“Through Sophie Cook’s masterful story-telling, two self-reliant characters spring to life from the pages of Anna & Elizabeth, as an independent upper-middle class woman and her maid servant share their entwined lives. Elizabeth’s world of literati and political salon days effervesces as Anna struggles to earn a living from the rugged, rural soil. The choices they make and the constraints of society upon them shape their lives, but never hinder their spirits.
Set against the Austro-Hungarian Empire’s decline and rise of Nazism, the novel’s two heroines face turbulent times. Their struggles will resonate with modern readers in our own uncertain days.
Their friendship and personal strengths are tested by upheaval and evil, but the two women hold on to what means the most to them, and teach us all about family, love, and fortitude. Now, if Sophie Cook will only write the sequel!”
—Peggy Ferrin, School Library Media Specialist, Reston, Virginia