Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours Book Review: The Munich Girl

02_The Munich GirlThe Munich Girl: A Novel of the Legacies That Outlast War

by Phyllis Edgerly Ring
Publication Date: November 14, 2015
Whole Sky Books
eBook & Paperback; 356 Pages

Genre: Historical Fiction

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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.

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"I was drawn in by Phyllis Ring's economical and expressive language. Then the story took over! Protagonist Anna Dahlberg must face the emotional fallout from a traumatic plane crash, while simultaneously uncovering the first clues in a shocking generational mystery involving key players in the Third Reich. Everything's complicated by a new romance that may help her overcome the past and find her true inner strength. But is it real? Love can manifest itself in enigmatic--and unexpected--ways." -Elizabeth Sims, author and contributing editor at Writer's Digest magazine

"... fresh perspective of German women at opposing ends of the warring spectrum ... a beautiful story of enduring friendship and the lengths people will go to for love." -The Stellar Review

"So persuasive is this novel that, before I could believe it was in fact a piece of fiction, I contacted the author and asked where she did her research and where she came up with the idea." -Leslie Handler, The Philadelphia Inquirer

Review:  I've read a lot of books that take place during WWII, but I've never read a story that involved Eva Braun.

Anna discovers that her mother and Eva Braun were friends when she starts looking for answers as to why there is a portrait of Hitler's mistress in their family dining room.

This book weaves real life with fiction beautifully and makes you want to know more about the cast of characters. This is a book that you may have a hard time remembering it is fiction as you turn the pages. That's how well the author brings her characters to life.

This book was stunning. I highly recommend it to anyone that loves this time period

Rating: 5 flowers

About the Author

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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 and Twitter.

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

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

Wednesday, August 24
Review at A Chick Who Reads

Friday, August 26
Review at SJ2B House of Books


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