Across the Winding River

Across the Winding River❮Reading❯ ➹ Across the Winding River ➱ Author Aimie K. Runyan – Bluevapours.co.uk A woman unlocks the mystery of her father s wartime past in a moving novel about secrets, sacrifice, and the power of love by the bestselling author of Daughters of the Night SkyBeth Cohen wants to ma A woman unlocks the mystery of her father s wartime past in a moving novel about secrets, sacrifice, and the power of love by the bestselling author of Daughters of the Night SkyBeth Cohen wants to make the most of the months she has left with her elderly father, Max His only request of his daughter is to go through the long forgotten box of memorabilia from his days as a medic on the western front Then, among his wartime souvenirs, Beth Across the MOBI :✓ finds a photograph of her father with an adoring and beautiful stranger a photograph worth a thousand questionsIt waswhen Max was drawn into the underground resistance by the fearless German wife of a Nazi officer Together, she and Max were willing to risk everything for what they believed was right Ahead of them lay a dangerous romance, a dream of escape, and a destiny over which neither had controlBut Max isn t alone in his haunting remembrances of war In a nearby private care home is a fragile German born woman with her own past to share Only when the two women meet does Beth realize how much to her father there is to know, all the ways in which his heart still breaks, and the closure he needs to heal it.

Aimie K Runyan writes to celebrate history s unsung heroines She is the author of two previous historical novels Promised to the Crown and Duty to the Crown She is active as an educator and speaker in the writing community and beyond She lives in Colorado with her wonderful husband and two usually adorable children.

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10 thoughts on “Across the Winding River

  1. Karren Sandercock says:

    Beth Cohen s dad Max is 90 and living in an aged care home and one day he asked his daughter to find a box containing his mementos from his time serving as a medic during WW II Of course she has a look at the contents of the box and she discovers a photo of her dad with a pretty pregnant woman and the lady isn t her mother 1944 Max finished his dental training he decided to serve his country and joined the army as a medic While stationed in Germany he met a young married woman called Margaret Beth Cohen s dad Max is 90 and living in an aged care home and one day he asked his daughter to find a box containing his mementos from his time serving as a medic during WW II Of course she has a look at the contents of the box and she discovers a photo of her dad with a pretty pregnant woman and the lady isn t her mother 1944 Max finished his dental training he decided to serve his country and joined the army as a medic While stationed in Germany he met a young married woman called Margarethe, they had a very short romantic relationship, after the war ended he tried to find her, he couldn t, he had no idea what happened to Metta and her baby Older Max had one wish he would like Beth to find out what happened to Metta and her baby After 60 years Beth doesn t like her chances of finding them and her dad doesn t even know her last name.Johanna Patterson is Metta s older sister, during WW II engineer in Germany she designed and flew planes Post war Germany was a mess, people lost contact with each other during the chaos and it was difficult to find someone missing Both Max and Johanna separately spent over two years trying to find Margarethe and they had no luck eventually they had no choice and moved on with their lives All three main characters stories are connected, you have Max who knows his time is running out and he wants closure Beth has recently divorced and wants to make the most of her time that she has left with her dad and let him rest in peace knowing what happened to his first love Metta Johanna has married again she no longer lives in Germany and after 60 years still wants to find her beloved sister.Across The Winding River s plot is based around Max, Metta s and Johanna s experiences during WW II it s a gripping dual timeline story about war, love, loss, sacrifice, destiny, persistence and finding closure I enjoyed really enjoyed the book, four stars from me, I will share my review on Goodreads, NetGalley, Twitter, Australian , Kobo and my blog

  2. Alayne Emmett says:

    I loved this book, it was wonderful to read I just couldn t put it down The chapters were short and split into different time lines, present day and 1942, 1944 It was interesting and at times sad It was the first book I ve read by this author but, I have already downloadedof her books from kindle unlimited A book you can lose yourself in.

