Wait AND Hitler’s Furies

A romance and some history. Keeping it varied so I don’t get bored. Life makes it easy to put your book aside and forget about it, so be sure to pick titles that interest you. And NEVER let anyone give you crap for what you read, the chances are that person isn’t reading anything but their Facebook feed. ❤ Read on readers!

A.L. Jackson – Wait

Be still my beating heart. I loooooove romance novels. Wait can be read as a stand-alone, however, I think it helps if you have read A Stone in the Sea (Book 1), Drowning to Breathe (Book 2) , Where Lightning Strikes (Book 3.) A.L. Jackson does a fine job of making me fall head over heels for the male lead characters. Strong, tattooed and a troubled handsome man, Austin Stone, has made some bad decisions that separated him from his true love Edie. He leaves his family, his brothers band, and his friends to find himself and get away from his memories. However, while he is out on his own, he crosses paths with Edie. Their tormeted, magnetic connection played on my heart strings. The story is incrediably (dare I say) sexy. There are some (more than some) adult scenes, and they are very well written. I blushed but it wasn’t corny, so I’ll give it a thumbs up. 🙂 The book is an easy read; it is very addicting. I love romances that demand I finish them quickly. ❤

“The girl was the only one who shed light strong enough to pull me from the dark. The one who held the power call me from the blackened waters where my lungs were filled. At the cusp of succumbing.
But that girl…that girl had given me air.” -Wait, A.L. Jackson

“Loving someone will be one of the hardest things you ever do, little brother. It will twist you up and hang you out to dry. It’ll fill you with more worry than you think you can stand, then turn right around and fill you with the greatest joy. It’s a fucking battle, Austin. A battle because you’ll spend the rest of your life fighting to keep it. But if you know one thing? Know there’s no better mistake than one you make in the name of love.” I” -Wait, A.L. Jackson

Wendy Lower – Hitler’s Furies

I have read many WWII books, but none so far as shown such an intense light on the German women of the 1930’s and 40’s. I don’t think I was prepared for accounts in this book.

I felt very awkward reading this book in public. I removed the dust cover and put tape over the binding. If you don’t recall, I live in Germany, so this has been particularly awkward for me. This week I visited Flossenburg Concentration Camp. It is near the German / Czech Republic border and was a workers camp for mining granite for Hitler’s massive building plans. Visiting Flossenburg was absorbing after reading this book, it was the first time I noticed museum mentions of the women who worked at the camp. Perhaps I am just more attuned to the history of women now, but I will be paying more attention to every WWII history lesson, video, location, and museum to see if the trend continues.

Wendy Lower did some serious research writing this book. The women she follows, their stories and the truth of the derangement of some females who did Hitlers bidding is completely mind blowing. There are tales of women who worked for the S.S. but had a heart and soul, and stories of women who married into the S.S. took their husband’s power to heart and participated in the brutal beating and killing of Jews. The most interesting stories to me, are the women who joined the S.S. to better their lives, leave their family farm and hometown only to find themselves in the middle of an eastern block country in the cold and snow, surrounded by murder and filth.

Some women found it adventurous or even romantic to take a stroll through the ghettos. The evil women who participated were rarely punished for their war crimes, and if they were it was for far less time than their male counterparts, and many of the stories and documentation of the women of the S.S. has long been destroyed and forgotten. This book was an eye-opening account of history.

History buffs need to pick up this book for a look at a topic that is rarely visited. Lower did a fantastic job providing a wide range of facts, stories, and thoughts. Highly recommended!

“The consensus in Holocaust and genocide studies is that the systems that make mass murder possible would not function without the broad participation of society, and yet nearly all histories of the Holocaust leave out half of those who populated that society, as if women’s history happens somewhere else. It is an illogical approach and puzzling omission. The dramatic stories of these women reveal the darkest side of female activism. They show what can happen when women of varied backgrounds and professions are mobilized for war and acquiesce in genocide.” – Hitler’s Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields – Wendy Lower

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