The Last Waltz

The Last Waltz In December the city of Vienna glitters with promises of the future for sought after debutante Amalia Faulhaber But life takes a dramatic turn when simmering political unrest escalates into the

  • Title: The Last Waltz
  • Author: G.G. Vandagriff
  • ISBN: 9781606410523
  • Page: 318
  • Format: Paperback
  • In December 1913, the city of Vienna glitters with promises of the future for sought after debutante Amalia Faulhaber But life takes a dramatic turn when simmering political unrest escalates into the most deadly war the world has ever known Amalia is devastated when her fiance, Baron Eberhard von Waldburg, breaks off their engagement to return to his native Germany and oIn December 1913, the city of Vienna glitters with promises of the future for sought after debutante Amalia Faulhaber But life takes a dramatic turn when simmering political unrest escalates into the most deadly war the world has ever known Amalia is devastated when her fiance, Baron Eberhard von Waldburg, breaks off their engagement to return to his native Germany and obligatory military service But she soon discovers that her passion for democracy in an increasingly fascist world has put everything she loves in danger Her family torn apart and improvished by the war, Amalia must now choose between an idealistic young Polish doctor, who shares her political views, and the wealthy Baron von Schoenenburg, an Austrian Cabinet minister who promises to provide safety and security in a violent, tumultuous time Reminiscent of Gone with the Wind, this epic novel explores the nature of human character and the elusive seach for love and peace.

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    1. Modern teenagers of today might think people of early twentieth century Europe were a simple lot. After all, they rode in carriages, wrote letters by hand, and attended formal balls. The nobility did little else but gossip and discuss Parisian fashions. Yet, in GG Vandagriff’s newest novel, pre-World War I Austria explodes with intrigue, volatile politics that would eventually bring the Austrian people under Hitler’s rule, and a love story that proves that a woman’s heart is as vast as the [...]

    2. *** My review has spoilers, but dont worry about it cause I wouldn't recommend the book anyhow*** I was kind of disapointed in this book. I was really excited to read this after the last several books i've read being about vampires or werewolves or the combination of the 2, I was excited to get back to reality, and what better way to delve into reality than with a little historical fiction taking place from pre-WWI to pre-WWII era. I generally enjoy books from this era and this book showed alot [...]

    3. 'An epic historical romance reminiscent of Gone With The Wind' is how the blurb sell this. With my particular interest for WWI in this centenary year plus my love of big fat sagas, this therefore sounded right up my street so I settled down and waited to be swept away. And waited and waited.Instead, this reads like a weak YA novel. Amalia is a whiney heroine who has constant misunderstandings with hero Andrzej, who's supposed to have dark depths but who just comes across as petulant. They're mea [...]

    4. I felt this book had some serious flaws, but it was interesting reading about the history of WWI from the POV of Austrians, and, ultimately, had what I felt was a good perspective on love in marriage.As for flaws, two main things bothered me:1) It was too long. Passages were redundant and there was a lot of telling within tight POV that could have been shown or touched on much more subtly. The jumping into other points of view within the same scene (although marked with a section break) didn't s [...]

    5. I have spent 18 years of my life dancing and many of those years were spent performing. Often we would talk about different types of performers and the kind of experience you can give as a performer and the kind of experience you can have as an audience. One type of performer is one who can tell a story. Often I have watched dance, or viewed any type of art, and knew the story they were trying to tell. It is like being read to as a child, you know what is coming and you enjoy the telling of the [...]

    6. amazing book dipicting life in world war 1 and 2 from an austrians womans point of view. Amalia Faulhabor was a middle case Austrian with with ancestry back to a count and so lived in style. However she didn't let this get to her head. she was engaged to be married to a baron Ebenhard, a Prussian until he broke it off to enlist in the army. She was so devistated by his dismissal that she broke protocal and went unescorted to a university bar and met the Doktor Andrzej, a polish training doctor t [...]

    7. I couldn't decide between 2 and 3 stars. The book was a nice escape for me. It was dramatic, exiciting and passionate (modestly so). But after awhile, the characters weren't so believable. That two people kept missing each other over and over again was not convincing. And after being married for over a decade to still think of someone else as your soul mate. That's just selfish and unrealistic. But the book seems to have no excuse for it, as if it were perfectly fine and normal for her to contin [...]

    8. Incredible, beautiful, breathtaking I could go on and on. EXACTLY what a historical romance should be. Although the setting is not usually my forte (WWI through WWII), Vandagriff wove information into such a riveting story and through the eyes of such an admirable heroine that I was hardly aware of how much I was learning! The development of each character was handled in such an adept yet understated way that it is not until the very last page that the reader truly understands the incredible gro [...]

    9. The Last Waltz is the story of an upper-class young woman from Vienna named Amalia and the three men she loves: Eberhard, who is torn between his love of music and the Prussian military ideals he was raised with; Andrzej, the dangerous and romantic young Polish doctor; and Rudolf, the good friend of Amalia's beloved uncle, who becomes her protector and mentor. The story begins with Amalia as a naive young girl in the months before World War One breaks out, and follows her through romance, heartb [...]

    10. When I first received my copy of “The Last Waltz” in the mail, I was a little intimidated by its size. This bad boy comes in at 591 pages and one deftly placed blow would stop a midnight marauder in his tracks. But once I opened the covers, I was hooked and the size didn’t matter so much—in fact, it meant more story to enjoy.The first thing that attracted me to the story is the fact that it’s set during World War I. We don’t see a lot of fiction based on this era—World War II gets [...]

