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Book review: Vandagriff's 'Exile' shares romance in pre-WWII Europe
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"Exile" is by G.G. Vandagriff. - photo by Hikari Loftus
"EXILE," by G.G. Vandagriff, The Orson Whitney Press, $12.99, 311 pages (f)

In the confusing and terrifying times just before World War II, Amalia von Schoenenburg, her two sons and a few close friends find themselves fleeing Austria after its fall to the Nazis.

As if the escape wasn't terrifying alone, Amalia witnesses the brutal murder of her husband, shot down by the SS for his defiance against Adolf Hitler. Now Amalia must take an important message from her husband to Winston Churchill.

But even with the SS hot on their trail and a brutal, unforgiving enemy with a thirst for revenge in pursuit as well, Amalia finds herself constantly torn between her feelings of guilt over her husband's death and her old feelings for her first love and traveling companion, Dr. Andrzej Zaleski.

Author G.G. Vandagriff brings readers what is possibly her best work yet in "Exile." Vandagriff masterfully weaves a tale of conflicted romance into the pre-WWII era, bringing the terror, sadness and anger of Hitler's reign out of history and into the hands of readers. Vandagriff does an excellent job balancing fact and fiction.

"Exile" is pumped full of tension, action and sweet romance that transport readers back in time. The story is told from the point of view of several different characters, allowing readers a deeper look into each situation.

Even though "Exile" is a sequel to "The Last Waltz," which was published in 2009, readers can enjoy it as a stand-alone novel without much difficulty.

"Exile" is a clean romance with some brief, generally decribed war-related violence and no bad language.