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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
VieVie La Fontaine by Linda Heavner Gerald is an amazingly wonderful story set against the backdrop of Hitler's rise in Germany and the fear, terror, and tyranny that existed in the country at that time. The progression of a maniac and the hell he created in Germany with his delusional mind and draconian rule is vital to the actual story, that of VieVie La Fontaine whose actions represented a point of view held by many in France during that period. The story is narrated by Mark Lichter, a young Jewish student who is sent to Paris by his parents after pulling him out of university in Berlin. Mark knew he would never return to Berlin once he went to Paris because he saw Paris as the place where his dreams could come true. The book gives glimpses of the rise to power of Adolf Hitler, the atrocities committed, and the suffering people endured through the war.
The author does a fantastic job of weaving history and fiction together seamlessly, thereby giving a good pace and movement to the plot and igniting the curiosity of readers till the very end. Mark's new life, the Holocaust scenario, Mark and VieVie's relationship, and Mark moving back to Jerusalem make the story exciting and will take readers through a gamut of emotions. All the characters are strongly sketched and they are real, memorable, and tangible to readers. The author's writing style is neat, elegant, and fluid. The narration is expressive and detailed, making the scenes and characters vivid. It is a book for all those readers who love history and the author makes it captivating by giving it a romantic angle.