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With her heart in her mouth, Kitty let herself into her husband’s private study. She knew where he kept the papers that might save her dearest friend from the Nazis. She just had to steal them…
Vienna, 1937. When beautiful American Kitty becomes engaged to Austrian diplomat Edgar, she finds herself thrown into a very different world in Europe, and soon longs for home. But when the woman designing her wedding dress, Judith, takes Kitty under her wing, she sees the city of Vienna in a new light – a city of culture and music that she can explore with her new friend.
But when the Nazis come, the fact that Judith is Jewish means she is no longer safe. Kitty knows that as a diplomat’s wife she can steal the papers that will allow her closest friend to escape to safety, but will it mean betraying the love of her life?
Except that Edgar has grown distant and secretive since she joined him in Europe and, when war breaks out, Kitty wonders which side her husband is really on. And, as she prepares to betray him, Kitty begins to fear that she doesn’t really know the man she married at all.
Facing an impossible choice between her dearest friend and the man she loves, Kitty knows she must be brave, and do the right thing, no matter the personal cost…
An absolutely heartbreaking, powerful and gripping story about finding love, resilience and friendship in the midst of the darkness of World War 2. Perfect for fans of The Nightingale, My Name is Eva and All the Light We Cannot See.
Praise for The American Wife:
“A truly unputdownable book! The story kept getting better and better… You will have a hard time putting this book down.” @kayy_lambert ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“Wow! What a story!... I was on the edge of my seat!” @thattravelinglibrarian ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“Achingly beautiful… Fascinating… Stunning… It engrossed me to the point of ignoring my surroundings!” Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“Thrilling… Kept me riveted to my sofa.” Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“Absolutely heartbreaking, powerful and gripping.” Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“Fantastic… I read this book in two days… It was a treat from start to finish.” @justineg_author ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“Incredible… Fascinating… Wonderful… I laughed a little and cried a lot.” Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“Will keep readers in suspense until the very end!” Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“I cannot wait for the next book to be published… Highly recommend to every reader!” Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“I found myself holding my breath… Completely blown away by the unexpected twist at the end… This series is a must-read!” Goodreads reviewer
“Heartbreaking and full of suspense… I laughed and cried… Unputdownable” Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“I was on the edge of my seat.” @Bizwings Book Blog ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“Captivating… Leaves the reader hoping it will never end!” Goodreads reviewer
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Award-winning historical fiction!
Chrystyna Lucyk-Berger is a Ukrainian-American who transplanted to Austria.
Born in 1969, she grew up in the culture-rich neighborhood of "Nordeast" Minneapolis and started her writing career with short stories, travel narratives, and worked as a journalist and managing magazine editor, before jumping the desk and pursuing her own writing and traveling.
Her books tackle David-vs.-Goliath themes with strong women battling for the Underdogs against a system, be it political, geographical, or industrial. Sometimes all three. "I enjoy discovering the good, the bad, and the ugly in my characters when they come into conflict," she says. "And all of my stories have been inspired by injustices I've discovered along my travels."
The RESCHEN VALLEY series is based on the South Tyrolean-Italian conflict during the interwar period and was inspired by her travels to the Reschen Lake reservoir.
Her collection of short stories, which "reads like a novel", SOUVENIRS FROM KYIV won the silver medal in the IPPY Book Awards 2020 and features six stories inspired by true accounts from WW2 Ukraine. THE WOMAN AT THE GATES she calls her magnum opus and is based on her family in WW2 Ukraine.
THE GIRL FROM THE MOUNTAINS was inspired by an anecdote about a Nazi family from Austria.
Her DIPLOMAT'S WIFE trilogy (2023) follows Kitty Larsson, a U.S. senator's daughter who marries an Austrian diplomat before the Anschluss, only to discover that his family is not what she thought they were. Part spy-thriller, part political-thriller, the series promises a wild romp as Kitty navigates the events of WW2 with her moral compass in hand.
For more on Chrystyna, dive in at inktreks(dot)com.
IPPY Book Award 2020 silver medal winner for SOUVENIRS FROM KYIV.
Long-listed in the Flash500 Novel Competition 2017 for No Man's Land/The Breach.
Winner of the Flash500 Short Story Competition with an extract from Bolzano.
Winner of the Coffee Pot Book Club Book Award Box and Box Set of the Year 2019 for the Reschen Valley Box Set.
A Discovered Diamond, shortlisted for Book of the Month July 2019, Reschen Valley Box Set
Reader's Favorite 5-star reviews for Bolzano, The Smuggler of Reschen Pass, and Magda's Mark (featured in The Road to Liberation Collection).
HNS International Short Story 2nd Place Winner 2014 for Souvenirs from Kyiv (short story in the Souvenirs from Kyiv collection)