The Takeaway Men Tour – Review

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About the Book

With the cloud of the Holocaust still looming over them, twin sisters Bronka and Johanna Lubinski and their parents arrive in the US from a Displaced Persons Camp. In the years after World War II, they experience the difficulties of adjusting to American culture as well as the burgeoning fear of the Cold War. Years later, the discovery of a former Nazi hiding in their community brings the Holocaust out of the shadows. As the girls get older, they start to wonder about their parents’ pasts, and they begin to demand answers. But it soon becomes clear that those memories will be more difficult and painful to uncover than they could have anticipated. Poignant and haunting, The Takeaway Men explores the impact of immigration, identity, prejudice, secrets, and lies on parents and children in mid-twentieth-century America.


This is one of those historical fiction books that you can just pick up and get lost in. It’s a tough subject matter, but it’s so poignantly beautiful. And while there are many books that feature the horrors of the Holocaust as it occurred, not many take on the aspect of the aftereffects of dealing with this horror. Yet Ain takes us there and highlights the just how difficult it is to not only adjust to life after war, but to also adjust to a new country after war.

There is so much that is filled into such a short book and Ain did a wonderful job at juggling all of the different aspects of this story. There are secrets, prejudice, topics of immigration, and much more that these characters are forced to deal with. It’s an oftentimes brutal world, yet the Lubinski’s still have each other.

2020 seems to be the year of stories on the Holocaust, and The Takeaway Men will definitely stand out amongst all of these new titles for the sheer uniqueness of it. Each of the characters are unique in their own right and they’ve all gone through something that has changed them as a person. And that’s what this story is about, people and the endurance we have when we choose to live.

About the Author

Meryl’s articles and essays have appeared in Huffington Post, The New York Jewish Week, The New York Times, Newsday and other publications. The Takeaway Men (August 2020) is her debut novel. In 2014, she co-authored the award-winning book, The Living Memories Project: Legacies That Last, and in 2016, wrote a companion workbook, My Living Memories Project Journal. She is a sought-after speaker and has been interviewed on television, radio, and podcasts. She is a career educator and is proud to be both a teacher and student of history. She has also worked as a school administrator.
The Takeaway Men is the result of her life-long quest to learn more about the Holocaust, a thirst that was first triggered by reading The Diary of Anne Frank in the sixth grade. While teaching high school history, she introduced her students to the study of the Holocaust. At the same time, she also developed an enduring fascination with teaching about and researching the Julius and Ethel Rosenberg case. An interview with Robert Meeropol, the younger son of the Rosenbergs, is featured in her book, The Living Memories Project. The book also includes an interview with Holocaust survivor, Boris Chartan, the founder of the Holocaust Museum and Tolerance Center of Nassau County, New York.
Meryl holds a BA from Queens College, an MA from Teachers College, Columbia University, and an Ed.D. from Hofstra University. She is a lifetime member of Hadassah and an active supporter of UJA-Federation of New York. She lives in New York with her husband, Stewart. They have three married sons and six grandchildren.

Tour Schedule

Aug. 3rd – Sho Biz Reads

Aug. 3rd– Iowa Amber Reads 

Aug. 4th – Ya It’s Lit

Aug. 5th – Midwest Ladies Who Lit

Aug 6th – The Book Blondie 

Aug 8th– Sealed With A Book

Aug. 10th – Girl Loves Dogs Books Wine

Aug. 11th – Bibliolau 

Aug 13th – Jennifer Tar Heel Reader –

Aug. 14th – The Unwined Book Club 

Aug. 18th – Megs Book Club

Aug 29th – Carol Doscher

Aug. 19th – Texacali Books 

Sept. 2nd– Reecas Pieces Books

*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*

What Did You do in the War Sister Tour – Review & Giveaway

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What Did You Do In The War, Sister?: Catholic Sisters in the Nazi Resistance by Dennis J. Turner

Publication Date: February 27, 2020 Paperback, eBook & Audiobook Genre: Historical Fiction/Biographical

“A powerful story of seldom-sung heroines in humanity’s darkest days and a vivid reminder of the power of conscience.” — Edgardo David Holzman, author of Malena

Throughout the occupied territories, Catholic Sisters were active members of The Nazi Resistance.

Based on letters and documents written by Catholic Sisters during WWII, this book tells the remarkable story of these brave and faithful women.

From running contraband to hiding Jews, from spying for the allies to small acts of sabotage, these courageous women risked their lives to help defeat the Reich.

This is a story that needs to be told.

“an engaging account of World War Two as told through the voice of a fictional Belgian nun… fascinating and valuable.” — Donald Lystra, Author of Season of Water and Ice

“”A generous recounting of the deeds of marvelous nuns living in the midst of mortal danger. It’s also a great read!” — Father James Heft, Professor of Religion at the University of Southern California

Available on Amazon


I’ve mentioned it a few times already this year, but this seems to be the year for me to reintroduce books based on the holocaust into my life. I don’t know if it’s me subconsciously picking them due to everything going on in the world or what, but I’m honestly not mad about it. I had forgotten how moving and horrifying these stories can be. And What Did You do in the War Sister? is perhaps one of the most uniquely interesting one that I’ve read.

