Friday, September 2, 2016

G740 Book Review of the Munich girl by Phyllis Edgerly Ring

Name of Book:the Munich girl

Author: Phyllis Edgerly Ring

ISBN: 9780996546980

Publisher: Whole Sky Books

Type of book: 1930s, 1940s, 1995, Germany, America, secrets, friendship, giving up self, Eva Braun, German dictator, suicide, every four years, bakery, treatment of women, marriage, choices

Year it was published: 2015

Summary:

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.

Characters:

Main characters include Anna Dalberg, a forty-something woman who is married to a man who doesn't treat her well. She knows next to nothing about her mother Peggy and often gets put down for her interests and hobbies. Peggy is Anna's mother, a woman born on February 29th. She is very plucky and spirited in early 1900s, while close to the end of her life, she is very closed off and does not share much about her life to her daughter Anna. Eva Braun is Peggy's friend and although they meet rarely, they inspire one another very frequently. Eva strikes me as lively in beginning, but then towards the end of her life she is sad and resigned. Hannes Ritter is someone I would describe as perfect and someone who is a talented chef and is there for Anna when her husband cannot or refuses to be. Lowell is Anna's husband who is very driven, ambitious and doesn't see Anna as a person.

Theme:

We are more alike than we think

Plot:

The story is told both in third person and first person narrative. Majority of the story is from Anna's point of view, about how she discovered her mother's secret, how she is dealing being with her ambitious husband and a possible crush as well as how her mother's legacy affects her. The story definitely has an interesting exploration as to why and how women give themselves up for men's ambitions, and it also humanized Eva Braun, although I do wish that she would have been explored more because she does sound interesting.

Author Information:
(From HFVBT)

About the Author

Author Phyllis Edgerly Ring writes fiction and non-fiction. She left a part of her heart in her childhood home of Germany, which she visits as often as she can.
Her newest release, The Munich Girl: A Novel of the Legacies That Outlast War, follows the lives of three women there before, during, and after the Second World War. The novel’s protagonist begins a journey that links past and present when she discovers that her mother shared a secret friendship with Hitler’s mistress, Eva Braun.
The New Hampshire author loves writing, travel, and the noblest possibilities in the human heart and is always curious to discover how history, culture, relationship, spirituality, and the natural world influence us and guide the human family on its shared journey.
For more information, please visit Phyllis Edgerly Ring’s website. You can also find her on Facebook andTwitter.

Opinion:

I believe that this book will be one of my more controversial book reviews; not because of the rating, but simply because of the fact it deals with Eva Braun, yes, the wife of that German swine. I was a bit nervous beginning to read the book because I wasn't sure how that German swine would be portrayed; would he be portrayed in a way that would make me upset, or would he be portrayed in a way that is accurate? Much to mine relief, the story did not focus on him (he perhaps received 10 percent out of 100) but instead focuses greatly on Eva, Peggy, and Peggy's daughter Anna. Somehow the writing and the story sound very realistic and I can hardly tell fiction from fact. A memorable read.

This is for HFVBT

Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, August 1
Review at Oh, for the Hook of a Book!
Tuesday, August 2
Review at Creating Herstory
Thursday, August 4
Spotlight at CelticLady’s Reviews
Friday, August 5
Interview at Dianne Ascroft’s Blog
Monday, August 8
Review at History From a Woman’s Perspective
Tuesday, August 9
Review at First Impression Reviews
Wednesday, August 10
Guest Post at Let Them Read Books
Friday, August 12
Spotlight at Just One More Chapter
Monday, August 15
Guest Post & Excerpt at The Silver Dagger Scriptorium
Wednesday, August 17
Review at A Chick Who Reads
Thursday, August 18
Review at Svetlana’s Reads and Views
Friday, August 19
Review at Book Nerd
Monday, August 22
Spotlight at Passages to the Past
Friday, August 26
Review at SJ2B House of Books

4 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

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