Tsura (Tsura, #1)by Published 18 Aug 2015
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In WWII Romania, Tsura, a young Roma (gypsy) woman, has no choice but to leave her lover, Andrei, behind and marry the grandson of the man whose basement she and Andrei have been hiding in. An epic WWII saga, for fans of The Bronze Horseman and Outlander.
“It won’t be a real marriage.” Tsura put her hands to Andrei’s shirt and pulled him in close. “I’ll never share a bed with him. I love you. I only do what I must to keep us all safe. Once the war ends, it’ll be as if it never was.” She caught his face in her hands. “I am only yours, Andrei.”
“Yes, you’re only mine,” Andrei bent over and growled in her ear. “When you put on that dress for him and walk down the aisle in that ugly goy church,” he kissed her hard before putting a strong hand to the back of her neck, pulling her forehead to his, “you think of me, here. When you say your vows to that man, you remember that it’s me who has owned your body tonight.” He again pressed his lips to hers. It was a claiming.
"Tsura (Tsura, #1)" Reviews
I accepted a free copy of Tsura by Heather Anastasiu for review from the author because the central character is a Romani woman. Romani are what the gypsies call themselves. I've read a number of books about Romani history and a couple of anthropology studies about Romani in the United States. I've also read some Romani memoirs, and a great many novels dealing with Romani. So you might say I'm interested in the subject.
I admit to being somewhat disappointed about the extent of Romani cultural content in Tsura. There was a slight Romani flavor sprinkled throughout Tsura, but ideally I would have liked to see a great deal more.
Tsura takes place in Romania in World War II. Some years ago I had read a Holocaust memoir about a Jewish woman from Poland who took refuge with relatives in Romania in World War II, and was therefore safe from the Nazis. Yet I knew that there were Romanian Jews who were sent to concentration camps. I was confused. Why were some Romanian Jews safe from the Nazis while others weren't? Tsura finally answered this question. I'd like to thank Heather Anastasiu for helping me to understand Romania's role in World War II a little better.
On the other hand, I had a problem with the way the Jewish Holocaust was portrayed in this book. Something occurred that could never have happened. Since this is a huge spoiler, I will have to hide this discussion behind spoiler tags. [spoilers removed]
So far I haven't discussed what I thought of the romance factor in Tsura which would be the most important component for those readers who chose to read this book because it's a romance. Well, it's a delayed HEA situation. There's a sequel and the relationship issues are presumably resolved over the course of that narrative. I wouldn't read the sequel for that reason myself, though I did like the romance hero very much. Tsura's difficulties with understanding him in this first book irritated me, and caused me to be impatient with her throughout the novel.
For the blog version of this review see http://wwwbookbabe.blogspot.com/2015/...
This is a series review because I wasn't sure how I felt after finishing book one and I wanted to see what happened next before I wrote my review.
Here are my thoughts: The author found her voice during the last 5% of book one and it carried through into book two. There is a shitload of drama in book two that I would have appreciated being stretched out more so I didn't feel as if my heart took a savage beating over and over again so rapidly. I wish the last 20% would have been more developed because it would have made for an excellent plot for book three and more powerful finale. I wish I would have read this series without the "for fans of TBH and OL" on my brain so I wouldn't have been comparing it the entire time. Those two series are my top favorites and really big shoes to fill. I do understand why it states "for fans of Outlander and The Bronze Horseman" but it definitely swayed my opinion in a negative manner because I wasn't able to read the series solely on its own merits, in which there are many. That's just me, though, and I'm a tough critic. Finally, and most importantly, I ended up really liking it. A strong three star read overall.
Looks can be deceiving. At first glance the novel's cover looks as if it's advertising paranormal romance, but upon reading it I was delighted to learn that it was indeed a WWII historical romance and the woman on the cover is the gypsy, Tsura. Forced into hiding, Tsura seeks refuge with an elderly couple and a young Jewish man who she falls madly in love with. One evening she is caught by two Nazis outside her hiding place and she is sure the end is near for a gypsy like her. Luckily one of the men is her older brother's best friend and he saves the day by claiming that Tsura is his fiance. In order to secure her safety he forges her identity and marries her, but it's a marriage on paper only, he won't touch her; he knows that she is in love with the Jewish boy. Tsura finds it hard to stomach being married to a man who works for the Nazis but she has little choice. Just when they think they are figuring out how to live with their farce of marriage trouble strikes. Will they be able to stand each other? How will they survive? Is evil only in black of white or in shades of gray? A fast paced, riveting read, perfect for fans of historical romance and WWII dramas. I can't wait to dive into the sequel to see how it ends.
I received this book for free from the author in return for my honest, unbiased review.
The best accolade I can give this story is to say that when I finished reading the book, I immediately bought the sequel. “Tsura” is a captivating tale about a spirited Roma young woman’s struggle for survival and to do what she can to help the Romanian resistance to the Nazi regime. It vividly evokes Second World War Romania, a lesser known arena of the world conflict, with a fast-paced plot and convincing dialogue.
The complex character of the protagonist, Tsura, is one of the novel’s greatest strengths. From the opening chapter, I cared about her and agonised over her decisions and choices as her head and heart warred and she stumbled toward maturity.
I’ve only read the first couple chapters of “House of Stone”, the sequel, but I’m already as engrossed in it as I was in “Tsura”. I can easily recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys a good story.
NOTE: I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
This book was a very powerful and historical read. It follows Tsura a young woman who has lost her family and is forced into a marriage because of her status. It is either hide in plain site and be married to the man she was rescued and hid by or be sent to a camp. It follows her life of pain and suffering and tells a wonderful yet sad story.
This book had a lot of history. I love reading about history. This book gave me a great story along with the history of World War 2.
I found it to be very great read. It was well written and had a great storyline. I hate that it ended so abruptly though and can't wait to read what comes next...Stormi