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Finding the Divine in the Details


The legacies that outlast


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In these times when writing and publishing a book can feel like pinning a leaf in a forest, book bloggers are some of a writer’s very kindest friends.

I’m grateful to reviewer Courtney of Incessant Bookworm blog for her insightful response to The Munich Girl:

“Ring incorporates some unique twists that in the end wind into my believing that everything happens for a reason and what may seem random and irrelevant becomes groundbreaking.


Photo: Diane Kirkup

“Two moving passages from the story encompass the main take away for me – coincidentally on the same page – and have a strong and clear parallel to the subtitle:

‘Sometimes, we must outlast even what seems worse than we have imagined, because we believe in the things that are good. So that there can be good things again.’

‘I’m realizing now that war leaves so many different kinds of legacies … Some stay buried. Many are part-truths that become legends or myths. Many others are what we know are there but try to deny or ignore.’


Find the review from Courtney’s Incessant Bookworm Blog here at Goodreads:



IMG_2408Also, a Giveaway for

The Munich Girl: A Novel of the Legacies that Outlast War

continues at Stacie Theis’s Beach Bound Books Blog:



The journeys of writing, and history


Oh, the gift, for a writer, of receiving response to the work you set out into the world.

Over this last week, I’ve encountered heartening and thoughtful words about The Munich Girl both in person and in print.

98705320ea6e23717b933df6244c09ddIn reflecting on the story’s historical time frame, reviewer Steve Pulley voices almost the exact feelings I’ve had myself lately, as I observe our world:

“What went on in the world in the 1930s and ’40s sound disturbingly similar to what we are currently going through today, and cannot but give one pause.”

Reviewer aaward kindly sums up the novel as:

intricately woven historical fiction. The tale of two friends starts before the beginning of World War II and encompasses all the situations and emotions that the war brought into their individual lives as well as into their continuing friendship.”

It’s extra-meaningful when readers make that connection with the themes of the power of spiritual friendship and shared emotional intimacy that each help human beings transcend even the most painful, destructive, or confusing circumstances life brings.

Those are a big part of the reason why this book was written at all. BBB353577763

At her Beach Bound Books blog, reviewer Stacie Theis kindly calls the book:

“an absolutely consuming story that takes readers on a journey into history … secrets of the past.”

Stacie took her copy of The Munich Girl to a beach about as far as you can go from my own home in coastal New England—Kauai—and “couldn’t put it down. I got a little sunburned to say the least!”