Saving Francesca Maier – Claire Wingfield / #Review @ClaireWingfield

Can you leave the past in another country?

Francesca Maier knows little of her father’s home country or her parents’ life together before she was born. A summer in Berlin brings the past – and its secrets – alive. Adrift in a foreign city, she finds an unexpected friend in east Berliner Antonio – but what will he sacrifice to save her?

Saving Francesca Maier probes the secrets every family hides and the decisions we make in a volatile world.



My review

In this book the author takes us on a trip to Berlin. We are able to get to know Francesca, a 14 year old girl who is in this city for the first time. 

Not only does the author provides us with an interesting trip inside Francesca’s mind but she adds a bit of history too.

Francesca is a wonderful character. Although she is still very young, she does seem very mature on the one hand, but on the other hand she also keeps the innocense of a girl of her age.

All the other characters in this book are complex and the author gives hints about what is going on but never really reveals everything. It’s up to the reader to let their imagination take them where they decide it to go.

I wonder if this is where it ends or is the author planning on writing a sequel to let us know where her imagination takes her and giving the reader the opportunity to compare notes? Either way, I am happy to create my own happy ever after. 🙂 4 stars.

Thank you, Claire Wingfield


About the author

Claire Wingfield graduated from her English degree at Cambridge University in 2002, and has worked in books and publishing ever since. She lives in Scotland, where she runs a busy writing and editorial consultancy. She is the author of ‘Saving Francesca Maier’, first in the This City series and ’52 Dates for Writers – Ride a Tandem, Assume an Alias and 50 Other Ways to Improve Your Novel Draft’.


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