This is yet another amazing book that I was able to borrow for free being an Amazon Prime member (you can purchase it for only $2.99). I found The Skin of Water by G.S. Johnston via the “Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought” feature on Amazon. I’m so glad I read this book.
The book is a love story. The book is a war story. The book is a study of the classes. Intrigued?
It is set in Budapest towards the end of World War II. Zeno meets Catherine at the hotel where he works. He follows her into the forest when she is taking a walk and the rest, as they say, is history. Catherine’s husband is a wealthy man from a prominent industrialist family in Budapest. He hires Zeno to be his valet unknowingly enabling Zeno and Catherine to continue their love affair. And the ending is perfect.
I’m a huge reader of World War II fiction and I have to say that this is, simply put, a wonderful read. Johnston develops the characters so vividly- I felt like I was there when Zeno went to Catherine’s secret apartment. I completely mistrusted Gertrud, Catherine’s maid. The fact that I felt these things so clearly means the characters spring to life.
Favorite Quotes from the Book
“They’re all aloof. “They’re worn down by the weight of all their money.”
“Does life never let you suffer just one emotion.”
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