“Two tales of love. Two stories of loss. One great emotional journey . . .
1992: Leo Deakin wakes up in hospital somewhere in South America. His girlfriend, Eleni is dead and Leo doesn’t know where he is or how she died. He blames himself for the tragedy and is sucked into a spiral of despair. But Leo is about to discover something that will change his life forever.
1917: Moritz Daniecki has survived fighting in the Great War. But at what cost? Abandoned in the Siberian wilderness, he is determined to return to his beloved Lotte, the memory of whose single kiss has sustained him throughout the war. What lies before him is a terrifying journey over the Russian Steppes. If he ever makes it, will she still be waiting?
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I picked this book up simply because I liked the cover . . . had a flick through and was intrigued by the illustrations . . . bought it, and plunged into the lives of Leo and Moritz without really knowing where the journey would lead. I’d never heard of Danny Scheinmann before, but have discovered a new British talent. A novel with a very gentle pace, but lots of emotion . . . I also learned a bit about the First World War and the sex lives of ants in the process lol.