I love to read independently published book by local authors. some are not that good but once in a while I come across an exceptionally well written and engaging book.
I put off reading The Inner War, by Gerda Hartwich Robinson because I get handed so many books by new authors. I hate to tell an author that I didn't like their book. I'm so happy I don't have to do that this time. The author told the story of being a child in Germany during WW II.
Often we only think of the Holocaust and the terrible things that the Jews were forced to endure.
Gerda's story is about a non Jewish child and what she and her family had to go through to survive and the emotional scars it left.
Everyone who reads this will feel the trauma of hearing bombs dropping, planes flying overhead bringing death and destruction. Wondering if they would be alive when the all clear sounded.
Her writing is heartfelt. She brings all the drama of the war and it's aftermath to life. After arriving in America her suppressed emotions cause her physical pain.
She discovers that her physical pain is related to her troubled past and through the help of an understanding mental health rehab center she is able to deal with her unresolved emotions.
I don't often like to read memoirs but this is one I can recommend to everyone. I can't praise the author enough for laying her soul bare in this wonderful hard to put down book.
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From the active mind of Brenda M. Spalding