A Cinderella-ish tale with not-so-charming princes in the edgy setting of 1920s and 1930s Berlin during the rise of the Nazis, Farewell My Life spins an operatic tale of dangerous love, obsession and loss; of crumbling, dissolving and nothingness, that revolves around Grace, a shy 17-year-old whose fabulous talent for the violin promises a shimmering career.
Farewell My Life was a bit outside the norm for me. I rarely read historical fiction, but this one caught my attention. Besides, it's always good to step outside our box every once in a while. Sometimes it works out, and sometimes not, and this one is firmly in the former category. The story is wonderfully written, and Cynthia Haggard certainly tells a compelling story. More than a mere story, this is a family saga, and the characters are so well-drawn that I felt like I knew them. I definitely didn't like all of them, but I knew them. The more I read of this book, the more I kept thinking that it would make an excellent mini-series, and it would have to be a mini-series to capture everything. This whole book, from cover to cover, held my attention completely, and it just goes to show that I really need to expand my horizons more often.