Saturday, September 29, 2012
The Summer of Katya by Trevanian
I decided to read this book because of a review posted by Semicolon at War Through the Generations blog. It is set in France in 1914, right before the start of World War I. Dr. Jean-Marc Montjean, a recent graduate of medical school, works for the only doctor in the small village of Salies. He falls in love with Katya Treville, a beautiful young woman, after treating her twin brother's injured arm. Katya's brother warns Montjean to stay away from Katya, but Montjean is convinced that Katya returns his affections. He soon realizes that the Treville family has been running from an old secret. It was a well written story that was part mystery, part love story, and part psychological drama. I didn't think that World War I was either a primary or secondary theme of the novel, but since a review was posted on the War Through the Generations blog, I'm counting it for my reading challenge. I rate it 4 out of 5.