My Mother’s Secret

I just finished a book, My Mother’s Secret by J.L. Witterick. It was published in 2013 This book was inspired by a true story about a woman and her daughter who hid two Jewish families and a German soldier during WWII. A very quick read. I would recommend this book….

I love historical novels and have read quite a few especially on WWII. This was one of those books where you get several different perspectives on the same events. That makes for a very interesting story. As I read stories I get very caught up and feel as though I’m living in them. This story gave me a many things to think about. Being the person hiding these people, putting my family in danger, the people being hidden and how it would have felt to have had my life ripped away, the worry for my family, the people I lost. I would like to think I would be that person that no matter the consequences I would have hidden people. Or if I had done the hiding that I would have been brave enough to have snuck out to figure out how to do it. Stories like these give me a determination in my life to do the right thing no matter the cost. Maybe it means I don’t make the kind of money I would have liked to have or not have gotten an opportunity I wanted. But, I know deep down that I did the right thing and that’s something to be proud of. Always follow that gut feeling. The end of the book left us with a quote: Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable. -Sidney J. Harris

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