Hungary, 1956. Russian tanks brutally crush the revolution against the Communist regime. Sisters Katalin and Marika escape Budapest with their family and settle in London.
However, the past is not so easily left behind. Their father is a wanted man, and the sisters’ relationship hangs in the balance. Their futures are shaped by loss. For Katalin, this means the failure of her ambition and a devastating discovery; for Marika, an equally heart-breaking experience.
Caught between their Hungarian heritage and their new lives in Britain, the sisters struggle to reconnect. Family secrets are exposed, jeopardising Katalin’s and Marika’s identities.
Can their relationship survive war, division and grief?
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My Sister, Myself is a stunning piece of historical fiction that was a fantastically absorbing read.
I hadn’t read anything about this period of history before so I found this a fascinating read. The author does a great job at setting the scene for the book so the reader can vividly imagine the scene in their mind. The atmosphere of excitement and fear was almost palpable at times so that I felt fully immersed in the story.
The story is told from Katalin’s point of view and she is a wonderful narrator whose innocence really adds poignancy to the story. I warmed to her immediately and felt for her when the revolution puts an end to her dreams. Her relationship with her sister is a typical sibling relationship, full of little arguments. It was interesting to see how the relationship changed throughout the book as the secrets are revealed.
This book is very gripping with lots of action or revelations happening but it is the characters and their relationship with each other that made me keep reading. I found I really enjoyed spending time with the family and felt caught up in their lives. I felt quite emotional when the secrets started to be revealed and the affect it had in the family. A sure sign that I was too involved!
This is the first book I’ve read by this author and I’d definitely like to read more from her in the future. If you like wonderfully written, absorbing historical fiction then you’ll love this book.
Huge thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me onto the blog tour and for my copy of this book.
About The Author:
Jill Treseder was born in Hampshire and lived all her childhood in sight of the sea on the Solent and in Devon, Cornwall and West Wales. She now lives with her husband in Devon overlooking the River Dart. After graduating from Bristol with a degree in German, Jill followed careers in social work, management development and social research, obtaining a PhD from the School of Management at the University of Bath along the way. Since 2006 she has focused on writing fiction.