“Tender and Insightful”
"This riveting novel is an unforgettable tale of two men sustained by love in times of conflict."
"Really is as special as its press suggests...beautifully told...an amazingly assured debut."
"Two strikingly different tales of love and grief are gradually revealed to have more in common than just the tenactiy of both men to cling desperately to the memory of love...a lush, romantic novel."
"... a tour de force that, like many of the best novels, is based on real events and is extremely moving ... The result is mesmerising.”
"An incredible and extremely moving story...it will bring a tear to the eye of even the most cynical of readers."
"Both stories are beautifully written and well plotted, and they are woven together with great skill. An impressive debut by an author to watch"
Wales on Sunday
"Scheinmann writes with a confidence and clarity unusual in a first-time author. His story is carefully structured, nicely paced and well-imagined. The reader is fully with Leo in the irrationality of grief, and with Moritz in the bitter Siberian cold. Both share stories of amazing survival, moving forward when any movement at all seems next to impossible. And the ultimate, unifying impetus is love, emerging in heroic proportion."