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- Print Length: 358 pages
- Publisher: Whole Sky Books; 1 edition (7 Jan. 2016)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01AC4FHI8
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- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #54,160 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Munich Girl is a multi-faceted book. It is about a woman discovering who she is, not only her true birth identity, but who she is in relationship to men. This self-questioning intensifies when she is drawn into a manuscript depicting Eva Braun's life and her relationship with Adolph Hitler 60 years prior. I have never read anything about Eva Braun before. I don't usually read WWII novels (this one goes back and forth in time easily) as they bring up visions of strife and torture which unfortunately are not fiction. But this view of Eva as seen from events as they unfold rather than in hindsight allows us to see her with fresh eyes and to understand better the choices she made.
This book is also about family ties and the secrets that are kept to protect others which eventually become burdens. It is a book with people who have international marriages between England, Germany and the U.S. It is a love story. It is a serious courageous book, involving a hefty subject and person. It is a great read!
The book follows the life stories of three women. Anna, who at fifty years old is just discovering information about her mother that has been kept secret for many years, her mother Peggy, (who at the start of the book has recently died), and Eva Braun.
If you’re not up to date on your history of World War Two, then you are probably wondering who Eva Braun is. Eva is the woman who stood at Hitlers side throughout the war. She was his mistress, the woman in the shadows. They were together for 17 years, before they finally married, and then committed suicide shortly afterwards.
I knew of Eva, but the detail that has gone into the story is phenomenal, and helps people understand more about the woman behind the name.
This is more than just about Eva though. It is about one woman’s quest to discover the truth about her parents, especially her mother’s past. Anna is consumed by her mother’s past, and digs deep into it by doing a lot of research. This is when she discovers that her mother was a long-time friend of Eva’s, and her interest in the past is heightened.
Phyllis has combined a rich plot, full of believable and touching characters, and mixed them together with historical facts to create a gripping book that you will find hard to put down.
The book did however start off very slowly for me, and I very nearly stopped reading. But, within a few chapters, something about the book held me within its pages, and pushed me to carry on reading. I am very, very grateful that I did.
Reviewed by Stacey at Whispering Stories Book Blog
**I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review**
The Munich Girl is primarily a story of self discovery and the importance of being true to ourselves told through the narratives of three women from present day and 1940's timelines.
In part, it tells the story of Anna Dahlberg, and her journey of uncovering the story behind her mother's portrait of an enigmatic pretty young woman.
It is through her diaries that Peggy, (Anna's mother) tells of how she comes into possession of the painting and becomes the unlikely friend of Ava, (Eva Braun). It gives us a fascinating imagined glimpse of the world of Hitler's secret mistress.
I loved the writing style, the pace was perfectly timed with scenes flowing effortlessly through each timeframe. Yes, it's beautifully written with meticulously drawn characters, I truly believed in them, and that's where my problem with it lies. It bothered me that the lines between fact and fiction were so exquisitely blurred that I believed in the premise that Eva was an innocent in her naivety and worship of her abuser. I was confused and didn't feel comfortable with it.
Eva Braun was the 'highly kept secret' mistress of Adolf Hitler and yes she was a woman in her own right who under different circumstances may have been all the book portrays of her. She is not to be blamed for the evil acts this man was responsible for, however she did love him and chose to stay with him with the full knowledge of his monstrous beliefs and actions. No, we shouldn't demonise her, but nor too can I accept a romanticised fairytale version of her. I tried but I failed. Had this been a work of pure fiction I would not fault it.
This isn't a negative review but I do have an opinion that could be perceived as such so I hope it won't dissuade anyone from reading it as Phyllis Edgerly Ring has written an exemplary piece of historical fiction which I truly enjoyed reading. It was just the portrayal of the little known about, factual character I found hard to come to terms with.
Perfect for fans of historical fiction that address history in some form and book groups as I think it could generate some lively debate.
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