Hiiii friends ♥️
I feel like I haven’t talked to you guys in a year, but it’s only been a couple weeks. So much has happened though, that I didn’t get to read as much as I wanted to at all!
First, I finished my finals and whew, thank goodness! Four finals in three days is like THE definition of school related stress and anxiety, thank goodness summer is finally here!! I did okay, but I am really looking forward to next year’s classes because they’re more specific to my major so hopefully I’ll do a lot better in something I am passionate about!
Then, I celebrated my birthday, and only a couple days later got really really really sick. Like super sick, it was THE worst way to start another year, but….. I finished the second season of 13 Reasons Why since I couldn’t read, so I am really excited to hear what you guys think and discuss your opinions about it. Make sure to leave a comment, but only if you have seen the whole thing – I definitely don’t want to ruin or spoil anything for you!
But finally, after a crazy couple weeks, I finished this book! Let me tell you, this one was AMAZING! It was sent to me by the publisher for free, and I loved reading it. I normally have a couple little things (or big things) that I can find fault with, but this book only had one thing that I couldn’t get behind, and even that was minuscule. In other words, this is definitely a five star book!
This book is set a little over 50 years after World War II and has two separate plots. One is following Anna, and her journey of self discovery and love. The other follows Anna’s mother and her friendship with Eva Braun, Hitler’s mistress. Both plots are tied together by the same themes of love and devotion, and how sometimes women can mistake wanting to be loved for actual love.
The more historical plot line following Eva Braun was beautifully written and I think I learned more from it than from some history courses. The way that the historical details about Eva, her relationship with the Fuhrer, and the climate of the time were woven seamlessly into the story, made it enticing to read. I think sometimes historical fiction writers place fictional characters into situations that explain the horrible events taking place, but this was more like an in depth biography or journal. Don’t be off-put by that statement; I think I would read every biography available if it read as seamlessly as this story.
Naturally, the plot line from Anna’s point of view was a little more convoluted since it was more fictionalized, but it was all very believable. Anna really struggled with her identity and her relationship with her husband was very hard to read about, but also very real. I often complain about the believability of romances in books. Sometimes the best of books will be ruined by a instalove that doesn’t seem genuine or by superficial statements that don’t create a multidimensional relationship. However, this story, this melding of Anna’s old relationship breaking up, and the new one starting felt very real. The vulnerability, the unsureness of both read like someone who has truly experienced what building a relationship from scratch is like.
The one thing I didn’t like about this book, did come from this relationship. If you don’t want spoilers, I suggest you skip this next chapter. While I enjoyed reading about how tangled up Anna’s family actually was, I did not like the fact that the author made Hannes, her new boyfriend (?, the author never defines the relationship), the half-brother of her half-sister. It felt wrong to me that Anna would end up with someone who she grew up with like a brother for the first couple years of her life. They’re not technically related but the whole “step-brother romance” is a little much, in my opinion.
However, apart from that, this book should totally be your next to read when you want something that’s maybe a little bit lighter than your usual historical fiction. It inspires hope, and reminds us to look for the best in people.
And please, please, PLEASE don’t spread germs, because I really don’t want to get sick again 😉. But really, take care of yourselves – being sick is no fun!! Hope to see you guys in the comments ♥️