Tea Time Tuesday

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Happy Tea Time Tuesday my Fellow Book Dragons…here in the USA we are two days away from Thanksgiving. And I for one am thankful I am not a character in this evenings Gem. This Gem is a subtle pink and blue, the colors of a soft baby blanket. How beautiful it is. It must be made of some type of magical material, for it smells beautiful, too. But don’t actually spend too much time with it. It’s deadly.

This is British Gem Maker Valerie Keogh’s Secrets Between Us. I love a good mystery and I must say, this is delicious. I devoured it in one night. This is the story of identical twins Ellie and Tia. Tia is “differently-abled” as her father called her and so Ellie was given the responsibility of always taking care of her. Ellie never knew a day to herself until Tia went to live in at a school for the differently-abled and Ellie was sent to boarding school, upon their father’s death.

Every week Ellie sent Tia a letter. In that letter contained all of Ellie’s loves and likes and hates and dislikes and dreams and nightmares and truths and secrets. Every week the letters ended with the same line, “burn after reading”. Every week Tia did her best to follow directions. She shred them, as burning was not an option. But time marches on and things change.

Ellie got married and Tia grew up and worked in the bakery of the school. Ellie became a go-getter career women and Tia baked the best bread. Then the school closed and Ellie found out she couldn’t have a child. And Ellie had to take Tia in. Tia, wonderful, quiet, backward, identical, fertile Tia. And suddenly life wasn’t so sunny for either Tia or Ellie.

I loved this book. This is one of those keep you on the edge of your seat, guessing every second page turners. I can’t tell you more about the book because that would give everything away. If you love a good British mystery, if you love Hitchcock.. you need this book in your library..because I thought only Hitchcock’s twisted mind could come up with a plot like this one. It’s now available on Amazon. Get it for yourself and one for the person who loves a good, old-fashioned suspenseful read.

Until tomorrow, I remain, your humble Book Dragon, Drakon T. Longwitten

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Mystery Monday

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Welcome back, my Fellow Book Dragons, to another Mystery Monday…I hope you are not prone to needing a night light after reading creepy mysteries, if so, our Gem this evening may have you checking your bulb..you won’t want it going out this evening. Let me take this Gem out for you to look at..looks harmless doesn’t it? Sort of dusty, that odd green, the color of an old cell phone sim card. Even looks a bit cracked. Don’t let it fool you. It’s quite dangerous I assure you. Don’t take your eyes off it for a second, don’t get comfortable with it, just put it back in the little jewel box and let’s lock it back up. There, now I can tell you all about it.

This is Gem Maker Dan Malakin’s “The Regret”. This is the tale of a game. Not a nice game.. this game is meant to hurt..this game is not catch and release, this is a game of catch and kill. Spear Phishing, it’s called. And it can happen to anyone..anyone with an email account, especially on a cellphone or mobile, if you will. That piece of equipment nearly all of us carry and glance at periodically all day long. Here and there. Some of us are slaves to the pings, vibes, tinkles, rings, beeps, flashes. We may not even really look at it, just glance and think we can get to it later.

This is the story Rachel. Rachel is your average single mum. She has a three year old named Lily. She works as a nurse. She has a beau. She is harried and lives paycheck to paycheck. She has never been left a million by some maiden aunt. She has survived and battles anorexia. She has survived being stalked and abused on the Dark Web while a teen. She doesn’t have her life together, but she’s trying. And then one day, an email appears on her phone, from HR telling her there is an issue with payroll and she needs to reply. That’s all, one simple email.

And that is when everything starts to go bad. Very, very bad. This is the creepiest book I have read in ages. Dan Malakin just gave Shirley Jackson a run for her money. I loved this book, I had to put it down from time to time because it felt like someone was either looking over my shoulder or staring at me. I shut the draperies. The last time I felt like this was when I read “The Haunting of Hill House”. The topics in this book are hard to read through at times, but they are timely. They are handled with class: human trafficking, the Dark Web, anorexia, identity theft and more. Malakin doesn’t sugar coat anything and admits in the acknowledgements there were times he thought about quitting. Thank God he did not. This book is phenomenal.

If you want a book to read for a long, dark, cold winter’s eve, this is it. “The Regret” is perfect for the crime fiction, horror, thriller or psychological suspense lover. It is available on Amazon Kindle Unlimited for free now or in paperback for a very reasonable price: https://www.amazon.com/Regret-addictive-psychological-suspense-thriller-ebook/dp/B07WN6BT9S Do yourself a favor and get it today. I’m going to keep my copy and re-read it later this winter and probably again next Halloween. But then, I don’t need to sleep with the lights on…but I will probably never take my email lightly again, either.

