Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Review: The Munich Girl by: Phyllis Edgerly Ring

Title: The Munich Girl
Author: Phyllis Edgerly Ring
Publisher: Whole Sky Books
Pages: 391
Format: Kindle
Source: Virtual Book Tours


Anna Dahlberg grew up eating dinner under her father’s war-trophy portrait of Eva Braun. 
Fifty years after the war, she discovers what he never did—that her mother and Hitler’s mistress were friends. 

The secret surfaces with a mysterious monogrammed handkerchief, and a man, Hannes Ritter, whose Third Reich family history is entwined with Anna’s. 

Plunged into the world of the “ordinary” Munich girl who was her mother’s confidante—and a tyrant’s lover—Anna finds her every belief about right and wrong challenged. With Hannes’s help, she retraces the path of two women who met as teenagers, shared a friendship that spanned the years that Eva Braun was Hitler’s mistress, yet never knew that the men they loved had opposing ambitions. 

Eva’s story reveals that she never joined the Nazi party, had Jewish friends, and was credited at the Nuremberg Trials with saving 35,000 Allied lives. As Anna's journey leads back through the treacherous years in wartime Germany, it uncovers long-buried secrets and unknown reaches of her heart to reveal the enduring power of love in the legacies that always outlast war.

My Thoughts:

This book follows Anna Dahlberg who use to eat dinner under the famous portrait of Eva Braun which her father acquired after the war ended.  What Anna didn't realize was the connection between Anna's mother Peggy and Eva Braun.  When she works with Hannes Ritter at the magazine he encourages her to do papers on women and more specifically Eva Braun the girl who become Adolph Hitler's wife for about 40 hours until they both committed suicide at the end of the war.

As Anna learns more about the lives of these two women she also learns things about her husband she didn't know.  Things he was doing that he shouldn't have been and how little he cared about her.

This book was such a journey between the past and present.  We learn so much about Anna and those she deals with.  Anna also learns things about her mother she didn't know about.  This book travels from New England to Germany where the story ends.  I really enjoyed this story of three women and changes they dealt with.  Definitely a great book and I would recommend it to anyone who loves learning about women during World War II!

Author Bio:

Author Phyllis Edgerly Ring lives in New England and returns as often as she can to her childhood home in Germany. Her years there left her with a deep desire to understand the experience of Germans during the Second World War. She has studied plant sciences and ecology, worked as a nurse, been a magazine writer and editor, taught English to kindergartners in China, and served as program director at a Baha’i conference center in Maine.

She is also author of the novel, Snow Fence Road, and the inspirational nonfiction, Life at First Sight: Finding the Divine in the Details. Her book for children, Jamila Does Not Want a Bat in Her House, is scheduled for release by Bellwood Press in early 2017.

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Teddy Rose said...

I'm so glad you enjoyed 'The Munich Girl'!