Book Review: The Munich Girl

20160205_090743-1The late Caroline Gordon, an American novelist, and literary critic said of writing books, “A well-composed book is a magic carpet on which we are wafted to a world that we cannot enter in any other way.” The Munich Girl by best selling author Phyllis Edgerly Ring does just this; it wafts us via a magic carpet to such a world. The Munich Girl is a masterpiece. A novel that once you delve into, you do not want to put the book down until you have reached the end of the book. And upon reaching the end, you linger there, or so I did, feeling disappointed that you have come to the end of the book while experiencing a myriad of emotions as you revisit the feelings that change with each turn of the pages of this masterfully written novel.

I felt the same as so many others who have read and written reviews of The Munich Girl – that this was not a fictitious novel; it felt like I was reading a memoir. I wanted to contact Phyllis many times while reading her book and ask her many questions, but I did not. It did not matter to me whether it was fiction or not, but what did matter was the story. Phyllis presents her characters’ pain, loss, and suffering throughout the novel, but as she takes us on this journey, we come to healing, hope, and love. Much like she does in Snow Fence Road, another outstanding novel by Phyllis Edgerly Ring, that if you have not read, I recommend you do so.

In a written discourse with Phyllis about her novel The Munich Girl, Phyllis shared with me, “My deepest goal for this book is that it stirs what I call discourse – digging down deeper, together, to learn together, to shift the very unsatisfying things we witness around us now. Awful as they seem, I believe they are really death pangs of what’s dying out.” The Munich Girl certainly stirred the discourse within me, just as I believe it did within other readers of the book. I cannot remember the last time I read a book that I connected to as solidly as I did to The Munich Girl. Phyllis has indeed given the world the gift of a masterpiece by writing this novel.

Below are snippets of other reviews of The Munich Girl as these reviews will provide you with a broader sense of the greatness of this novel.

Writer Carol Sampson wrote, “the novel reflects my own interest “in people, their relationships, and the effects we all have on one another in the decisions we make. Each character reveals different aspects of humanity and gives an insight into the human condition.” She goes on to describe The Munich Girl as a weaving of history and fiction that’s “an uncomplicated read of a complex situation.”

Leslie Handler from The Philadelphia Inquirer reviewed The Munich Girl and wrote, “I adore reading historical fiction, and this one was a particular treat. As I enthusiastically turned the pages, I couldn’t wholly understand why The Munich Girl seemed so convincing. I knew I was reading fiction, but it felt so unusually personal I couldn’t shake the feeling that maybe, just maybe, there was a center of truth to it – part of it, at least, might be an actual memoir of the author’s mother and her real-life relationship with the lover of the world’s most infamous figure.” Read the entire review at

KGR from Goodreads wrote, “The Munich Girl is a work of historical fiction that reads and feels like a memoir. So many of the story’s details are historically correct that it is hard to determine where the facts leave off and the fiction begins.”

You can go to Goodreads and Amazon and read the reviews that recommend The Munich Girl, but I strongly recommend that you get your hands on a copy of this moving novel and let it waft you via a magic carpet ride into a world that you could not enter if it were not for The Munich Girl.

There is a link at the bottom of this page that will take you to Amazon where you can purchase the paperback or Kindle version of The Munich Girl. You can also wait and try to win a signed copy of the book through a drawing. Whether you win or purchase a copy of The Munich Girl, this will be a book you will never forget. If you are a member of a book club, The Munich Girl is the perfect book for your club, as there is so much to discuss. The details of the drawing follow:

Because February is the month when the two friends in The Munich Girl both have birthdays, “each born in a Leap Year like this one.” Phyllis is having a drawing at the beginning and end of the month.

On February 6, which was also Eva Braun’s birthday, Phyllis will draw the name of two winners for a signed copy of the book and a silver butterfly bracelet designed by artist Diane Kirkup.

To enter, send an email to with “Butterfly” in the subject line. Those who include any thoughts about the book or a photo of themselves with it will receive 3 entries.

Note: The drawing was held February 6, 2016, and is no longer open. However, if you follow Phyllis Edgerly Ring’s website, you may find another giveaway to enter.

Visit to learn more about Phyllis. You can also find Phyllis on Twitter: @phyllisring and on her Facebook Author page:

To purchase your copy of The Munich Girl now, follow the link below: Find more about The Munich Girl: A Novel of the Legacies that Outlast War here: 


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