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To kick the new series off in style Marina Osipova shares an extract from The Cruel Romance: A Novel of Love and War
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 forgive and love again? Praise The Cruel Romance is a tale of love, violence, and acceptance as Serafima is forced to live with what the Germans left behind.
This compelling story makes for a thrilling read in a setting and time that comes to life, pulling the reader into the vividly drawn, rarely seen world. Elisabeth Amaral, author of When Any Kind of Love Will Do and Czar Nicholas, The Toad, and Duck Soup
The extract from The Cruel Romance
By noon break, the house was empty; all their possessions had been heaped on the straw in the corner of the barn. They returned to the house and stood side by side in the doorway, not daring to look at the Germans.
The young man flicked through his little book again. “Clean.”
“Los! Los! Schnell!—Move! Move! Quick!” The major snapped his fingers three times.
“Quickly,” the young man said after he had found the right word and, averting his eyes, made for the door after the major.
“I hope you choke, you brute,” Serafima said through her teeth.
Carefully, Glafira unhinged the icon from the wall. It slipped through her fingers and fell to the floor face down. “God Almighty, God Almighty.” She made the sign of the cross and picked it up with shaking hands. She wrapped the icon in a kerchief and pushed the bundle in Serafima’s hands. “Hide it. I will go to fetch water.”
On her hands and knees, Serafima removed a loose floorboard behind the stove and slipped the icon inside.
For hours, they dusted and swept and mopped and scrubbed the floor and the walls. Every movement of their fingers opened up the cracks in their hands, which oozed blood.
The younger officer walked in and out, carrying traveling bags and suitcases. He brought in a radio, and a flood of brassy words poured out, taking turns with barking marches and choruses of “sieg heils.” An alcohol burner appeared and a foreign, bitter aroma wafted from the pot.
Soon an oil painting of Hitler in a wide gold frame replaced the Savior in the corner of veneration.
One of the many 5* reviews for the book
Have you ever read a book that was so good that you wished there was a movie about it? This is exactly what happened to me after I finished “The Cruel Romance.” The setting was so authentic, the characters so vivid and real, and the atmosphere so haunting and emotionally-charged that I couldn’t help but moan, “I wish I saw this on the big screen” from time to time! The story is set in the Eastern front, where too few historical fiction authors dare to go, unfortunately. Just this fact makes this excellent novel stand out among many of its WW2 peers.
But to me, it was the characters that made me fall in love with the plot – real, authentic, multi-dimensional, with all of their doubts, hopes, sufferings, and their will to go on despite it all. The ending was perfect and left me with a warm, fuzzy feeling after all the devastation that the characters had to go through. Meticulously researched and beautifully presented, “The Cruel Romance” will keep you captivated till the very last page is turned. Highly recommended to all fans of the genre!
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About Marina Osipova
I was born in the German Democratic Republic to a military family. I am a graduate of the Moscow State Institute of History and Archives and also graduated from the Moscow Institute for Foreign Languages as a German language interpreter. I worked for a Soviet Governmental Department in the section of International Affairs, then for various German and Austrian firms. Extensive travel to these countries gave me a chance to become intimately familiar with the lands and the people.
In 2001, I immigrated to the United States and eventually made my home in Pawling, NY.
Before publishing The Cruel Romance (Historical Fiction), I have written two other books, The Garden of Weeds and Katyuscha.
My next project is related to the occupation of a part of Austria by the Soviet Army in 1945 – 1955 (working title, österreichisches Engelchen und Alescha. Die Okkupationsromanze).
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