Anna from Diary of an Eccentric recently reviewed The Madonnas of Leningrad by Debra Dean for the challenge.  Here’s an excerpt:

Although the characters are shown only in two fixed points in time, they are well developed and realistic, and I couldn’t help but love them. Dean’s descriptions of the various paintings are so vivid I could see them in my mind, and she made the hardships of the museum cellar come alive so I could feel the hunger and despair. The shift from present to past through Marina’s worsening Alzheimer’s was seamless, and Dean’s real-life experiences with the disease shine through.

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Kris from Not Enough Books had this to say about the novel:

I thought the story was good but had some issues with how the author wrote it. The flashbacks aren’t separated from the current day story. You can be reading the current day and the next paragraph is back in the 1940’s. This took a bit for me to get used to, however once I was used to it it was easy to go back and forth. I just prefer when this is clear cut and the reader doesn’t have to “think” about it. I can see how it works with the story, it’s just not the style I prefer.

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