  3. Erin says:

    Find this and other reviews at can t remember what I expected going into Aimie K Runyan s Across the Winding River, but the novel surpassed my expectations and surprised me in a variety of ways.I am a historical fiction reader and usually appreciate the historical storylines of dual narrativesthan the modern ones Across the Winding River, however, proved an exception thanks to the emotional arc Runyan gifted Beth The vulnerability she exudes pu Find this and other reviews at can t remember what I expected going into Aimie K Runyan s Across the Winding River, but the novel surpassed my expectations and surprised me in a variety of ways.I am a historical fiction reader and usually appreciate the historical storylines of dual narrativesthan the modern ones Across the Winding River, however, proved an exception thanks to the emotional arc Runyan gifted Beth The vulnerability she exudes pulls on the heartstrings and resonates with an authenticity I ve rarely seen in my reading The thought and care Runyan crafted in this story gave it something special, a fact which balanced my natural appreciation for the war era elements of the narrative.Johanna also captured my attention She is a strong and engaging character in her own right, but what impressed me was Runyan s ability to avoid repetition The author tackled women in wartime aviation in her 2018 release, Daughters of the Night Sky Runyan s admiration for this groundbreaking generation is obvious, but her ability to channel her esteem into another facet of their accomplishments so completely protected the individuality of both Johanna and Katya, even in the eyes of those familiar with her earlier work.I d be remiss in my commentary if I failed to mention Max Some might overlook his arc alongside Beth and Johanna, but the resilience he exhibits despite circumstance and his natural affability is truly extraordinary There is a sort of innocence lost element to his experiences and I liked how Runyan chose to illustrate a man who was forever marked by his journey but refused to be broken by it.Finally, I want to note Metta s contribution to the narrative Her story plays out in the background of the novel and while I liked what she represents for each of the narrators, I can t deny falling in love with what she symbolizes on the larger scale The intangibility of her voice is a beautiful ode the stories the war obscured, and I found Runyan s acknowledgment of that reality heart wrenchingly beautiful

  4. Sharon Huether says:

    Beth Cohen s father Max a WWII veteran living in a nursing home What Beth knew of her fathers past was in the old photos he had in a box There was a photo of him and a blond German womana mystery woman Beth wanted to know .As the story unfolds there is a time line form 1944 1945 to the present day It s hard for her father to talk of this mystery woman There was a child one the way After the war he had tried to find her and the child , but with no success.Max meets a woman at the nu Beth Cohen s father Max a WWII veteran living in a nursing home What Beth knew of her fathers past was in the old photos he had in a box There was a photo of him and a blond German womana mystery woman Beth wanted to know .As the story unfolds there is a time line form 1944 1945 to the present day It s hard for her father to talk of this mystery woman There was a child one the way After the war he had tried to find her and the child , but with no success.Max meets a woman at the nursing home, a Mrs Patterson During their conversation she told Max about her missing sister in Germany This woman Metta was one and the samethe one he was looking for.Throughsearching , the child was found now an adult David Bauer Beth had a brother When David came to the United States and Met Max He looked so much like Max when Max was youngerFinally Max was at peace finding his son.I won this free book from Goodreads First reads

  5. Susan Peterson says:

    This book is absolutely breathtaking Aimie Runyan has woven together the stories of four compelling characters in a way that is extremely touching There is something so special about the books Aimie writes, giving us a strong sense of history along with equally strong feelings of family and love This book gives us the juxtaposition of the people of Germany, torn between their quest to save their beloved Fatherland and their distrust and dismay as Hitler is unleashed on the world This novel i This book is absolutely breathtaking Aimie Runyan has woven together the stories of four compelling characters in a way that is extremely touching There is something so special about the books Aimie writes, giving us a strong sense of history along with equally strong feelings of family and love This book gives us the juxtaposition of the people of Germany, torn between their quest to save their beloved Fatherland and their distrust and dismay as Hitler is unleashed on the world This novel is also the story of a young man s love for a woman, a love that haunts him even as an older man, and the search by his devoted daughter to being her father peace There is risk and danger and heroism in this story, but there is also devotion, loyalty and the heartfelt connections I ve been following Aimie s career as an author since her debut, and with her fifth book she has cemented herself among the best of historical fiction novelists

  6. Annette says:

    This book was so good I loved it It s told by three people and set during WW2 Beth is helping her Dad go through his box of memorabilia and finds a picture of him and a blond haired girl So begins their quest looking for that girl This book was hard to put down and towards the end I found myself almost in tearsDefinitely recommend Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the early copy

  7. Carla Suto says:

    ACROSS THE WINDING RIVER by Aimie K Runyan is a beautifully written and touching novel of love, loss, sacrifice and survival that captivated me from beginning to end Told in multiple timelines and from the perspectives of three different characters, it is set mainly in Germany during World War II and then later, in San Diego in 2007 Beth Cohen is trying to make the most of the short time she has left with her ninety year old father, Max Although he has said little over the decades of his exp ACROSS THE WINDING RIVER by Aimie K Runyan is a beautifully written and touching novel of love, loss, sacrifice and survival that captivated me from beginning to end Told in multiple timelines and from the perspectives of three different characters, it is set mainly in Germany during World War II and then later, in San Diego in 2007 Beth Cohen is trying to make the most of the short time she has left with her ninety year old father, Max Although he has said little over the decades of his experience as a medic in World War II, he now wishes to go through a box of wartime memorabilia with Beth before he passes As they peruse the contents of the box, Beth finds a startling photograph of her father with a beautiful young and pregnant woman whom he clearly adores Who is the woman and what was their relationship in the past Once Max has revealed his story, Beth is led into a worldwide search for the woman and child in the photo German born Johanna also has haunting memories of the past during the war For the past sixty years, she has searched desperately for her missing sister, who was pregnant when she disappeared near the end of the war The emotional stories of Max and Johanna flow seamlessly into Beth s quest to help find closure for her father The characters are wonderfully portrayed and the pace of the story was perfect I truly enjoyed this compelling story and highly recommend it Thank you to the author, publisher and NetGalley for the chance to read an early copy

