Inspired by a dream, this novel takes place before War World II in Germany. Two strangers from different religions and parts of town fall in love. While family and social prejudices pressure the couple to end the affair, in an ever increasingly tense Germany, the lovers ignore the warnings and instead embark on a journey of self discovery and sacrifice that will eventually change their lives forever.
Set in Munich in the early 1930’s, this novel is a passion set in the time of prejudice, which breaks social barriers dividing humanity. Eli Levin, a Jew, from a strict orthodox family and Rebecca Baum, a Catholic, from an affluent upbringing, find solace in each other’s embrace and as their bond strengthens, they find so does the tensions of Munich and the growing fervor for the Nazi party. As the lovers face the harsh realities of hate and violence on the streets, they are driven to make decisions of life or death and must forge documents to board an American ship departing Hamburg, heading to New York. But when they land on American soil, they are challenged with another obstacle, where Jewish passengers are placed on return ships and denied entry. Eli’s forged document does not fool the American officials and Rebecca and Eli are ripped apart as Eli
is sent back to Germany in one of the final scenes before Rebecca must come to terms with her new life without him.
With historical accuracy, passion, and genuine characters, this novel will make you want
to take a risk on love again.
Poetry included in this novel is from Heinrich Heine.
Fans of The Russian Concubine by Kate Furnivall, or A Farewell To Arms by Hemingway,
may be interested in this novel.
Ami Blackwelder is a forbidden romance writer in the paranormal and historical romancegenre. Growing up in Florida, she went to UCf and in 1997 received her BA in English andteaching credentials. She travelled overseas to teach in Thailand, Nepal, Tibet, China and Korea.
Thailand is considered her second home now. She has always loved writing and wrote poems and short stores since childhood; however, her novels began when she was in Thailand.
Having won the Best Fiction Award from the University of Central Florida (Yes, The Blair Witch Project University;), her fiction From Joy We Come, Unto Joy We Return was published in the on campus literary magazine: Cypress Dome and remains to this day in University libraries around the country. Later, she achieved the Semi-Finals in a Laurel Hemingway contest and published a few poems in the Thailand’s Expat magazine, and an article in the Thailand’s
People newspaper. Additionally, she has published poetry in the Korea’s AIM magazine, the American Poetic Monthly magazine and Twisted Dreams Magazine.
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