This is a wonderful book that will transport you to a unique world where everything seems rather simple and serene.
On a winter day in 1933, Helene Giroux arrives in a small town on the French shore of Nova Scotia. She wears her city clothes and drives an expensive car. She totally stands out in this small town. But there is something quite attractive and quaint about it for Helene.
She explores the town, and in the church discovers a fine old piano, a Molnar. She knows just how fine it is because her family manufactured these pianos in France for three generations before the Great War changed everything.
Helene attempts to settle into a simple life in the town. The story moves back and forth in time as she gradually recalls the events that brought her to this place. She went through quite a bit, including a soldier husband and there is a reappearance of an old suitor who rescued her and her daughter when they were in their most desperate.
Then she traveled through Indochina–places that women never travelled alone. But she did.
For days, everyone wondered who arrived into this small town. They had no idea who she was and of course they feared the worse about her.
This book will keep the reader at the edge of her seat. I really loved the book!
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth