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Jill, born and raised in England, emigrated from England and Germany in 1974 with her late German husband, Horst, and their three sons. They lived and worked in Santa Barbara for many years before retiring to their current home on California's Central Coast.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1461003903
  • ISBN-13: 978-1461003908
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,496,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I read this book a year ago, and I had and still have problems reviewing and rating it.

These problems are very personal. I’ll get to them later.

First I would like to say that this book is well written, and I find topic is very interesting.

The British author met and married a German who had come to London, a number of years after WWII. Once married, the young couple first lived in Germany but eventually moved to London.

Then, one day, when looking for something in the attic, they come across a box containing old photographs from both families. They sit down and view the pictures, reminiscing about old times and comparing the ways each of the spouses grew up. What results is some kind of a double memoir.

The idea as such is great, and I liked the way it was realized. So what do I have problems with?

Well, I didn’t find the author’s English family too likable. And, having grown up surrounded by Nazis and Nazi terror, I certainly did not warm up to the author’s Nazi in-laws.

Another thing that bothered me: Having the author and her husband crouching in the attic throughout the book, made me feel like telling them: “For heaven’s sake! Get up and take that box with photographs down to your living quarters and be more comfortable.” Yet this may only be because I have a bad back.

However, my biggest beef with the book is its small print. Even though I have fairly new glasses, it was most difficult for me to read. (Reading in bed, with subdued light from a bedside lamp, didn’t help either.) This was the main reason why it wasn’t possible for me to truly enjoy reading this book.

Oh, I almost forgot: I found the book cover superb. I will ask the author for a contact address of the artist.
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Brilliant! I love this author. She has such a way of transporting the reader to another place in time and making you genuinely care for the characters. Bravo, Jill!
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