I know little of the antique business, but Florian's Gate gave me a glimpse into the world of antique trading that piqued my interest from the start of the book. Jeffrey Sinclair takes a job at a London antique shop, where he learns the business and tries to figure out the mysterious nature of his boss, Alexander Kantor. He finds himself more and more attracted to the lovely Katya, who keeps him at a distance.
Jeffrey's position takes him to Europe, where he not only seeks valuable antiques, but learns the hardships their owners endure as they adjust to freedom after the fall of the iron curtain. He discovers that part of the mystery surrounding Alexander stems from his painful memories of communist occupation in Ploand.. Katya, he learns, is protecting her wounded heart against further hurt.
The author skillfully weaves his story with vivid characters and leads his readers through their emotional and spiritual journeys. Relationships and circumstances grow naturally against a backdrop of historical fact.
From his description of the bidding at the auction chamber to the gut wrenching memories of Auschwitz relived through the eyes of his characters, Davis Bunn provides a deep reading experience. I found this to be an intense, thought-provoking read and I strongly recommend it to those who enjoy excellent character development and intriguing plot developments.
This book was provided to me by Hendrickson Publishers through Fred St Laurent and the Book Club Network (bookfun.org) in exchange for my honest opinion.
Jeffery is bored with his current job. So when a relative offers him a job in London, he jumps at the chance. Alexander Kanton owns an antique shop and needs someone to run it for him while he spends his time on buying trips. Jeffery falls in love with his job. When the shop gets busy he hires a woman named Katya to help. But everyone has secrets and those secrets might lead Jeffery back to the God he abandoned.
This was a very difficult book for me to review. I just couldn't get interested no matter how far I read and how much I learned. And yet I felt that the author did a great job through out the book. It was very well written and had drama, intrigue, and faith. I guess in summery, I would have to say that this is a good book, just not my style.
I received this book free of charge from Hendrickson Publishers and The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
I have to give him this: that Davis Bunn knows how to write. His descriptions are vivid and put you right into the place and action. Fast paced and intriguing, particularly if you love antiques and history!
Jeffrey Sinclair, a young American bored with his job, is suddenly offered a dream job by an obscure and slightly scandalous uncle, Alexander Kantor. Kantor has a prosperous antique business in London, and he wants to be free to travel. After teaching his nephew the ropes, he leaves for parts unknown, giving Jeffrey his business.
Jeffrey is a little overwhelmed and hires a young woman, Katya, to assist him, someone who can hold down the shop while he has to attend auctions where pieces from the shop are sold.
His uncle reappears, and he wants Jeffrey to go on a buying trip, but Jeffrey will need a translator--so he takes Katya along. Danger and intrigue mingle with the antiques there, and it grows even more so when Kantor and Jeffrey go after more antiques in Auschwitz.
Kantor dissolves in the face his worst memories, and Jeffrey must convince his uncle's clients he is also worthy of their trust.