While this story is told through the lens of a fictitious nun, the story is based off of a real group who played a major role in the resistance. And while reading this is very clearly a story, but I found myself amazed the entire time just thinking about what actually did happen and how this group of sisters were able to help out.

While there is definitely some struggle between the religions, the survival was at the forefront of this book. People set aside their differences to help one another and in a time of great horror against humanity it is always enlightening to see others resist and protect one another.

About the Author

Dennis Turner graduated from Georgetown University in 1967 with a degree in History. He received his Juris Doctorate degree from Georgetown University Law School in 1970. He has served as an Assistant County Prosecutor and as a Magistrate-Judge. Since 1974, he has been a Professor of Law at the University Of Dayton School Of Law. During his tenure at the University of Dayton he has served as Assistant Dean, Acting Dean, Director of the Law Clinic and Director of the Legal Profession Program. The University of Dayton has awarded him its highest award for teaching, The Faculty Teaching Award. He has also received numerous Teacher of the Year Awards from the students at the University Of Dayton School Of Law and was chosen to be one of the Master Teaching Fellows for the University of Dayton. He has been a visiting professor for the University of Notre Dame London Law Program. He also has extensive experience with the British criminal justice system through his association with the barrister firm, Pump Court Chambers, in Winchester, England.

Dennis Turner is the author of many law review articles and a law text book, Steele v. Kitchener Case File. For two years, he also wrote a bi-weekly column for the Dayton Daily News entitled, On the River.

Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, July 6
Review at Books and Backroads

Wednesday, July 8
Excerpt at What Is That Book About

Thursday, July 9
Review at YA, It’s Lit

Friday, July 10
Review at Books and Zebras

Monday, July 13
Excerpt at The Caffeinated Bibliophile

Wednesday, July 15
Guest Post at Chicks, Rogues, and Scandals

Friday, July 17
Review at A Darn Good Read
Review at Reading is My Remedy


During the Blog Tour, we are giving away a copy of What Did You Do in the War Sister?. To enter, please use the Gleam form below.

Giveaway Rules

– Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on July 17th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
– Paperback giveaway is open to the US only.
– Only one entry per household.
– All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspicion of fraud will be decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion.
– The winner has 48 hours to claim prize or a new winner is chosen.

What Did you Do in the War Sister

*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*

Wolf Tour – Review & Giveaway

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About the Book

Wolf: A Novel by Herbert J. Stern & Alan A. Winter

Publication Date: February 11, 2020
Hardcover & eBook; 552 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction

    In the Great Tradition of Herman Wouk, Author of Winds of War and War and Remembrance, Wolf is a Thoroughly Researched and Illustrated Historical Novel about a Man who is Not Yet a Monster . . . but Will Soon Become the Ultimate One: Adolf Hitler. Perhaps no man on Earth is more controversial, more hated, or more studied than Adolf Hitler. His exploits and every move are well-documented, from the time he first became chancellor and then-dictator of Germany to starting World War II to the systematic killing of millions of Jews. But how did he achieve power, and what was the makeup of the mind of a man who would deliberately inflict unimaginable horrors on millions of people?

Meet Friedrich Richard, an amnesiac soldier who, in 1918, encounters Hitler in the mental ward at Pasewalk Hospital. Hitler, then a corporal, diagnosed as a psychopath and helpless, suffering from hysterical blindness, introduces himself as Wolf to Friedrich and becomes dependent upon Friedrich for assistance, forming an unbreakable bond between the two men.

Follow Friedich—our protagonist—who interacts with real people, places, and events, through the fifteen-year friendship that witnesses Hitler turn from a quiet painter into a megalomaniacal dictator. Using brand-new historical research to construct a realistic portrait of the evolving Hitler, Wolf will satisfy, by turns, history buffs and fiction fans alike. And as this complex story is masterfully presented, it answers the question of how a nondescript man became the world’s greatest monster.

Praise for Wolf

“Adolf Hitler anointed himself with the name, Wolf, then plotted and connived with remorseless determination to become Der Fuhrer, Dictator, Savior of the Fatherland. As in ancient Greek drama, we know the ending to the story. The riddle is how we get there….A Hitler we did not know existed emerges page by page, all his bits and pieces, certain of his role as Savior of Germany, evil, driven, shrewd, an unrepentant, serial seducer of teenage girls, surrounded by toadies as ruthless as himself but not nearly so smart—his rise and words an unnerving parallel as we witness the continued erosion of democracy today in our own sweet land. Put this book on the shelf with Ludlum, Michener, and Clavell. Wolf deserves to be in their company.” —Stephen Foreman, author of Toehold, Watching Gideon, and Journey, and screenwriter of The Jazz Singer, Hostage, and America the Beautiful

