Book Review: An Enemy Like Me
Updated: Jan 31
An Enemy Like Me was written by Teri M Brown and published by Atmosphere Press in 2023 (January 24, 2023). You can purchase it on Amazon and you can visit the author on Amazon and on social media.
To some, a decision to go to war is simple: It is your patriotic duty but in reality, it is much more complex than that. The love he has for his country is in conflict with the love he has for his family and for Jacob Miller, it gets a lot more troubling. Jacob grew up in New Berlin, a small German immigrant town in Ohio. He survived the Great Depression and met his wife and started his family. He believes the happiest days of his life are ahead of him. Then a friend is sent to an internment camp for enemy combatants. Now, as an American with strong German ties, Jacob is called to fight in World War II. For Jacob, it’s a decision that weighs heavy on him but it’s also a decision that will greatly impact his wife and four-year-old son.
In a world that now finds itself thrust into many conflicts, Teri Brown, author of Sunflowers Beneath The Snow, once again reminds us that “war is not won and lost by nations, but it is won and lost by ordinary men and women and the families who support them.” She explores the family dynamics of what it’s like when a husband and father has to make a decision that will forever impact the rest of his and his family’s life. Added to the mix in this novel is the complexity of a decision that will also collide with his German heritage.
Teri M Brown’s ability to enrich me with her words and to take me back into an earlier time in our history, is like riding in a time machine. Her characters come to life, and you truly care about them and the historical events that surround them. We can certainly learn and empathize more with history if we just take the time to read novels like An Enemy Like Me.
Teri Brown has proven her literary skills and her passion for writing; she is destined to become a best-selling author.
I give An Enemy Like Me 5 out of 5 stars.
Teri M Brown is a scheduled guest on The Writers Lounge Blog Talk Radio Show #131 on January 30, 2023