What a beautifully told story. I love how the past is woven so carefully with the present storyline. This story deals with a couple who have lived in the United States for most of their lives after living through the hell that was Western Russia from 1941-1946. It's so much more than a 'war' story: it's about family and love and time and memories. Loved it dearly - and hard to believe this was Debra Dean's first novel. Outstanding.