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Anna Dahlberg grew up eating dinner under her father’s war-trophy portrait of Eva Braun. Fifty years after the war, she discovers what he never did—that her mother and Hitler’s mistress were friends. The secret surfaces with a mysterious monogrammed handkerchief, and a man, Hannes Ritter, whose Third Reich family history is entwined with Anna’s. Plunged into the world of t ...more
Paperback, 1st Edition, 356 pages
Published November 14th 2015 by Whole Sky Books
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Phyllis Ring Thanks very much for these questions. Peggy and Anna, the mother / daughter protagonists in The Munich Girl, are fictional, as is Peggy's friendship w…moreThanks very much for these questions. Peggy and Anna, the mother / daughter protagonists in The Munich Girl, are fictional, as is Peggy's friendship with Eva Braun. The friendship, as it's conveyed in the story, is based on actual friendships Eva Braun had with those who had appreciation for who she was as a person. Often, they were very concerned about her relationship with Hitler. Yet the qualities of her character, and of her friendship with them, were something they obviously valued. I'm not certain what hook the last part of the questions may be referring to. Perhaps it means personal accountability? Eva Braun was certainly accountable for what she did and did not do, did and did not choose, as we all are. The Munich Girl's story presents her as a means of considering the reality that human beings are complex, neither all good nor all bad. (less)
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Anne
Feb 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Growing up in the Netherlands, where every first week of May is basically dedicated to WWII, and with parents who were both born during the war (my mother even before Germany invaded Holland), I thought I was pretty well-informed on the topic. I studied History for two years in which, again, a lot of WWII was covered. Then I started reading this book and realized I still only know so little.

I think I already knew who Eva Braun was when I was around 8 years old, but I never actually knew the face
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Rachel
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I got this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

My Review (may contain spoilers!):

During my read of this novel, there were times that I wasn’t sure if it was fiction or not. The information spread throughout the story seems so realistic that you would think you were reading a memoir from Hitler’s time.

Of course, I don’t know too much about that time period so I’m not entirely sure exactly how much of the information was true and how much was fiction. However, I enjoyed following
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Eric Mondschein
Nov 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Phyllis Ring in 'The Munich Girl' masterfully weaves an intriguing story that draws the reader in wanting to know more as each page is turned and soon you discover that it is both a mystery and a love story. It is a story of a woman’s quest to discover why there was a portrait of Eva Braun, Adolf Hitler’s mistress, hanging on the wall in her family’s dining room and just what connection if any, Braun had with her family. The story introduces us to Eva Braun and the time just before and during Wo ...more
Amy
The Munich Girl was a book I won in a giveaway, one of my favorite features on Goodreads. The intent in the Giveaway program, is to hopefully create a buzz for the author. The problem becomes, what if my review is not stellar? I have so much respect for the authors who pour their time and energy and lifeblood into a project, and who can create a book. I so don't want to do anything that would inhibit a reader from choosing this book - after all, I am just one person with one opinion, at one brie ...more
Lesley Hayes
Jan 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I read a number of excellent novels in 2015 all of which offered various perspectives on the events of World War 2, and I learned much that I’d never fully grasped before. The Munich Girl is a highly original slant on what by the end of the year had become a story I felt I knew by heart. Not so! This took me into the very epicentre of what felt like the most taboo of places – the relationship between Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun. The novel was sent to me as a gift, and what an amazing gift it turn ...more
Teddy
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2017
Anna Dahlberg’s mother, Peggy has asked her to come over to talk. She has something important to tell her. However, Peggy dies before Anna can get there. What did she want to tell her? Not long after, Anna moved into her mother’s house with her husband, Lowell. Lowell has been writing a book about Hitler and also owns a magazine called “The Fighting Chance”. Although Anna has a job lined up, Lowell demands that she write some articles for the magazine to help the promotion of his upcoming book.

A
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Susanne Weigand
Mar 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An uplifting (and in parts sad) story

Bear with me when I am talking about myself. I am German and both my parents have lived through WWII and it was something we often talked about in my family. And in my time at school we were taught a lot about the war and Nazism. Later I read a lot of articles and several books about this dark period of German history. But for some reason I always shied away from learning more about Eva Braun, probably because I couldn’t understand why a young woman would wil
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Barb Taub
Jan 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
With her new book, The Munich Girl, author Phyllis Edgerly Ring points out that an entire nation can’t be understood or explained with one label.

