Tears of Amber by Sofía Segovia

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From the bestselling author of The Murmur of Bees comes a transportive novel of two families uprooted by war and united by the bonds of love and courage.

With war looming dangerously close, Ilse’s school days soon turn to lessons of survival. In the harshness of winter, her family must join the largest exodus in human history to survive. As battle lines are drawn and East Prussia’s borders vanish beneath them, they leave their farm and all they know behind for an uncertain future.

But Ilse also has Janusz, her family’s young Polish laborer, by her side. As they flee from the Soviet army, his enchanting folktales keep her mind off the cold, the hunger, and the horrors unfolding around them. He tells her of a besieged kingdom in the Baltic Sea from which spill the amber tears of a heartbroken queen.

Neither of them realizes his stories will prove crucial and prophetic.

Not far away, trying and failing to flee from a vengeful army, Arno and his mother hide in the ruins of a Königsberg mansion, hoping that once the war ends they can reunite their dispersed family. But their stay in the walled city proves untenable when they find themselves dodging bombs and scavenging in the rubble. Soon they’ll become pawns caught between two powerful enemies, on a journey with an unknown destination.

Hope carries these children caught in the crosshairs of war on an extraordinary pilgrimage in which the gift of an amber teardrop is at once a valuable form of currency and a symbol of resilience, one that draws them together against insurmountable odds.

  • File Name:tears-of-amber-by-sofia-segovia.epub
  • Original Title:Tears of Amber
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  • Language:en
  • Identifier:MOBI-ASIN:B08CDWLTD8
  • Publisher:Amazon Crossing
  • Date:2021-04-30T18:30:00+00:00
  • File Size:1.518 MB

Table of Content

  • 1. Title Page
  • 2. Copyright Page
  • 3. Dedication
  • 4. Contents
  • 5. Start Reading
  • 6. The most shocking . . .
  • 7. Cast of Characters
  • 8. 1. The girl
  • 9. 2. The boy and the flying banners
  • 10. 3. Memories of the sun
  • 11. 4. Tales of gold
  • 12. 5. The Wanda of legend
  • 13. 6. Not all slavery is the same
  • 14. 7. The children’s anthem
  • 15. 8. Like a leaf on a river
  • 16. 9. The day will come when everything is understood
  • 17. 10. A flock of ill omen
  • 18. 11. Sometimes it’s good not to find what you’re looking for
  • 19. 12. The Volksempfänger never lies
  • 20. 13. Freddy cries amid thundering wheat
  • 21. 14. The past is best left there
  • 22. 15. The summer war
  • 23. 16. Ice kills patience
  • 24. 17. Nothing stops time
  • 25. 18. A mother cries in silence
  • 26. 19. Lost
  • 27. 20. Work hard, Ilse
  • 28. 21. Winter wolves
  • 29. 22. Poor Freddy
  • 30. 23. The end of the war
  • 31. 24. Lost
  • 32. 25. Somewhere else
  • 33. 26. The pain
  • 34. 27. Grandma
  • 35. 28. The numbers don’t add up
  • 36. 29. The howl
  • 37. 30. The bonfires of the vanities
  • 38. 31. Hidden truths
  • 39. 32. War never leaves the soldier
  • 40. 33. The war enters through the front door
  • 41. 34. One, one, one
  • 42. 35. Tick-tock, Wanda
  • 43. 36. Each universe to its own
  • 44. 37. The list
  • 45. 38. Softly, playfully, and with simple words
  • 46. 39. The hours
  • 47. 40. Something worse than loneliness
  • 48. 41. The invasion of the ice army
  • 49. 42. Königsberg’s walls
  • 50. 43. Declared men
  • 51. 44. More fragments
  • 52. 45. Looks
  • 53. 46. An arrival
  • 54. 47. Light
  • 55. 48. Words that are used
  • 56. 49. Three days of silence
  • 57. 50. Lost stories
  • 58. 51. Neighbors
  • 59. 52. Sunday
  • 60. 53. The collapse of the walls
  • 61. 54. False promises
  • 62. 55. Eve’s curse
  • 63. 56. Kaiser and the wolves
  • 64. 57. With empty hands
  • 65. 58. The geese
  • 66. 59. They always pass twice
  • 67. 60. Dying in winter
  • 68. 61. The last Germans
  • 69. 62. History
  • 70. 63. Goodbye
  • 71. 64. From Königsberg to Kaliningrad
  • 72. 65. A separating door
  • 73. 66. The lost doll
  • 74. 67. The burden
  • 75. 68. The forest giant
  • 76. 69. Honor thy mother
  • 77. 70. Christmas
  • 78. 71. Stories
  • 79. 72. The amber teardrop
  • 80. 73. A stranger
  • 81. 74. Texas bound
  • 82. 75. France
  • 83. 76. Two paths cross
  • 84. 77. The children of amber
  • 85. Author’s Note
  • 86. Acknowledgments
  • 87. About the Author
  • 88. About the Translator

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