In the chaos during the final months of World War II, a woman stole the identity of a dead young woman named Lily Azerov. This woman took on Lily’s life and entered into an arranged marriage contract with Sol Kramer in Canada. On her arrival, Sol rejected her, though his brother Nathan, enthralled with the mysterious Lily, married her. Lily could only maintain the lie of her stolen identity for a short time before it became clear that she was not the real Lily. In the face of the truth and painful memories, she disappeared leaving behind her baby daughter, Ruth, and a mystery to her real identity.
Ruth heard nothing from her mother until her sixth birthday when she received a gift in the mail from her mother, but there was nothing in the package about her mother or where she was living. The thought of the gift and her mother burned into Ruth’s mind beginning a lifelong desire to find the truth. The Imposter Bride by Nancy Richler is a deeply emotional novel that focuses on Ruth and her extended family and the impact of Ruth’s mother’s lie and disappearance. This story is a journey about loss, guilt, and healing.