Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Inseparable-Dora Heldt; translated by Jamie Lee Searle


Dora Heldt; translated by Jamie Lee Searle

AmazonCrossing, Dec 6 2011, $13.95

ISBN: 9781611090222

In Hamburg, Germany as she nears her forty-fourth birthday, Christine has moved passed in many ways the betrayals by her ex husband of ten years Bernd with her former life long BFF (see Life After Forty), but as a second order effect she no longer trusts people. While her career in publishing is successful and has a tepid relationship with Richard, Christine especially has doubts about friendships, in particular with females.

Her friend Dorothea wants to prove to Christine she is wrong to denounce friendship. With the help of her friend’s sister in Cologne, Dorothea lines up twenty people from various stages in Christine’s life who care about her to join in a surprise birthday bash. The objective to show friends care.

The second Christine tale is an engaging look at friendship as the heroine is in a funk when it comes to sisterhood. Much of the plot is gathering the faithful and learning of their tale, which in turn stretches the overall entertaining story line with too many repetitions. Still fans will enjoy Dora Heldt’s heartfelt salute to friendship.

Harriet Klausner

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