The Munich Girl

The Munich Girl

by Phyllis Edgerly Ring

Overview: 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. Rating: *****

Faith Bowers (02/12/16): Phyllis Edgerly Ring is a wonderful story teller. She creates a story about Eva Braun, her friends and the generation that survives WW2. At first you think that Eva is the main character in a historical fiction novel but there is much more. It is a women's book. They are strong only when needed. Eva and her friend, Peggy seemed to be defined by the absence of their men throughout the historical period of WW2. We feel like there is truth in all that is written about their relationship.

Anna, Peggy's daughter becomes the main character which is very well done. Though there is much foreshadowing, there are also surprises in the second half of the novel which makes it a much better story then I originally thought. The men are mostly absent, just like in war except for modern day Hannes who supports and loves all of the women in his life. Ms. Ring's goal was to share with us the experiences that Germans had during WW2 and this was accomplished through the many Munich women.
Rating: *****

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