Until tomorrow, I remain, your humble Book Dragon, Drakon T. Longwitten

I received a copy of this from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Sacred Sunday

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Good evening, my fellow Book Dragons and welcome to another Sacred Sunday. I do hope you had a peaceful and enjoyable day. This evening’s Gem is quite beautiful in it’s simplicity. There is no razzle-dazzle here, only a simply cut stone in the shape of a cross, yet it reflects a brilliant light from within. This is Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s new devotional “Who Do You Say I Am?”.

Dolan starts with the question Jesus asked of Peter, “Who do you say I am?” as the starting point for this book of reflection. A simple question. We see it all the time in various forms. No, you say? But I bet you do and don’t realize it. Remember that Facebook question that dares you to post, “Post the one word you think of when you think of me” that is a “who do you say I am?” yet so often people who wear the moniker Christian do not do this when it comes to the person they claim to follow.

I liked this book very much and I am not Catholic, but I have a lot of respect for Cardinal Dolan who stands up for his beliefs very boldly and outspokenly. He does so again in this book by the topics he chooses in his reflections and encourages others to understand what they truly stand for by reflecting upon their positions, studying them, studying the Bible, and really thinking, acting on and discussing their faith.

It is written the same way Dolan speaks, plain, warm and caring. There are no long theological words. The ideals are definitely theological and do have long theological words attached to them, but they are simplified. Dolan wants us to concentrate on the substance. He wants us to concentrate on Christ. I love the entry for October 12th, to paraphrase ..the gift of God’s life in your soul is your’s for the asking – one can’t earn it, but it can be asked for …these are simple truths. That is what I have always loved about Dolan. He has that friendly Irish face. He has a smile that reminds me of a friend of mine whose smile used to light up the room with his love for his fellow man because of his love for Christ. But woe to those who flouted God’s laws using by trying to use God’s own Word against Him. But I digress.

If you or someone you know would love a daily devotional, one page reflections on daily faith, especially a person of the Catholic faith, this is the book I would strongly recommend.

Until tomorrow, I remain, your humble Book Dragon, Drakon T. Longwitten

I received a copy of this book from Image a division of Penguin Random House.

Saturday’s Child

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Salutations this soggy Saturday my fellow Book Dragons. Welcome to another Saturday’s Child. Our Gem today is silver and gold. See how it shines in it star like shape? It shimmers in the light and gives off a feeling of joy and hope? The Christmas Spirit emanates from it’s very core. Today’s Gem is “How the Elf and I Saved Christmas” and the Gem Maker is Carmen White.

This is a very sweet, but short tale that teaches children the true meaning of Christmas. It opens with Marie and her sister Ann accompanying their Father on a Christmas Eve trip to visit Santa at the North Pole. They have made this trip before, but this time, something is very, very wrong! Santa’s workshop is now a shopping mall. The elves are in business uniforms and there is no more Santa, now there is only Mr. Holiday and gifts must be purchased, not freely given. What on earth has gone wrong?

Marie is determined to find out why such a lovely, happy, joyful place has become such a sour, depressing, money changing hole. She sneaks away and runs into an elf named Journ who is still dressed as an elf should be and he explains the problem. They become allies in the fight to restore the true gifts of Christmas and turn Mr. Holiday back into Santa, the mall back into a workshop and the “holiday” back into Christmas before midnight Christmas Eve.

I liked this book. It is short, easy to read, and indeed is direct in what makes Christmas what it is and it’s not toys, candy nor greed. This is a good way to introduce young nestlings to the story of the Christ Child, especially if they have only been exposed to Santa Claus or have had no religious instruction. It is fun, magical and very descriptive of the environment in which the story takes place, so it keeps the reader’s attention.

I would have given it five flames had their been illustrations. It would not have needed anything fancy, I actually enjoy simple pen and ink drawings in short stories like this, much as Dickens used in the original Christmas Carol.

This is currently available on Amazon Kindle Unlimited for free, if you are looking for something to read to your nestlings in the next few weeks and is also available in paperback.

Until tomorrow, I remain your humble Book Dragon, Drakon T. Longwitten

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Freakish Friday

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Welcome to Freakish Friday my Fellow Book Dragons! Another week has passed and we are again late in the evening and looking toward the witching hour. Our Gem this evening is akin in color to amethyst. But look deeper and it’s color runs closer to that of Sanguinarine, also known as Bloodroot, a deep, deep russet. Our Gem Maker is Tim Westover. Not a Southerner by birth, but a Southerner by choice.

