This is a good story. From others, we can draw strength.
From the Author
This was an uplifting book to write and I hope it will be an uplifting book to read. Over the years that included growing up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with some summer weeks spent as a child in my mother's hometown of Chilton, the mosaic of this hugely moving story slowly moved together to give me a pretty good idea of what is an amazing story. After personally sharing parts of this story in various conversations over the years, enough people told me that it was a story worth sharing with others by writing down and publishing it. It often brought tears to my eyes in the telling. It was such an amazing triumph in life and, like life for many people, included heart ripping sadness and totally unexpected joy. Finally, I reached a point where I knew I could write this story, my mother's story, having pulled together enough of the background and history to make a story worth telling to the world. My mother was a sweet and wonderful person and as time passed very few people knew the ordeal she went through as a young, beautiful woman who had thought she had a fairy tale life ahead of her until it all came to a crashing end one winter night in Chilton, Wisconsin over 60 years ago. Every time I told this story and while I was writing it, I tried to imagine what my mother went through, yet it was impossible to fully comprehend her harrowing experience and subsequent view of life she must have held through the remainder of her life. Such courage. Such bravery. How I wish I had even a particle of her strength! Her story tells us that whatever life hands us, life must go on, so we can show people who follow us the way. My mother showed me a lot in her life, maybe the readers will draw some strength and courage from this book as well. And, hopefully, the reader will conclude that this book is a good read. It would be nice to see something like that in the book reviews, then I'd know that I was able to get my mother's story out there!