Awakenings (英語) ペーパーバック – 2014/1/27
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A romance forged in war and unbreakable love that blossomed in peacetime. Eva and Zoe have weathered every obstacle that fate has put before them but now comes their greatest challenge - their haunted memories - is before them. It's a story about the bonds of love, unexpected family and shocking revelations. No journey is ever what we expect it to be.
Eva not only has to deal with her wartime memories in the place that despised her and almost killed her, but she also has to contend with a woman from the past, Theresa Mitsos, the quiet, gentle soul with extraordinary paranormal power of visions through time. Who really is this woman? How could she foresee events so far into the future? What are the implications for Eva and her future with Zoe?
Faced with a physical reminder of her tortured past, Eva needs all her courage, strength and resilience to confront her harrowing memories and content with the secrets that are bubbling to the surface. Zoe contends with her own soul shattering memories of helplessness, heart-rendering pain and loss.
In Germany they discover Eva's haunted dreams are far more than they realized. Shocking family secrets are revealed and an unwanted visitor will test Eva and Zoe's bond.
The series follows the relationship between Eva and Zoe, from their first meeting during World War II on opposite sides of the conflict, their falling in love, and the various trials and tribulations that life throws at them in the decades after the war. These two have become world travelers and have lived in Greece, Australia, Greece again, and then Germany. Each move and new country has its share of new surprises and many times challenges as old memories or secrets are stirred up. In "Awakenings", the two have to deal with memories of the conflict that ultimately brought them together. There are also some not so pleasant secrets about Eva's family that await to be uncovered in Germany.
There wasn't anything not to love about this next installment. The story, and journey, with these two continued to flow as if I had never left them from the last book. I enjoyed so much having the two characters, Dr. Nikas-Lambros and Theresa Mitsos, play such a role of support here. The conflicts that arose for the two made for such an interesting read and the historical references are always something that keep me glued to the story. Once again - well done.
When the ladies get back from Europe, Zoe decides that she wants a child. Since they are a lesbian couple, this is difficult, since they don't want a man to touch them. Finally, one of their gay friends agrees to impregnate Zoe. Once the child comes, Eva and Zoe have to get "married". If they don't ,Zoe will be considered an unfit mother and the child will be taken away. So, they get "married" to two gay guys who are a couple but have to get married because one of them is a school principle who would get fired if it came out that he was gay.
The book is good in that the plot somewhat accurately describes what life was like in the late 1940's early 1950's. Some of the characters and the plot are a little wooden . Overall, this does not mar the generally good book.