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The Winter Soldier
The Winter Soldier | Daniel Mason
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A sweeping, unforgettable love story of a young doctor and nurse at a remote field hospital in the First World War Vienna, 1914. Lucius is a twenty-two-year-old medical student when World War I explodes across Europe. Enraptured by romantic tales of battlefield surgery, he enlists, expecting a position at a well-organized field hospital. But when he arrives--at a commandeered church tucked away high in a remote valley of the Carpathian Mountains--he discovers a freezing outpost ravaged by typhus. The other doctors have fled, and only a single mysterious nurse named Sister Margarete remains. But Lucius has never lifted a surgeon's scalpel. And as the war rages across the winter landscape, he finds himself falling in love with the woman from whom he must learn a brutal makeshift medicine. Then one day, an unconscious soldier is brought in from the snow, his uniform stuffed with strange drawings. He seems beyond rescue, until Lucius makes a fateful decision that will change the lives of doctor, patient, and nurse forever. From the gilded ballrooms of Imperial Vienna to the frozen forests of the Eastern Front; from hardscrabble operating rooms to battlefields thundering with Cossack cavalry, The Winter Soldier is a story of war and medicine, of family, of finding love in the sweeping tides of history, and finally, of the mistakes we make and the precious opportunities to atone.
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BilboBookends
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“Yes, Doctor, we remember her. She went to Kraków. No, she went to Jaroslaw. No, to Sambor. So to Stryj. She was from the mountains, Doctor, wasn't she? She was going home, she said.

Perhaps if you go there, they will know.

And on. And he would continue, a ghost searching for its flesh.”

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readingjedi
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This was more of a love story - or, more precisely, a story about love - than a romance as such and the grittiness of the war setting meant it avoided the mushiness that makes me avoid romances. The writing is impressive, especially when describing the natural world, with some gorgeous turns of phrase. The initial tone is a foreboding that builds to a harrowing scene with the titular character while the second half of the book is ... ⬇️⬇️⬇️

readingjedi ...more melancholy. The ending, for me, is perfection. Technically 'sad' & dripping in pathos, I found it an uplifting release from what had gone before. 3y
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readingjedi
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Starting this one today. I'm not a huge fan of romance so hopefully the other aspects mentioned in Anthony Doerr's blurb will un-mushify it enough that I'll enjoy it.

Un-mushify is totally a word 😉

Amiable I‘m with you on the romance stuff and the use of the totally legit word “un-mushify.” 👍🏼 3y
Jari-chan I really don't like reading romance, but hugely enjoyed this book. It's more historical fiction than romance, even though it has its romantic parts. 3y
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm I like romance on the side. 😂🤣😂 I don‘t typically enjoy books that are solely romance, so I definitely get where you‘re coming from. 😅 3y
CampbellTaraL Trust in Anthony Doerr. I picked up the tagged book because of his blurb and even though the story felt like it was going the eye roll way of romance, it did not. Now I'm curious about this one... 3y
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RebelReader
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Getting a bit of reading done in my favorite summer reading spot before heading over to my bestie‘s house for the day. I haven‘t read this author before and I‘m enjoying this one so far. A co-worker told me The Piano Tuner was one of the best books he ever read so I‘m definitely going to check it out too.

Vansa The piano tuner is EXCELLENT. Please post your opinion on this book, I haven't read this! 4y
RebelReader @Vansa I just finished this book tonight. It‘s excellent too! It illustrates so well how all wars are personal and no one gets out unscathed and it did not end the way I anticipated. I‘m even more excited to read The Piano Tuner after reading this one. 4y
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mvegabec
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4.5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐ This was such a great historical fiction novel! I enjoyed the history narrative mixed with the medical cases seen during war, and also I enjoyed the fact that you could not predict what would happen next in the love story. I highly recommend this one!

