Three Years of Her Life is a debut historical fiction book. The main character, Elizabeth and her beloved Erik uncover Grandfather Gustav’s hidden secret in a German synagogue. A mystery woman’s photo, in his gold pocket watch that he carries for 30 years, is now known. It causes a ruckus in Elizabeth’s prejudiced family. A strong secondary story balances the history with an Erik and Elizabeth, doctor/nurse romance. And Elizabeth’s entanglement with her guitar teacher. A dangerous mission close to the end, brings the story together. Erik risks his life transporting East Berlin hospital patients to the West through the Berlin Wall in August 1961. The very end makes Elizabeth and me smile.
Ideas for the story come from Grandfather Gustav F. Heim’s last words before he dies in 1933.
No one is to look into my past. That history dies with me
Cousins remark that Grandfather is adopted. And no one knows much about him except he’s a soloist trumpeter in NYC, Boston and Detroit orchestras. His personal life, from my imagination, goes from his 1879 birth in Germany, to a strong Ukraine connection and the 1881 pogrom (violence by Russian authorities against Jewish people). Then, his emigration to the United States in 1903, and his life with a second wife, Grandmother Edna.
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