The Last Waltz by G.G. Vandagriff
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I'll admit, I've had this sitting on my shelf for a few weeks now trying to find the time to get around reading it, but once I picked it up, it was nearly impossible to put down! Beginning in 1913 Vienna, Amalia is a young and naive nineteen year old girl unaware the world around her and all she has ever known is on the brink of crumbling. The Last Waltz takes you through the political upheaval, and heartbreak of WWI and into the beginning of WWII. What fascinated me most about this book was learning so much of the political instability of Austria as it tried to emerge from its monarchal past with the people torn between socialism, democracy, and fascism. Beautifully written, with poetical poignancy, Vandargriff does a beautiful job weaving a plot rich in romance, history, and individual growth.
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