4.0 out of 5 stars:

By: Tara Kelly  December 12, 2013

I'm an assistant book club organizer for Cambridge Book Clubs in Massachusetts. Our group voted on this book, and it was great! It was clearly written not just with care of the characters, but an innovative understanding of people. Budapest has a magic and spirit of character, of history and pride not unlike the Londons and Parises of the world. I thank Gary Brill for sharing such a wonderful reflection of his experiences abroad in this mystical city.


There's dropped in reminders of history, especially of World War II and Communism. You'll learn a few things, so if you get easily frustrated when you don't understand the historical significance of a story.... first of all don't be that person, because you're missing out. There's romance, comedy, family drama and mystery. Read this book and find out which of these 5 stories is your favorite.

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5.0 out of 5 stars

By: Vicki Moroughan   January 6, 2014

I enjoyed reading the book which is composed of 5 short stories. This engaging easy to read book intertwines romance, mystery, and history. The author does a nice job drawing the reader into feeling as if he/she is in Budapest.The reader not only senses the grittiness of the post-communistic city and the frentic pace of city life but also the beauty and culture that surrounds Budapest. Even though each short story could stand on it's own, some of the characters connected throughout the book. The characters are interesting, often showing resilience and hope.

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4.0 out of 5 stars

By: William Letmon  December 12, 2014

An urbane, sensitive, and varied exploration, not just of the city, but of the human heart and it's varied highways and byways. This touching series of short stories was, like the city in the title, a very pleasant surprise which left me hungry for more.

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