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I loved this book!! Great review 4y
mvegabec @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled thanks Ericka! It is definitely a jewel😃👌 4y
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OriginalCyn620
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Aside from graphic descriptions of battle wounds (which was not good for my weak stomach 🤢), this was a good story about a young man thrown into the military at the start of WWI to serve as an army doctor, despite the fact that he had not finished medical school. Doing his best to help the wounded and not get killed in the process, he manages to find love, which for reasons besides the war, was most inconvenient.
#aboutasoldier #magnificentmarch

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Sounds good 📚❤️ 4y
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mvegabec
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I just finished a book from 2019 and this is my first one for 2020 since I am still testing for my Teacher cert.

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stacie_rose
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Last book of 2019. Have my first book of 2020 picked out. Wonder what adventures I'll go on this year.

This was a good one. World War 1 is severely under represented in literature, and Daniel Mason did a great job capturing the gritty details. The details can be graphic, but that makes it all the better when representing this speck of history.

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OriginalCyn620
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This was good and the story held my attention. Was surprised by the ending! And although part of war and necessary since this is the story of an enlisted army doctor, my queasy stomach could have done without the detailed description of battle injuries!
#soldiersstory #booked2019

Cinfhen Ugh, I‘ve got a queasy stomach too🤢bravo to you for enduring 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 4y
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AnneFindsJoy
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#booked2019 fall is all wrapped up now with these six read:) I have two books left for summer to complete the full challenge..

Cinfhen Woohoo 🎉 Almost there❣️❣️❣️❣️ 4y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great job!! 👊🏻♥️📚 4y
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Macnjen
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Good writing but longer than necessary. Surprising end. WW1 love story- a little gruesome in a few parts but it adds to the story.

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Jari-chan
Winter Soldier | Daniel Mason
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Some of my books planned to read in July.

#julytbr #bookchallenges #bookchallengebyerin11 #popsugar2019

Jari-chan Thank you! 😊 5y
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HufflepuffGirl90
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Thank you so much @MicrobeMom for the great book and pop!! I have been wanting both of these for a while and am so happy that you know me so well 😉

This was such a fun swap, thanks for hosting @kstadt929 !!!
#FunkoPopAndBookSwap

MicrobeMom Yay! I am glad you like it! It was a tough decision! It was a fun swap. 5y
kstadt929 So glad you joined us!! I have this book on my TBR as well and just have to get to it some time. Enjoy your goodies!! 5y
Jari-chan So adorable 😍 5y
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CharissaWeaksAuthor
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Bought this from the B&N sale. Sounds amazing!

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Nitpickyabouttrains
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I really loved this historical fiction. It follows a young man who wants to be a doctor through the terrors of war and after. He falls in love (duh?) which becomes its own post war adventure.

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Lizpixie
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#BookMail Pt3 The next in my “missing” Goldsboro package is October BOTM. Set in 1914 Vienna, Lucius is a 22yrold med student at the outbreak of WWI. After enlisting, instead of the well run field hospital he‘s expecting, he‘s sent to a freezing, typhus ridden outpost in the Carpathian Mountains. With just a nurse to help after the other dr flees, he learns a brutal form of surgery as well as trying to help soldiers with shell-shock. #WarIsHell

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ChrisBohjalian
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Bedtime reading. Just started this novel and I am dazzled.

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Rcoco
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Quick, riveting read. Solidly written. Recommend!

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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled
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Pick! A tale of desperation and guilt, love discovered and lost, in a small church converted to a hospital in the remote Carpathian Mountains during WWI. Recommended!

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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled
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I‘m riding a great book wave! This is everything I‘m currently reading and ALL of them are compelling. 😁

2BR02B Are you having trouble keeping the stories straight? 😆 6y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled @2BR02B They‘re all so different, so I‘m keeping it straight in my head . . . So far! 🤞 6y
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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled
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Just started this and am riveted! Described as a story of love and medicine through the devastation of WWI.

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kate_reads
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Trying to double task but the music is catchy and Zac Efron is so handsome 🤩