The House of Blood & Tears Reviewed By June Maffin of
June Maffin

Reviewer June Maffin:Living on an island in British Columbia, Canada, Dr. Maffin is a neophyte organic gardener, eclectic reader, ordained minister (Anglican/Episcopal priest) and creative spirituality writer/photographer with a deep zest for life. Previously, she has been grief counselor, broadcaster, teacher, journalist, television host, chaplain and spiritual director with an earned doctorate in Pastoral Care (medical ethics i.e. euthanasia focus). Presently an educator, freelance editor, blogger, and published author of three books, her most recent (Soulistry-Artistry of the Soul: Creative Ways to Nurture your Spirituality) has been published in e-book as well as paperback format and a preview can be viewed on YouTube videos. Founder of Soulistry™ she continues to lead a variety of workshops and retreats connecting spirituality with creativity and delights in a spirituality of play. You can find out more about June by clicking on her Web Site.

By June Maffin
Published on August 13, 2017

Author: Leonore Eidse
Publisher: WestBow Press
ISBN: 978-1-5127-6477-2

Author: Leonore Eidse
Publisher: WestBow Press
ISBN: 978-1-5127-6477-2

When a book captures your interest right away: “She was hurrying across Rabenhauptstraat towards the cafe, crouching low to avoid flying bullets”, you’re captivated.

When a book describes a time in history that is reflective of the present: “They betrayed their own nation in order to advance themselves … delighting in creating angst in the hearts of the people”, you’re involved.

When a book teaches historic reality and is a reminder that courage appears when least expected: “She had been told that self-preservation was a powerful instinct during traumatic times and she had just discovered that for herself”, you’re invested.

When a book is a true story written by someone whose memory is keen, discernment is sharp, transparency is profound: “She had new fears to conquer.  She had no money and no food and no place to sleep. She was fourteen years old, completely along and mad at God”, you’re connecting.

When a book is about a young girl whose interest in the art of handwriting saved her life:  “Had she really been forging signatures of the leaders of the German hierarchy?”, you’re intrigued.

When a book makes connections with your interests: “She discovered that the strokes of a signature are created in the brain; the hand could not produce something unless it had been programmed into the brain”, you’re curious.

When a book is about the country where your husband grew up and was about the time when the author and your husband were both twelve year olds and involved with the Resistance movement during WW11, you’re relating.

When you find such a book in your hands and its story (reminiscent of “The Diary of Anne Frank,” but even more so) about a twelve year old girl whose life is dramatically changed when Nazis invaded her Netherlands causing her to grow up and make adult life and death decisions, you’re riveted.

When an author can captivate, involve, invest, connect, rivet readers and invite their curiosity, you know this is a book worth reading - and rereading.

Kudos to author Leonor Eidse for writing a fascinating book of courage and compassion in the midst of the horrors of WW11.