Written by Chrystyna Lucyk-Berger
She wants her home. He wants control. The Fascist regime wants both.
1920, former Austrian Tyrol.
Katharina Thaler faces becoming the first woman to ever own a farm in the Reschen Valley. The end of the Great War has taken more than her beloved family, it has robbed the province of it’s autonomy and severed it in half.
As her countrymen fight to prevent the annexation to Italy, Katharina finds a wounded Italian engineer on her mountain. Her decision to save Angelo Grimani’s life, however, thrusts both into the midst of a new world order – a labyrinth of corruption, prejudice, and greed.
Trapped between a growing fascist regime and a man who threatens to tear her home away, Katharina must decide what to protect: love or country?
No Man’s Land is the first book in the Reschen Vallley historical fiction series. If you enjoy gripping, historical fiction that will stay long after you’ve read the last chapter, you will love Chrystyna Lucy-Berger’s vivid saga.
Both Interesting AND Exciting!
With lots of different facets to this story, it’s an excellent read – and one I really enjoyed!
Katharina lives with her grandfather on the family farm in the Reschen Valley. Following the end of the Great War, her family is much depleted and there are changes afoot which may well change their way of life – and not for the better. When Katharina rescues a wounded Italian, currently regarded as ‘the enemy’, the consequences are long and far reaching.
There is so much detail in this novel, and I had no idea how absorbing it would be! Each different thread would make a good story on it’s own, but put together and woven through each other all adds up to a great read! I’m thrilled that there are more in the series which I downloaded when I was around half way through this one. Beautifully written and beginning with family, adding community and so much more this gets even more exciting as it goes along and I’m looking forward to find the time to complete the tale. A good solid read, and one I’m so happy to recommend. Absolutely worth a full five stars.
My thanks to Inktreks for my copy; this is, of course, my honest, original and unbiased review.
Tags: historical saga; romance; women’s fiction
- Format: ebook, paperback
- Size: 314 pages
- Publisher: amazon media
- Publication Date: 25 January 2018
- Purchase Links: amazon
Chrystyna Lucyk-Berger was born in Minnesota in 1969 and grew up in the culture-rich neighborhood of “Nordeast” Minneapolis. She started her writing career with short stories, travel narratives, worked as a journalist and then as a managing editor for a magazine publisher before jumping the editor’s desk and pursuing her dreams of writing and traveling. In 2000, she moved to western Austria and established her own communications training company. In 2005, she self-published a historical narrative based on her relatives’ personal histories and experiences in Ukraine during WWII. She has won several awards for her short stories and now primarily writes historical fiction. During a trip into northern Italy over the Reschen Pass, she stood on the edge of Reschen Lake and desperately wanted to understand how a 15th-century church tower ends up sticking out of the water. What stories were lying beneath? Some eight years later, she launched the “Reschen Valley” series with five books and a novella releasing between 2018 and 2019.
For more on Chrystyna, dive in at inktreks(dot)com.