Tuesday, August 24, 2021

When The Summer Was Ours by Roxanne Veletzos

A life of leisure and wealth was all Eva knew and what she would always know because she was going to marry a doctor.

Well…she was going to marry a doctor until she met Aleandro.  She was drawn to the gypsy fiddler and couldn’t stop thinking of him. He was the love of her life and she of his.

As the war raged, her fiancĂ© wrote every day, but Eva and Aleandro continued to meet and fell deeply in love.  When her father found out she had been meeting Aleandro, he locked her in her room.  Eva escaped, went to Aleandro, and ruined any chance of marrying Eduard.

WHEN THE SUMMER WAS OURS follows Eva and Aleandro throughout the war as Eva gives birth to their daughter and tries to live as best she can.  The birth of their daughter is unknown to Aleandro and Aleandro's being in a concentration camp is unknown to Eva.

We also follow their lives after the war and share in their successes as well as heartbreaks.  They never were out of each other’s thoughts.

As they live their lives with each other always in their thoughts, you will need some tissues.

You will love the characters…especially Aleandro for his pure heart and generosity.

Historical fiction fans will be taken to a different setting than the usual WWII places…this book takes place in Hungary along with the horrors of the war.

A heartbreaking but heartwarming read.  5/5

This book was given to me by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


  1. Thanks for stopping.

    I hope you get to read this book.

  2. Great review.
    I didn't get this one. But it does sound good.

  3. Another author that sounds so good! Thanks for sharing.

    1. You are welcome...I think you would like it, Laurel.