“Based on extensive research, the extraordinary novel Wolf, by Herbert J. Stern and Alan A. Winter, lifts the curtain so that the reader can observe through the eyes of a fictional character how a seemingly unremarkable corporal who was denied a promotion for lack of ‘leadership ability’ became dictator of Germany. The result is a gripping page-turner, a masterful historical novel.” —The Jewish Voice

“Wolf offers a front row seat to the Nazi Party’s early years, expertly using the fictional protagonist Friedrich Richard to take the reader on a fifteen-year journey from the end of the First World War to Adolf Hitler’s seizure of absolute power in Germany. The reader experiences the gradual death of democracy in Weimar Germany like a slow-motion train wreck, equally fascinated and horrified. We all know how Hitler’s Thousand Year Reich ended, but Wolf shows us how the nightmare began. A compelling, thoroughly researched, and important work. Wolf is an impressive achievement. Exhaustively researched and richly detailed, it draws on new historical research to paint a fascinating portrait of Adolph Hitler that is more human and recognizable than most depictions—and thus even more chilling and sobering.” —Alex DeMille, co-author of The Deserter with bestselling author Nelson DeMille

“Wolf will incite intense discussion in historical circles and book clubs alike. It is a poignant, persuasive, and ultimately terrifying story of how one man came to bend the path of history through oppression and genocide by taking one step at a time.” —Amy Wilhelm, senior writer, Book Club Babble


What happens when you find out the man you considered a friend is actually a monster? Wolf tells a story that is rarely touched upon in books, the story of the rise of Adolf Hitler. Told through the lense of a fictional character, Wolf takes us on a journey from the end of the first World War to the rise of one of history’s most atrocious leaders. It is truly a terrifying look into how easily one person instilled fear and hatred amongst an entire country of people.

At this point I feel as if it has almost become taboo to talk about Hitler himself. The holocaust was one of the most horrific events in history, but rarely do we talk about the man who caused it. My knowledge of Hitler’s early life were solely that he was a painter and that his relationships with Jewish individuals were not necessarily what you would expect. But, what caused him to snap? What led him to want to wipe out an entire group of people?

I believe that these questions are why reading Wolf is almost like reading a horror story. We know what is coming, but now we are learning a bit more on the mechanics behind the future. The fact that this book is also extremely well researched adds to the horror, as much of the story is based on facts and not entirely fiction. It is honestly quite a chilling look into the human character, or lack thereof.

As you can see by my photo, this is a time period that I have read a lot about. However, my knowledge on the events from the end of WWI are very much lacking. Knowing about one time in history is one thing, but learning all aspects of the event is another. I think it is just as important to learn about what created such a monster as knowing the atrocities he accomplished.

About the Authors

Herbert J. Stern, formerly US attorney for the District of New Jersey, who prosecuted the mayors of Newark, Jersey City and Atlantic City, and served as judge of the US District Court for the District of New Jersey, is a trial lawyer. He also served as judge of the United States Court for Berlin. There he presided over a hijacking trial in the occupied American Sector of West Berlin. His book about the case, Judgment in Berlin, won the 1974 Freedom Foundation Award and became a film starring Martin Sheen and Sean Penn. He also wrote Diary of a DA: The True Story of the Prosecutor Who Took on the Mob, Fought Corruption, and Won, as well as the multi-volume legal work Trying Cases to Win.

Alan A. Winter is the author of four novels, including Island Bluffs, Snowflakes in the Sahara, Someone Else’s Son, and Savior’s Day, which Kirkus selected as a Best Book of 2013. Winter graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in history and has professional degrees from both New York University and Columbia, where he was an associate professor for many years. He edited an award-winning journal and has published more than twenty professional articles. Alan studied creative writing at Columbia’s Graduate School of General Studies. His screenplay, Polly, received honorable mention in the Austin Film Festival, and became the basis for Island Bluffs.

Tour Schedule

Monday, February 3
Review at Books and Zebras

Tuesday, February 4
Review at YA, It’s Lit

Wednesday, February 5
Excerpt at Donna’s Book Blog

Friday, February 7
Review at Tales from the Book Dragon

Saturday, February 8
Review at Reading is My Remedy

Monday, February 10
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books
Review & Excerpt at Clarissa Reads It All

Tuesday, February 11
Excerpt at Passages to the Past

Wednesday, February 12
Feature at The Caffeinated Bibliophile

Thursday, February 13
Review at Impressions In Ink

Friday, February 14
Feature at CelticLady’s Reviews


During the Blog Tour, we are giving away a paperback copy of Wolf! To enter, please use the Gleam form below.

Giveaway Rules

– Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on February 14th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
– Paperback giveaway is to the US only.
– Only one entry per household.
– All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspicion of fraud will be decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion.
– The winner has 48 hours to claim prize or a new winner is chosen.


*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*