Nothing is Forgotten + Giveaway
From the beloved author of Comeback Love and Wherever There Is Light, comes a novel about the life-changing journey of a young man who travels from New Jersey to Khrushchev’s Russia and the beaches of Southern France as he finds love and discovers the long-hidden secrets about his heritage.
In 1950s New Jersey, Michael Daniels launches a radio show in the storage room of his Russian-Jewish grandmother’s candy store. Not only does the show become a local hit because of his running satires of USSR leader Nikita Khrushchev, but half a world away, it picks up listeners in a small Soviet city.
There, with rock and roll leaking in through bootlegged airwaves, Yulianna Kosoy—a war orphan in her mid-twenties—is sneaking American goods into the country with her boss, Der Schmuggler.
But just as Michael’s radio show is taking off, his grandmother is murdered in the candy store. Why anyone would commit such an atrocity against such a warm, affable woman is anyone’s guess. But she had always been secretive about her past and, as Michael discovers, guarded a shadowy ancestral history. In order to solve the mystery of who killed her, Michael sets out to Europe to learn where he—and his grandmother—really came from.
I will admit that at first I was struggling with this book. In fact, I put it down after getting about half way. After a while, I did go back and decided to start over again. The second time around was much better. So, my suggestion would be to other readers that might be feeling the same way as I did. Wait until you are in a better head space and can dedicate some more time to this book. You won't regret it.
I really liked Michael. I was drawn towards him and his story. I did feel the loss of his grandmother. She was not only a big influence in his life but she raised him after the tragic deaths of his parents. Therefore, I could understand what her death did to Michael and how it shaped him.
Whereas; Yuli's story is concerned, I did like it. However, it took me longer to warm up to Yuli. She did have a interesting story. I liked her mission. So for the first couple of times when the story would flash to Yuli, I was not as engaged and could not wait for the story to go back to Michael.
Overall, I liked this book. It features past history that should not be forgotten. Mr. Golden is a good storyteller. I would read another book from him.
I have a copy of this book to giveaway. US only. Leave a comment here with your email address or on my Instagram post. My Instagram post will give you more entry chances as well. Winner chosen April 21st.