By Ursula Anna Fischer Smith
Greetings faithful reader(s) of my riveting reviews. WOW!! A book that will move you emotionally will make you grateful and without a doubt humble you. Try this for size! Growing up in war torn Germany from birth to age six, our narrator, Ursula, relates to the reader what the mind of a young girl experiences on a daily, and mostly hourly basis. How survival becomes a way of life. How running to the air raid shelter (located in a bombed out church basement), is one of the first lessons learned. How going hungry has becomes routine. How danger lurks everywhere. How enemies are both friends and foes. Written from a courageous young girls point of view, I guarantee that after reading this book, you will understand how resilient we as humans are and what real survival means. Not the survival from bumper-to-bumper traffic. Not the survival of a broken relationship. Not the survival of losing a job or getting laid off. This book is the real deal.
While reading this powerful book, I found myself questioning if I, as a spoiled kid growing up in a post war USA city, could have withstood the trauma and tragedy that this brave young girl experienced daily . If you don’t feel humble after reading this great book—check your pulse.
I hope this fills the quota for my girly book—but it ranks up there with all the great stories I have been fortunate enough to experience.