This is an interesting premise, two love stories separated by space and time. One in Siberia just after WW1 and the other in South America, modern day.
Both stories are semi-autobiographical, as Scheinmann's' grandfather was a POW and after escaping walked for three years to be reunited with his sweetheart. The second story closely mirrors the author's own grief at the loss of his girlfriend in a similar crash in South America.
So far so good. As we read on we discover how these two men are connected and how one story helps the other to recover from intense grief and guilt.
I liked this book immensely, it avoids cliches and is not trite although it touches on many themes we have read before. Well worth the time invested in reading it.