It is more than one year since The History Press Ireland sent us this promising book, a romantic novel that I had no clue about.
So the expectations were neutral. Published in 2012, by Annemarie Neary, “A Parachute in the Lime Tree” is a romantic war love story. So far so good. But as a reader, you think that from the very first pages, you will discover the book of your life.
As you may expect, it wasn’t the case. More than that, I was peeking to another book that it was waiting for me on the bookshelf.
Why I was almost a fool to quit this book
When love beautifully completes war, without being too cheesy, you have all the chances to enjoy a nice reading.
The plot of the book follows the life of 4 characters. Oskar, Elsa, Charlie, and Kitty, in Ireland during the Emergency. Oskar is a Luftwaffe airman, who after a dangerous leap from his plane, parachutes in the Hennessys’ garden in rural Dunkerin in southern Ireland. Here Kitty finds him, who treats Oskar, not as an enemy and starts taking care of him, despite the fact he is a refugee. But he is far away from the thought of falling in love with Kitty. His main wish is to find his soulmate, the Jewish girl he once loved, Elsa.
Meanwhile, Elsa travels over to Ireland, in Dublin, where a Jewish family had adopted her. Due to her talent for piano, here she is courted by a medical student, Charlie, who keeps her thoughts about Oskar far away. Unfortunately, because she doesn’t know how to behave as a refugee, Elsa seems not to appreciate her rescue of Nazi invasion.
Four lives which unavoidably will meet
The author is nicely contouring the book around all their experiences, from past and present. Kitty pursues Oskar, while Oskar tries to trace and find Elsa, while Elsa and Charlie put their lives together.
Each of them sees the war with different eyes, so the focus of the novel alternates among their four stories. Ultimately, Oskar, Elsa, Charlie, and Kitty will meet in a nice ending.
All in all, it was such a great surprise this book. Not a stereotypical romance, but a bunch of beautiful stories brought together by love and equally by war.