It seems a very simple story - 70 years of the lives, loves and hates of the women of the small alpine village of Rosenau - but this book has a grip like a bulldog. I really could not stop reading on and on in order to find out what happens to the three main families.
Then the door opened and let out the sound of wailing. Barbara was following on the soldier's footsteps as he came out of the house, crying as she stumbled along. The soldier carried Michel in his arms. Katherina saw this, Michel's long twisted legs over the soldier's arm, and she felt her stomach turn over and begin to churn.