“Random Acts of Heroic Love” – Danny Scheinmann

Extract from back cover

“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.

Karen can stop worrying

My friend Karen can stop worrying because the parcel she posted on 15th December with my xmas pressies, has finally showed up. Not quite sure why it took so long – more than a month just to travel from her house in Devon to mine.  I do know it spent a few weeks in a local sorting office because it’s been stamped . . . oh well, we can only wonder at the mysterious ways of the international parcel service.  Main thing is, parcel arrived, safe and sound. Nothing is broken and I had the wonderful privilege of opening Christmas presents in mid-January. 

And because I know you’re curious . . . here are photos of parcel’s content:  a calendar, a very pretty lavendar bag, card and a really snazzy notebook . . . not sure if I’ll dare to use it. and that is not all . . . a really zany cat ornament, which I can’t seem to take an unfuzzy picture of and that still isn’t all . . . the most gorgeous anti-tabacco candle.  Karen knows I have given up smoking . . . had my last cigarette on 1st September so have managed over 4 months BUT two members of the household still smoke, so this candle will be my way of telling them to quit A big thank you Karen ^^