An Enemy Like Me

Fiction - Historical - Event/Era
328 Pages
Reviewed on 03/21/2023
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Author Biography

Born in Athens, Greece as an Air Force brat, Teri M Brown came into this world with an imagination full of stories to tell. She now calls the North Carolina coast home, and the peaceful nature of the sea has been a great source of inspiration for her creativity.

Not letting 2020 get the best of her, Teri chose to go on an adventure that changed her outlook on life. She and her husband, Bruce, rode a tandem bicycle across the United States from Astoria, Oregon to Washington DC, successfully raising money for Toys for Tots. She learned she is stronger than she realized and capable of anything she sets her mind to.

Teri is a wife, mother, grandmother, and author who loves word games, reading, bumming on the beach, taking photos, singing in the shower, hunting for bargains, ballroom dancing, playing bridge, and mentoring others. Teri’s debut novel, Sunflowers Beneath the Snow, is a historical fiction set in Ukraine. Her second novel, An Enemy Like Me, launched in January 2023.

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

An Enemy Like Me is a work of fiction in the historical romance, family saga, and interpersonal drama subgenres. It is best suited to the general adult reading audience and was penned by author Teri M. Brown. In this enthralling, emotive, and highly detailed read, we visit the recent past of the Second World War and surrounding years to explore the lives of German immigrants in America during wartime. Jacob is the son of such immigrants in Ohio, and when he meets Bonnie, their shared background and connection lead to love. But when the shadow of war looms and Jacob is called to serve, he feels a powerful conflict in trying to prove his loyalty to America whilst at war with the land of his heritage.

Author Teri M. Brown has crafted a really fascinating and heartfelt work that takes us on an emotive ride filled with pain, suffering, conflict, loyalty, and love across distance and always, right at its core, the faintest flicker of continuing hope. A lot of the tension in this work comes from not knowing whether the characters can physically and emotionally survive the horrors of war, and I especially felt for Bonnie as she waited for Jacob with little news about what was happening to him. I really enjoyed the portrayal of ordinary figures from both sides of the conflict and the friendships which Jacob holds dear that really blur the lines of “good” versus “bad” and showcase the reality that war is neither heroic nor justified. Overall, I would highly recommend An Enemy Like Me to fans of detailed and intelligently penned wartime drama that takes a unique look at a lesser-known cultural aspect of the Second World War.