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The Other Mrs. Samson

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Surviving two wars, sharing one husband, searching for answers...

A hidden compartment in a black lacquer cabinet left in an attic reveals the secrets of two incredible women: Hilda, born and raised in one of the wealthiest Jewish families in turn-of-the-century San Francisco, and Katie, whose early life in Germany is marked by tragedy and death. Their lives are forever ent
Kindle Edition, 385 pages
Published February 15th 2021 by Independently Published
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Terrie Robinson
"The Other Mrs. Samson" by Ralph Webster is a very captivating Historical Fiction novel.

In the author's attic a long-forgotten black lacquered cabinet is discovered tucked away in a corner. The intricately designed cabinet belonged to Katie Samson and brought to it's current location shortly after her death in 2005. A hidden compartment within reveals letters wrapped in ribbon, a leather journal and a bundle of papers secured with brown string. All were handwritten long ago telling the story of
Deacon Tom F
Feb 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
"The Other Mrs. Samson” is a wonderful piece of historical fiction. It is complex with many surprises, twists, secrets, and it turns.

The plot centers around two women who lived richly interesting lives focused on Dr. Josef Samson who they both loved. The book has multiple plot twists and turns that truly surprised me especially at the conclusion.

One absolute strength is the characterization. I always enjoy independent females.

Katie, whose life in Germany is tangled with by tragedy. I particul
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Feb 07, 2021 marked it as to-read
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I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Feb 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
What an evocative ethnography of generations of Jewish families and individuals across the globe. I love mostly stories that take place in other cultures where I can learn about the food, daily lives, and languages of people different from me. This book captures all areas and informed me about new insights on every single page.
The words are chosen so beautifully that they will melt in your mouth as you read them aloud.

As Ralph Webster will dwell into all well-researched historical as well as p
Terry Tyler
Jan 11, 2021 rated it liked it
I read this book via an ARC from the author, for Rosie Amber's book review team. The fact that it was free has not affected this honest review. I am giving it 3* on here and 4* on Amazon; this is to reflect the fact that I adored some of it but was less enthusiastic about the first 12% and the last 20%.

This book, for me, went from nicely readable but only moderately interesting, to absolutely unputdownable, and back to only moderately interesting. The first narrator, in the present day, finds a
Jan 17, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc
Even though the plot is interesting, I consider it might be easier to follow it if the writer's style of narrating the events had been more logical.
There were moments when I was engrossed to follow the story line, and suddenly the narration switches to another past event/moment. There are also introduced many characters, and family lineage; too much information, events, and dates to deal with. It's simply overwhelming, confusing and annoying for me.
Thank you, BookSirens, for giving me an ARC o
Elizabeth Lloyd
Dec 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book caught me unawares as it swept through the history of late 19th century and twentieth century Europe and America. Focusing on the story of two women, Hilda and Katie, both of whom married Josef Samson, we are shown what happened to Jewish families in Germany from the 1840s until the rise of the Nazis in the 1930s.
At first, we are given tiny hints as the author recounts meeting Katie, a widow, living in New York and hears about her beloved husband who had died in 1961. She becomes a clo
Jan 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People who like reding about relationships and/or history
Recommended to Gary by: BookSirens
I must say at the outset that I received a free (advance) copy of this e-book in exchange for an honest review. My thanks go to the author, Ralph Webster, and BookSirens for giving me the opportunity.

This is a fascinating and unusual book. Ostensibly a historical novel, it feels very real so I assume the author conducted extensive research into his subjects. In fact, I am not sure if the basic initial fact (the existence of the documents) is real and the rest he filled in the gaps with his imagi
Jan 21, 2021 rated it it was ok

This was a fine book that had a couple of issues for me. The story of the first Mrs. Samson was wonderful. The addition of the second Mrs. Samson seemed...almost a letdown. I don't know how better to describe it.

It was a bit of a struggle to finish this book-one minute I'm racing through it because it was so vivid and the next minute I was struggling to not DNF.