This is “The Winter Sisters: A Novel” and I loved it. This is Southern Gothic at it’s best. The Winter Sisters is not just a tale of Effie, Rebecca and Sarah, but it is the tale of the spirit of an entire little town in the mountains of Georgia in 1822. As in Flannery O’Conner’s “Wise Blood” or Harper Lee’s “To Kill A Mockingbird” southern towns do not just have people in them, they have souls. Lawrenceville’s soul is overseen by the Reverend Boatwright and he has determined that soul is in danger from the Winter Sisters. Why?

The Winter Sisters are that breed of female that was so useful in making sure our (I say our because as a Dragon, my ancestors have nearly always lived in the mountains) ancestors survived to procreate and thus ensure that I sit to write this missive to you. They understand the healing powers of roots, berries, moss and other plants. Willowbark for headaches, honey to cover open wounds, bloodroot for cough and inflammation and the Winter Sisters have a little something extra. The Winter Sisters’ have magic. Oh, just a touch it seems, but they do seem to be witches after a sort. They do things by moonlight, or by the season, they have cured folks deemed dying, and some folks claim to have even seen them reattach limbs or raise the dead!

Into this town comes Aubrey Waycross, M.D. Aubrey has been brought to Lawrenceville under false pretenses, mainly that there is a rabies epidemic. He is determined to save the people in this small mountain town from this cold blooded murderer that took a loved one from him long ago. When he gets there, he finds no epidemic, no rabies, no streets, no sidewalks, not much of a town and not much to hope for in way of a future. He is, to put it lightly, deeply disappointed and a little panicked, having spent his last few dollars on medicinal stock and travel.

The towns folk are suspicious of Dr. Waycross, having only seen doctors “bleed” people or amputate and afraid to go to him. They are afraid to be seen in the company of the Winter Sisters, whom the good pastor has ran out of town, because they fear the pastor (though not enough to try to get to the Sisters when they can do so surreptitiously). They are also afraid to try to go up the mountain to the the Sisters due to rumors of mad dogs, a rabid panther and other nasty beasties.

If you love a good scare or two, a good scrap and a bit of a love story, and you long for the days when a man could tell a good tale, this is the book for you. This book cuts not corners and does not truck with mincing words. If you long for the good old days of Southern Gothic, have no fear, Mr. Westover is here. It’s now available on Amazon:https://www.amazon.com/Winter-Sisters-Novel-Tim-Westover/dp/098497489X/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8 If you have never read Southern Gothic, this is also a great introduction and is available on Amazon Kindle Unlimited for free right now.

One really splendid thing about this novel is that Mr. Westover is donating proceeds to a Children’s Hospital in Georgia. Until tomorrow I remain, your humble Book Dragon, Drakon T. Longwitten.

I received a copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Throwback Thursday

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My Fellow Book Dragons! Welcome to Throwback Thursday…are you ready to travel back in time and leave this modern world behind? Our Gem this evening will do just that for you. See this Gem? It is quite beautiful..the color of deep green fields and hues of splendid blue skies. This is “Redway Acres: Book 1 Helena” by Gem Maker Trish Butler.

Set during the Napoleonic Wars, this is the story of Helena Andrews, a widow and Colonel Nathaniel Ackley, son of the Earl of Aysthill House, just returned, wounded, from battle.

Mrs. Andrews is a woman of good breeding, meaning she is not titled, but has come from a good home, wealth and education (as much education as a woman of her standing would be allowed). She has inherited Redway Acres Stables from her grandfather who took her in when she was widowed while still pregnant. I am going to say something about the set up of this first chapter. In the beginning it is vague as to why she was widowed and why her family would not support her. This book is well researched and has a wide cast of characters because there are three books in the series. Be patient, as many characters are introduced in this book and it is worth sticking with. We find Helena five years hence, running the stable and tending to her daughter, Isabella, affectionately known as Issie.

Helena is fiercely independent. She has been wrongly treated by her husband, her family and is not about to let anyone get the upper hand on her. Her grandfather has gone against popular convention and left her property. She is beholden to no one. She is her own woman, a rare breed at that time. Rumors of course run rampant, as ladies and gents wonder about the gorgeous woman with the little girl who runs a business and doesn’t seem to be husband hunting.

