Review – Ludwika by Christoph Fischer

imageSet during WWII, this is the story of Ludwika, a young woman who makes the heartbreaking decision to leave her family, including her daughter, behind  in their small village in Poland and move to Germany where she will work for an SS officer. She goes believing that her friendship with the German will help protect her family through the dark days of war yet to come. Once in Germany however she finds her situation is far from what she had hoped; her position in society is precarious and she must quickly adapt in order to survive and have any chance of being reunited with her family again.

What struck me most about this story was the perspective. It was an interesting insight into the plight of those left behind whilst their loved ones fought for freedom; their struggle to live some kind of normality and survive occupation and all its horrors. It’s hard to imagine in these days of ‘knowing our rights’ that these people, such a short time ago, suddenly found themselves with no rights whatsoever and no one to turn to. It is also very thought provoking, when considering areas of the world in this present day, to remember that liberty and justice are still denied to so many. I very much admire historical writers who are able to bring the past alive and give us a glimpse of how things were.

Ludwika has been long listed for the Summer Indie Book Awards 2016 -see Christoph Fischer’s post and website for more information and to find out how you can vote. There is also a giveaway which includes Ludwika amongst other historical novels!


11 thoughts on “Review – Ludwika by Christoph Fischer

    1. wendyunsworth Post author

      I am not much into books about military strategy and warfare but down on this human level I really connected with Ludwika. I do really admire the research that must go in it! Will be posting the review in the usual places shortly and for #AugustReviews.

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    1. wendyunsworth Post author

      Yes he has and deservedly so! I think we are all the same with our reading; seeing so many good books and wishing there was more time to devote to reading them. The eternal problem of time management. I have taken to listening to quite a lot of books from audible as I can listen while I am washing up etc but then that tends to impinge on my ‘thinking about my writing’ time… Ah well!
      Many thanks for commenting. Blogging is a new venture for me.

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      1. D. Wallace Peach

        Writing is slow, time consuming work! Good thing we love it. You seem very social, Wendy, and that’s the key to success at blogging. I’m looking forward to the connection 🙂


  1. wendyunsworth Post author

    Thanks for the encouragement. I have been writing seriously for about four years and this blog is way overdue. I am learning as I go and, of course, there is so much help from the blogging community.


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