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Out of the Mountain's Shadow_chosen_stan



1939: War has broken out, and in Albania Bekim’s family take in a Jewish family fleeing from Nazi Austria. The years of war will shape his life in unimaginable ways as Bekim grows to love Hannelore, doing everything in his power to protect her. But will he be enough to keep her safe?

2019: Following a shock redundancy, Ruth is taking an extended holiday in southern Italy where she befriends local Zak. When Zak’s dying father asks them to solve a mystery from his past, Ruth leaps at the chance. Journeying through his homeland of Albania, Ruth and Zak race to find the sacred artefacts hidden in the mountains during the war. 

A stunning and emotional novel of love and danger, perfect for fans of Lorna Cook and Rachel Hore.


Five Stars⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Another emotional, exhausting and facinatinting book....The characters are unique and well developed. The writing is descriptive, but with good pacing to move the story along and kept me turning the pages.... I highly recommend this book for a look into the horrors of war, and the comfort of those that help and protect those that are under persecution.

Wendy W. Reviewer

Outstanding - the best book I have read in a long time. Before reading this book I knew nothing about the history of Albania but learnt from reading this novel and it has instilled me to find out more. The characters were all very likeable. I enjoy books which switch between the present and the past which this novel followed. All too often I am disappointed with the ending of a book but this was not so. I will look into reading others by the same author and look to follow future publications. Well done and thank you.

Katie A. Reviewer


Firstly I have to say my first book by this author and what a revelation. Out of the mountain's shadow is a tale of courage hope and love it's quite a harrowing journey, and I'm do delighted to have had the privilege to be on it. Albania always mesmerized me growing up, as so little was known in Scotland about it and by reading this beautifully written story I actually understand so much more. This book has been executed with such fine detail and the characters play their parts so well I have absolutely nothing but 5⭐ praise for this book.

Jeanie M. Reviewer

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