About the author (as seen on the press release)
Monika Jephcott Thomas grew up in Dortmund Mengede, north-west Germany. She moved to the
UK in 1966, enjoying a thirty year career in education before retraining as a therapist. Along with her partner Jeff she
established the Academy of Play & Child Psychotherapy in order to support the twenty per cent of children who have
emotional, behavioural, social and mental health problems by using play and the creative Arts. A founder member of
Play Therapy UK, Jephcott Thomas was elected President of Play Therapy International in 2002. Fifteen Words by
Monika Jephcott Thomas (published by Clink Street Publishing, Late 2016
Publication Date: 22nd November 2016
Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
ISBN: Paperback: 978-1911110958
Also available in Ebook.
Pages: 290 pages
Genre: Historical Romance
Format reading: Paperback
Copy kindly provided by: Faye- Authoright / Clink Street Publishing
Blurb (as seen on the back cover)
Despite struggling to reconcile their different political and religious views in the 1930’s Nazi Germany, Erika and Max, two newly qualified doctors, fall in love.
But then World War Two engulfs Europe and rips the young lovers apart. For four years Max must endure the barren cruelty of a Siberian POW camp, whilst Erika watches her beloved Germany destroyed as she tries to raise their daughter alone. And it’s not just the physical dangers of war but also the temptations of new companins that threaten to keep them apart forever.
Max’s Catholic faith takes a battering on the gloomy edge of the Arctic as he loses friends to both the climate and his captors. Erika’s faith in the Fuhrer gets severely redefined as she witnesses the destruction her leader has brought to her country.
Will Max make it back to Erika and the daughter he’s never met? And, if so, will he be the same man Erika knew and loved when he left?
A rare World War Two novel in the English language with ordinary Germans at its centre, Fifteen Words is a love story, a war story, and a gripping human drama casting a fresh light on the plight of victims of war.
Before I get into my thoughts of Fifteen Words by Monika Jephcott Thomas, I must say a massive thank-you to the lovely Faye from Athoright and Clink Street Publishing for kindly asking me to take part in #12DaysOfClinkStreet blog tour and allowing me to choose from their published books and kindly gifting me a copy.
After reading I Love You Billy Lanley https://mariesbookboutique.wordpress.com/2019/04/14/blog-tour-book-review-on-i-love-you-billy-langley-by-monika-jephcott-thomas last year I instantly wanted to read more of her work for the history intertwined with romance.
In Fifteen Words by Monika Jephcott Thomas we meet newly wed’s Max and Erika; both newly qualified doctors. Both have different views on religion and political views; which cause a few heated discussions but their love feels so right for them.
Then the pair are ripped apart when World War Two starts, just when they are on the cusp of starting their life’s together. Max ends up in a Siberian POW camp enduring four years of harrowing cruelty. He’s only communication that he was allowed to have was a fifteen worded letter to his wife back home. He treats many patients with little equipment, and manages to do what he can for them. Max has temptation which crosses his path, but what dose he do?
Mean while Erika heavily pregnant makes her way to Max’s parent house to wait for her husband to be realised and retuned home to them. She watches a country she loves been brought to distruction before her very eye’s as she tries to bring up their daughter. But she also has temptation cross her path, what will she do? Will Max ever be realised and returned back to his wife and a daughter he hasn’t meet? How will he cope with life from POW to being at home? Will Erika be able to understand the husband that returns to her?
On starting Fifteen word’s I immediately felt rapped up into the history and Max and Erika’s story, to the point I found it hard to put down. I was intrigued by reading a story from a different perspective; which gave me more of an understanding of what happened in Germany at that time. As I’ve said in a previous review; I really like Monika’s writing style. The way she incorporates fiction and historical moment’s is exceptional! I really felt I learnt something after I finished reading this book. Max and Erika were characters I truly felt for, as they were ripped apart and learnt to live apart. I really was a harrowing time for all.
Fifteen Words by Monika Jephcott Thomas is a very poignant and thought provoking book and I highly recommend it!!!
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Fifteen Words by Monika Jephcott Thomas
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