Colonel Ackley on the other hand, is resting and recovering at this family home. He is stifling. His doting mother has doted once too often and he writes to his friend, Alexander Harker for an invitation to stay with him for awhile. He and Harker are co-guardians to a young woman named Harriet. Harriet is a friend of Mrs. Andrews.

Ackley and Andrews meet and all is not love at first sight. Mrs. Andrews is distrustful of men. She guards her person and her independence as a starving dog guards a new bone. What will happen? Happily Ever After or Happily Never After?

I loved this book for several reasons. One, Ms. Butler is English and knows her element here. This is not your average romantic bodice ripper. These characters are realistic. The settings, clothing, transportation, battles, weapons, medical care and diseases are all spot on. Two, she pulls no punches, her type writer is not a bakery nor does it come with an early warning system to help the “trigger” bunch. Life in 1813 was hard no matter what class you were born into. Life in general was unpleasant at the best of times, medicine was just beginning to make nominal discoveries, women died in childbirth, spousal abuse wasn’t talked about, the brutalities of war were extremely brutal given that if a soldier survived the battlefield he could very well die of gangrene or some other infection. Three, intimate scenes are tastefully done ( a bit much for old fashioned me) but still tasteful. I do appreciate a classy romance. These scenes are done as love scenes between adults and no one sticks their head in the sand about the fact that sex is part of married life. Her writing makes me think somewhere along the line Charlotte Bronte and Phillippa Gregory are long lost cousins.

If you are looking for a bit of romance to warm a chilly evening, this may be the book for you. If you would love to present a romance lover with a lovely Christmas gift, this would be a topper!

Enjoy the rest of your evening. Until tomorrow I remain, Drakon T. Longwitten, your humble Book Dragon.

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Whimsical Wednesday

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Good Evening my Fellow Book Dragons! Are you ready for a bit of whimsy? Something fun and lively and bit of holiday cheer? Our Gem this evening is quite beautiful and fun and lighthearted. See how pretty it is.. prism like in appearance, it gleams red one way and green the other, absorbing the light around it and then releasing it back into the room. One could spend hours watching it twist and turn and flash and sparkle.

This is “A Down Home Christmas” by Gem Maker Liz Talley. It is the story of Kris Trabeau, up and coming country music singer and Tory Odom, Science teacher. Kris has a lot going on. His new recording company is pushing him around on his new album, he now has a therapist, and he’s tired. He has a nice two week vacation worked out for himself, he just has one tiny task to care for before he goes. He needs to go home just before Christmas, to his elderly Aunt Tansy’s house, the woman who raised him, with the very definite idea of having her move into the city with him. He sees her as too old to live by herself anymore. Everything he sees only reinforces his idea: she has a broken leg, the house needs repairs, she’s knitting sweaters for chickens…meanwhile..

Tory isn’t crazy about Christmas this year. She’s single after breaking up with..okay after being DUMPED by her boyfriend. What an awful way to describe the ending of love..ah these modern times. She’d rather sit the holiday out. But she’s agreed to co-chair the local children’s concert and auction to benefit the after-school program where she volunteers. Concert, music, she doesn’t know any musician or singer whose recorded anything since 1975, but she’s willing to give it a go for her kids.

So how do these two end up meeting? Tory is Kris’s Aunt Tansy’s next door neighbor (in the country,for those of you who are city folk, yes, a half mile away counts as next door) and helps her when she needs a hand. She and her dog Edison, happen to be on hand the day Kris shows up.

This was a sweet, tender, at times funny and light read. The magic of Christmas is in this book. There are truths here, but nothing extremely heavy or over done. This book was meant to bring a little holiday spirit into our lives and Liz Talley has put the star on the top of the tree with this one! If you are looking for a book to put you in the holiday mood, need a secret Santa gift or if you or someone you know who loves Hallmark or Lifetime Christmas movies, look no more. This is available on Amazon in four different mediums: print, audio CD, kindle and audiobook. Grab one today, curl up with a cuppa, a throw and your favorite pet, turn on the music and let the fun begin.

Until tomorrow, I remain your humble Book Dragon, Drakon T. Longwitten

Tea Time Tuesday

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Welcome back my Fellow Book Dragons. It is once again Tea Time Tuesday and our Gem this evening is truly ancient and beautiful. A small hawk carved from Ivory found in Seti’s Temple, it is magnificent. Take it from it’s tiny sarcophagus, feel the power emanating from it? Be careful not to hold it too long, remember Lord Carnarvon? This is “Origins: Song of the King’s Heart” by Gem Maker Nicole Sallak Anderson.

