Summary: Elise Landau is the cossetted youngest daughter of Viennese author Julian and opera singer Anna. She is a bit spoiled and much adored and doesn't have much care about the world that is exploding around her. On the eve of Germany's invasion of Austria, Elise's parents arrange to have her sent overseas as a housemaid. Elise is instantly turned from the one being waited upon to the one waking up at dawn to serve in dining room. A few weeks into her stay, the young son of the manor arrives home from university and his life...and Elise's...change forever.
What I Liked:
- Almost every character is extremely likable, from Elise's parents to the master of the manor
- Elise does so much growing throughout the story that you can't help but root for her
- The setting is amazing. You can almost hear the ocean waves crashing and see the storm lanterns glowing
- The twist ending, which I dared not hope for
What Drove Me Nuts: I really enjoyed this book. The ending wasn't a perfect happy every after, but I actually feel OK with that. Happy Ever After isn't true to World War II and I like that the author respected that.
Rating: Beautifully written. If you like Kate Morton, you'll enjoy this book.
Reviewed By: Tami