Lebensborn


Fiction - Historical - Event/Era
364 Pages
Reviewed on 05/31/2011
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Author Biography

I grew up in Iowa where the tall corn grows and where you spent summers at band concerts or in the basement being safe from tornados.

Following graduation from the University of Iowa, I followed my new husband to St. Louise where he had taken a job as an editor of a trade magazine and where I immediately found one as a medical book editor.

He was called into the Air Force. In Texas, it was great fun to write a column and feaures for the nearby newspaper and to learn how to cook meat from a butcher who thought I was cute.

It was a whirlwind life soon with two sweet babies and part-time job in Florissant, MO. at the Florissant Report and became even more so when one day I appeared at the paper and all the staff were waiting for my arrival. The publisher had just fired the editor.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Samantha F. for Readers' Favorite

This book was really two parts of the same whole: first, the Nazi occupation of a small French village; second, the program where high ranking German men procreate and the facility in which "fit" women give birth to the "master race." This book largely follows the life of a young French girl, a resistance fighter who winds up carrying the child of the German soldier who occupies her village and her home. The story is amazing, unique, and well told. The perspectives are fresh and multiple. I was inspired to read more about lesser-known German WW2 programs.

I have many good things to say about this book; in fact, I have nothing negative to say. I would recommend this book to others and have already loaned it out. There was enough drama, fear, realism, fact, and humanity to make this a book that you HAD to finish and couldn't put down. And if you are at all interested in WW2 or history, this is a fun and interesting read. It is very well researched and thoroughly enjoyable.

The conclusion was also a nice wrap up of events and life stories, all characters that we had known and wondered about. It was sad, but fitting; the memorial was touching and did make this reader tear up.

Jo Ann

I am the author of Lebensborn. I was wondering what readers really thought about my WWII story. It had been so long in the research and writing. Samantha, please know how much your kind words meant to me.
You see I am currently writing a contemporary story about a Montana cowboy and was thinking,
Oh why continue to write? I know that I am a happier person when writing. Even knowing that Lebensborn is in the top five percent of all e-book sales somehow is not enough to keep me disciplined, organized, energized and ready to go on. Your comments were appreciated and I read them just at the right time. Thank you!