Ms. Anderson brings to life the rebellion against the Ptolemies in 205 B.C. Her research for this time period has been phenomenal and it shows. This tale is extremely detailed, down to the letter. She has explained her research in a short, but detailed prologue. It reminds me of Cecil B. Demille’s introduction to The Ten Commandments. “Origins” holds all the majesty of Egypt in it’s late period in this novel, the first of in a series of three and I am so glad there are two more.

Ankhmakis, second son of King Hugronaphor, falls in love with Natasa, the daughter of the head Priestess of Isis. She will not be his physical wife, but his spiritual companion. Together they will conceive a baby, a foretold Golden Child. Ankhmakis is determined to take Egypt back to her former glory. To the glory of Seti. To the days before Ramses II when Egypt was at the height of her wonder. With Natasa by his side, he feels confident the days of the Ptolemies rule is numbered. Natasa loves him. She is drawn to him like a moth to a flame. She wants what he wants. This is a romance for the ages.

I loved this book! This is not college Egyptology, this is not dry or boring. This book made me want to get out everything I have on ancient Egypt and look at it all again. To see the grandeur that was Egypt. This is a love story, a mystery, an adventure and an epic. If you are stuck in the cold weather doldrums already, this will take you to far away lands with sunshine and warm waters. Sail along the Nile in silks and fine linens as slaves fan you with palm fronds. Eat at great banquets with the nobles of Egypt, Greece and other countries along trade routes of the time in fine marble halls. Visit the library of Alexandria in it’s glory days and find out how a woman could gain entrance when women were not allowed there. This is “Origins”.

Thank you, Nicole Sallak Anderson, for one of the most beautiful historical adventures I have ever read in my 552 years of reading. Your humble Book Dragon thanks you immensely! This book is currently available on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Origins-Kings-Nicole-Sallak-Anderson/dp/B07V354CP8/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr= in both paperback and Kindle form. It is currently FREE on Kindle Unlimited.

Until tomorrow I remain, your humble Book Dragon, Drakon T. Longwitten

Mystery Monday

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Mystery Monday it is, my Most Marvelous Book Dragons! I do hope the start of this week hasn’t been too tough on you, but if it has and you are looking for a bit of escape..this evening’s Gem may prove to be just what the doctor ordered. Tonight’s Gem is Ruby Red. It’s facets shining against the deep leaf green of the velvet upon which it sits. See the faint black lines that run through it like a poison among the perfect cuts and details? Ahh..look but do not touch..it could be deadly..and I do so like having you here.

Our Gem Maker is A.J.Banner. Mystery Authoress extraordinaire! This is no ordinary mystery, this is full of dangerous twists, tight turns and fast curves. This will throw you off the scent and bring you back on again until your head is swimming like you’ve just sipped a cyanide Manhattan. What is this book? “The Poison Garden”, a masterpiece of psychological tricks, one big natural medicine bag of suspenseful joy. If all her tales are like this one, Banner may well go down as this generation’s Du Maurier. But let me explain…

Suppose you came home, a day early to surprise your spouse for your anniversary and instead of finding him at work, you instead found him in bed with a lover? Suppose in your mounting shock, you then overheard them talking about what sounds like a plot to murder you? Suppose, even after all this, you then find, not a day later, that your spouse is also in over his head in debt, and I mean WAY OVER, as in the zeroes at the end of the balance just keep coming? And you are only worth a few paltry million? And Spousey just talked you into making sure all your assets go to You Know Who should you kick off, join The Choir Invisible, suddenly find the gophers are bringing you your mail? Yes, my dear ones.. they get it all if you die! All your millions, your house, your investments.. even..why even your little tea and herb shop out back, that you inherited from your mum.. that little shop where you can use plants to make all sorts of goodies to do all sorts of things to peo..uh..I mean.. where you can heal all sorts of ailments! What would you do? I can tell you what A.J. Banner’s characters do.. but I won’t because I don’t do spoilers. What I can tell you is this…

I loved this tale. Elise, the main character, is strong, smart and not given to collapsing over little things. She is the most human character I have ever seen written for a situation like this. Her next door neighbor Chantal, is supportive, intelligent and not averse to bending the law to help out a pal. Elise’s husband, Dr. Kieran Lund is very realistic in Banner’s portrayal of him as smart, cunning and wily. Then there is Brandon, her caring, successful ex-husband is just the right sort of guy for this whole mess. This reminded me very much of a Du Maurier novel. I could see the entire story in my head. The perfect characters, the perfect story line, the twists, turns, the plot..the reasonable policeman. I love old movies and I made a cast list in my head of who would have been perfect in these parts, but I won’t share it because it might give something away. Perhaps I will share it someday.

