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The Munich Girl: A Novel of the Legacies that Outlast War by [Ring, Phyllis Edgerly]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3020 KB
  • Print Length: 358 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0996546987
  • Publisher: Whole Sky Books; 1 edition (7 Jan. 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01AC4FHI8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #333,680 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Munich Girl is an absorbing, historical memoir-esq novel, that interweaves fact with fiction, and will have you learning about historical events, whilst enjoying a beautifully told story.

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**
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With her new book, The Munich Girl, author Phyllis Edgerly Ring points out that an entire nation can’t be understood or explained with one label.

She does this by examining the life of one almost-invisible woman: Eva Braun, the “Munich Girl” who was Hitler’s mistress from the time the seventeen-year-old girl met the man over twenty years her senior until their wedding followed a day later by her suicide at his side when she was 33.

Although The Munich Girl has the feel of a memoir, it is a historical fiction that tells the story of three women. We first meet Anna, an American woman married to history professor Lowell. Anna has grown up in a house full of secrets, one of which is her father Rod’s war-spoils portrait that has hung in their dining room all her life. The second is her mother, Peggy, who has died just before the story begins. And of course, the third is Eva, and her doomed relationship with Adolf Hitler. As Anna is clearing out Peggy’s house, she comes across a manuscript that tells both Peggy’s story and that of her unlikely friend, Eva.

Anna’s story is told in alternating points of view. First we have her own experience as a child born in Germany at the end of the war, but raised in the United States. Having grown up feeling like an outsider and desperate to belong, she subverts her entire life into supporting her husband Lowell’s career and goals. When he orders her to work at an inherited family magazine that he thinks will help his career, she is at first reluctant but then captivated by her assignments, including Eva Braun’s story. But most of all she’s drawn to the magazine’s German-American editor, Hannes.
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I loved reading The Munich Girl by Phyllis Ring! I could identify with the main female character - very human. I loved the descriptions, particularly the ones of dreams, and the dialogue also pulled me in. The black and white photos of Eva Braun give the book charm. While I was reading it, I wanted to know what was factual and what was fiction. It feels like an accurate depiction of events. It seems well researched, is peppered here and there with German dialogue and I was getting hungry reading about the German pastries.

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!
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