What would you risk to save your little sister?
Hungary, 1944. Yoshke’s life is thrown into disarray. His wife Martha’s friend, a Nazi recruit, makes a split-second decision to send him to Mauthausen Concentration Camp, a decision that may seal his fate.
Martha, stunned and hurt, refuses to forget.
Israel, present. The sudden illness of Noa, the Schwartz family’s youngest daughter, forces them to attain a significant sum of money for an urgent operation, and they are at a loss.
Daria, the oldest sister, is the only one who believes that the not so distant past of the intricate Hungarian family, holds an old secret that could lead the way to saving her little sister’s life.
Armed with great determination, Daria goes on a cross- continent journey to investigate the Schwartz dynasty’s origins.
Slowly and patiently she manages to piece together this historical puzzle, while exposing her family’s extraordinary and chilling survival story during the World War II Holocaust, a story containing at its very core a dangerous romance of passion and betrayal between enemies who were once lovers.
A Hungarian Portrait reveals the lives of men and women who knew how to love without boundaries, until the very end. Somewhere, among the captivating stories, lies the secret for which Daria has embarked on her quest. But what price will she have to pay for her discovery?
What would you risk to save a loved one?
Reviewed by Piaras for Emerald Book Reviews on August 24, 2020
A Hungarian Portrait is one of twelve bestselling books from Israeli author Orly Krauss-Wiener. This WW2 historical novel is based on a true story of a Jewish Holocaust survivor. I’ve read this author before, and she delivers again with this wonderfully written and richly descriptive narrative. With brilliantly drawn characters motivated by family and loyalty, the author weaves a well-crafted and all-encompassing human dramatization that spans from mid-1940s Hungary to present-day Israel.
This was a fascinating and captivating read that had me immersed from the beginning. The story flowed from scene to scene with ease, and the author shows exceptional ability when it comes to storytelling. There are plenty of emotional highs and lows in this page turner that will take the reader on a truly mesmerizing journey.
There’s an ample supply of mystery, romance and suspense that will captivate the reader from the first page to the last. Skillfully constructed, the story touches on thought-provoking themes as well as being a very enjoyable read. Highly recommended and a well-deserved five stars from me.