  8. Janie says:

    A story of courage and love in dark times Aimie Runyan s writing has never been so strong, her prose so compelling Thedramatic action is set in the WW2 timeline and could easily have overshadowed the present day story, but Runyan s tender narrative of a daughter facing her father s final years deliversthan enough emotional punch to balance out the drama.

  9. Samantha says:

    Where do I begin Do I start by highlighting how the author made me so invested in all of her characters, that I was absolutely rooting for every single one Or how about I talk about the state of my nerves after they were constantly on end with all of the risks these characters took in order to do what was right What about the tears I shed for the fate of most of the cast Or how about all of it.I get it A significant amount of historical fiction revolves around World War II these days But I Where do I begin Do I start by highlighting how the author made me so invested in all of her characters, that I was absolutely rooting for every single one Or how about I talk about the state of my nerves after they were constantly on end with all of the risks these characters took in order to do what was right What about the tears I shed for the fate of most of the cast Or how about all of it.I get it A significant amount of historical fiction revolves around World War II these days But I just can t seem to find a way to get sick of it Perhaps it s because it would be a rare day indeed, to find someone who doesn t agree that Hitler and his Nazi s were the villains, and that they were, by and far, on the wrong side of history It s scarce and refreshing, in this day and age, to find something so unanimously agreed upon.But all of that aside, Runyan could have written these characters into any story and I would have been fully invested Max was so charming, kind and wonderful Beth adored her parents and her definition of a fun night in was SO relatable Johanna and Metta were fierce, intelligent, brave women Even all of the B characters wriggled their way into my heart.So just trust me on this one As soon as this book is released Pick it up, read the first page, become entirely invested, and enjoy You re welcome

  10. Jamie Jack says:

    Some Knee Jerk Reactions and Questionable Medical IssueI have some issues with this book, but let me talk about story basics and the good parts first.This World War II contemporary story contains three strands that interweave and sometimes touch It is one of those novels that has long flashbacks with a contemporary framework that pulls it all together In an unusual move, there are two past strands, and they begin at slightly different times, one just before all out world war and one when the w Some Knee Jerk Reactions and Questionable Medical IssueI have some issues with this book, but let me talk about story basics and the good parts first.This World War II contemporary story contains three strands that interweave and sometimes touch It is one of those novels that has long flashbacks with a contemporary framework that pulls it all together In an unusual move, there are two past strands, and they begin at slightly different times, one just before all out world war and one when the war is well underway In 2007, Beth s father is 90 years old and dying One of his wishes is to go through his memorabilia box from World War II with her, something he had never done when she was growing up A photo of him with a pretty, pregnant young German woman raisesquestions than answers for both Beth and Max He never knew what happened to the woman or the child, and he wants closure before the end We see flashbacks from Max s perspective as well as through the eyes of the sister of the woman in the photograph It takes a while for these storylines to dovetail and provide answers, but the author writes with heart and the book delivers on the feels in all the separate strands of the storyline You can t help but want Max to find closure before his passing, even though it will be a difficult road no matter how it all eventually shakes out I do have some small quibbles, though Some of what is written does feel like knee jerk reactions to the horrors of Nazism rather than the nuanced, personalized reactions that would truly make the time come alive, seeing the complex issues that arose for different people, but the story is still written artfully Also, as an RN, I cannot believe that a doctor would give a man prognosis based on blood pressure and liver tests Good doctors shy away from prognoses in general, and a few blood tests and other bad numbers certainly do not equate to a certain amount of time being left in a person s life, even if he is 90 years old I did feel at times, too, that this story had too much telling rather than showing, which I am never a fan of There s a reason why there s an adage in writing that authors are supposed to show, not tell It makes foremotional immediacy as we get wrapped up living the story through the characters This can t happen when we are just told All in all, though, this was a compelling read.I received a free copy of this book, but that did not affect my review.My book blog

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