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First impressions, last reflections


The Munich Girl on a recent visit to Kehlstein Haus, near Berchtesgaden.

There are lots of happy year-end surprises for The Munich Girl as 2016 comes to its close.

Book reviewer Whitney at First Impressions Reviews included the novel on her innovative “My Life According to the Books I Read in 2016.”

She kindly chose The Munich Girl as her answer for: “Your best friend is … ”

Then, in an end-of-year book survey, she named the book “Hidden Gem Of The Year.” You can find her entire list here:



Eva Braun toasts the new year with her parents and sister Gretl.

Blogging reviewer Barb at Book Club Mom included it on her list, too, highlighting the prevalence of novels with “girl” in their titles. Barb posted about the novel several times, including her review here:


Story Circle Reviews made the novel an Editors’ Pick this month after writer Margaret Dubay Mikus left her glorious review there.

dcnye154428_10151437571091802_283903656_nAnd animator, designer — and author — Foster Haskell created a trailer for the book, bless him. If you’d like a peek you can find it where it’s up on my author page at Goodreads:


From this writing life, and the path of The Munich Girl, I extend my very best wishes to every reader kind enough to linger and engage here.

I am grateful for you, and all that you offer in our world.

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Mid-year mentions



July marks the eighth month since The Munich Girl published — the sixth, if you count its Kindle version, which appeared around the corner of the new year.

And July is when book bloggers — and I’ve connected with so many wonderful ones since the novel’s release — reach a half-way mark in their reading and book-reviewing year.

Two of them have been especially generous to The Munich Girl, and to me.

Melissa Lee’s Many Reads Blog has shared about the book repeatedly, plus it’s helping Canadian readers learn about and connect with it.

This month, Melissa shared her “Top 10 Favourite Books with Less than 2,000 Goodreads Ratings (in no particular order).”

Melissa Lee'sI was delighted to see The Munich Girl on her list: http://mlsmanyreads.blogspot.com/2016/07/top-10-tuesday-top-10-books-that-have.html

Like Melissa, who is going to host a guest post of mine in the coming weeks, blogger Book Club Mom Barb Vitelli has offered several posts that mention or introduce the book this year, including a very kind and appreciative review.

Recently, one of her posts, “A Quick Look Back at The Good Stuff” included The Munich Girl in the company of some very illustrious works. I’m honored, as I know Barb’s a reader who understands some of the novel’s very deepest intentions, and she read it — and reflected on it – with great thoughtfulness, as Melissa did.

One heart-boosting image from Barb’s post:

Highly Recommended

olive kitt pic A Farewell to Arms  The Munich Girl  The Hours Count

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
The Munich Girl by Phyllis Edgerly Ring
The Hours Count by Jillian Cantor

The rest of Barb’s Book Club Mom post is here:



And you can find more about The Munich Girl: A Novel of the Legacies that Outlast War here:


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We’re finding our way, beyond war


Book Club Mom Barb Vitelli – don’t miss her Read this, not that! blog

Book Club Mom Barb Vitelli had already been kind enough to feature me as an indie author at her blog last month.

Then she surprised me by fitting The Munich Girl into her busy reading schedule, and sharing very thoughtful reflections about it.

Barb has her own special connection with German culture, in a family history that includes relatives from the region of the Black Forest. They owned and operated a small hotel, restaurant, and bakery there, in a building that was bombed by Allied forces and then rebuilt after the war.

broetchen-verschIn her review of the book, Barb writes, “People choose their life paths for many reasons and their decisions are sometimes hard to figure. During wartime, many ordinary people become trapped on these paths, in situations that are bigger than themselves.”

In these tumultuous days of our own, much of life can begin to feel something like wartime.

Yet our hearts can help each other remember there is so much more — real and enduring goodness — waiting for us to bring it forth into our world together. There is an important reality, what has been called “an atmosphere in which peace can emerge,” that begins with each one of us. 424

Overall, the intent of The Munich Girl is less about Eva Braun and what we may or may not think about her life and choices than it is about the very themes that Barb draws out. These invite us toward better prospects and possibilities, if we can find the collective will to work and learn our way toward them.

I thank every reader who is reading, sharing, responding to, reviewing, and introducing the novel to book groups, readers’ networks, and so many others.

So much is changing so fast in Europe, and our world. Yet you help me continue to trust that stories are a vital part of our connection, and our healing, our hope, and our power.

Find Barb’s review here: https://bvitelli2002.wordpress.com/2016/03/23/the-munich-girl-by-phyllis-edgerly-ring/