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The House Of Christina
The House Of Christina
Author: Ben Haas
A story that examines love and the chances of its survival over some of the most devperate years of the last century - the catastrophic war-torn decades of the 1930s and 1940s. — Set around a noble manor house high on a ridge in the Vienna Woods, it charts the subtle crosscurrents that converged in that paradoxical nation ?Austria, whose astonish...  more »
ISBN: 41596
Pages: 363
  • Currently 2.5/5 Stars.

2.5 stars, based on 3 ratings
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback
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susyclemens avatar reviewed The House Of Christina on + 158 more book reviews
Novel set in 1930's/1940's Austria, which is the story of young Christa Helmer; her father, the WWI veteran General Helmer, and the young men who are a part of Christa's life: Robert, her childhood friend (soon to be a part of the Nazi regime); Josef, her would-be lover, and Lanier Condon, the American who went to Austria to escape personal demons and fell in love with Christa. Plus, there are all kinds of subcharacters that add flavor to the story.

If you're looking for a great story with well developed characters, and a deeper-than-expected, serious, yet romantic story, I can recommend THE HOUSE OF CHRISTINA. I first read it as a teenager, recently re-read it again, and caught all kinds of nuances I'd missed as a teenage reader. It's even better now than I remembered!
Kibi avatar reviewed The House Of Christina on + 582 more book reviews
Very fine novel, February 27, 2006
Reviewer: SusieQ (New York)

Set in pre-WWII Austria, this is the story of Christa; her father, General Helmer; Christa's marriage to an American writer, Lan, and her relationship with Josef, an enigmatic Jew who is working to thwart Hitler's takeover of Europe. Lurking around the edges is Robert, Christa's childhood friend, who becomes a Nazi, and who will either be the the destroyer or the savior of her family.

This story is involving from the first page; it's partly a romance, but one with more serious undertones than the usual (given the times in which it's set). It's that rare type of novel where we are given the opportunity to really know these characters--the author lets us into their heads & their lives; no one is left out. The kind of book where after you close it, you say, "Damn, that was a good read!" And you wish that the story went on, or that there was a good sequel. If you find it in a used bookstore or your local library, I urge you to read it.