She does this by examining the life of one almost-invisible woman: Eva Braun, the “Munich Girl” who was Hitler’s mistress from the time the seventeen-year-old girl met the man over twenty years her senior until their wedding followed a day later by her suicide at his side when she was 33.

Although The Munich Girl has the feel of a memoir, it is a histori
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Meg - A Bookish Affair
Oct 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. In "The Munich Girl," Anna loses her mother in the mid-nineties and becomes keenly interested in learning more about her mother's life in Germany in World War II. Although Anna was incredibly close to her mother, she knows very little about her life in her younger years. As Anna begins to put the pieces together, she realizes that her mother knew Eva Braun (yes, that one), whose portrait hung above their table at home throughout Anna's life. Anna thought the portrait was simply war bo ...more
Yvonne (It's All About Books)
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Finished reading: June 16th 2016
Rating 4qqq

"Exiting onto the street, I heard a chorus of bells from three churches, then saw the blood-red banners with their dark Swastikas everywhere I turned. I'm accustomed to this in Berlin, but seeing them on these lovely old façades is like finding graffiti scrawled on my grandmother's house. The Nazis are relentless with this display, like dogs marking territory."

*** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! *
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Cynthia
Feb 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I tend to judge a book’s ‘likability’ by the depth of the inner struggle I find myself to be in during the final chapters, or the lack of a struggle, as the case may be. It is the tug-of-war to rush to my little reading nook and devour the pages, and the slowing of my pace to postphone the inevitable ending, having to say goodbye to the characters I have come to know and to love. The latter is how I found myself during the final chapters of “The Munich Girl.” I was so drawn into the characters, ...more
Esther Bradley-detally
Dec 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Munich Girl

Phyllis Edgerly Ring is a profound story teller, choosing to use flash
backs to time in Germany before, during and after World War II. The
Munich Girl is a tale of two young girls who meet one another at
serendipitous times in their lives and sustain one another. The
surrounding society is encased in secrets and mysteries and horrors
from the ensuing war.
The story reverts back to Anna and her relationships, and The Munich
Girl leads the reader into layers of events, and reveals
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Mary Eve
The Munich Girl

First, I'd like to thank the Goodreads gods for their generous giveaways. A fun perk of being a Goodreads member, the giveaways offer a reader the opportunity to read/review a book well before a book's release date. Authors rely heavily on a reviewer's unique perspective to spread a book's popularity (or unpopularity. It happens.). I'm a firm believer in returning the favor. If you receive a book as a gift or giveaway, a few thoughtful words is a nice way to show your appreciation
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V.L. Towler
Nov 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
I am stingy with my stars because I believe people don't pay attention when they see five stars. They think, "Yeah, right," and they chalk up the exuberance of the rating to the relationship of the reviewer to the author.

In full disclosure, I was given an advance copy of the novel for an honest review. It's not something that I am accustomed to doing, nor do I like the privilege, as it were, as one is inclined to not want to write anything disappointing about the author's work.

I had already bee
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Tocotin
When you take a look at the cover, you'll see a Nazi banner with swastika on it, half-hidden behind the eaves of the houses. The girl in the foreground is Eva Braun nee Hitler, but really, it could be any young blonde girl who lived somewhere around the middle of the last century.

This book is, in a way, exactly what its cover promises it to be: a presentation of a horrifying and abominable historical moment and people as normal, self-contained, inconsequential, sympathetic and romantic. It has t
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K.E. Garvey
Dec 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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 accurate that it is hard to determine where the facts leave off and the fiction begins.

Beautifully told, and exquisitely written, each page unfolds like the wrapping over a gem. The settings are vivid, the characters come to life. It is a rather involved story between Anna’s existence with a narcissistic husband, the budding relationship between her and Hannes, her
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Irene
Feb 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! I am reading it a second time, feel like these characters are my friends or people I know.

It is Historical fiction about Eva Braun (Hitler's mistress) but the author writes so beautifully and weaves the history and fiction together so well, it is sometimes hard to tell where one leaves off and the other starts. Very well written!

