Anna Dahlberg grew up eating dinner under her father’s war-trophy portrait of Eva Braun.
Fifty years after the war, she discovers what he never did—that her mother and Hitler’s mistress were friends.
The secret surfaces with a mysterious monogrammed handkerchief, and a man, Hannes Ritter, whose Third Reich family history is entwined with Anna’s.
Plunged into the world of the “ordinary” Munich girl who was her mother’s confidante—and a tyrant’s lover—Anna finds her every belief about right and wrong challenged. With Hannes’s help, she retraces the path of two women who met as teenagers, shared a friendship that spanned the years that Eva Braun was Hitler’s mistress, yet never knew that the men they loved had opposing ambitions.
Eva’s story reveals that she never joined the Nazi party, had Jewish friends, and was credited at the Nuremberg Trials with saving 35,000 Allied lives. As Anna’s journey leads back through the treacherous years in wartime Germany, it uncovers long-buried secrets and unknown reaches of her heart to reveal the enduring power of love in the legacies that always outlast war.
There is so much going on in this fictional story that reads like it is true, probably because of all the detailed research the author conducted and the personal feeling she brings to the page. There are surprises to unwrap. Nothing is predictable, which makes the story even better. I LOVE THIS BOOK! And it’s a book that I will re-read. – Arlene S. Bice
Phyllis Edgerly Ring creates her characters in three dimensions. She lets them breathe and get on with their lives. And then she does a spot-on job of being a fly on the wall, observing everything with great clarity. Ring’s prose style is rich, layered and captivating, and I found myself going back to re-read or highlight a sentence or paragraph I thought really nailed it. I don’t usually read a novel twice, but I am already a third of the way through my second round of The Munich Girl. – Lawrence Moffitt
This was such a great book about two women who meet before ww2 and continue their friendship until the death of one and also the daughter who discovered the bond of these women and how her life was affected by what her mother’s family and friends went through during WW2, and it’s a clean love story. – Bonnie Garcia
I read this book in 24 hours! Phyllis Edgerly Ring’s The Munich Girl is a very satisfying page-turner. I became invested in her characters. The compelling historical story kept me riveted. It also opened my heart with great compassion. It’s a good read and shows us how love and choice transcend time and create a template for the future. – Adele Ryan McDowell, Ph.D.
What an incredible job of developing characters! The novel could easily pass as true history because the characters, places, and events are so thoroughly intertwined with actual people, paces and events. Not a quick read but well worth the time invested. – Constant Reader
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