Top positive review
Brilliant homage to true love
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on May 31, 2019
Love in the time of war has created narratives for the best of the classic novels. Love in the time of a war that murdered millions of innocents creates a tension/story conflict that can be riveting and make for very engaging and compelling reads. Add into the mix a story based on a real relationship, a true story, in the hands of a talented author and we have the anatomy for a best seller. I have read all of Midwood’s novels and with each been amazed at how her writing keeps getting better and better, if that’s possible. Perhaps it’s just that she doesn’t disappoint and matches each story to the brilliant predecessors with all the ingredients that make for reads that are hard to put down. The fact that she’s so prolific and has so many books out there has been great for this fan. What did I especially like about No Woman’s Land: a Holocaust novel, was the homage paid to the lovers portrayed in the story: Lise, a German Jew, and Willy, the Luffwaffe Captain who risked everything to save the woman he loved. I supposed it’s true what Vicktor Frankl wrote when he wrote his story in Mans’ Search for Meaning, when he said and I paraphrase that you can have everything taken from you but what you make your attitude. After reading this heartwarming, incredibly beautiful love story, to that I add, you can’t have love ripped from your heart. And it is that love that drives us to strive to find the ultimate meaning of what it is to be human. This is not a light read, how could anything about the atrocities committed by Hitler be that but it is in that horrific background that the power of love is so deeply portrayed. It brings home the lovers ultimate oath, to live together or to die together.