My book The Seven Year Dress is continuing to rank in the top 100 best sellers in the kindle bookstore in the literary-fiction-historical, literary fiction, and the young adult categories. I’ve also been ranked by Amazon as top ranking author for two of my books, The Seven Year Dress and To Live Out loud, in the historical fiction category and the Teen/Young Adult category. And in the literary fiction category for The Seven Year Dress. See photos below.
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 Gabby, Cashew, Audrey, Max, Hank, Julian, Faerie, Brownie and Truman (see below) out of kill shelters. Thus far in 2016, 170 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.
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*Due to the nature of this book, I will not be doing my typical lighthearted review. My review is written with the utmost respect and to honor those who endured this horrific time in history.
As the synopsis indicates this is a story that involves a Jewish teenager, Helen Stein, and her family who lived through Hitler’s deranged views of annihilating the Jewish population. Helen was born during the early stages of Hitler’s rise to power. As a younger child, Helen was shielded from most of what was happening in her country by her parents. However, Helen had a friend who had joined Hitler’s army as a young man and kept Helen informed of what was going on. As Hitler’s power grew, so did his relentless pursuit against the Jews and Helen’s family has no choice but to face what is happening in their country and to their culture.
Helen was able to evade capture by Hitler’s army for a period of time but was eventually found and taken to Auschwitz. To keep through the early times of Hitler’s reign, Helen learned to sew to help supplement her family’s income. Because of this, she was able to live upon her arrival to Auschwitz, was tattooed, and endured several hours of hard labor every day, was given little edible food, and forced to sleep in unimaginable living conditions.
Although Hitler and his army was able to force Helen and others into these conditions, he couldn’t take away Helen’s will to live and her ability to see the good in others that were also there. This is what helped Helen throughout her time in Auschwitz until she was later freed. Hitler’s army tried to cover up what they had done but it was Helen and other survivors that were a true testimony to what had occurred to them. Thankfully, allowing many of Hitler’s soldiers to be held accountable for their actions. Helen was able to leave Auschwitz and relocated to America. This is just one story of many Jewish survivors of this horrific period in our history.
The story is very well-written and it was as if I was with Helen throughout the story and enduring her pain and heartache along with her. I couldn’t put this book down and read it in one night. I actually had to wait a few days to write a review as the book has really touched me deeply. I would highly recommend this book to others.
I received this book free in exchange for an honest review. I received no financial compensation. My review is based solely on my reading of the book and are my opinions alone.
This book isn’t another one of those about Hitler and his atrocities against the Jewish people in World War II. No, it isn’t; instead it is the definitive book about those horrific events and everyone should read it, especially at a time of a shallow media, weak populist politicians selling hate, an adventurist Russia and mayhem in the middle east.
It is a story of Helen, a German Jew, caught up in Hitler’s Final solution where the Jewish people are demonised and blamed for everything that is wrong with Germany. It exposes the savagery, lack of humanity and sadism of the time and is full of pathos, emotion and hope, yes hope, for a better world.
This book should be compulsory reading for all who believe in simple answers because it presents a stark warning of where hate leads and, told well in this book, it isn’t pleasant.
Gabby’s been rescued
Gabby’s freedom photo
Gabby in his new home
Cashew’s been rescued
Cashew’s freedom photo
Cashew with new family
Audrey’s been rescued
Audrey’s freedom photo
Audrey with new family
Max has been rescued
Max’s freedom photo. Feeling safe and secure.
Hank’s been rescued
Hank’s freedom photo. Climbing up new mom’s leg to thank her.
Julian’s freedom photo
Faerie’s been rescued
Faerie’s freedom photo
Faerie happy in her new yard
Faerie happy in her new bed
Brownie’s been rescued
Brownie’s freedom photo
Truman’s been rescued
Truman’s freedom photo
Truman in new home