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The Crooked Path by Irma Joubert

Source: TLC Book Tours
Paperback, 400 pgs.
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The Crooked Path by Irma Joubert is a historical fiction novel that is told from both Letti and Marco’s points of view as their lives take different turns than they expect with the rise of Nazism, WWII, and its aftermath. But at its heart it is a romantic novel Lettie finds her soulmate in the most unexpected place.  Joubert’s detail in describing Italy and South Africa create a vivid world in which Letti and Marco live, and these characters face some tough trials.

Marco was a strong character filled with integrity and love and his determination and hope filled these pages from beginning to end.  He infused each character he encountered with a strength they did not know they possessed, and he makes the pages turn.  From his love of history and Da Vinci to his ability to go on even after he loses his childhood sweetheart.

Letti, on the other hand, is weaker, living in the shadow of her friends and feeling out of place next to the beauty of the village and the one from the richer family.  Like her father, she yearns to be a doctor and to care for others, even as she realizes her childhood crush is not meant to be anything more.

“The war seeped into the homes. The lowing winds blew it in through the front door when someone came in from outside. It oozed through the floorboards and the closed shutters.” (pg. 39 ARC)

Lettie’s strength comes later when she leaves for medical school and is on her own, away from the pressures of her friends and family. She’s able to see her goal and reach for it with both hands. Her hard work and thirst for knowledge make her the dedicated village doctor she becomes. But like all of us, even knowledge can take a back seat to fear and loss.

Although the ending for Lettie seemed a bit too convenient, it was understandable given her early years in her home village. The quick resolution so many years after WWII may have been truncated, but The Crooked Path by Irma Joubert is a journey worth taking and it reminds us that life is not a straight line and is very unpredictable. But love and happiness are possibilities that emerge from the ashes of our best laid plans.

RATING: Quatrain

About the Author:

International bestselling author Irma Joubert was a history teacher for 35 years before she began writing. Her stories are known for their deep insight into personal relationships and rich historical detail. She’s the author of eight novels and a regular fixture on bestseller lists in The Netherlands and in her native South Africa. She is the winner of the 2010 ATKV Prize for Romance Novels. Connect with Irma on Facebook.

  • Anna (Diary of an Eccentric)

    Wow, this sounds really good! Glad to see you enjoyed it.

    • Serena Agusto-Cox

      You’ll have to check it out.

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  • HeatherTLC

    Thanks for being a part of the tour!

    • Serena Agusto-Cox

      Thanks, Heather.

  • Suko http://www.sukosnotebook

    This sounds like an outstanding novel about WWII. Lovely review!

    • Serena Agusto-Cox

      It is really good.

  • iliana

    Great review! I hadn’t heard of this book but I like that timeframe and the fact that it’s set in places where you may not normally read about during WWII.

    • Serena Agusto-Cox

      That’s why I couldn’t say no to it.

  • bermudaonion(Kathy)

    I’m not big on romance novels but I do enjoy the World War II setting so I’d give this a try.

    • Serena Agusto-Cox

      There’s a bit of romance, but it’s not the main part of the novel. Just like normal lives, it is there.