    11. The Last Waltz is epic, big, and sprawling. In many ways, it reminded me of War and Peace and Anna Karenina (I hope Tolstoy is not offended by the comparison), with years of life presented against the backdrop of political unrest, this time in Vienna, Germany and Poland. The book begins in 1913, on the day Amalia meets Andrzej (a name I can no longer spell, probably due to the fact that I could never figure out how to pronounce it, which bugged me for the entire 608 pages of the novel), and cont [...]

    12. I could not put this book down. THE LAST WALTZ is romantic historical fiction. The story starts with a romance story arc that carries through the whole novel. But the story is also heavily tied to the events of the time period - just prior to WWI in Vienna, Austria. I LOVE historical fiction but this isn't a time period that I really know a lot about. I have read mostly about WWII. Through this story I could see how big the changes in central Europe were following WWI and how the area was primed [...]

    13. Note: this is one of the novels I'm reading as a voter for the Whitney Awards. My rating and review may or may not be indicative of how I will cast my vote. I'm not sure what makes a book more historical fiction than romance (this is an entry in the historical fiction category of the Whitney Awards), but this may be the only kind of romance that really works for me. In fact, this is more like 2 and a half stars because I enjoyed some parts of it. It was entirely too predictable. And some parts d [...]

    14. I wished I would have had more time to finish this book more quickly, but hey, it was during the holidays, I got distracted with other holiday stories, and it's a big book! "The Last Waltz" follows the story of Amalia from pre-WWI to the beginning of WWII. She was a beautiful girl and very social. There was a lot of history involved in the story and (for me at least) it had a feel of "The Sound of Music" to it--one of my all-time favorites. Maybe it's because most of it took place in Austria. My [...]

    15. I had several people recommend this book to me over the years, so I was happy to finally get my hands on it. One, I am normally a fan of historical fiction, but this book made me realize I do not like historical fiction that deals with the politics behind wars. Kind of boring to me. Two, I hated the ending. I was looking for more of a Von Trapp-type ending. Nope. The wrong person dies in the end. After reading almost 600 pages, I was ready for a happy ever after, and I didn't get it. However, I [...]

    16. I can't decide if I like this book or not. Right now, I'm leaning toward not. From the very start the main character, Amalia, bugged me. I felt no connection to her and alot of her problems seemed of her own selfish making. I did like the historical backdrop of the story, Austria from the beginning of WWI to Hitler's take-over before WWII. That was interesting. Most of all, I HATED the ending! I could understant why the author did it, I just don't agree with the direction she wanted the characte [...]

    17. All I can say it that I am so thankful I am done reading this book. I don't even know why I finished it, I just got so far in that I couldn't quit. This book was way over my head with mumbo jumbo about the politics in Austria. The Last Waltz would be the "last" book I would recommend to anyone! While I read I kept thinking it's got to get better, something will happen. And, nothing ever happened. As I read the final sentence I thought, "It that really it?"

    18. I always enjoy historical fiction because I feel like I learn alot about the setting, and I remember it way better than when I memorized it for a history class. This book was good and realistic without being so realistic it lost it's escapist quality. I read to escape not be depressed! The main character grows a lot and becomes someone to be admired. I really liked how love is portrayed as something you choose, you choose to make it work or you choose not to.

    19. I just felt like the whole time I was waiting and waiting and waiting for something exciting to happen. And it never did. Or if it did, it was just anticlimatic. I don't know. And I also really dislike reading books where you're hoping something will happen to the husband -- like he'll die or something -- so that she'll be with the man she really loves.

    20. this book is very long, without really needing to be long, with a heroine that has an uncanny ability to bewitch all the men in her life. a good history of politics in early 20th century Austria, which is the reason I finished the book.

    21. The characters in this pre-WWII novel are what sets it apart, in my mind,from others of the same genre. While none were without flaws, the way these people dealt with their circumstances gave me reason to consider what I would have done in a similar situation.

    22. A well-written saga of a woman living in Vienna culminating in Hitler's rise to power. I found myself comparing this book to "Gone with the Wind" with a little bit of the "Sound of Music" thrown in. A great love story and a great read! Uplifting and inspiring ideals.

    23. It's not that this book was bad, it's just that I just got tired of the trials and tribulations of Amalie--especially her see-saw relationship with Zaleski. "Again?" I found myself saying out loud. At any rate, I didn't really have a desire to finish the 500 pager after reading 362 pages.

    24. This was a thick book. That was it's first good feature. It took me DAYS to get through it! It was a good historical fiction book, it kept me interested even though at parts I rolled my eyes. The ending was not my favorite, I like to see more resolution. A good read, though.

    25. "In December 1913, the city of Vienna glitters with promises of the future for sought-after debutante Amalia Faulhaber. But life takes a dramatic turn when simmering political unrest escalates into the most deadly war the world has ever known." This book is so well written.It touches the heart.

    26. had to drag myself through the first 400 pages to enjoy the last 100 pages, but then I thought the ending (last chapter) left a lot to be desired.

    27. Lame, predictable. The political stuff makes it okay, but other than that it's a lot like the Twilight series (which I couldn't bring myself to finish). Stupid girls.

    28. Excellent book! I really didn't like the ending. It felt like she left off the ending otherwise I would have given it 5 stars.

    29. This was a little slow for me, I didn't like the ending either. It was ok but not one I would read again.

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