When the author of this beautiful memoir contacted me and asked me if I would like to read her book and give a review, I was honored. But then I had a few reservations when I began reading. The subtitle is “A Journey From Dachau to Denver and Back” and I wasn’t sure I was ready to make that journey. Over the years I’ve read quite a few books about this time period and it is not always pleasant.
But once I started the book, I could not put it down. I won’t tell you the details because I hope you will buy this book, read it and be open to the surprise ending.
She searches for a father she’s never met. For years she searches, and as you read, you find yourself hoping for a happy reunion.
Of course when she sets out to solve the mystery of her father’s whereabouts and his life, more mysteries present themselves. My favorite part of the whole book was a mystery that she solved along the way, not involving her father at all.
She brought in the history of this time frame and I think the book was well documented. She traveled around the world and I enjoyed hearing about Poland, Germany and the Ukraine, and seeing the wonderful photos she included in the book. Of course my favorite photo is the one of her Grandmother, Maria Czeczerski taken in Krasne, Ukraine in 1915. It’s featured on the cover of the book. My other favorite photo was on page 193 but I won’t reveal what it is, only that it is a photo from a newspaper article.
I cried reading this book. I even stopped reading when I reached chapter 12. I waited 2 days to read this chapter. It was the ‘rejoicing’ chapter, I think. I sat down one morning to read this chapter and finished the book. When I read the last page, I cried again.
Thank you, Maria for allowing me the privilege of following you on this journey. You made some important discoveries along the way and many friends and family that you can enjoy for the rest of your life. It’s an important book and very well written. I felt like you were in the room with me, telling me the story. I enjoyed your book and I know my blog readers will, too.
This book is available from Amazon...click HERE.
You’ll be glad you did!
(I just checked and there are only 16 copies left in stock on Amazon!)
Thank you so much Maria!