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My Dearest Dietrich

My Dearest Dietrich: A Novel of Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Lost LoveMy Dearest Dietrich: A Novel of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Lost Love by Amanda Barratt
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

No history geek worth his or her salt hasn’t heard of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Including me. I knew the bare bones of his story, but there was a lot I didn’t know. I knew nothing about Maria von Wedemeyer. Now I do!

I’d been looking forward to this story since I first heard that it was going to release. I’ve read several of Amanda Barratt’s historical romance novellas and enjoyed them. This book did not disappoint. Barratt did a great job of putting the flesh on these historical figures. She shows a side of Bonhoeffer that the history books never could.

You don’t have to be a WWII buff, or even that much of a history buff, to enjoy this novel. This story is about the people – not the history. If you know history, then you know the ending, but the getting there is a very good read.


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All the Gallant Men: An American Sailor’s Firsthand Account of Pearl Harbor

All the Gallant Men: An American Sailor's Firsthand Account of Pearl HarborAll the Gallant Men: An American Sailor’s Firsthand Account of Pearl Harbor by Donald Stratton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If you’ve ever wondered how The Greatest Generation got its name, this is the book to read. Inspiring doesn’t begin to characterize it. This is what we were. This is who we were. This is whom we should aspire to be again. This is about putting our country and our fellow men and women above ourselves. It’s about doing what’s right regardless of the personal cost. This is what we’ve lost. Powerful. Emotional. A must-read for all Americans.


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Like a River From Its Course

Like a River from Its CourseLike a River from Its Course by Kelli Stuart
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

There are so many single words that can describe this book. Deep. Gripping. Raw. Powerful. It’s all of those things.

This is the type of story that brings history to life in a way we comprehend it at its most basic level. We live it. We see it, feel it, taste it, hear it, and touch it. It’s not pretty. It’s not romantic – although there is a thread of romance weaving its way between the tragedies – and it’s not sugar-coated.

This is real. And maybe that’s the best single word to describe it.

The story is told from four different points of view. One is Ukrainian father who is trying to keep his family together and help his neighbors. One is his daughter, the youngest and most head-strong of his brood. One is a Ukrainian teenage girl whose alcoholic father abandons her to the Nazis. And the last is the son of a high-ranking German Nazi officer who only wants to earn his father’s approval.

I’m not going to leave any typical summary of this book. It’s too complicated, too rich, to condense into a 15-second commercial review.

This book should be a must-read for every high school World History course. Instead of teaching the atrocities of WWII as geography, dates, and the names of the generals, we should be teaching what the war did at the level of basic human existence. Maybe if we did. Maybe if more people understood what the Greatest Generation fought – and why – they wouldn’t be so quick to condemn those who would step in quickly to prevent another such atrocity.

This book is fiction, but it’s based on real-life stories. On real people. On real heartache. On real sacrifice. Read it.


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The Methuselah Project

The Methuselah ProjectThe Methuselah Project by Rick Barry
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’m not exactly sure what genre I’d put this book into. Maybe suspense. Maybe historical. Maybe science fiction. Maybe a hybrid not yet named. But whatever it is – it’s worth reading!

Roger Greene was shot down in Germany during WWII. Taken prisoner, he expected the worse. But he had no idea. Medical experiments performed by a brilliant and twisted doctor forever changed his life.

No spoilers here, you have to read it and experience this one. It kept me guessing for the first half of the book. It seemed very disjointed to me in the beginning, which bordered on a turn-off for a bit, but hang in there, because it all comes together nicely.

If you like WWII history, if you like suspense, if you like “what if” type of stories, you’re going to love this. And even if you’re not sure you like any of these, you may want to give it a read anyway. It’s that different.



Posted by on October 5, 2015 in Book Reviews, New Release


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