My book is in the top 1% for sales in the Amazon Kindle Store and is #50 in top 100 for the literary-fiction-historical category. I’m deeply grateful for everyone who has purchased, read, and taken the time to review my book. In the name of tolerance, a special thank you also to everyone who has spread the word to help promote this book. All profits from my books go to help get dogs like Cameo, Twinkle Toes, Murdock, and Jaguar (below) out of kill shelters. Thus far in 2016, 65 dogs have been freed. Last year 148 dogs were freed.
AND please for everyone who’s purchased a book could I humbly ask you to write a review when you’ve completed the read. I have just found out that Amazon promotes and ranks books according to number of reviews in addition to sales. Every voice helps spread the word and that is an energy that can help a dog.
RECENT REVIEWS FOR THE SEVEN YEAR DRESS
I am a huge fan of historical fiction, but I’m also very picky about it being an accurate representation of the period and a vehicle for fact. I really enjoyed the story and I respected the author’s execution of the facts. Genre fans will definitely enjoy The Seven Year Dress (and its beautiful cover will certainly draw them in). I couldn’t put it down.
Myra is a young student looking for a room, she is interviewed by an elderly woman, Helen Stein asked a lot of personal questions. Myra debates on whether or not to rent the room but decides that she does need a place that she can afford.
There is a reason behind all of Helen’s personal questions she asks of Myra. Finding out that Helen has a number tattooed on her wrist is the clue to Helen’s background. Helen tells the story of how she ended up with the tattoo, see, all inmates of the concentration camps are tattooed with numbers and once behind that fencing, are no longer a person, no longer have identities. That is the horror of Nazi Germany and the atrocities that one race of people inflicted on another.
Helen’s story starts out in the 1920’s, born of a Jewish family, living in Berlin. She was born after the Great War, at a time when Germany was floundering and looking for a leader, they found it in Adolf Hitler. Helen really didn’t realize at a young age how the Nazi party was going to affect her and her family and what she was going to lose as a result of one man’s hatred of the Jews.With the advent of Kristallnacht, Helen and her family’s lives implode into a horrible series of events that find Helen interred at Auschwitz.
Helen’s story is one of many to come out of this terrible time in history, even though this is historical fiction, I could tell by the author’s words, that this was a story she wanted to tell with compassion and honesty about a woman who could very well have lived during this time and experienced the atrocities of the fanatics that were the Nazi Party. I enjoyed it immensely.
I received this book for review purposes and my honest opinion.
We meet Helen Stein in the 1920s when life was good for her, although the shadow of Hitler’s Nazi Germany was creeping insidiously into her life. At first these changes are unnoticeable and the disbelief of many of those who will be affected is well depicted. It is this disbelief that prevents many of them escaping while there is still time to do so.
Helen’s father, a well respected attorney working for the government, loses everything, even his life. Her friend Max joins the Hitler Youth and then the SS, in an attempt to hide his homosexuality. But it is Max who comes to Helen’s rescue by hiding her in the cellar of his family’s farm, and he pays the price for this with his life. Helen and her brother remain in the cellar for 4 years before they are captured and sent to Auschwitz, where Helen, the only survivor of her family remains for the next three years, enduring all sorts of horrors before being rescued by the Russians.
Helen’s life is one of hardship, persecution, and torture, but her will to live ensures she is a survivor. This book is not easy to read, but I’m glad I did.