Friday, February 26, 2016

THE MUNICH GIRL by Phyllis Edgerly Ring

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Book Information
Genre: Historical fiction
  • Paperback: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Phyllis Edgerly Ring; 1 edition (November 14, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0996546987
  • ISBN-13: 978-0996546980

Synopsis: 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.

Review: This book provides a completely new and different slant on the story of Eva Braun. If you think you know her story, or the story of her relationship with Hitler, this book will make you look at her in a whole new light.

The author blends fact and fiction to present a masterful story of three women, two from the past and one from the present. She makes the characters come to life, drawing the reader into each of the stories with her words. Each of the women chooses to put the happiness of someone else above the happiness of herself, which we see have adverse consequences for each of them.

This story has many different settings, and each one is described in vivid detail. You can close your eyes and see the places the author is describing. I hope to read more from this author in the future.

**I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.**

Rating:  Four stars

About the author
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As she writes fiction and nonfiction, Phyllis Edgerly Ring watches for the noblest possibilities in the human heart. She's always curious to discover how history, culture, relationships, spirituality, and the natural world influence us and point the way for the human family on our shared journey.

Her newest novel, The Munich Girl: A Novel of the Legacies That Outlast War, traces a pathway of love and secrets in WWII Germany when protagonist Anna Dahlberg discovers that her mother shared a secret friendship with Hitler's mistress, Eva Braun. Her journey to discover the truth about this, and her own life, will challenge most every belief she has about right and wrong.

The author has worked as writer, editor, nurse, tour guide, program director at a Baha'i conference center, taught English to kindergartners in China, and served as instructor for the Long Ridge Writer's Group. She has written for such publications as Christian Science Monitor, Ms., Writer's Digest, and Yankee, and also published several nonfiction books about creating balance between the spiritual and material aspects of life. More information can be found at her blog, Leaf of the Tree:

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