An Encounter With History
The Cut Out Girl by Bart Van Es is a remarkable true
story of Lien, a Jewish girl who was eight years old in 1942 when she went into
hiding in the Netherlands. Her life intersected with the author’s as she lived
with his grandparents for part of the war.
This book is a tribute to all the innocents who
perished. The author lists all the family members of Lien’s who perished during
the Holocaust. It makes for grim reading. May we never forget.
The reader ‘experiences’ life through the eyes
of an eight year old. These memories are then put into historical context
through extensive research by Bart Van Es. We then have a comprehensive
Die Hard: A Survivor
Lance: A Spirit
Unbroken by Walter
Stoffel is the most heart breaking book I have read in a long while. It is the
true story of Lance, an abused Border Collie, and his rescue by the author and
his wife. Lance’s story broke my heart, it made me angry, and filled me with
love for a dog that I will never know and it made me cry. I knew what was
coming but what I didn’t expect was the emotional attachment I had made to
Lance during the book and the tears I would cry. I felt bereaved as the book
ended, as if a part of me was missing. I really connected with Lance: A Spirit Unbroken.
I am full of admiration for Walter Stoffel and
his wife. They went above and beyond the extra mile when they rescued Lance.
This book is as much a tribute to their love and perseverance as it is to Lance’s
will to survive.
Abused for ten years this poor dog should have
been dead but Lance’s strength of will and spirit is truly amazing. A lesser
dog would have given in.
This book is a love story – a great love by a
couple for a poor dog who had only known cruelty and abuse. The love shines out
from the pages. I ‘caught’ the love for Lance. I did not know him before
reading the book but now I do, such is the power of Walter Stoffel’s writing.
The Missing Piece
Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman is a beautiful, powerful and
incredibly heart breaking contemporary novel. My emotions were shot to pieces.
The reader will mourn a lost
childhood and the events that produced a hurting adult. Loneliness hovers like
a cloud over the novel. It is a loneliness that comes from feeling unworthy to
be liked or associated with.
Words spoken over us remain for
good or bad. If we continually hear negative words, we will believe what they
say. We will look in a mirror and see ourselves as ugly because that is what we
are conditioned to believe. Beauty is not as simple as inner or outer beauty.
Beauty is also a state of mind.
The hand of friendship is
extended. It is cautiously received and beautiful to watch the unfolding.
Kindness goes hand in hand with friendship. It is a kindness that needs no
words but says ‘I see you and you matter.’
Another Willerby Whodunnit
The Windmill Café:
Christmas Trees by
Poppy Blake is another delightful escape to Willerby as we join the residents
battling to solve a crime before a Christmas wedding.
This is my third trip to the small Norfolk
village and once again, I was both enchanted and perplexed by village life.
The crime busting duo once more, put on their
amateur sleuthing hats to solve the mystery. Willerby seems to have as many perpetrators
of crimes visiting as sleepy Midsomer on ITV!
I was entertained trying to guess whodunit. A
warm welcome awaits the reader from the locals as they prepare for both a wedding
and a Christmas tree competition.