- 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
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #333,680 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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**
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.Read more ›
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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This book was entered and was a RED RIBBON WINNER in The Wishing Shelf Book Awards. This is what our readers thought:
Title: The Munich Girl
Author: Phyllis Edgerly... Read more
It is the mid 1990s. Anna is stuck in a loveless and childless marriage with Lowell. In the New Hampshire house left to her by her mother she feels like a mere adjunct to his... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Chris Lovegrove
Actual 3.5 Review part of HF Virtual Book Tours with digital ARC provided by the author to participate in the tour with for my unbiased review. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Sharon
(Bought through Amazon Germany, therefore no Verified purchase here.)
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Growing up in the Netherlands, where every first week of May is basically dedicated to WWII, and with parents who were both born during the war (my mother even before Germany... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Anne