A must read for all! p.s. I did not get this as a gift from the author! I read it because I read an earlier book she wrote, "Snow Fence Road" and love
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Pam
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An amazing book based on true facts apparently about Eva Braun's life waiting for Hitler for years. Even though this was a novel it presented so many things I did not know about her life as well as what could have happened with true life-long friends she had during the years she waited for Hitler to declare his love for only her.
Recommend this to any history buff who wants to learn as much about WW2 and the characters involved.
Sharon
Aug 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, book-tours
Actual 3.5 Review part of HF Virtual Book Tours with digital ARC provided by the author to participate in the tour with for my unbiased review.

The Munich Girl is primarily a story of self discovery and the importance of being true to ourselves told through the narratives of three women from present day and 1940's timelines.

In part, it tells the story of Anna Dahlberg, and her journey of uncovering the story behind her mother's portrait of an enigmatic pretty young woman.

It is through her diaries
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Melinda
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an amazing book. This story was wonderfully written. I loved the history of the book. I loved all the characters.
Chris
Aug 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
It is the mid 1990s. Anna is stuck in a loveless and childless marriage with Lowell. In the New Hampshire house left to her by her mother she feels like a mere adjunct to his academic life, his forthcoming study on the Second World War and his publishing business which issues The Fighting Chance, a military history magazine. An adjunct, that is, until he invites her to contribute an article about Eva Braun, Hitler’s mistress; it is to furnish the female angle for the forthcoming special issue of ...more
Erin Boehm
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is an absolute gem! I devoured it! I highly recommend it- esp for
A summer beach read!!
Rory
Nov 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all readers
Recommended to Rory by: I saw it on Goodreads
Phyllis Edgerly Ring is a masterful writer. In THE MUNICH GIRL Anna Dahlberg, who is the main character, discovers the secret relationship her recently deceased mother had with Adolf Hitler's mistress and eventual tragic bride, Eva Braun. Many will tout Ms. Ring's wonderful peek behind the curtain that was the Third Reich and Hitler leading up to and including the war years. The author does an artful job of weaving Anna's contemporary life into the suppressed secrets that were Germany during tho ...more
Laurie
Jul 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
I originally read The Munich Girl in 2015 and upon finishing this historical fiction a second time, I feel I have "gotten better acquainted" with the three main characters: Anna, Peggy (her mother) & Eva Braun (Hitler's mistress). Author Phyllis Edgerly Ring masterly weaves this mystery-filled tale, set in & around World War II, that sometimes feels like a romantic memoir. My next read shall be Snow Fence Road by the same author as my preferred genre continues to be books from this time period ( ...more
Barbara Davis
Apr 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I truly didn't want this book to end. The author skillfully weaves little known facts, a riveting sense of place, and layers of a historical figure we only thought we knew, into a richly detailed story filled with family secrets and a hard won journey of self discovery. Carefully researched and beautifully written, this novel has something to offer everyone.
Susan
Jul 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Insight into lives in Germany before, during and after the war

Such an interesting read from the point of view of a friend of Eva Braun's. Both women loved men who had very different but intertwined destinies. Brings to mind The Nightingale and The Secret Keeper. I enjoyed it very much.
Nancy Stewart
Dec 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An incredibly fascinating story about Eva von Braun. Is it partially based on truth? I would bet it is. I don't know much about her relationship with Hitler, as few of us do. If much of it could be true it is a very sad story about a love that never had a chance to live its own life.
Darlene Franklin
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A very creative story combining the life of Eva Braun and a modern day family. The author takes the reader to many locations hitler and Eva actually visited or lived in which encouraged me to further research to understand these locales. I plan on sharing this with my book club and thank Ring and Goodreads for the opportunity to read this book.
Fran Burdsall
Oct 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
I am highly recommending this book to all you historical fiction lovers. I don't often come across a book that provides a thoughtful look at the lives of Germans during the war years. The talented author intertwines three stories from two generations so skillfully and intricately. I was totally caught up in every page. She added the element of what I call "somatic memory" - the knowledge of knowing home deep in one's core beyond memory. I felt that visiting Prague. This book will take you to an ...more
Sally Lindsay-briggs
Aug 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A very pleasing, poignant, informative, beautiful, historical love story. It’s about Anna who found out so very much about her mother’s past, her traitorous husband, Eva Braun ( Hitler’s mistress/wife) and Hannes ( an earthly angel). I learned a lot about Hitler and his very lonely Eva. The history was very touching, as were all the characters. Loved this novel completely and I thank the author and Goodreads for choosing me to read it!
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