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Natasha Solomons Books In Order

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Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Mr. Rosenblum's List / Mr. Rosenblum Dreams in English (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Novel in the Viola / The House at Tyneford (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Gallery of Vanished Husbands (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Song Collector / The Song of Hartgrove Hall (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
House of Gold (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
I, Mona Lisa (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fair Rosaline (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Natasha Solomons is an author of fiction. She resides with her husband David in Dorset. He is also a writer and they have two children together.

She first became a published author in 2010. This was when her debut novel came out. The novel is also known by an alternate title. Her second novel came out in 2011. She has written several more since then!

Mr. Rosenblum’s List is the first fictional novel from acclaimed author Natasha Solomons. The reader starts out at the beginning of the second world war. In the middle of Berlin, a family is desperately attempting to do what they can to get out of Germany.

Jack Rosenblum must take care of his family in uncertain times. Sadie and Jack are attempting to get out of the city with their baby and go to London where they believe that they may be able to escape some of the turmoil that they know is coming.

As they arrive safely at last, they are strangers in a strange land. They are not the only immigrants that have come to London, and like many others, they are given a pamphlet. It contains instructions for them on how to think and act as the English do.

After all, they’re going to want to fit in. Jack does his best to leave the ways that he has known behind and instead do as the English do. To this point and purpose, he buys a sports car and shops for suits that make him look like the men here. Jack learns how to go to the market to buy marmalade as his neighbors do– even his diet must change.

He learns the history of the country and can tell you an entire list of the monarchy that have ruled the kingdom, going back for hundreds of years. Jack is careful to never speak to people in his native language, even if they know the tongue. He may slip up with the occasional swear in German being dropped, but other than that things are fine.

Even though he is doing all that he can to try and become authentically English in demeanor and even his soul, Jack feels that he doesn’t have the entire thing down yet. Still, he’s doing the best that he can. There is still one thing out there that is missing, and he knows that it may be silly, but there is one thing he knows that he needs.

The one thing that Jack could have that he does not that would finally make him feel as though he has become a Brit in totality is something that seems to be eluding him. He knows that if he could just have it, his transformation would be complete. That is the membership to a golf club. If he could just belong to a club, then he would finally feel that he really had become English at last.

The only catch is that he is certainly going to be denied the membership even if he were to apply. After the war in England, there isn’t a club in the country that is going to take on a new member when their last name is even remotely German. He knows that Rosenblum will get him rejected, but he decides that he isn’t going to let it stop there.

If the English clubs will not allow him membership, then he is just going to have to go ahead and construct his own. That way he is going to have no choice but to allow himself to join the club and feel totally like one of the natives. His wife does not feel the same way and does not share in his rampant enthusiasm.

She is even more disappointed when he has the idea to move the family. Jack decides that he is going to relocate the baby and his wife and himself to Dorset in a cottage that has a thatched roof. It is apparently the only way to get the course and the club done.

While Jack is very excited for this project he’s come up with, Sadie is conflicted. She knows that there is a certain level of adaptation when it comes to moving to a new country as immigrants, and that blending in would be better for them than clinging to their heritage, culture, language, and past.

Even though this is the truth, she differs from her husband in the fact that she doesn’t wish to forget the past. Sadie may be English now, but she also doesn’t have the desire to forget about their identity. In fact, she wishes that she could be embracing the old ways and that way at least have a small slice of home. If only she could bake the same pastries and cakes that she made in the homeland, cooking up to share with family and friends that had come to visit.

Sadie sees nothing of the warmth and the comfort of her old life in this new place. The landscape of England seems foreign to her and inhospitable in nature. She can feel that she is an outsider, and the people here are not that welcoming to them. Now Jack is in pursuit of a dream that is already sucking up a lot of their finances.

The couple are struggling to adjust to a new culture and provide for themselves and their child in a strange land. Jack is obsessed with his project, but will it bring them to the poor house? You’ll have to read this book to find out!

The Novel in the Viola is the second book from Solomons. Set in 1938, the season is spring. Elise Landau is just nineteen, and now she must leave Vienna. She is a Jew and it is not safe anymore.

She must bid farewell to a life of luxury, trading champagne for being an English maid. She comes to a large house in Tyneford to work. But with war on the horizon and a new friendship forming between a young man named Kit and herself, what will happen? Read this exciting second novel from Solomons and you’ll find out!

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