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The Lieutenant's Lover by [Bingham, Harry]
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Praise for ‘The Lieutenant’s Lover’:

‘An epic love story that stays with you long after you've finished
reading it. It has all the hallmarks of a classic – tragedy, history, hope and thwarted lovers. A haunting, but ultimately uplifting tale.’ Prima

‘An epic love story.’ Woman and Home

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About the Author

Harry Bingham was born in England in 1967. After graduating from Oxford University, he worked as an investment banker for ten years, before giving it up to care for his disabled wife and to write his first book. Harry Bingham lives near Oxford with his wife and dogs. He now writes full time.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 733 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (29 Mar. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007JE828W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #229,313 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The opening chapters of this powerful novel are set in 1917, in the months after the Bolshevik revolution swept aside the autocratic regime of the Tsars when Misha and Tonya, the son of a now discredited family and a young nurse from a peasant background, are thrown together. Their world falls apart when Misha is conscripted into an army battalion and, during the subsequent Stalinist reign of terror, Tonya is denounced and sentenced to 10 years in a Siberian gulag.

Fast forward to Berlin in 1945, to a destroyed city partitioned by the victorious Allies. Misha, having escaped from the Russian army, is trying to build a life for himself among the ruins whilst Tonya, transferred from the gulag into a punishment unit and fluent in both Russian and German, finds herself utterly sickened by the highly sensitive material she is translating for her political masters. Harry Bingham deftly takes us into a murky and skilfully described world of espionage - and into a search for a relationship that should have ended 27 years ago.

`The Lieutenant's Lover' is a powerful and evocative story of that relationship - and how, across Europe, an equally ruthless dictatorship so nearly replaced the horrors of Nazism.
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Love stories generally aren't my thing, but I felt I couldn't not read anything crafted by Harry Bingham, having been completely captivated by his previous novels. Boy am I glad for this decision.

The Lieutenant's Lover depicts the lives of 2 pivotal characters Misha & Tonia who form an unlikely (given their disparate economic circumstances) relationship during the Russion Revolution. We witness their union being shattered as their lives are forced in different directions, and quite literally can't keep the pages turning quickly enough as they attempt to re-unite against the fiercest of opposition.

Quite possibly Bingham's finest novel to date showing once again his star quality story-telling.

Regardless of the type of novel you normally read, it's hard to imagine somebody not loving this book.
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Having immensely enjoyed Harry Bingham's previous novels (especially "The Money Makers"), I decided to acquire this one, but was somewhat put off by the title. How wrong I was! Please be assured that this is no wishy-washy, hearts n' flowers-style romance! It is a major work of epic proportions, telling the poignant story of Misha and Tonya - he, a young army officer from a wealthy family, she, a nurse from a poverty-stricken background - who meet and fall in love during the Russian October Revolution in 1917, only to be separated and finally cross each others' paths in war-torn Berlin in 1945. It tells us of the brutal, harsh conditions faced by the survivors of the horrors of Nazi Germany and Stalinist Russia. It not just a love story but one of hope, extreme suffering and ultimate survival, not without the odd touch of humour here and there. The characters are totally believable and even the baddies have a human side. But what impressed me most of all about this wonderful novel was the economy of writing style used by the author. The book is fewer than 420 pages, yet it manages to cover and brilliantly capture over 30 years of German and Russian history. It could have turned out to be a 600+ page monster, filled with unnecessary descriptions and boring repetitions. However, this is not the case and Harry Bingham has delivered what can only be described as a masterpiece.
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I started reading the detective novels by this author and they were so good decided to read his other books. The Lieutenants Lover is an absolute delight to read - a love story set in Russia in the mid 20th century. The detail is amazing and must have taken a lot of research. I would thoroughly recommend it - in fact have given the original copy of the book to my daughter and bought another copy for my daughter in law.
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Having read Harry Bingham's Fiona Griffiths novels and really enjoyed them I bought this wondering if it was going to be something I would enjoy. Couldn't put it down . The characters and the story line was very different to what I usually choose . It was fascinating and very realistic in parts - a very different type of war story with information about countries we don't usually meet in other war stories. Am now reading another of his books - different again but very compelling.
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I have to admit, by the end of this book, I was a mess: weeping uncontrollably. It really is an epic love story. I won't give away the ending but it will keep you on the edge of your seat right until the very end. Recommended.
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