|Other Side of Love, the (1991) [Novel]|
by Jacqueline Briskin
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(From the publisher):
This is the story of the lives of four cousins, members of the privileged Kingsmith dynasty, who are united by blood, family allegiance, and irresistible desires but are torn apart by the bitter hatreds of World War II and its aftermath.
War clouds already hover above the 1936 Olympics in Berlin as the American, English, and German branches of the Kingsmith family come together to cheer on two of the clan: Kathe, competing for Nazi Germany, and Wyatt, representing the United States. Here, for the first time, all four Kingsmith cousins meet. And here begins the drama of their intertwined destinies that will cross two continents and span the most tumultuous era of modern times.
Kathe: The family's lithe golden girl, born into a dominant German family on her mother's side but with a British father, she falls irrevocably in love with Wyatt, a love that must sustain her as she makes the terrifying choice of where her loyalties truly lie.
Wyatt: The dashing, forceful New York law student women can't resist, he seals his love with Kathe by confiding the secret of his Jewish heritage. Her seeming betrayal drives him to the other side of love, and into another woman's bed.
Araminta: The free-spirited, sensual beauty who relishes the thrills and pleasures of love: she can't forget that her grandmother was a charwoman and that the aristocratic RAF officer she adores might seduce her but never marry her.
Aubrey: The bookish, quietly courageous English cousin: he will recruit Kathe into the hazardous game of espionage and become increasingly obsessed with her, with a raw, passionate hunger that will demand the most unbearable sacrifice of all.
The four cousins, each engaged in private battles, will soon be caught up in the urgency of nations locked in a blood-soaked death struggle, in the urgency of passions that flame for a night, only to end amid gunfire in the morning.
From the United States and England's highest circles of power to the nightmare landscape of Germany's Third Reich, the story is a bold testament to the resilience of the human spirit and to one woman's strength.
Original title: The Other Side of Love
Genre: Fiction→ Historical→ Sagas
Fiction→ General Fiction→ Troubled Lives