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All My Love, Detrick: A Historical Novel Of Love And Survival During The Holocaust (All My Love Detrick Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B007A19V84
- Publication date : January 14, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 4475 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 458 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #196,983 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This is a difficult book to review because I have both pros and cons.
-I like the topic of a WWII setting in a novel.
-I really liked the main characters of Detrick and Jacob Abdenstern and the father/son type relationship that they formed especially when Detrick's own father fell short in many ways.
-I admired Detrick for standing up for what he believes in no matter the cost.
-Overall, the story line held my interest and there were a few surprises.
-I found myself scrolling back and forth and rereading sections because the chronology seemed off in parts.
-There were some awkward sentences and misspellings that made certain parts a bit tedious to read. I usually don't comment on grammar/spelling errors unless it impacts the story, and unfortunately it did in parts of this book.
-Some of the historical facts were not accurate.
In the end, I'd give this novel 3.5 stars.
The Abdensterns are a loving Jewish family who are slow to realize the growing danger of Adolph Hitler’s rise to power. And of course they have a beautiful, gifted daughter, Leah, who ultimately falls in love with the physically perfect specimen of Detrick Haswell.
The Haswells are Aryans. Father Hans, broken by his service during World War I and the economic woes of Germany in the 1920s, is a brutal drunk. His wife, the steadfast Inga, manages to barely support the family and raise her two children. Sound a bit trite yet?
Here’s the bigger problem for me. Through just these two families, the author tries to squeeze in all of the following elements:
- The Nazi Lebensborn program to turn the children of unwed mothers into a master race.
- The fate of Jews who escaped before the war, moving to America.
- The privileges enjoyed by Nazi party members.
- Jewish families hiding in attics.
- Underground resistance to Nazis and the Warsaw Ghetto uprising.
- Destruction and/or confiscation of Jewish goods and homes.
- Secret murder by Nazis of those who are disabled.
- Transport of Jews to concentration camps and the conditions they faced there.
- Nazi medical experiments on Jewish prisoners.
And throughout, the dialog between characters simply doesn’t ring true because the author uses dialog to explain terms to the reader. (Example: No Jew would ever say to another Jew, “We will say Kaddish, our prayer for the dead, later.” Both would know what the word Kaddish meant)
The inherent drama of this historical period in history certainly keeps the plot moving but the writing lacks subtlety and authenticity. A few chapters about a young girl living as a gangster's moll in Chicago seem completely out of place and must be there to help set up another book in this series (my guess). Most characters are either good or bad, with few having any more complex shades of gray. Maybe this author’s style simply needs more time to mature.
The novel is not for immature readers, as the reality of a day-by-day, life-or-death existence displays some very raw situations at times. And although not too graphic in nature, the author had more sexual references than I would prefer as a reader. But, granted, it was a desperate, different time, so I'm sure people were more extreme in all their passions as they did not know if they'd be alive the next day. All in all, I really liked ALL MY LOVE, DETRICK. It is the first in a series of five books, and I will be reading more of the series.