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Daughter of the Reich (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

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For about as long as author Louise Fein has been able to read, she has wanted to be an author. Much of her childhood, when she wasn’t on her bike or pretending to be a pony, was spent with her nose in a book. Or she was escaping the mundane of everyday life in the vastly more interesting world in her imagination.

She has always loved writing and while she grew into adulthood, she wrote poetry, stories, and diaries. Writing was always only a hobby, as she needed to make a living and never once considered it would be a career.

After Louise finished university, she took a bit of time out for traveling, qualified as an attorney, and worked in finance. Life became busier with a career, a husband, and three kids leaving little time to write. The bug just wouldn’t leave her alone. She used the train journey home from work to jot down ideas, the starts of novels, poems, and stories. She took an evening course in creative writing at the CityLit, just thinking one day.

That day came when she saw an ad for a master’s degree in creative writing, aimed at penning a first novel at St. Mary’s University, London. Louise went home and told her husband about it with a sigh just how much she would love to sign up for the course. He told her to go for it. At this point, she was running her own consultancy firm, and after finally realizing her wasn’t kidding, she didn’t hesitate. She decided to give herself a year, sure that she could write a novel during that time, and then go back to her job.

That year ended up turning into a few, however, the result was “People Like Us” (titled “Daughter of the Reich” in the USA) and she hasn’t looked back. She is incredibly lucky that she has a supportive spouse and is now able to write full time around her family commitments.

“Daughter of the Reich” was inspired by the experience of her dad’s family, who fled from Leipzig in the 1930s and went either to New York or London as refugees. Her dad never spoke about what he experienced and died when Louise was just seventeen. Writing the novel has been a way to learn and understand her dad’s roots.

She jots down ideas in a notebook. Just one or two sentences. Then she will mull the ideas over for a period of time. Some of them take more form than the others. Then things like themes, settings, and characters come to her. Louise will have quite a clear idea of what she wants to write before sitting down to write. She usually has the introduction and conclusion clear, however, the middle must be worked out as she goes.

For Louise, the two best things about being a writer are: her office can be anywhere- the sitting room, kitchen, bed, or a coffee shop. And she is able to work in her pajamas.

Under normal circumstances, she works during school hours, starting right after the school run, and stopping in the mid-morning to walk the dog. This break is a useful part of her writing day since she has the chance to mull over what she has written so far and where she needs to go with the story next. Somehow, the process of walking allows her brain the freedom to think and it is the chance she needs to find solutions where she might have gotten stuck as she sits at her desk.

If she needs to, she will maybe edit what she wrote earlier on in the day during the evening.

On days that aren’t normal, her routine is quite different, and finds she does the majority of her writing from mid-afternoon and into the evening time.

She lives in Surrey with her kids, husband, and a tiny dog named Bonnie. Her dog is the best writing companion she could ask for. She is always at her side when she writes and listens very patiently whenever Louise has to talk through a tricky plot problem through. She was born and raised in London.

Her debut novel, called “Daughter of the Reich”, was released in the year 2020 and is from the historical fiction genre.

“Daughter of the Reich” is the first stand alone novel and was released in the year 2020. She has to decide between a love that might be her destruction or loyalty to her country.

Leipzig, Germany during the 1930s. Hetty Heinrich, the dutiful daughter of one high-ranking Nazi officer, is keen to play her part in the wonderful new Thousand Year Reich. She never thought that all she knows and believes about her world is going to come into stark conflict when she encounters a friend from the past, named Walter, a guy that stirs up some dangerous feelings in her. Hetty, both conflicted and confused, is unsure just who she can trust and where she is able to turn to, particularly when she learns somebody has been watching her.

Realizing that she is taking a major risk, yet unable to resist the intense attraction she has for Walter, she embarks on a secret love affair with him. Together, they both dream about the time when the Nazi regime is going to be over so they can plan for their future. However, while the rising tide of anti-Semitism threatens to engulf them, Walter and Hetty are going to be required to take some extreme measures.

Is the steady march of dark forces going to destroy Hetty’s world or can love triumph in the end.

Fans of this novel enjoyed this because it tells a familiar tale from an unfamiliar point of view: that of a German teen caught up in Nazism’s rise, and it is also beautifully written. Hetty’s character development is felt through each of the pages, the historical background and scene-setting are unobtrusive yet are entirely convincing. The novel is utterly captivating, incredibly moving, and is a beautiful story of courage, love, and the human spirit’s strength. The novel is hopeful yet heartbreaking at the same time. The ending had some in tears.

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