I forgot to breath a few times. I read until my eyes hurt and then I moistened them, rested them, and read some more. I went through an entire pot of tea and two cups of coffee. The only thing in this entire book that disappointed me was the ending.. I didn’t want it to. (Greedy ol’ Dragon, aren’t I?) You really must get this book. Put it on your wish list, sit on Santa’s lap (no, I don’t care if you are 50 and don’t want to) and tell him you want this book. You can find it on Amazon in 5 different forms, it’s even free on Kindle Unlimited right now https://www.amazon.com/Poison-Garden-J-Banner/dp/1542042887/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr= .

Remember there is still time to get in on the November Giveaway on my Facebook Page. There is also a very special surprise coming up for my December Giveaway so be sure you are following me there and on Instagram and here! Until tomorrow I remain, your humble Book Dragon, Drakon T. Longwitten

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Sacred Sunday

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Salutations my Fellow Book Dragons on this Sacred Sunday. I do hope it has been a peaceful day for you. Our Gem this evening is wrapped in an old piece of cloth, the stripes that had once been blue are now a faded grey and the white is no longer white but dingy, but it protects the Gem well. The Gem itself is roughly hewn, with six points, seemingly clear, like a crystal, in the light it reflects flashes of white and blue light..but hold it in the light of a candle and a miraculous thing appears to happen..the edges light up gold. This is “Auschwitz Syndrome”, it’s Maker is Ellie Midwood. To hold this Gem in One’s claw is too feel a heaviness in the soul, a sadness that seems to come from nowhere and everywhere, a piercing loneliness that makes one determined that there should never be a Gem like this again.

“Auschwitz Syndrome” is based on a true story. It is a tale that grabbed my soul and did not let go. This is the story of Franz Dahler, SS Rottenfuhrer of the Kanada at Auschwitz and Helena Kleinova and how their paths not only crossed but how they came to be man and wife under circumstances so unfathomable that only the Maker, Himself could have seen it coming.

Midwood’s story starts at Franz’s Denazification hearing. “What is that?” I hear you asking. Denazification was a process Germans POWS, former soldiers and members of the Nazi Party could go through after the war to prove they were not involved in Crimes Against Humanity. It was set up after the Nuremberg and as the American Military Tribunals were winding down. It was a complex process. This is the story of one of those hearings.

Franz Dahler committed an unpardonable sin in the eyes of his fellow SS, especially in the eyes of his Fuhrer. Franz Dahler fell in love with a Jewess. Helena Kleinova is scheduled for the gas chamber. She is standing in line, waiting, when she is suddenly removed from the line. An SS man is having a birthday and she is one of a very few women chosen to entertain him at his party. She is humiliated, told to pick out some clothes from a room and told to wait. Hours later someone comes to get her and she sings for him. He is smitten. He gets her removed from the list of women to be gassed.

Helena goes to work in the Kanada. This is where all the spoils go that are taken from those who are murdered as soon as they step off the transports. Their clothes, suitcases, shoes, jewelry, money, books, bibles, birth certificates, hairbrushes, etc. Thus the name, Kanada (Canada), the land of plenty, wealth. She goes to work there sorting. What a horrible thing it must have been to have to go through the property of those no longer with us.

Next…Next I cannot tell you for to try to describe it here would be paltry compared to Midwood’s telling of this story and I will not do that. You must read this book. If you have read Cilka’s Journey. If you haven’t. If you are a lover of history. If you are not. If you have a heart in your chest, a soul, and a breath in your lungs, you must read this book.

I have read over two hundred and fifty books on the Holocaust. Fifty of these have been historical fiction. I have never read a book like “Auschwitz Syndrome”. Too many people these days deny it ever happened. Too many try to downplay what happened there. But I have never heard anyone ever talk about this aspect of the camps. Please you must get this book. It is available in both Kindle and Paperback. https://www.amazon.com/Auschwitz-Syndrome-Holocaust-novel-based/dp/1694610969/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr= You can get it on KU for free right now.

I realize there was not much to this review but Ellie Midwood’s writing has indeed left me very nearly speechless. Until tomorrow I remain, your humble Book Dragon, Drakon T. Longwitten

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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