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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.