This Month's Book Pick is a Tense World War I Love Story

"The Winter Soldier" by Daniel Mason
Settle in with "The Winter Soldier" by Daniel Mason.

Vienna, 1914. Lucius is a 22-year-old medical student when World War I explodes across Europe. He enlists, expecting a position at a well-organized field hospital. Instead, he finds himself in a commandeered church in a remote valley of the Carpathian Mountains. The other doctors have fled, and a single nurse named Sister Margarete remains.

War rages across the winter landscape, and he falls in love with this fierce, capable woman. The shell-shocked soldiers, in particular, present a challenge they are ill-equipped to address. Still Lucius and Margarete do their best.

To save one damaged soldier, Lucius makes choices that will impact all their lives in ways difficult to imagine.

A story of guilt and atonement, its pace and tension make this an engaging read.

Sue Haise is a librarian at Hennepin County Library – Eden Prairie.
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