*ARC supplied by the publisher and the author. Thank-you.
Kathleen Riggs
Dec 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Other Mrs. Samson
This is a beautifully written book about the life of Hilda, Josef and Katie. They all grew up in Germany and the book is about the hidden memoires which were found years later in a secret compartment of a lacquered Japanese cabinet.
We are taken on the journey and lives of Hilda, Josef and Katie and how growing up in Germany with Hilda and Josef growing up in a higher-class family to Katie who grew up in a lower-class family. Their story ties the 3 main protagonist, familie
Kameo Monson
Jan 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
At the beginning of the Other Mrs. Samson, we learn how Ralph met Katie–the older, yet incredible woman who became one of his and his wife’s closest friends. But before learning much about Katie, we learn about her husband’s first wife, Hilda.

It didn’t take long for me to realize this book wouldn’t move quickly. But the slow pace never once deterred my desire to learn more about these characters either. I say characters, but I mean people. Hilda, Josef, and Katie were real people as were the oth
Jan 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
A beautifully told story. The reader gets a firsthand feel for life during the eras of both world wars in both Europe and America. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys historical fiction and non- fiction.
Olga Miret
Jan 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
I write this review as a member of Rosie’s Book Review Team and I was provided an ARC copy of the novel I freely chose to review. Well, I’m not sure “novel” is the best word to define this book, but more on that, later.
As the description of the book suggests, this is the story of two women, told by them, although somewhat indirectly. This is one of those books (they are also quite a few movies, mostly adaptations of novels), which follow similar plots, or use a similar “frame” to tell a story: s
Jan 25, 2021 rated it liked it
The other Miss Samson is a historical fiction describing impact of WWI and WWII on two relationships. Hilda and Katie are two devoted housewives whose lives are intertwined by the love they have for the same man. The other Mrs. Samson is the third novel written by the award-winning author Ralph Webster.

Hilda Samson is born into a Jewish family of privilege in San Francisco. Her family decides to tour Europe where they spend six months visiting relatives. In Berlin, she meets her future husband,
Carrie Westmoreland Kurtz
Jan 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book, this book, this book.... I am a bit at a loss for words! I loved it, then I didn't, then I did again. I can say that I definitely never hated it! Ever! It captured me from the beginning and, while there were times I did get somewhat... not quite bored but not extremely taken in (is there a word for that?!), I fell in love with this story.

I have to say, Hilda was my favorite. I loved her! Her end in the story left me brokenhearted and so unsatisfied! And, while I did like Katie, I desp
Jan 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: booksirens
This book was an interesting fictional telling of a woman who escaped the Holocaust. Told through the eyes of a few different narrators, the arc of the story was interesting and well done. My one quibble with this book was an element of the plot that was brought in late in the book and then not really given any explanation. It seemed to me to not be given the weight of other elements in the book, so I didn't quite understand why it was it introduced.
Overall, this book had a very even flow and wa
Janalyn Prude
Dec 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
The other Mrs. Sampson is told by a family friend soon after Kate Simpson‘s death. After cleaning out her New York home and bringing some items back to his old house he found a journal in a black lacquer cabinet and this is when the book really gets good. The journal takes us through the war through her fears of the Gestapo and it even plays or when she moves to Europe. There is so much in this story that to give it a good summary is impossible the big finale is close to the end though when she ...more
Dec 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a very engaging book that draws you into the lives of the main three protagonists, Hilda, Joseph and Katie. You follow their life journey from birth to death, through marriage, and the horrors of both world wars, and the relationship amongst them throughout their lives.
How well do you know your significant other? And how can you keep a life changing secret from your love one?
This is a well researched book for everyone that likes history and loves a beautifully well written love story.
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Judith Barrow
Feb 02, 2021 rated it liked it
I chose The Other Mrs Samson because it covered both historical and memoir genres. It's a story that stretches through decades and settings; from the middle of the nineteenth century to the time of the First World War, the mid twentieth century and World War Two to the present era, and from the United States, to Germany and France.
The book's appeal to me was the description of the intriguing, yet so different, life and love stories of two women for one man with so many settings across a great sp
Feb 15, 2021 rated it liked it
A brilliant account of two women who lived fascinating lives centered around a man they both loved.

One of the things I enjoyed the most about this book was the personal factor in knowing this was the story of someone known by the author, told through their written records, which were discovered after their death. Katie lived a fascinating life and I thoroughly enjoyed following her relationship with Josef and experiences of life during the war.

