Five Star, Apr 2003, 26.95, 296 pp.
In 1945, the retreating German army destroys the bridges and ferries that enable passage across the Rhein. This virtually cuts off the Village from the Fatherland and leaves it wide open to the invading allied forces. Not long afterward, the American army enters the Village as an occupying force.
Villager Lisa Forster sees a tall Yankee soldier as he parades into her hometown. He notices her too and both share a smile of acknowledgment. Not long afterward, Andy Merrill and Lisa start seeing one another, soon fall in love, and want to marry. However, though she is a civilian, the brass considers her an adversary of the United States, as the American leadership does not condone fraternizing, let alone marrying, the enemy.
This is an entertaining WW II romance that provides a deep vivid picture of the impact of the American army on a nearly defeated Germany. The story line contains a delightful romance between two wonderful lead characters that the audience will adore. However, it is the historical perspective that makes this novel have cross genre appeal and is worthy of a sequel perhaps starring Andy's Thor-like buddy John “Red” Starbuck with a sidebar on how well Lisa and Andy are doing and if they gain. acceptance in the post war era.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner