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LOVE AND TREASURE: A Historic Novel ~Ayelet Waldman

I am having trouble finding the words because I am so excited to share this fascinating story with my wonderful readers.  I received an unproofed copy of this book on my Kindle.  The book’s title page was there and the book was there, and then it disappeared.  It was quite a learning experience to get my copy recovered.  As I write, the final copy is being released today so I believe you will not have that trouble.  The final file of the book did not record how many pages (450 pages) or the correct time (about 13 hours) – It is a fairly substantial book so allow enough time to enjoy this read.

LOVE and TREASURE begins as Grandpa Jack is waiting in Maine to meet his granddaughter’s train to arrive.  Natalie is a young lawyer in New York City and is ending her marriage of 3 months by wanting to take care of her Grandfather who is dying of Pancreatic Cancer.  Trains are going to be very important in this story as are the themes of community, family and recovery.  What happens after a trauma when you are the only one left?

Jack Wiseman, or grandfather, has stolen a Peacock necklace and he would like Natalie to return the necklace to its rightful owners. This necklace is the journey of the story, the main character, and the connecting devise to transition the story to fullness.  The necklace was stolen from The Gold Train  in Salzburg, which Jack is assigned, as a Lieutenant and a language expert, to inventory and protect as the American Soldiers take control of the recovery after WWII.  The Gold Train is full of art, jewelry, crystal, dishes, silver, telephones, watches, and anything of value that the Jews of Hungary and specifically Budapest were to turn over to the Germans before they were sent to the camps.  The train had been looted again before it arrived in Salzburg and much had been stolen.  Although, it was intended to be returned to the people of Hungary almost nothing was.  There are a number of books about The Gold Train if you want to explore more.

Salzburg in 1944 was a giant refugee camp for Displaced Persons and it was a depot for sorting out and reconnecting people at the end of the war.  There was hope but primarily hunger there.

The necklace is the story of the Treasure and the trains carry the reader from Love story to Love story over the saga.  How do you find yourself and how does one trust enough to find relationships and community after trauma?  Where does that recovery begin?  What shape does it take after realizing how alone one is in the death defeating experience; which needs a new commitment to be alive?

Part of the 1913 segment was focused on the Women’s Suffrage Movement in Budapest.  LOVE AND TREASURE is a good history lesson and it is well written.

I know that many readers will enjoy LOVE AND TREASURE. This book will capture your imagination, go ahead and put it on your list.

Ayelet Waldman is a novelist and essayist who was formerly a lawyer. She is noted for her self-revelatory essays, and for her writing about the changing expectations of motherhood. Wikipedia  Waldman has written many stories some of which have been on the New York Times Best Seller List and have been made into movies.  She lives in Berkley, California with her partner Michael Chabon, the novelist and screenwriter, and their 4 children.

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tlc logo TLC Online Book Tours sent me a copy of LOVE AND TREASURE to read and review.  It was definitely a pleasure to read this historic novel and to be able to share LOVE AND TREASURE with my readers.

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7 Responses to “LOVE AND TREASURE: A Historic Novel ~Ayelet Waldman”

  1. Sara Says:


    Your review was excellent. It made click on the book and you know Amazon lets you read a few pages…well, I was on page six when I came for air and realized I was lost in the book.

    It is really good and I’m not fond of books relating to loved ones dying, but the characters really captured me in this one….just in the short part I read.

    Thanks for letting me know about this book. I may be getting myself a copy soon. I don’t think I can keep reading it at Amazon:~)
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    Patricia Reply:

    I think you will really enjoy this one…sorry so slow to respond just back on line today after Fridays Surgery and feeling so much better.

    Reading the excerpt is fun and sometimes a very good hook!
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  2. Sam Juliano Says:

    “Trains are going to be very important in this story as are the themes of community, family and recovery. What happens after a trauma when you are the only one left?”

    The story is most alluring and that necklace switching makes me think of the classic film THE EARRINGS OF MADAME DE. In any case, it is clear enough this is a very important novel and your passion and insights make a very persuasive case. Excellent writing Patricia!

    Patricia Reply:

    thank you for your kind words…This was a good read and very enlightening about Budapest and Hungary in WWII and I learned a great deal.
    The first ‘love” stories are a good hook

    I am glad to be back on line and feeling better
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  3. Ayelet Waldman, author of Love & Treasure, on tour June/July 2014 | TLC Book Tours Says:

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  4. Heather J. @ TLC Book Tours Says:

    I’m so pleased at your excitement over this book! Thanks for being a part of the tour. I’m featuring your review on TLC’s Facebook page today.

    patricia Reply:

    Thank you Heather J for the shout out. Very fine book about letting go, I enjoyed it very much I am certain I will read it again