overallI liked it Liking it is liking it I’m still glad I read itHabut some of you know how nutty I get in reviews when I LOVE LOVE a book As I saidI LIKED this one Good enough34 rating