Sunday, April 7, 2013

The Things We Cherished by Pam Jenoff

An ambitious novel that spans decades and continents, The Things We Cherished tells the story of Charlotte Gold and Jack Harrington, two fiercely independent attor­neys who find themselves slowly falling for one another while working to defend the brother of a Holocaust hero against allegations of World War II–era war crimes.

The defendant, wealthy financier Roger Dykmans, mysteri­ously refuses to help in his own defense, revealing only that proof of his innocence lies within an intricate timepiece last seen in Nazi Germany. As the narrative moves from Philadelphia to Germany, Poland, and Italy, we are given glimpses of the lives that the anniversary clock has touched over the past century, and learn about the love affair that turned a brother into a traitor.

This insomniac's opinion:

Note: I gratefully received this novel from Goodreads Firstreads in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed this novel. It was a nice, quick read. I did enjoy the narrative from the past far more than the narrative which was in current time. The modern day romance between Charlotte and Jack did nothing for me and did not seem genuine. It also had many characters over several generations and not all of the characters seemed well developed. However, I fell in love with Roger and his story.

All in all, flaws aside, this was a nice short read.

Worth staying up all night?

It may not be fascinating enough to lose sleep over, but it was enjoyable.

Rating: 3 stars

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