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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Anna's Bear: 5 Days of Moral Conflict And Pursuit, Nazi Germany, 1939 is a historical novel written by O.W. Shumaker. Inga Salzer is a student nurse who is thrilled to be pregnant with a child sired by an SS Officer. She's on her way to a maternity Lebensborn in a remote village in the Black Forest, far from the Munich she knows so well. Max Drexel is a young man whose Hitler Youth activities have dominated his life, except for his interactions with his young sister, two-year-old Anna, whom he dotes upon. Steffin Lindeman is the pastor of a large church in Heidelberg, who has been consciously adopting the new German version of Christianity, even though it conflicts with much he's learned before. Each of them is trying to work for the good of the nation and follow the rules of its leaders, but all will have a crisis of faith that compels them to re-examine those beliefs and step out for what is good.
O.W. Shumaker's historical novel, Anna's Bear: 5 Days of Moral Conflict And Pursuit, Nazi Germany, 1939, is moving and unforgettable. I've read many historical novels and histories concerning WWII and the Holocaust, and I was thrilled to discover the direction the author took in this novel. His characters are compelling and courageous as they begin to think for themselves and risk all to become ethical and caring individuals. Shumaker's storytelling skills are prodigious. His writing is fluid, steady and measured, and the descriptions of the Black Forest where much of the action takes place are inspired. I won't be forgetting Max and the other characters in Anna's Bear: 5 Days of Moral Conflict And Pursuit, Nazi Germany, 1939 anytime soon, and I'm looking forward to reading more works by O.W. Shumaker. Anna's Bear is most highly recommended.