The writing reads like you are being told the story
Jan 24, 2021 rated it liked it
I received a Goodreads Giveaway Kindle version of The Other Mrs. Samson and agreed to write a review in exchange. I enjoy reading historical fiction, and liked much of this story. There are numerous other reviews on Goodreads that you can read if you want the synopsis in detail. I would rather give you my thoughts. This as an ambitious undertaking, touching on over one hundred++ years from the US post- Civil War era to both World War 1 and 2, with a timely touch starting in today's COVID-ness. I ...more
Vicky Ireland
Jan 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this ook from the author in Kindle Format and it is a pleasure for me to write a review on it.

On receipt of the copy, I discovered that it is almost 400 pages and realised that I would need to be prepared to read just one book at a time for a change. I often have 2 or 3 on the go at the same time having them beside my bed, in my bag and in the living room so that there is always one on hand. I need not have worried though as it is well w
Lori Sinsel Harris
Feb 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Historical fiction fans and general fiction fans
Recommended to Lori by: liked blurb
All I can say is what a story !! This is a wonderful, tragic, happy, unbelievable novel. Sad in some ways for all the pain the characters suffered, especially the emotional pain, but happy in the fullness of their lives after overcoming so much adversity.

Spanning decades, the story is of two women who loved one man. The first woman's life is cut tragically short, her time with her husband Josef not long, but a happy one. The second women, Katie, living it seems to fulfill the life of the the fir
Abhilasha Rajendran
A heart warming saga, based on real life events and characters, spanning decades and two wars.
The other Mrs Samson starts when a hidden compartment in a black lacquer cabinet left in an attic reveals the secrets of two incredible women: Hilda, born and raised in one of the wealthiest Jewish families in turn-of-the-century San Francisco, and Katie, whose early life in Germany is marked by tragedy and death. Their lives are forever entwined by their love of the same man, the brilliant and compassi
Jamie Cha
Jan 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
I received an advance review copy for free and I am leaving this review voluntarily. I really enjoy non fiction. I really enjoy books about the holocaust era.

This is a mainly true story of 2 women and their husband (together at separate times). There is a lot in this historical book that I had no idea about. I never really thought about what Paris was like for Jews in the 1930s and 1940s. I never thought about American immigration in those days either.

There is a lot in the book that is fascinati
Michael Patterson
Jan 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
“The Other Mrs Samson” continues to show the author’s skill at telling deeply personal and intimate stories that fully engage the reader. For those who have read Ralph Webster’s prior two books “The Other Mrs. Samson” connects dots in ways that are both joyous and satisfying (although having read those books is not a prerequisite!).

This book reads quickly and smoothly, bringing the reader along through the lives of multiple first person narrators. Without spoiling the book there are two twists
Jan 01, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2020
Ralph is the narrator of the story of “The Other Mrs. Samson” as he and his wife, Ginger have befriended Katie Samson. Ralph is bequeathed Katie’s estate after her death and among her affects are documents and what one might believe are diaries of Katie and her husband’s first wife, Hilda.

Hilda shares a lot of family history about how her family came to become wealthy and influential in the Gold Rush-era of San Francisco, only for her to leave it and move to Berlin to marry Josef. The reader le
Jan 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Wow! An engrossing experience! A real page turner. Well written! I couldn't stop reading. The plot was well defined and the author grabbed the readers heart strings as he unfolded the story. You felt as if you were part of the story. Wow! Be still my heart! So many emotions. Wow! Can't wait to read more from this author. Pick up a copy today. You will go on a journey you will never forget. Read and enjoy.
I received an ARC free from BookSirens and this is my voluntary honest review.
Sukaina Majeed
Feb 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
The book keeps you from the beginning because of its secretive narrative and characters that stand out and leave behind an impact. What follows is a painful yet necessary narration of the great war of Berlin and follows next is Hilda and Katie's story. The author has done extensive research on the war which kept me engaged in the characters and the tragedy feels real in the narrative. Thanks to booksirens for giving me the advance copy for free and I am leaving the review voluntarily. ...more
Casey Bates
Feb 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't put this book down . It was interesting and I absolutely enjoyed it. The Characters are all wonderful and brung about many different emotions . This is a must read .

I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
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Award winning author Ralph Webster received worldwide acclaim for his first book, A Smile in One Eye: A Tear in the Other, which tells the story of his father’s flight from the Holocaust. Voted by readers as a Goodreads 2016 Choice Awards Nominee for Best Memoir/Autobiography, A Smile in One Eye: A Tear in the Other, his second book, One More Moon, and now his third, The Other Mrs. Samson, are pro ...more

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