It’s a pleasure to take part in the Blogtour A Mother’s War by Helen Parusel.
About the Author
Helen Parusel – I am from London but now live in Hamburg, Germany with my husband and daughter. I gave English lessons to retired Germans for twenty years and became intrigued by many of their wartime stories. My mother comes from Linz, Austria and I spent my summer holidays there for years which inspired my next novel. I have always loved reading and writing, and now finally have the time to devote to writing. Follow @HelenParusel on Twitter
About the book
Narvik, 1940. After Laila awakens to the sight of warships in the fjord, it isn’t long before she turns resistor to the brutal Nazi regime. She is horrified when local girls begin affairs with enemy soldiers, yet against her own principles, she finds herself falling in love with German soldier, Josef.
Josef is not like the others. He becomes involved in helping her and the locals with resistance activities, risking his life on more than one occasion.
But then Laila finds out she is pregnant. With Josef sent to the Russian front, and Laila cast out by her family, she turns to a home for women which promises to care for her and her unborn child. But instead, she finds herself caught in a system of evil far beyond what she thought possible…
Laila’s first instinct, when her hometown is invaded, is to protect her family. The close family bond threatens to shatter when her emotions aren’t willing to see every invader as the enemy. It’s a choice that leaves her vulnerable and in danger when she inadvertently falls into a scheme created by the Nazi regime to ensure the master race survives and thrives.
The invasion of Norway by the Nazi’s during World War 2, tends to be mentioned less frequently, although the repercussions remain deeply embedded in their heritage now. The important part they played in the Lebensborn scheme is also a part of history that isn’t mentioned often. Playing an integral part in the handpicked and planned next generation of Aryans, thereby creating a legacy, but not in the way it was intended.
Up to 12000 children is a lot and it’s a travesty that they haven’t been recognised and compensated in some way for the abuse and mistreatment they have had to endure. Innocent children being used as scapegoats for the atrocities committed by an invading force driven by fantastical ideology – anyone using them to punish the Nazi regime is guilty of misplaced vengeance.
I enjoyed the way the author captured the tragedy of the historical events, whilst delivering a message of endurance, strength and connection.
Buy A Mother’s War at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher : Boldwood Books; pub date 17 May 2023. Buy at Amazon com.